This Old House
Posted Feb 9, 2004 @ 3:17 AM
Posted Feb 9, 2004 @ 8:35 AM
I miss Steve Thomas. Kevin's okay, but if I'm going to watch some stuffy, stuck-in-the-past TV, I want it to remain stuck.
Posted Feb 9, 2004 @ 10:45 AM
Posted Feb 16, 2004 @ 8:02 PM
Edited by OldMizzentop, Feb 16, 2004 @ 10:10 PM.
Posted Feb 25, 2004 @ 2:02 PM
That said, I still love this show, but I miss the heavy-duty "how-to" aspects of it from past years. A lot of projects that I do on my own house I learned from TOH as a kid. I zone out when they go on yet another field trip to a window factory or Frank Lloyd Wright house. From what I can tell, Frank Lloyd Wright was a hack. Every house he built turned out to have a leaky roof, unstable foundation, and went hugely over-budget at the time of construction. Who needs that!?!
I prefer the smaller house renovations, made for regualr people with real budgets. That gigantic house on the harbor with the music room was ridiculous. This was the first time I considered not watching TOH anymore. It seems like this year, they're back to smaller projects, though, so I'll continue my regular viewing.
But please, more how-to, less jokes!!!!
Posted Feb 25, 2004 @ 2:23 PM
Posted Feb 25, 2004 @ 3:22 PM
Posted Feb 26, 2004 @ 3:44 PM
Posted Mar 25, 2004 @ 4:57 PM
I wanna see Norm and the other sidekicks stuff the new guy in a locker and weld it shut. You know they want to.
I second that. I hate Kevin O'Connor. Bring back Steve Thomas!
Posted Jun 28, 2005 @ 5:45 PM
Posted Jul 1, 2005 @ 10:18 AM
I had read that he quit amicably, that he wanted to do some other things like sailing and writing.
What happened to Steve Thomas? Did he quit or was he fired?
Posted Jul 22, 2005 @ 2:15 PM
I miss the heavy-duty "how-to" aspects of it from past years. A lot of projects that I do on my own house I learned from TOH as a kid. I zone out when they go on yet another field trip to a window factory or Frank Lloyd Wright house.
I miss the old shows too. It seems like TOH has more money than they know what to do with.
I record TOH on my DVR, if they go on a field trip during the episode I fast forward through it.
Posted Jul 30, 2005 @ 11:33 PM
[small voice] Is it wrong of me to admit that I've harbored a wee crush on Norm for years and years and years? Granted, he's not terribly handsome, but I'd happily trade quiet competence for good looks any day of the week, and twice on Sunday. If he's a real SOB in real life, or if he has an off-camera "carpenter double," I don't want to know, because I'd hate to have one of my last illusions shattered. [/sv]
Edited by Run Amok, Jul 31, 2005 @ 3:14 AM.
Posted Jul 31, 2005 @ 1:01 AM
Posted Aug 15, 2005 @ 12:12 PM
Give me a man who knows his way around a chop saw, a receptacle analyzer, and a pipe wrench any day!
That's Mr. Candynecklace-he's a carpenter. Alas, he does NOT have his own show!
Posted Aug 15, 2005 @ 1:39 PM
I'm sure Kevin O'Connor is a perfectly nice guy, but he makes Steve Thomas look like Lawrence Olivier. However, I do still watch out of my insane loyalty to Norm, Rich, Roger, and Tommy.
Posted Oct 1, 2005 @ 4:13 PM
It was the end of the show and Steve finished up his end of show spiel and turned and went and helped Norm and the crew lift up a frame. As the theme music started to play you hear Norm say quite clearly, "Thanks, Steve. Bob never did this."
Edited by Breakdance Duck, Oct 1, 2005 @ 4:16 PM.
Posted Oct 22, 2005 @ 1:26 PM
Edited by etexlady, Oct 22, 2005 @ 1:27 PM.
Posted Oct 27, 2005 @ 5:29 PM
The house, though. Goodness, why not tear it down and start over. I know the homeowner (yes, he is a geeky thing) likes his kitchen and it does hold up well for having been designed 13 yrs ago, but he'll probably want to redo it in 5 yrs anyway. At least I like the look that this 5th(!) architect came up with.
Edited by Hairymango, Oct 27, 2005 @ 5:55 PM.
Posted Oct 28, 2005 @ 12:14 PM
I'm old enough that to me, Bob Vila is This Old House. Along with Norm, of course. It took me forever to adjust to Steve Thomas...and even then, I didn't like him all THAT much. He reminded me too much of a rich prep-school kid. Meh. I've watched very little of Kevin, so I have no opinion to offer on that!
I miss Steve Thomas.
Factoid? I know someone whose home was featured on TOH back in the early 80's, and then re-visited about 10 years ago to see how things had held up over the years! I get a huge kick out of it when I happen to catch one of those episodes. I won't say who/which house it was, for fear of revealing my snarky other-self to friends/family ;)
Posted Oct 28, 2005 @ 1:13 PM
I lost interest in the last project they did but have been watching this one. I agree, I would have nuked this place rather than renovate.
It's interesting how these mid century modern houses don't seem to hold up in structure or appeal. I live across the street from a similar vintage and style house in much better condition (although older kitchen) that the owners have been unable to sell for 10 months despite dropping the price considerably.
Posted Oct 28, 2005 @ 2:12 PM
Edited by gnbhull, Oct 28, 2005 @ 2:12 PM.
Posted Oct 28, 2005 @ 2:56 PM
Steve took a while to get used to but he had the experience of building boats so he knew his way around the construction pretty well. And he had great hair. Kevin bores me - good hearted fella but doesn't seem to have any knowledge or experience about the work.
I caught part of an episode of the new season last nite - that is one crappy looking old house IMO. But I admit, I'm biased. I want to see them restoring old places that have stood the test of time and just need some TLC.
Posted Oct 28, 2005 @ 3:27 PM
Posted Oct 28, 2005 @ 6:09 PM
I liked Steve, and his hair especially, but I wasn't attached to him.
Viewers of Ask This Old House, might remember seeing Kevin as one of the hapless homeowners who called in the TOH people to help him out. I think that when Steve abruptly quit the show, the producers took a second look at Kevin and his Campbell Soup kid face and offered him the job. His lack of experience was supposed to make him and the show more accessible.
I try to watch the show every season, but I usually wound up frustrated. I would tune in week after week and dutifully watch while Norm got all excited at some quartz or linoleum factory, and then when it came to the final week's reveal, some pledge drive would come along and preempt it with a show about how to play piano without learning music and I'd never see the project's completion. Thankfully, Tivo put an end to that torment.
Posted Oct 28, 2005 @ 11:34 PM
I remember my mother laughing at how Bob Vila would always insist on trying some of the work that the others were doing and how he would always do a sloppy job in comparison to the more skilled laborers.
Do a Google search on Bob Vila and Conrad Janis, he bought a house from Vila that he built, and the house was a death trap, everything broken, sewage coming up into the house, it went to court, I remember Bob testifying and admitting "no, I'm not a licensed contractor". Don't remember how it was settled though.
Posted Oct 30, 2005 @ 6:11 PM
Kevin O'Conner is OK, he may not stand out on This Old House but he shines on Ask This Old House. A&E runs some old Steve Thomas episodes and I think Kevin is much more personable than Steve. I never did think much of Steve's delivery on either show, Kevin seems to have it down. The fact that he's a novice helps, the back and forth with the experts is funny at times, everyone seems to have found their rythm much better than when Steve was the host.
Posted Oct 31, 2005 @ 8:56 AM
I couldn't stand Bob Vila, liked Steve and think Kevin is doing a surprisingly good job, especially considering the way they found him. I mostly watch for Norm, anyway.