Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

This Old House: Trade School

This Old House: Trade School

Spring 2019 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

Sometimes there's no need to improve on a classic formula. This Old House: Trade School, an offshoot of the long-running, popular PBS show, This Old House is a case in point.

Hosted by Kevin O'Connor, the series follows a residential construction project from start to finish revealing, as the pros say, the "tricks of the trades." Watch and you'll learn valuable lessons through step-by-step instructions in various areas of the building process, from the architecture to the landscape design. A slew of experts —including Norm Abram, master carpenter who started on This Old House in 1979 — explain in detail how to get each particular job done, whether it's tiling a bathroom, replacing a staircase, solving a plumbing problem or installing a skylight. Pop-up facts, sponsored by Home Depot, offer tidbits such as: There are 300 different types of nails and the average wood house has 20,000 to 30,000 nails in it.

Sure, these days you can find specific DIY videos on all sorts of projects, but I would argue This Old House: Trade School is better than a YouTube segment. Instead of targeting one specific task, watch an episode and you may learn something you didn't even know you needed to know. You're likely to come away with something that may come in handy one day around your own home be it old or new.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2019 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, assistant director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, began her career at The Washington Post and went on to spend more than two decades with USA Today, where she covered pop culture topics. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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