The film crew of "Ask This Old House" shoots a Women Repair Zone spot with Bea Lurie, right, and Tom Silva, a general contractor for the show. Heath Racela, left, is senior producer and director of the segment. Videographer, back, is Jay Maurer. Local gaffer Glenn Stegall works the ambient sunlight with his reflector, back center. No air date has been set for the episode.

A future episode of "Ask This Old House" will include a segment on some Chattanooga do-it-yourselfers.

General contractor Tom Silva and a film crew from the PBS home improvement show are in the Scenic City to follow Bea Lurie and a cadre of her instructors from Women Repair Zone, a business Lurie opened last June. Its mission is to have women instructors teach other women home improvement and auto maintenance skills, which many women traditionally are not taught.

In a walk for the camera along the Walnut Street Bridge on Monday afternoon, Silva chatted with Lurie about her reasons for starting Women Repair Zone. The crew also planned to attend workshops Monday night and Tuesday.

The plan was to film "part of [Monday's] tiling class as well as three of our instructors in action ... for B-roll," Lurie said. "The focus of the show will be Belinda Harford, one of our instructors, explaining and guiding Tom Silva in 'Making an Upholstered Footstool,' which is a workshop that we offer."

An air date for the episode has not been announced.

"Ask This Old House," now in its 18th season, is an offshoot of "This Old House," which began airing on PBS in 1979. Unlike more-recent home improvement shows that wrap up multiple DIY issues in a neat and tidy hour, "This Old House" tackles big projects, working on only one or two houses a year.

"We are the only show that does projects in real time," Silva said. "We show you before, during and after."

"Ask This Old House" was designed to give homeowners more immediate answers to their questions about smaller projects and solve "the steady stream of home improvement problems faced by our viewers," according to producers.

Recent episodes have focused on updating a water filter, recaulking a bathtub and smoothing a textured ceiling,

In addition to Silva, the show's talents include plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor. Silva, a co-owner of Silva Brothers Construction in Lexington, Massachusetts, has been part of the team since 1986.

Lurie said the Chattanooga segments also will appear among the show's "Build It" videos "at some point in the future."

Silva said he's happy to share his expertise to give homeowners confidence to tackle do-it-yourself projects.

"You'd be amazed what you can do with a hammer and screwdriver," Silva said.

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