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If I Weren’t a Contractor | Ask This Old House

In this video, it’s our turn to “Ask” the questions! We ask each of our favorite crew members what they’d be doing if they weren’t working as a contractor. Some of the answers might surprise you!

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We ask the crew of Ask This Old House what they’d be doing if they weren’t contractors, and some of the answers are surprising! While everyone loves what they do now, they all seem to have a hidden interest or talent they would’ve explored if contracting didn’t work out.

For most of the team at Ask This Old House, contracting was always the goal. They grew up in the trades or they simply loved working with their hands and contracting was the obvious choice. But, for fun, we asked each of the crew members what they would be doing if they weren’t a contractor. Here’s what they said:

Tom Silva: Teaching
General contractor Tom Silva believes that if his life didn’t take him down the road of contracting, he’d be a teacher. He loves to share his knowledge with other people as well as challenge them to push themselves. Many of the crew see Tom as their teacher anyway, as he’s always been there to guide them along.

Richard Trethewey: Music
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey is a creative soul, and he believes his other calling might’ve been music. He would enjoy being a musician and performing for crowds, and he’s already halfway there: He sure knows his way around a piano.

Jenn Nawada: Dog Breeder
Landscaping contractor Jenn Nawada sincerely loves what does for a living. However, if she was going to choose another career, she’d follow her other passion: Dogs. Jenn says that she would raise puppies and make sure they go to great homes, and this might be the perfect job for her considering her bond with her beautiful pup, Moby.

Heath Eastman: Engineering
Master electrician Heath Eastman says that if he wasn’t an electrician, he might be a carpenter. But, outside of the trades, Heath says the career for him is engineering. He loves math and figuring out how to solve problems and make things work, and he says engineering would be a good fit.

Nathan Gilbert: Trading and Acquisition
Carpenter Nathan Gilbert might trade in his tool belt for a career in trading and acquiring unique items. While he might not focus on tools or antiques, he believes he would enjoy sourcing items for designers and artists, and helping find homes for unique pieces.

Ross Trethewey: Mechanics
Home technology expert Ross Trethewey hasn’t thought about a life outside of the trades. But, he does believe that whatever other career path he’d pursue would involve mechanics of some sort.

Mauro Henrique: Medical
Paint expert Mauro Henrique didn’t set out to be a painter. However, during his time in the trades, he learned to fall in love with painting, and loves it more every day. But if he had to pick another career, he said he’d be a doctor (but not without a chuckle!).

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From the makers of This Old House, America’s first and most trusted home improvement show, Ask This Old House answers the steady stream of home improvement questions asked by viewers across the United States. Covering topics from landscaping to electrical to HVAC and plumbing to painting and more. Ask This Old House features the experts from This Old House, including general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Jenn Nawada, master carpenter Norm Abram, and host Kevin O’Connor. ASK This Old House helps you protect and preserve your greatest investment—your home.

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