This Old House
- Steve offers to help
- A new contractor is introduced
- The homeowner says anything about their budget
- Norm taps his safety glasses and reminds us how important they are
- A new technology is displayed or discussed
- Anyone visits a manufacturer's plant
- Norm says the word "biscuit"
- Tom Silva gets to say goodbye at the end of the show (take two drinks if any other person gets to say goodbye)
- Anyone says the word "ogee"
- Tom Silva says the word "rot"
- Steve says "I don't know, Norm..."
- A city or local inspector appears
- Steve gets out of his pickup truck and you can hear the "ding" from the you-left-your-keys-in-it alarm
- Norm says "draw" instead of "drawer"
- Norm "Mr. Shop Safety" Abram leaves a safety guard off a shop tool so "we can get a better view."
- It's obvious that Steve and Norm are talking from a script
Finish your drink when
- Steve breaks anything
- The historic preservation board turns them down on something
- They actually finish a house project
- The old This Old House music accidentally gets left into a Renovation Guide remake
Finish the bottle when
- Norm breaks anything
- Anyone gets arrested for violations of historic district zoning
- They ever sell that big house they renovated for themselves
- You buy that big house they renovated for themselves (though realistically, the guys and WGBH could probably buy you a bottle... you'll need it
The Bruce Irving Memorial Rule
- If anyone watching the show should happen to think, "hey, what a well-produced show!", please email a drink to the producer of the show, Bruce Irving of WGBH in Boston. (submitted by some guy named Bruce Irving)
The Perverse Reverse Cause-And-Effect Rule
- If Norm and Steve drink, you have to break something. This rule often comes into play at the end of a big project, where they commonly have a big party. See reruns of the California farmhouse project for details. We're of course not responsible for whatever you break, sorry.