If you have ever wished for a house renovation show that would talk about your specific problems, then Ask This Old House is the one for you. The spin-off of the popular series This Old House, Ask This Old House came after viewers started sending in queries for specific renovations around the house. The series focuses on different ways to tackle a problem sent in by the viewers. The series is handled by an expert cast and includes experts from each field of house renovation. Richard Tretheway is just one of the cast members of the series who focuses on plumbing and heating.
Early Life & Education
Richard Trethewey was born in the year 1956 in the town of Dedham, Massachusetts, USA. He was the son of Ron Trethewey, a renowned plumber and HVAC contractor who had a family business called Trethewey Brothers. Richard inherited his father’s passion and skill for plumbing and heating and started learning from him at a very young age. He would often accompany his father to work during school holidays and help him with various tasks and projects.
Richard’s great-grandfather, Harry Trethewey, was an immigrant from Cornwall, England, who had settled in the U.S. in search of a better life. Richard was proud of his British ancestry and his family’s legacy in the plumbing industry. He was determined to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a master plumber himself.
Richard attended local schools in Dedham and was fascinated by how things worked especially pipes, valves, boilers, and radiators. Richard graduated from high school with honors and decided to pursue further education in plumbing and heating. He enrolled in a vocational college that offered courses and training in these fields. He also continued working with his father at Trethewey Brothers, gaining more experience and knowledge.
Richard completed his education and obtained his license as a master plumber in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was ready to take on bigger challenges and opportunities in his career. He joined his father’s company as a full-time employee, and soon became one of the most trusted and respected plumbers in the region.
Influenced by his father and uncle, Richard began working at his father’s company, Trethewey Brothers, Inc. After learning the tricks of the trade, Richard parted ways with his father and established his own company by the name of RST, Inc. Established in 1990, RST focused on HVAC equipment, plumbing, and complete pipe systems installation. Located in Westwood, Massachusetts, the company was soon recognized as one of the best in the business.
The Tretheway family has been a part of the This Old House series from its first season. The Tretheway brothers (Richard’s father and uncle) were called into action in 1979 during the show’s first season. Richard joined them in the second season and took over the role of installing and explaining the plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems for each house. Ever since then, Richard has been a regular fixture on the series and its spin-offs as well. This also makes Richard one of the longest-running members of the This Old House cast.
In addition to being a skilled tradesman, a successful entrepreneur, and a television personality, Richard is also an author. He has written several books on heating, ventilation and air conditioning, as well as contributed to other publications by This Old House.
Richard Trethewey has an estimated net worth of $2 million as of 2023. He earns his income from his plumbing business, his TV appearances, and his company RST Thermal. He lives on the South Coast of Massachusetts when he is not living aboard a sailboat in Boston. He enjoys sailing, home renovation, and spending time with his four grandchildren.
Rumors & Controverises
One of the rumors and controversies surrounding Richard Trethewey is his eye injury. Some fans have noticed that his left eye seems to be drooping or swollen, and have speculated that he might have suffered an accident or a health issue. However, there is no official information about what happened to his eye, or if it is an injury or a defect at all. Richard has not addressed the speculations publicly, and seems to be doing well in his personal and professional life.
Richard Trethewey is married to Christine who has been with his wife for many years. The couple shares a strong bond of love and trust, and supports each other in their personal and professional endeavors.
Richard and his wife are blessed with two sons, Evan and Ross Trethewey. They are the pride and joy of their parents, who have raised them with care and affection. Evan and Ross have inherited their father’s talent and passion for plumbing and heating, and have joined him in his business, RST Thermal. They have also followed in their father’s footsteps in becoming television personalities, appearing occasionally on This Old House alongside him. They have also developed their own skills and expertise, contributing to the success of their family business. Of two very there is very little information about Evan. As for Ross, he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked in Germany. He also studied renewable energy equipment and high-efficiency heating. He later came back to the US and started a show entitled Future House. In this segment, Ross talks about new technologies we can see in the houses of the future.
Richard Trethewey is of average height and build, with his blue eyes and black hair contrasting with his fair complexion. He has a friendly smile and a confident posture, reflecting his expertise and passion for his profession. He usually wears casual clothes, such as jeans, shirts, and jackets, but sometimes dons a suit and tie for formal occasions. He is 66 years old as of June 2023 but looks younger than his age.
Richard S. Trethewey
Date of birth
September 6, 1956
Place of birth
Dedham, Massachusetts, United States
Caucasian (with British ancestry)
Plumber, HVAC contractor, TV personality
This Old House, Ask This Old House, Inside This Old House