To enter, submit an essay of 200 words or less describing your home repair project and why you need help from Ask This Old House. Judges are looking for creativity, originality, and a good fit to their theme.
The grand prize is an on-camera "House Call" by the Ask This Old House television show. The team will come to your home, help you with your repair project (up to $5,000) and film the repairs for possible inclusion on their show.
Entry into the Top to Bottom Innovation Contest is open to US residents aged 21 and above. Enter as often as you like through October 2, 2009.