This Old House Archives
Make sure wall-mounted shelves are perfectly level
If you haven't checked your homeowner's policy in a while, you may be in for some nasty surprises
Q: "Can oak floor strips be reversed to give the undersides a chance to shine?"
Clean your brushes well, and you won't have to buy new ones for every job
Inner support for a hollow metal rod
How to contain the toxic goo of a paint-stripping job
Q: "Should I be my own contractor?"
If you have to slam a door to get it to stay closed, you probably have a very fixable problem...
A no-splinter solution
Clear away crowded, overgrown shrubs to add curb appeal
How serious a flaw is cracked stucco?
Tap into empty space between wall studs to gain vertical storage space
Follow these 4 rules for plant shopping and you'll never end up with a garden misfit
Secure your slats now, before the fall
Put an end to long-running water wasters
A bit of glue and string will do the trick
Put a recycled bottle to work for you
Coax those tongue-and-groove edges together for a tight, no-bounce fit
Our annual exploration into what's going on in kitchen and bathroom design
A thrifty way to extend an abrasive life
How to coax flowers out of a big, healthy tree
Overhead storage solutions for long pipe and bar clamps
You'll never wrestle with a long cord again after you learn this neat trick
Choosing and using handsaws
A sure cure for the sloppy sludge of chemical strippers
Q: "How do we remove the railing?"
Don't tap a lid back onto a paint can without taking this precaution
How to fix the chipped corners on foundations, steps, and patios
An annual sealing goes a long way toward preventing stains and discoloration.
Make your own blade cover, and keep your handsaw sharp
Choosing and using lawn and garden sprinklers
Get a misaligned lock headed in the right direction again
Getting it out of pocket is the first step
A pro shows how to extend the life of your lawn chairs.
Extend the life of your tank by replacing the anode rod every few years
Q: Not long after we moved into our home, some wise guy threw eggs at our asphalt shingle roof. I...
A more accurate way to mark a circle on a sheet of plywood.
Put an end to the banging underfoot with this simple fix.
New, high-tech traps lure biting bugs to their doom.
What to do when a ceiling vent dribbles into the bathroom
A single length of molding spanning a wall is best, but when you have to use a second piece, use...
If a door sags because the hinge holes are stripped, you can use dowels to save the day.
How do you pick a router bit if you can't trust the size?
How to keep studs in position when you're driving nails on an angle
Properly installed, copper is a hundred-year material.
You need good ventilation when you generate fumes indoors — and that means a lot more than just...
Make good choices in the beginning, and get your first house right
Adding the finishing touch on a window