This Old House Archives
You most likely have to get up on a ladder against your house, but you don't have to get hurt...
Q: "Should I shade the compressor of my central air-conditioning system?"
A little attention before there's a problem will help keep your sliding door on track.
Save your floor when you're painting the ceiling
What style is right for you, what features to look for, and how to use it safely
Q: "Is there a special way to clean aluminum screens?"
A quick maintenance routine reduces the risk of fire in your laundry room
Clean your brushes well, and you won't have to buy new ones for every job
A disappearing act for hairline cracks over doors and windows
A neat trick for making tidy cuts
Eliminate the sag in a long handrail
This extra step will prevent wood splitting if you do it before nailing
Tap into empty space between wall studs to gain vertical storage space
Bring new life to damaged corners
Create your own stops for older cabinet drawers
A few minutes spent re-aligning the locking bars will get your garage door back into smooth...
When the skies are cloudless and the days are hot and long, you can help your lawn and garden...
Re-gluing a laminate trim piece just got a little easier.
In-ground ways of keeping runoff where it belongs
Carrying heavy pails doesn't have to hurt so much
Save your fingers from the business end of nails with this trick
Help your favorite flowers propagate by collecting and sowing their seeds by hand
A step-by-step guide to transforming a blank space into a ceramic focal point
Q: I have a major problem with tree roots getting into my sewer line; what should I do?
A thrifty way to extend an abrasive life
Help for a garage floor that's home to puddles
How to keep the wood from toppling, and the chips from flying
Overhead storage solutions for long pipe and bar clamps
Use a small drill bit to help you create a large opening
No matter the distance from start to finish, this tip helps you draw the line
You'll never wrestle with a long cord again after you learn this neat trick
Keep both hands free with this homemade tape holder
Choosing and using handsaws
Some help with solving the bath design puzzle
Coax your baseboard's outside corners back into place with this simple trick
Capture plaster debris before it settles into every corner of the house
Get excess paint off your brush, even when the can is still nearly full
Windows painted shut? Patience pays off in getting them moving again.
How do you know how much paint is left in that can?
Get a tidy edge by using a tool you probably already own
Fix a rotted section of gutter quickly to keep corrosion from spreading.
An easy way to tote a sheet of plywood when you don't have a helper
How the pros manage to paint windows without making a mess of the glass
Keep your grippers from digging in with this tip
Make your own blade cover, and keep your handsaw sharp
Solid surface in search of a shine
Don't throw out your paint thinner after a single use
The key to a steadier handrail is at the bottom of the stairs
No need to call in the pros for a faulty lockset
You don't need a special tool to remove old grout, but you do need the determination to do it right.
If your toilet seat was installed with metal bolts, you'll probably need some help wrestling it...
Removing baseboards, chair rails, or window or door casing requires little more than a hammer and...
Q: How do I get a stubborn lid off the toilet?
Q: "Where is the best place to begin a large-scale renovation on a c. 1690 New England colonial?"
Quick fix for a sliding door
How do you fix a coupler that got squashed?
This technique will let you replace a single roofing shingle without damaging the one above it
Replacing a handle, not a whole tool, takes a little time but saves you some money.
Reinforce gutter support with this tip
If you must replace a window with the sash in position, use this technique to prevent injury
Extend the life of a wire brush by shortening it
Q: When is it safe to lay hardwood floors against conventional wisdom?
A technique for sanding down the edges of several boards at once
Do more accurate work by ganging up curved wooden pieces
Strain impurities out of your paint before you pick up a brush or roller
From the painting projects you have at your home to the dramatic details of someone else's, here...
Create a sturdy, no-wobble garden path.
Don't throw out your circular saw blades just yet
With our sliding door maintenance tips, you'll go from sticky to smooth in a few easy steps
Use a $2 tool to create a uniform layer of adhesive
Make sure it's all gone before you toss the tube
How to get last night's dinner off the deck
Use your hammer's claw to extend your reach
Save yourself some rinsing work, and keep your roller ready to go, with this simple trick.
A homemade solution for dispensing grocery bags
Bring a droopy garden gate back upright
Bottom falling out of your drawers? Prop it up with this fix.
Pick a warm autumn day to get your deck ready for winter
This Old House takes on adaptive reuse, as we convert a century-old barn, complete with horse...
Use a yardstick or ruler to do the division for you.
A foolproof way to cut around an outside corner
Techniques for safely moviing mature plants
Keep your spray paint flowing with this revival technique
Stretch a pipe clamp to the length you need
Simple levers and fulcrums can do the work of a backhoe (if you add a little elbow grease)
Give your wrist and your drill a break when cutting a large hole.
Also called a web clamp, the tournequet clamp is ideal for repairing wobbly tables, chairs, and...
You need good ventilation when you generate fumes indoors — and that means a lot more than just...