This Old House Archives


January 2010


10 Uses for Charcoal

Don't let that half-empty bag from last summer sit around. Charcoal—the natural lump variety made...

All About Pendant Lights

These hanging fixtures add brightness and style to any room in the house. The experts at TOH show...

Basement Bonus Rooms

16 smart ways to turn dead space into a comfy place for unwinding, entertaining, and working

Branch Basics

Here are some good, and not-so-good, things to look for—and one common pruning mistake to...

Deck Railing Design

Q: Why is only some of my deck railing holding up against frequent rainfall?

How to Fix a Doorbell

When your chimes just aren't chiming, try a few of these easy tests and repairs and your front...

How to Prune a Tree

An arborist's rules on how to shape up a small ornamental tree to make it more attractive and...