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Build It | How to Build a Chicken Coop

Use pressure-treated lumber and PVC trim to create a shelter designed by Tom Silva to keep predators at bay—and provide a source of fresh eggs right out your back door.

Grill Maintenance 101

The key to great barbecue isn't your secret sauce—it's a clean grill. Follow these tips for improved grill performance and better tasting barbecue.

S15 E10, Tom Silva builds a garage workshop

How to Build a Space-Saving Workshop

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a hobbyist woodworker turn her small garage into an efficient workspace—with tips anyone can use.

Stove Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is the peak day of the year for kitchen fires. Here are 8 tips protect yourself, your guests, and your property.

3 Ways to Keep Gutters Running Free

Take action to keep downspouts running freely before those shade trees start shedding in earnest.

3 Simple Tools to Pick Up Fall Leaves

From leaf blowers to vacuums, we’ve used all kinds of products and technology to tackle this annual chore. Sometimes the best approach is well-designed, simple tools.

Types of Retaining Wall Materials

Read this guide to compare four different materials and approaches to decide how to build your retaining wall.

4 Inexpensive Retaining Wall Ideas

We rounded up our best retaining wall ideas so you can plan your DIY landscaping project.

9 Steps to a Lush Lawn

Want to create a lusher lawn? Read these tips from This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.

End-of-Summer Yard and Garden Cleanup Tips

Give your lawn and garden the care they need by removing debris, dividing crowded perennials, and adding mulch—so plants can come back stronger.