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How to Plaster Blue Board

Tom Silva shows Kevin O'Connor the differences between drywall installation and plastering over blue board

S20 E14, Tom Silva explains wood joints
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Everything to Know About Wood Joints

General contractor Tom Silva teaches host Kevin O’Connor about the different wood joints, including their strengths and weaknesses.

S20 E13, Tom Silva explains how to identify and repair wood rot
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How to Identify and Repair Rotting Wood

General contractor Tom Silva takes host Kevin O’Connor through the causes of wood rot, how to avoid it, and what to do when it occurs.

Tom Silva sitting on an oak staircase.
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How to Update Stair Treads and Risers

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches a homeowner how to replace split-level stair treads in his mid-century modern home.

White railing cap on on ornate wall banister.
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How to Fix a Loose Stair Rail End Cap

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva fixes an end cap on a stair railing that keeps coming loose.

A staircase with a dog sitting on the floor
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How to Replace a Stair Railing

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares some tricks for installing a new, sturdy staircase balustrade.

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Comparing Roofing Materials

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva compares the qualities of different types of roofing materials

S20 E11, Tom Silva makes wooden ornaments with a lathe
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Build It | Christmas Ornaments

Host Kevin O’Connor meets general contractor Tom Silva in the workshop playing with his new favorite toy—the lathe. Tom demonstrates how he uses it to turn custom wooden holiday ornaments perfect for the tree or give as a festive gift.

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How to Change a Circular Saw Blade

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows the correct, safe way to install a new blade on your portable circular saw

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How to Replace a Picture Window

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to remove a broken window and replace it.