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How to Replace a Mailbox and Posts

Here is what you need to know to install a mailbox and new post.

How to Build a Bluestone Walkway

Ask This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner remove a flagstone walkway and replace it with bluestone

Nathan demonstrates how to properly hang an American flag.
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Celebrate the Fourth of July: How to Hang the American Flag

Ask This Old House carpenter and U.S. Navy veteran Nathan Gilbert explains the proper way to hang and display a U.S. flag.

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How to Upgrade a Concrete Urban Patio

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook transforms an old, ugly city slab into an urban oasis

How to Install an Aluminum Storm Door

A tightly weatherstripped storm door can reduce air leakage around a front door by as much as 45 percent

Patching Wood Siding

Need to replace some of your home’s wood siding? For great results, handle those fragile clapboards with care.

How to Install a Lamppost

See your way to a safer terrain with this step-by-step guide to installing a lamppost.

How to Fix a Doorbell

Doorbell not working? Here’s a step-by-step guide showing you how to repair it.

A Guide to Front Door Replacements

The front door to your house must be tough, yet handsome and gracious. See our list of options that cater to a variety of styles, budgets and quality.

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Driveway Edging: Installing Belgian Blocks

Adding a neat row of Belgian block stones to each side of an asphalt driveway will boost its curb appeal while also providing a clear visual aid as you back out or pull in. Here’s how to install one.

Front Porch Lights: From A to Z

More than just a beacon leading to the front door, exterior lighting helps define the look of a house. With planning and a bit of math, you can put your home's best face forward.

In-Ground Flagpole Installation

Helpful instructions to let your patriotic spirit fly from your front lawn with this DIY weekend project.

Mauro paints a front door
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How to Paint Your Front Door | This Old House: Live

Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique demonstrates how to paint a front door with oil-based, high gloss paint. This is part of This Old House: Live—an initiative providing daily programming and opportunities to connect with our experts during these challenging times.

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How to Upgrade a Steel Lamppost

Use a PVC column kit and trim to create an architectural detail that shines day or night.

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How to Replace Sidelights on a Front Door

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva replaces a pair of sidelights on a front door with new, insulated ones

Add Curb Appeal With a Hellstrip Garden

Turn the struggling ribbon of lawn between the sidewalk and the street into a glorious garden with tough, easy-care plants

4 Surprising Rules on Painting the American Flag

Tips for ensuring you display Old Glory with honor and respect

How to Make Board-and-Batten Shutters

You can enhance your window openings by buying factory-made pairs or save a bundle by building your own

Flag Hanging Dos and Don'ts

Honor Old Glory by following the Flag Code's proper display guidelines

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How to Install a New Storm Door in an Old Opening

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva hangs a new storm door in an old opening

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How to Install a Bluestone Landing on a Front Entry

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook upgrades an old brick with bluestone slabs

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How to Repair a Rusted Wrought Iron Railing

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva rebuilds a corroded, unsafe railing.

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How to Choose Materials for a Stone Wall

Discovering the wide world of stones with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook

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How to Install Exterior Trim Around a Stone Chimney

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to custom-fit PVC trim to a stone surface

How to Build an Address Plaque Post

One lucky reader teamed up with This Old House's general contractor on an eye-catching way to hang an address sign

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Making Modern Windows Work in a Historic Home

The trick to renovating a historic home is to use replacement windows with authentic period details, like Marvin Windows

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How to Build a Pathway Lamppost

Pick up some stock cedar and a hanging lantern to construct a custom garden fixture

How to Upgrade Front Door Hardware

Update your entry with a bold new door handle, escutcheon, kickplate, and knocker

How to Make a Window Box with Vintage Trim

Wrap curvy door casing around a plastic planter filled with bright blooms for cheery window decoration

How to Design an Entry Garden

Plan a front-yard landscape that boosts curb appeal and welcomes you home

Filling Rotted Trim with Two-Part Epoxy

Durable and flexible epoxy is the best way to restore crumbling woodwork

How to Spruce Up Your Entryway

Create a lovely new front entry in a weekend