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The Ultimate Summer Maintenance Checklist

The summer months have arrived, meaning certain areas of your home may need some tending. Here are some maintenance tasks to pay attention to this season.

How to Attach a Deck to a House

Install a new deck, or reattach an existing one, that is set up to last.

How to Drain a Hot Tub

Hot tubs are meant for relaxation, but there’s one aspect of owning one that may be stressing you out: draining the water to clean the tub. Read our guide to learn how to drain your hot tub.

How to Give Your Deck a Spring Cleaning

Wash, sand, and stain your deck to give it a fresh look for the spring.

Low-Maintenance Exterior Material Options for Your Home

They may cost more up front, but these low-maintenance materials save later on frequent repainting and replacement—without skimping on curb appeal.

Decking Material Options to Consider

Explore a range of different possibilities before building your deck.

How to Fix a Wobbly Deck

Learn more about the two common causes for a wobbly deck and how to stabilize your space.


How to Re-Stain a Deck

In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique teaches a homeowner how to re-stain her mahogany deck.

Simple Steps to Get Your Deck Ready for the Season

Before you hit the deck, give it a little TLC with these pro tips

With Deck and Patio, a Backyard Fully Built for Family

Forget grass: For this young family, a handsome wood deck that steps down to a brick patio comprises the ideal chilling, cooking, playing, and entertaining space

How to Fix a Sliding Door

Go from sticky to smooth in a few easy steps

Refresh Your Deck

Bringing luster back to weather-beaten wood

Swabbing the Deck

Pick a warm autumn day to get your deck ready for winter

Repairing Sagging Screens

The key to keeping your new screen from sagging or drooping