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Every month, Ask This Old House and The Home Depot will present a practical home improvement project—from maintenance and repairs, to enhancements and how-to’s—complete with video demonstrations, straightforward instructions, and a handy shopping list to get you started.

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How to Replace a Cracked Floor Tile

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates some DIY Smarts with the correct way to replace a cracked kitchen floor tile.

Two people looking at a newly installed tile backsplash.
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How to Install a Tile Backsplash Easily

We show you the right materials and techniques to use to put up a tile backsplash in one afternoon.

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How to Maximize the Impact of Insulation

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares some DIY Smarts tips for insulating an attic.

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How to Start an Organic Garden

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada shares some share DIY Smarts tips on starting an organic garden.

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How to Paint a Room in 13 Steps

What does it take and how much does it cost to paint a room? Watch our video and read our easy instructions on how to prep and paint like a pro.

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How to Update a Kitchen on a Budget

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey goes over low-budget kitchen upgrades in this edition of DIY Smarts.

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How to Revitalize a Lawn

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares some DIY Smarts as he tends to a lawn that was seeded in the summer and is not doing well.

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Low-Cost Closet Solutions

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares some DIY Smarts low-cost options to customize a closet.

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Repairing a Paver Walkway | Generation NEXT

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook teaches his apprentice how to identify and repair a walkway that has been damaged by chipmunks This episode of DIY Smarts is brought to you by The Home Depot

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How to Select a Bathroom Vanity

From ornate to out-of-the-box, Richard Trethewey explains some DIY Smarts on what to consider when shopping for a new bathroom vanity.

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How to Replace a Garage Door Opener

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron replaces an old garage door opener with a smart opener in this edition of DIY Smarts.

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How to Monitor a Home with a Smart Phone

In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor shows general contractor Tom Silva a new home monitoring device that works with a smart phone.

How to fix a gurgling toilet.
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How to Change a Toilet

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey gives some DIY Smarts and shows the basics of changing a toilet.

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How to Install Smart Smoke and CO Detectors

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron installs smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in this edition of DIY Smarts.