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Read more to plan, install, improve, maintain, or replace your driveway.

S20 E20, Mark McCullough repaves a driveway
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How to Pour a Concrete Driveway

This Old House mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner fix her driveway to make it safer and increase curb appeal.

S20 E14, Mark McCullough fixes a sinking driveway drainage system
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How to Fix a Sinking Driveway Drainage System

Mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner handle a sinking drywell forming a major depression in their driveway.

Melting Snow: Heated Driveway Systems vs. Portable Heating Mats

Long winters can be unbearable, especially if it means removing snow from your driveway several times a week. Heated driveway systems come in various forms and make winter easier, melting snow as it falls. But what are the options and how much do they cost?

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How to Build a Grass Driveway

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook uses grass pavers to transform a patch of grass into a lawn a homeowner can drive on

Driveway Repair and Replacement: Options & Costs

Learn how to repair cracks in your concrete or asphalt driveway or how to replace them entirely with other surface options.

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How to Repair an Asphalt Pothole

Ask This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook teaches a homeowner how to fill a pothole in an asphalt driveway to make it safe.

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The Best Ice Melt for Driveways

Mason Mark McCullough gives a basic overview of a few different ways to de-ice walkways and driveways during the winter, and how those deicers impact different types of masonry.

Patio and Pathway Inspiration

Update your patio, build a new walkway, or install a fire pit for yard that’s perfect for summer shindigs.

What To Put on Icy Steps, Stairs, Walkways, and Garage Floors

Make slippery surfaces safer in winter with 4 chemical-free products.

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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.

How to Install Outdoor Garage Lights

A step-by-step guide to lighting the driveway with outdoor garage light fixtures with a motion sensor.

All About Sealcoating a Driveway

Driveway sealcoating creates a membrane that protects the concrete or other substrate from the damaging effects of the sun, gasoline, rock salt, oil, and ice. Read this guide for tips on the best sealers to use, and how to seal a driveway to maximally preserve its structure and appearance.

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How to Build a Driveway Apron

Use handy paver mats made of concrete cobblestones to give your driveway some old-world charm.

How to Install a Permeable-Paver Driveway

More eco friendly than asphalt or concrete, permeable driveway pavers minimize runoff that can pollute waterways.

An Introduction to Driveways and Sidewalks

Details make a difference in the way we walk, ride, and drive.

Pet Safe Ice Prevention

Prevent ice on your driveways, sidewalks, and steps by pretreating. It’s better for your pets’ paws, too!

How to Pre-treat and Prevent Ice Like a Pro

It’s possible to prevent ice buildup—without the mess, and without harm to pets, property, or environment.

Prevent Driveway Puddles with Pervious Paving

Install a driveway that drains water away by using pavers above gravel layers

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How to Install Ultra-Thin Exterior Lighting

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron installs ultra-thin, LED lights on a garage to replace a broken floodlight.

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How to Install a Channel Drain

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner solve a driveway drainage dilemma

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How to Choose and Use a Snowblower

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares tips for safely clearing snow from driveways and walkways.

How to Create a Low-Maintenance, All-Gravel Driveway

Use a chip seal paving technique to get a classic driveway look that stands up to plowing and doesn't require annual raking and replenishment

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How to Build a Decorative Driveway Marker

Stock lumber and some creative cutting yield a charming new landmark

Concrete Paver Styles

Pavers come in many shapes, detailed to suit almost any architecture, and can transform a ho-hum outdoor space into a handsome and durable expression of your taste.

All About Concrete Pavers

When it's time for a new driveway or poolside patio, this easy-to-install option is tough, cost-effective, and surprisingly handsome. The TOH experts show you how to choose well for your next project

Pro Tips: Snow and Ice Removal

Buried by a blizzard? Follow our tips for digging out

Driveway Surfaces

Gravel, concrete, or brick? The choice affects aethetics as well as utility

Digging Out Your Car? Don't Damage the Driveway

Handy tips for avoiding damage to your driveway when you're shoveling snow

Driveways That Drain Away

Porous alternatives to asphalt divert rainwater runoff from overworked sewers—and look nicer

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How to Apply an Epoxy Coating to a Garage Floor

In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows the steps to creating a durable, stain-resistant garage floor

Driveway Jazz Up

How to transform—or take the focus off—a boring, straight driveway

A Better Driveway Border

Belgian block edging keeps the pavement out of your yard, and vice versa.