Flooring How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our flooring step-by-step tips & ideas.
How to Patch a Wood Floor
A previous owner removed three old floor-mount heating ducts in our house, leaving patched areas that are obvious and unstable. How can I redo them, so they blend in with the surrounding floor?—Mike Scarmon, Evansville, WI
Tile Setting 101: Best Practices from an Expert
A veteran tile setter shares his best practices for achieving top-notch tiled surfaces.
How to Install Tongue and Groove Flooring
In this video, Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O’Connor how tongue-and-groove flooring works, how to install it, and some of the tools and techniques required for the job.
How to Level a Floor
Want to level floors in your old house? Read this step-by-step guide to making a subfloor flat in preparation for installing a new finished floor.
How to Stretch Carpet
Need to stretch a section of carpet in your home? It takes a bit of muscle, but specialized tools do most of the work.
How to Remove Carpet From Stairs
Removing carpet from stairs can be easily tackled in a day or over the weekend, without hiring a professional. Read on to learn easiest method for carpet removal on your staircase.
How to Easily and Safely Remove Carpet
Grab these carpet removal tools and follow 5 steps to get rid of the old carpet in your home.
How to Level a Concrete Floor
Get insider tips and a step-by-step guide for concrete floor leveling.
How to Install Carpet Tiles
Carpet tiles can be a stylish and affordable flooring choice—and their simple maintenance makes them a smart one. Luckily, installing carpet tiles is beginner-friendly, requiring just a few tools and a bit of preparation to get the job done.
How to Remove a Burn Mark from a Hardwood Floor
Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert travels to Portland, Oregon to repair an original wood floor that was burned by a face-down hot iron.
How to Patch a Chipped Wood Floor
Using only hand tools and a drill, Tom Silva makes minor floor damage disappear with a simple and effective dutchman repair technique
Subflooring Secrets to a Quiet Floor
Squeaky floors can be a jobsite nuisance or a frustrating callback. Learn how choosing the right subflooring material can help prevent the pain
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.
How to Replace a Vinyl Floor with Ceramic Tile
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner replace the peeling, vinyl floor in his bathroom with a ceramic tile floor
How to Patch a Chipped Wood Floor
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva fixes a chipped wood floor using a Dutchman and hand tools.
How to Clean Hardwood Floors Without Damaging Them
Want your hardwood floors to shine? From vacuuming to mopping, discover how to clean your hardwood floors & what to use to without leaving lasting damage.
How to Repair a Bad Flooring Joint
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva repairs a piece of wood nosing that was poorly installed and resulted in a bad joint.
How to Patch a Hole in Wood Trim
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner patch a large hole in painted baseboard molding
How to Patch a Hardwood Floor
Tom Silva installs a patch in a hardwood floor and fills the gaps with a custom wood putty
How to Patch Hardwood Flooring
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner patch a hardwood floor to make it look seamless
Painted Floor Inspired by the Past
Use tape, paint, and a stencil to make this classic floor pattern shine
How to Install DIY Radiant Floor Heating
Use a specialized foam panel to lock the PEX tubing in place, cover it with a sand-and-cement mix, and tile away.
How to Restore Terrazzo Floors
This Old House host Kevin O'Connor heads to Del Ray Beach, Florida, to restore terrazzo floors
How to Avoid Rookie Plumbing Mistakes
This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey demonstrates some common plumbing mistakes and how to avoid them
How to Repair a Cracked Floor Joist
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner repair a cracked floor joist
How to Quiet Squeaky Carpeted Floors
This Old House general Contractor Tom Silva shows how you can silence those squeaks by using specials screws
Fast Fixes for Floor Scratches
Between footwear, pets, and furniture, wood floors can take a beating. Minimize the signs of wear and tear with these easy repairs.
11 Ways to Update Your Floors With Paint
Lively and budget-friendly paint ideas for the surfaces beneath your feet
How to Install a Linoleum Tile Floor
Use click-together Marmoleum squares to lay a floating floor in an endless array of colorful patterns
Overview of Flooring Options
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor discuss the wide world of flooring products
How to Tile a Bathroom Floor
Installing bathroom floor tiles isn’t a job for beginners. Watch what it takes as contractor Angelo McRae installs a new mosaic-tile floor.