Home Safety How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our home safety step-by-step tips & ideas.
Doing it yourself should also mean doing it safely. But for folks without a lot of construction experience, knowing how to keep safe while still making progress on a home renovation or repair can be one of the most challenging aspects of the job. Keep these simple precautions in mind while tackling your own projects to increase the odds of staying safe and finishing the project.
In this instructional video, This Old House plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey describes how an in-home sprinkler system works
Whether it’s from a fire in the home or a wildfire nearby, put that scary memory behind you with these effective tricks for removing the odor of smoke. Here’s how.
Improving indoor air quality with This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey
In this how-to video, This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and host Kevin O'Connor discover ways to rid a home of mold
In this how-to video, This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey examines various types of carbon-monoxide detectors
There are many factors to consider when choosing a security system for your home, from installation to monitoring and more. Read our guide below to find out all you need to know.
The job of restoring your home can be physically demanding, dirty, and emotionally exhausting—but it’s doable and well worth the reward of getting your house back.
Protect your home and everything inside with these simple tips to help make your garage, an easy entry point for burglars, more secure.
To improve your home’s security, you’ll want to change your locks or rekey them. Learn the best time to do either, and how to rekey a lock.
Do you have asbestos in your house? Discover what it is, if you’ve been exposed, how to test for it and the best methods for removal.
This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows how to pour a massive concrete storm shelter. Read on to also learn more about design considerations and guidelines to keep you safe from the storm.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows a homeowner several ways to protect windows during a storm.
Learn about fire extinguisher the different sizes, classes, and how to use them in your home.
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.
The plant-populated channels can redirect storm water to specific locations
From a burglar’s point of view, an attached garage can mean access to the entire house, even if an automatic door operator keeps it locked up tight. A whole-house security system is your best safeguard, but these DIY moves can also help defeat intruders at this potential entry point
Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor helps a homeowner install a wireless alarm system.
How to toss or recycle household materials in need of special treatment. Note: Be sure to check your local laws before proceeding
Ask This Old House Host Kevin O'Connor shows a new mom a few tips to keep her baby safe around the house by using cabinet locks, a baby gate, outlet covers, and securing a television
Ask This Old House Master Electrician Scott Caron installs a light above a garage to illuminate a dark driveway
This Old House host Kevin O'Connor shares some tips on how to properly use hearing protection
Watch these common problem areas to help prevent costly household disasters
Learn the best way to reduce your use of certain household products, as well as the proper way to dispose of those you no longer need
This Old House host Kevin O'Connor and plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey discuss various types of DIY safety gear
This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and arborist Matt Foti remove a badly decayed tree.
If it's been a while since you cleaned out the basement or shed, watch out for these dangerous household chemicals hiding on the back shelves
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares his tricks of the trade for installing a mortised lockset
Thousands of kids go to emergency rooms every year as a result of preventable, accidental injuries. Here's how you can lower your youngster's chances of being one of them