Home Safety How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our home safety step-by-step tips & ideas.
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.
Protect your home and everything inside with these simple tips to help make your garage, an easy entry point for burglars, more secure.
In this instructional video, This Old House plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey describes how an in-home sprinkler system works
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.
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
This Old House host Kevin O'Connor shares some tips on how to properly use hearing protection
Improving indoor air quality with This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows a professional approach to eliminating dangerous fungus outbreaks in the home
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.
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
Are outdoor fire pits safe? They absolutely can be with these safety tips.
Discover your home's vulnerable spots before you go away on vacation, and learn how to prevent burglaries for less than $250
Mold spores are a problem anywhere it's humid, but in post-Katrina New Orleans, the scourge was hard to beat; here's how the owner of the TOH TV NOLA project did it