Home Safety How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our home safety step-by-step tips & ideas.
General contractor Tom Silva meets with a homeowner and improves her home’s fire resistance with the help of a fire-hardening contractor.
Nathan Gilbert, Mauro Henrique, and Heath Eastman help a homeowner prepare their home for their baby’s future, keeping them safe from serious hazards like poisons, electricity, and falls.
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.
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.
Here’s how you can go about aging in place not just gracefully but gradually—without giving up the house you love.
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.
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.
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.
Go beyond the weekly dust swipe-and-sweep and gear up for what pros call a "deep cleaning." Read our tips for deep cleaning your living room, bathroom, kitchen and laundry appliances.
Here’s how to change a door lock on a new house to keep your home safe and secure.
Planning to create or redo a below-grade living space? Finished basements are vulnerable to damage from storm-water intrusions, leaking pipes and hot-water tanks, or simply high humidity. Lower the risk of mold or mildew taking hold by remodeling with materials made to shake off damp conditions
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
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.
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
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
In this instructional video, This Old House plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey describes how an in-home sprinkler system works
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