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Creating a Forever Home: Aging in Place

Here’s how you can go about aging in place not just gracefully but gradually—without giving up the house you love.

How to Deep Clean Your House

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.

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Changing Locks on a New Home

Here’s how to change a door lock on a new house to keep your home safe and secure.

Keep Basements Mold-Free

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

Yes, You Should Test for Radon—Again

Turns out it’s still a threat. Here’s what to do

How to Stop Break-Ins

Discover your home's vulnerable spots before you go away on vacation, and learn how to prevent burglaries for less than $250

Keep Mold From Taking Hold

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

How to Install a Wall Safe

Safeguard your valuables in 4 easy steps

What You Need to Know About Lead

Learn more about this potentially deadly substance

Workshop Safety for Kids

12 tips for making sure your pint-sized DIYer is protected


How to Install a Door Lockset

In this how-to video, add a new lockset with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva

Childproofing Your Home

Take preventative measures to protect your children from household dangers

Clean the Air in Your House

The stuff you breathe inside your home might be as filthy as an L.A. smog storm. Here's what you can do about it

Fire Safety and Prevention Checklist

It's not enough to have evacuation plans. It's not even enough to have a fire detector on every floor. Learn what experts say homeowners need to do now

How to Pick a Lock

How to choose one, that is: An overview of residential locks

How to Install a Lockset

A step-by-step guide from This Old House master carpenter Norm Abram

Breathing Easier

Simple, low-cost ways to make the air in your home cleaner and healthier.