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Surprising Sources of Radiation in Household Items

Many of us are unknowingly exposed to radioactive things everyday, here are 9 household materials and products that could be emitting low levels of radiation.

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Understanding the Dangers of Thirdhand Smoke

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey and painter Mauro Henrique discuss how to remove a cigarette smell from a home and why it is important to do so.

The 5 Best Asbestos Test Kits (2022 Review)

Having asbestos in your home can cause serious illnesses, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Thankfully, there’s a simple way to check for its presence. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best asbestos test kits on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

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 Repair Damage After a House Fire

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.

Firework Safety: 9 Tips for Safely Celebrating the Fourth of July at Home

In many areas of the country, some form of consumer fireworks are legal. Learn how to protect yourself and your family if you're planning your own festival of lights this holiday.

How to Increase Garage Door Security

Protect your home and everything inside with these simple tips to help make your garage, an easy entry point for burglars, more secure.


How to Install a Fire Sprinkler System

In this instructional video, This Old House plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey describes how an in-home sprinkler system works

Ring Security System Review

In this Ring Security System Review, our Reviews Team installed and tested Ring’s alarm system. Read on to find out how it performed during our tests.


How to Install a Fire Escape Ladder

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install an emergency escape ladder

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.

The 4 Best Indoor Security Cameras on Amazon

A quality indoor security camera produces clear footage and audio so that you can monitor rooms that need a little extra attention. In this review, the This Old House Reviews team tests the best available indoor security cameras on Amazon to help you make a selection that’s right for your home.


How to Install an Electronic Dead Bolt

Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor shows a homeowner how to install a Bluetooth-enabled smart-lock dead bolt for his front door


How to Remove and Contain Lead Paint

Lead paint abatement specialist Ron Peik shows the safe, proper way to dispose of lead paint.


How to Make a DIY Air Filter

Ross Trethewey explains how air filtration systems work and how to build a localized DIY air filter.


How to Safeguard Your House from Wildfires

Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor learns about ways to make a home more resistant to wildfires.

How to Rekey a Lock

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.

Asbestos in the Home: How to Identify, Test and Remove It

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.

Best Smoke Detectors and Fire Alarms of 2022

If you’re looking to detect smoke and carbon monoxide in your home, read our review to learn about the best smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on Amazon.

14 Supplies to Prepare for a Blizzard

What you need to prepare for a snowstorm so you have the essentials before, during, and after an emergency strikes.

How to Test for Radon and Get Rid of It

Learn about DIY radon tests, hiring a mitigation contractor, and building a radon-resistant home.


How to Build a Storm Shelter

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.

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How to Choose Hurricane Window Covers

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows a homeowner several ways to protect windows during a storm.

Whole-House Battery Backup

Their numbers are still small, but home battery backup systems may be the wave of the future.

Hurricane Proof House: What You Need to Protect

Easy, affordable things you can do to protect your home and property from storm damage.


How to Install a Deadbolt Lock

In this video, we show you how to install a new deadbolt lock step-by-step with tips on how to mark the door and position the drill.

How a House Fire Spreads

It only takes 30 seconds for a small flame to turn into a full-blown life-threatening fire. We break down the sequence of events in a typical kitchen fire to show how quickly the devastation can spread.

Home Fire Extinguishers: Know the Different Types

Learn about fire extinguisher the different sizes, classes, and how to use them in your home.

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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.

The 5 Best Electronic Deadbolts

The This Old House Reviews team evaluated the best electronic deadbolts on the market to help you make a smart purchase. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

The 5 Best First Aid Kits

This review offers a first-hand evaluation of the quality and effectiveness of the five best first aid kits offered on Amazon that are available to you and your family. In addition to online retailers like Amazon, the products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores and local home centers.

The 9 Best Hand Soaps To Fight Germs (2022)

No matter what kind of hand soap you prefer, this review evaluates the benefits and effectiveness of different types of soaps to help you fight off germs. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.