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How to Clean a Stainless-Steel Sink

Stainless steel is a popular finish choice for refrigerators and dishwashers, but it’s a common pick for kitchen sinks, too. It’s durable and doesn’t stain, but some extra care is needed to keep it looking its best. Here are some tips to maintain a stainless-steel sink that’s spotless as well.

How to Remove Old Grout

If the grout in your kitchen or bathroom is chipped, moldy, or just no longer working for you, it may be time to replace it. Follow our guide for removing it manually or with a power tool.

What to Do if Your Range Vent Hood Leaks Cold Air


How a Plumbing Trap Can Lose Water

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains several reasons why a trap may be losing water

Refrigerator Leaking Water? Here’s How to Fix It

If your refrigerator is leaking water, it could be due to an issue that you can easily fix. Learn about ways you can identify the problem and find out how you can protect your wallet in the case that professional maintenance is necessary.

How to Clean a Garbage Disposal

Like any appliance, your garbage disposal needs a good cleaning every once in a while, or you could end up with a breeding ground for harmful bacteria or mold. Follow this guide to learn how to easily clean your garbage disposal.

How to Clean a Gas Stovetop

It’s no surprise that your stovetop can get messy—it’s where you cook and prepare most of your meals. It’s easy to neglect cleaning it regularly, but you can remove cooked-on stains and grease with ease with a few simple steps.

How to Deal with Common Kitchen Plumbing Problems

Here’s how to fix leaks and clear clogs in your kitchen sink.

8 Ways to Make Your Refrigerator More Efficient

Follow these simple tips to keep your fridge operating in tip-top condition.


How to Choose and Maintain a Garbage Disposer

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shares some tricks for removing—and avoiding—stubborn disposer jams

Restoring a Butcher-Block Countertop

When wood counters lose their good looks, here’s how to make them beautiful again, and keep them looking that way

How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets

Banish the worst greasy messes from the cupboards and drawers that hold everything in your cook space.

How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

Learn about 4 types of faucets, what causes a faucet to drip, and how to repair them.

How to Fix a Dishwasher That Won’t Drain

Dishwasher not draining? Repair can be an easy DIY project. Read our guide to diagnose and fix your dishwasher on your own.

Kitchen Faucet Parts: Everything You Need to Know

Your kitchen faucet is one of the most-used parts of your kitchen. Whether you’re buying or looking to replace parts, here’s what you need to know about it.

How to Get a Sparkling Clean Microwave

It’s super easy to clean this gadget, no matter the level the filth. Follow these easy directions for getting your microwave sparkling clean.

All About Tile Grout and How to Clean It

Explore the basics of grout — the difference between cement-based and epoxy grout, sealers, colors and cleaning.

A Quick Way to Clean Tarnished Silver

Breaking out the fine flatware for the holidays? Make sure sterling silver looks its best by reversing the chemical reaction that created silver sulfide, a.k.a. tarnish, in the first place


Understanding the Cycles of a Dishwasher

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey takes host Kevin O’Connor inside a dishwasher to explain each cycle


How to Replace a Smelly Dishwasher Drain Hose

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey comes up smelling sweet by installing a new discharge hose


How to Fix a Noisy Faucet

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey quiets a tap that's making a hammering sound

Fast Fixes for March

Early-spring upkeep to scratch off of your to-do list this month


How to Maintain a Stone Countertop

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor learns important maintenance tips from stone countertop contractor Jason Keefe

Get a Handle on the Kitchen Faucet

Know the name and function of all the parts of your leaky faucet so you can decide whether you can repair it yourself or need to call in a pro

Reface or Replace Cabinets?

Is refacing kitchen cabinets a viable option or a mail-marketed ripoff?