Stair How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our stair step-by-step tips & ideas.
Mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner solve an issue with a crumbling sandstone veneer on their front steps, improving the safety and curb appeal of their home.
General contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O’Connor a quick, simple trick for spacing balusters evenly, and it doesn’t even require math.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains how to bring a gnawed newel post back to its original splendor.
Stairs that are poorly designed or too dimly lit pose a safety hazard, while stairs that are uniform in their dimensions and built according to code are comfortable and safe to ascend and descend. Luckily for all concerned, modern building codes for stairs are very straightforward, and the principles for exterior and interior stairs are identical. Read on to learn more about how to keep your stairs up to code.
Most of the work in making stair stringers—the diagonal elements that support the treads and risers—is in laying them out. Read on to learn more about the steps to take when cutting stair stringers.
Removing carpet from stairs can be easily tackled in a day or over the weekend, without hiring a professional. Read on to learn easiest method for carpet removal on your staircase.
In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert demonstrates how to refinish stair treads.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches a homeowner how to replace split-level stair treads in his mid-century modern home.
Most staircase railings come from stock pieces found at many home centers that can easily be connected by a homeowner. Tom Silva explains the best way to ensure a strong connection between each part.
A secondary staircase becomes a visual treat when painted a handful of unexpected hues
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva fixes an end cap on a stair railing that keeps coming loose.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva analyzes a staircase that is not to code for prospective homebuyers.
Kevin O’Connor and Jeff Sweenor demonstrate how to assemble and install a Chippendale railing for the Rhode Island Beach House
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva builds a safe and solid set of porch stairs.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva removes an old attic staircase and replaces it with a new one.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares some tricks for installing a new, sturdy staircase balustrade.
This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to create durable, beautiful stone steps
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to stabilize an unsteady staircase post
Use a stock runner (or two) to add a splash of color and cushiony comfort to bare wood stairs.
A cracked or broken stair tread can lead to someone tripping and falling. This Old House general contractor Tom Silva reveals his quick fix for cracked wooden steps.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to bolster a wobbly post with a single screw
Turn a bland stringer into an elegant eye-catcher with shapely, decorative stari brackets—a low-cost DIY upgrade.
In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to make attic stairs safe and sturdy
In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva mends a busted baluster.
Step-by-step instructions to help you install folding attic stairs for easier access to your attic.
In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva corrects a heading-bumping staircase.
In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva installs a staircase handrail.
These staircase design ideas can transform the character of your home.
Concrete steps are typically durable, but they can sometimes chip or breakaway near the corners. Read these steps to learn how to bring new life to damaged corners of your concrete steps.