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Stair How To & DIY

Improve the value of your home by discovering our stair step-by-step tips & ideas.

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How to Build Porch Stairs

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva builds a safe and solid set of porch stairs.

What to Know About Cutting Stair Stringers

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.

How to Fix a Loose Newel Post

The key to a steadier handrail is at the bottom of the stairs. This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to stabilize an unsteady staircase post.

How to Fix Concrete Steps

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.

Tom Silva points out features of a dangerous staircase
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Open House | Dangerous Staircases

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva analyzes a staircase that is not to code for prospective homebuyers.

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How to Connect Stair Railing Parts

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.

How to Keep Your Stairs Up to Code

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.

Tom Silva sitting on an oak staircase.
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How to Update Stair Treads and Risers

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches a homeowner how to replace split-level stair treads in his mid-century modern home.

White railing cap on on ornate wall banister.
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How to Fix a Loose Stair Rail End Cap

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva fixes an end cap on a stair railing that keeps coming loose.

A staircase with a dog sitting on the floor
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How to Replace a Stair Railing

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares some tricks for installing a new, sturdy staircase balustrade.

Wooden stairwell in a modern house
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How to Repair a Broken Wooden Stair Tread

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.

Tom Silva standing in a stairway with a low ceiling.
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How to Add Headroom to a Stairway

In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva corrects a heading-bumping staircase.

6 Grand Staircase Design Ideas

These staircase design ideas can transform the character of your home.

Adding concrete to the back of steps
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How to Build Granite Porch Stairs

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to create durable, beautiful stone steps

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How to Repair a Baluster

In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva mends a busted baluster.

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How to Install a Stair Handrail

In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva installs a staircase handrail.

How to Install Decorative Stair Brackets

Turn a bland stringer into an elegant eye-catcher with shapely, decorative stari brackets—a low-cost DIY upgrade.

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How to Repair a Loose Newel Post

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to bolster a wobbly post with a single screw

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How to Install Attic Stairs

Step-by-step instructions to help you install folding attic stairs for easier access to your attic.

How to Silence Your Squeaky Stairs

Tired of squeaky steps? Identify the source of sound and learn how to fix it to get quiet stairs.

Removing Carpet From Stairs

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.

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How to Build a Chippendale Railing

Kevin O’Connor and Jeff Sweenor demonstrate how to assemble and install a Chippendale railing for the Rhode Island Beach House

Paint Ombre Stair Risers

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How to Replace a Pull-Down Attic Staircase

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva removes an old attic staircase and replaces it with a new one.

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How to Repair a Wobbly Newel Post

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to stabilize an unsteady staircase post

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How to Install a Stair Runner

Use a stock runner (or two) to add a splash of color and cushiony comfort to bare wood stairs.

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Installing Attic Stairs

In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to make attic stairs safe and sturdy

How to Install Pull-Down Attic Stairs

Installing a sliding staircase for a solid route to storage

Alternate Stepping

Truncated treads cut the run in half