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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 Install Attic Stairs

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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 Update Oak 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

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How to Fix a Loose Hand Railing End Cap

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

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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 Replace a Stair Railing

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

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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 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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How to Repair a Broken Stair Tread

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva reveals his quick fix for cracked wooden steps

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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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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

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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 Add Stairway Headroom

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

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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

6 Ways to Make a Bland Staircase Grand

Use your stairs to transform the character of your home

Fixing Chipped Concrete Steps

Bring new life to damaged corners

Alternate Stepping

Truncated treads cut the run in half