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Stair Videos

These This Old House videos showcase all of our stair projects, how-tos, and designs.

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How to Refinish Worn Out Stair Treads

In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert demonstrates how to refinish stair treads.

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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

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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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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 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 Porch Stairs

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

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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 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.

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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 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 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

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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