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S20 E27, Tom Silva repairs a dog-chewed newel post
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How to Repair a Dog-Chewed Newel Post

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains how to bring a gnawed newel post back to its original splendor.

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.

Stencil Ideas for Stair Risers

Take your staircase from ho-hum to sensational with these attractive options for stenciled risers.

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.

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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.

13 Imaginative Painted Stair Ideas

Add style, color, and impact to your staircase with these beautiful painted stair ideas.

Repurposing Vintage Newel Posts

Learn how to use the vintage wooden posts to support a new staircase, prop up a counter, or dress up an entryway.

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

Staircase with white balusters
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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.

Staircase with a handrail
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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.

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 Repair a Loose Newel Post

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

S20 E1, Mauro Henrique paints a deck rail
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How to Paint Outdoor Railings

Painter Mauro Henrique paints an outdoor railing that Nathan just built to match the original railing around a homeowner’s deck.

S20 E1, Nathan Gilbert builds deck stair railings
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How to Build a Deck Railing

Carpenter Nathan Gilbert builds and installs a railing for deck stairs that will match the original railing around the rest of the deck.

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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.

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 and Measure Pull Down Attic Stairs

Follow these guidelines when inspecting, measuring, and repairing an existing folding attic stair unit.

How to Install a DIY Stair Runner

TOH reader Jaime Shackford used two off-the-shelf woven runners (about $125 each) to put some grip on her slick oak steps.

How to Install a Stair Runner

An easy step-by-step guide to putting down a stair rug runner.

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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How to Tighten a Loose Newel Post

In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert travels to a Sears kit house in Richmond, Virginia to tighten an old, loose stair railing.

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 Refinish Worn Out Stair Treads

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

All About Stairs

Learn about changing elevation, one step at a time.