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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.

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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 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.

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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

Stencil Your Stair Runners

Take a plain run of stairs to the next level with a suite of stencil patterns and related shades

Sneak Peek: Brookline Stair Risers

At our mid-century-modern project, there’s a whole lot of climbing going on

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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.

Paint a Candy-Colored Staircase

A secondary staircase becomes a visual treat when painted a handful of unexpected hues

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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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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 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

Add Wine Storage Under the Stairs

Use dead space under a stair case to keep wine at the ready

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Idea House 2017 | Chippendale Railing

Check out this timelapse of details from our beach house in Rhode Island

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.

Dress Up Stair Risers With Vinyl Decals

Peel-and-stick a new look onto a tired staircase with no long-term commitment

A 1940s House Makes a Fresh Start

A simple plan to create attic play space spurs a surprising new look throughout this brick house

Use Paint to Create Upbeat Stair Risers

Raise your stairs' profile with a five-color palette of related hues

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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