This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains how to bring a gnawed newel post back to its original splendor.
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.
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.
Take your staircase from ho-hum to sensational with these attractive options for stenciled risers.
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.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva builds a safe and solid set of porch stairs.
Add style, color, and impact to your staircase with these beautiful painted stair ideas.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches a homeowner how to replace split-level stair treads in his mid-century modern home.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva fixes an end cap on a stair railing that keeps coming loose.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares some tricks for installing a new, sturdy staircase balustrade.
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.
In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva corrects a heading-bumping staircase.
These staircase design ideas can transform the character of your home.
This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to create durable, beautiful stone steps
In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva installs a staircase handrail.
Turn a bland stringer into an elegant eye-catcher with shapely, decorative stari brackets—a low-cost DIY upgrade.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva analyzes a staircase that is not to code for prospective homebuyers.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to bolster a wobbly post with a single screw
Painter Mauro Henrique paints an outdoor railing that Nathan just built to match the original railing around a homeowner’s deck.
Carpenter Nathan Gilbert builds and installs a railing for deck stairs that will match the original railing around the rest of the deck.
Step-by-step instructions to help you install folding attic stairs for easier access to your attic.
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.
Follow these guidelines when inspecting, measuring, and repairing an existing folding attic stair unit.
TOH reader Jaime Shackford used two off-the-shelf woven runners (about $125 each) to put some grip on her slick oak steps.
Tired of squeaky steps? Identify the source of sound and learn how to fix it to get quiet stairs.
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 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.
In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert demonstrates how to refinish stair treads.