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.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva builds a safe and solid set of porch stairs.
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.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches a homeowner how to replace split-level stair treads in his mid-century modern home
At our mid-century-modern project, there’s a whole lot of climbing going on
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.
A secondary staircase becomes a visual treat when painted a handful of unexpected hues
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva fixes an end cap on a stair railing that keeps coming loose
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva analyzes a staircase that is not to code for prospective homebuyers.
Kevin O’Connor and Jeff Sweenor demonstrate how to assemble and install a Chippendale railing for the Rhode Island Beach House
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva removes an old attic staircase and replaces it with a new one.
Peel-and-stick a new look onto a tired staircase with no long-term commitment
A simple plan to create attic play space spurs a surprising new look throughout this brick house
Raise your stairs' profile with a five-color palette of related hues
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares some tricks for installing a new, sturdy staircase balustrade
This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to create durable, beautiful stone steps