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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.

How to Replace a Baluster

Fixing broken, wobbly, or missing wood spindles makes a staircase safe and attractive

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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

How to Add Shapely Stair Brackets

Turn a bland stringer into an elegant eye-catcher with this low-cost DIY upgrade

Staircase Design and Upgrade Ideas

Add distinction and character to plain old stairs with these 10 creative tips

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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

How to Install Pull-Down Attic Stairs

Installing a sliding staircase for a solid route to storage

Stair Runners

Create a stairway to heaven with one of these beautiful new runners

Front Porch Fix-up

How to replace weathered, rotting outdoor flooring

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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

New Turns for Old Newels

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

Stairs That Disappear

Climbing up to the attic should be easy — and safe

6 Ways to Make a Bland Staircase Grand

Use your stairs to transform the character of your home

Fixing Chipped Concrete Steps

Bring new life to damaged corners

Reinforcing Newel Posts

The key to a steadier handrail is at the bottom of the stairs

Alternate Stepping

Truncated treads cut the run in half

Replacing Balusters

Replacing snaggletoothed spindles restores a staircase's dignity.