Wall Installation

Read through step-by-step tutorials to help you prepare for any installation pertaining to your wall.

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When and How to Use Cement Backerboard

Cement backerboard is a durable and reliable building material option. In this guide, we breakdown when and how to use it.
Vapor barrier on a house under construction

Understanding Vapor and Moisture Barriers for the Home

Moisture is one of the home’s worst enemies. It can lurk in almost any area, especially in bathrooms, kitchens, crawl spaces, attics, walls, and basements. Vapor and moisture barriers are a way to control moisture and keep mold and corrosion at bay.

How to Hang a TV on Brick Wall

Can you mount a TV on a brick wall? Absolutely. But mounting a TV on brick does take more preparation, knowledge, and tools than installing one on drywall. This guide will show you how to hang a TV on a brick wall so you can make the most of your wall space and elevate your entertainment.

How to Choose the Right Grout for Any Tile Job

All grout formulas fall into just two basic categories: traditional cement-based ones or newer resin-based types. Use this guide to help you decide which type is the best for your project, your budget, and your skills.

Fire-Rated Drywall: Is It Worth It?

This Old House master carpenter Norm Abram explains why builders don’t use 5/8-inch fire-code drywall throughout the entire house.

How to Install Shiplap Walls

Here’s how to create the effect of shiplap by installing plywood panels to walls inside your home.

Exterior Walls That Exceed the Code | Pro2Pro Premiere

Learn how to build an exterior wall assembly that is air-tight, manages moisture, and provides an R-value that goes beyond the code.

Things to Know About Choosing Insulation

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva discusses the options for insulation with host Kevin O’Connor

How to Install Easy DIY Wainscoting

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps homeowners dress up their dining room walls using stock molding from the home center

How to Hang a Flat-Panel TV with Concealed Wiring

Electrician Scott Caron hangs a flat-screen TV on the wall and conceals all the wiring

How to Hang a Flat-Screen TV

Hide unsightly electrical cords the right way

How to Create a Faux Paneled Accent Wall

Stock trim arranged to mimic paneling adds character to a bland master bedroom without breaking the bank

All About Wainscoting

Dress up your plain-Jane walls with stylish trim that also guards against scuffs and scratches. This Old House helps you get the look you want at a price you can afford.

Wainscoting Panels and Design Ideas

Ideas and inspiration to help you select, plan, and install wainscoting.

The Art of Adobe Restoration

Remodeling with adobe can make a house look as good as it did when it was first built.

The Best Techniques for Hanging Wallpaper

Line a room with wallpaper and you have instant decoration.

Perfect Paneling Seams

If you can't get a perfectly tight fit between the sheets, you can at least hide the evidence

How to Install Beadboard Wainscoting

Follow step-by-step as This Old House's Tom Silva installs a Victorian-era enhancement

How to Install Baseboards

Installing baseboard trim serves as a visual anchor for any room. Tom Silva shows how to install baseboard trim that becomes visual anchors for any room. Learn about joint requirements, cap molding, and what size nails you’ll need in this helpful guide.

How to Hang Wallpaper

Painting and decorating contractor John Dee's step-by-step method for a well-clad wall.

Trimming Paneling

Create a snug fit where paneling abuts stone walls or other irregular surfaces

Lots of Groundwork Goes into the Best Rock Walls

Landscape contractor Roger Cook explains how to build a wall that will stand up to almost anything thrown at it.

How to Build a Temporary Wall to Partition a Room

Using a temporary wall you can build an instant extra bedroom—and when you need your old room back, it can be taken down in minutes.