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How to Choose the Right Insulation

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

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How to Hang a Heavy Mirror on Masonry

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner hang a large mirror on the stone chimney above his fireplace

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How to Fill a Hole in a Brick Wall

We show you how to fill a hole in a brick wall with mortar, matching bricks, and tools you can rent.

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Tips with Tommy: Stone Wool Insulation

It’s efficient, easy to install, and incredibly effective; hear what Tom Silva has to say about this versatile insulation product

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Paint a Room Like a Pro

Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique teaches a homeowner the basics of painting a room perfectly.

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How to Paint a Room in 13 Steps

What does it take and how much does it cost to paint a room? Watch our video and read our easy instructions on how to prep and paint like a pro.

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How to Patch Small Holes in Walls

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches a homeowner to patch small holes in her wall.

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How to Patch a Drywall Hole

General contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O’Connor how to patch holes in drywall, covering holes of all shapes and sizes.

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How to Frame Out Basement Walls

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to fur out concrete basement walls to get them ready for drywall

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How to Replace a Wall Tile

In this how-to video, This Old House tile contractor Joe Ferrante replaces cracked ceramic tile

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How to Retrofit Cellulose Insulation

In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains how to install cellulose insulation

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How to Install a Tub Grab Bar

In this how-to video, create a safer bath with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva

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How to Rebuild a Concrete Block Retaining Wall

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough rebuilds a retaining wall that was stacked with the wrong material.

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How to Patch Plaster

In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva makes a perfect-patch plaster repair.

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How to Remove Wallpaper Easily

Painter Jim Clark shares tips for cleanly removing the most stubborn wallpaper.

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How to Cover a Concrete Wall with Stone Veneer

Dressing up a block wall with stone-veneer panels, with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook

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How to Paint a Scallop Pattern

Looking to warm up a wall? Try this whimsical pattern

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How to Cut a Pass-Through in a Load Bearing Wall

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a couple frame an opening between their kitchen and living room in a load-bearing wall.

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How to Remove a Load-Bearing Wall

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to safely cut open up a wall.

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How to Cut in Paint Edges with a Brush

Trying to paint edges neatly? Here’s how to cut in paint like a pro.

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How to Paint a Striped Wall

Create a bold accent wall with painter's tape and a menu of complementary colors

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How to Stencil a Border

Dress up a doorway—or any room feature—with a pattern of your own design

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How to Install a Wall Niche

Plug in some instant old-world charm with a premolded polyurethane insert, scrap lumber, and a few basic tools

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How to Install Wainscoting

Layer stock lumber and moldings to produce this classic architectural element

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How to Prep Framing Studs for Hinges, Valves and Fixtures | Generation NEXT

Jeff Sweenor shows apprentice Kevin Barker the extra steps he takes to clearly label locations of hinges, valves, fixtures, and studs for his subcontractors

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How to Block Behind Walls | Generation NEXT

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How to Plaster Blue Board | This Old House

Tom Silva shows Kevin O'Connor the differences between drywall installation and plastering over blue board

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How to Locate Structure Behind Walls

When you’re hanging a shelf or TV, you’ll need to find the studs in your wall. As part of the Ask TOH Tips from the Pros series, Tom Silva reveals simple, low-tech ways to get the job done

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Barrington | Architectural Moldings created from Polyurethane

Norm sees the decorative brackets being used on the exterior and learns why polyurethane is a better choice than PVC stock for this application

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How to Build a Chalkboard Message Center

Taking a cue from classic window trim, Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor dress up a chalkboard with molding from the home center

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How to Create Simulated Panels with Molding

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva creates a simulated stile and rail wainscoting on a dining room wall by using base cap molding.

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How to Treat Stains on Plaster and Drywall

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains the best way to get rid of water stains on ceilings and walls.