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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 Identify and Remove a Load Bearing Wall

Tom Silva explains what load bearing walls are, how to identify them, and what needs to be done in order to safely remove them.

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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.

How to Fix a Hole in the Wall

Easily repair a hole in the wall of any size with these step-by-step instructions.

How to Remove Mold on Drywall

If you notice mold on a drywall surface in your home, try not to panic. The truth is that mold can happen anywhere and in any home. All it needs to grow is a source of moisture and an organic food source, and drywall can be an all-you-can-eat buffet. Read these steps on how to safely remove mold from your drywall.

How to Caulk Baseboards

This step-by-step guide will explain how to caulk baseboards in a way that creates neat edges and joints. There are also some tips for keeping things clean as you work. These steps apply to both paint and stain-grade baseboards installed against a painted surface.

How to Repair Plaster Walls

Our online visitors asked for help with dinged, gouged, and cracked walls. Here's an easy way to repair cracks in plaster walls and get a smooth surface that lasts.

How to Texture Paint: Give Walls an Artfully Rough Look

Want a rough texture paint look on your wall? Slather on colors drawn from nature, then smooth out the edges—no brush, no roller, just special effects.

How to Paint a Room

From start to finish, we show you how to give your interior walls a new personality in just one weekend.

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.

How to Insulate an Old House

We share different types of insulation so you can select what works best for your home’s interior walls.

Learn the Secrets of a Perfect Paint Job

Read these 24 pro tips to ensure our walls and trim get a flawless finish.

How To Cut Drywall

Read this DIY guide to learn how to cut drywall.

Common Drywall Texture Types and Finishes

Looking to go beyond plain-old smooth drywall? With a bit of effort, you can achieve a distinctive, textured look for your walls and ceilings that’s eye-catching, mood-setting, and personalized to your decorating tastes.

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.

How to Cut Batts of Fiberglass Insulation

3 easy steps and neat trick to safely make tidy cuts in fiberglass insulation batts.

How to Install Insulation

Learn how to beef up your wall's weather protection in 4 easy steps.

How to Repair Mortar in a Brick Wall

Repointing is a simple job, but it has to be done with care, using the right tools and the right materials.

Choose Paint Colors With a Color Wheel

Learn how to pick a complementary color scheme for your next paint job.

How to Install Baseboard

Tom Silva shows how to install baseboard trim that become visual anchors for any room.

How to Sponge Paint a Wall

Colored glaze layered on in a random pattern with a sea sponge can do wonders for a flat wall.

Pony Walls: What Are They and How to Build Them

A pony wall is nothing more than a short wall, and the term is often used interchangeably with "knee wall" or "cripple wall." Read this guide to learn what pony walls are and how to build one yourself.

Sash brush used for cutting in paint.
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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.

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.

Discussing an integrated panel and tape system for roof and wall assemblies.
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Creating a Secure Enclosure for the Cottage on the Cape

Learn how ZIP System’s integrated panel and tape system for roof and wall assemblies kept the This Old House Idea House on Cape Cod construction moving swiftly and efficiently—and how it will continue to help the home achieve higher efficiency and protection for years to come.

How to Hang Drywall

Drywall contractor Paul Landry's step-by-step method for installing rock.

How to Finish Drywall

This step-by-step guide shows you how to use tape and drywall mud to finish your new wall with ease.

How to Frame a Partition Wall

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva's technique for erecting an interior dividing wall.

DIY Entryway Gallery Wall

Accent your entryway with a stylish gallery wall featuring an easy molding frame

Fixing Cracks In Concrete Walls

A simple, permanent repair for a leaking crack in a basement wall.

How to Hang Wallpaper

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

Wainscoting Panels and Design Ideas

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