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S20 E8, Heath Eastman wires a shed

How to Wire a Shed for Electricity

Master electrician Heath Eastman helps Mason Mark McCullough wire his chicken barn for lights and power.

How to Winterize Your Sprinkler System

Knowing how to winterize your sprinkler system is key to protecting the system’s pipes and valves from the cold. Learn about the steps you need to take in this guide.

How to Winterize a Pool

When summer days start to fade away, it’s time to start prepping your pool for the cooler months. Read this guide to learn the steps for winterizing in-ground and above-ground pools.

How to Create a Dog-Friendly Yard

Your yard is your happy place, and you want it to be your pet’s, too. Here’s how to protect your landscaping while giving her an ideal romping ground.

How To Find Property Lines

The legal boundaries of a plot of land are one of the most important things for a homeowner to know, but they’re often overlooked—until those property lines come into question, that is. Read this guide to figure out how to easily find your property lines.


How to Make a Lily Pond

Use treated lumber and a pond liner to create a soothing water feature in your backyard

How to Build a Pallet Wood Shed

Need a place to store firewood in your yard? A pallet wood shed is an easy way to keep wood dry and accessible. Here are the steps you need to follow to build one yourself.

3 Simple Ways to Attract Birds to a Birdhouse

To encourage nesters to turn your birdhouse into a home, site it right, place it high, and keep it clean

Grill Maintenance 101

The key to great barbecue isn't your secret sauce—it's a clean grill. Follow these tips for improved grill performance and better tasting barbecue.

How to Make DIY Fossils

Engage your kids with this easy DIY fossil project.

5 Ways to Attract Fireflies to Your Yard

Recapture the childhood excitement of seeing fireflies in the night sky.


How to Install a Dry Well for a Sump Pump

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares a permanent way to collect and disperse sump-pump water

ASK S8 E24, Roger Cook discusses birdfeeders

How to Choose and Use Birdfeeders

Feeding our feathered friends with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and Massachusetts Audubon Naturalist Tia Pinney


How to Run Electricity to a Shed

Electrician Scott Caron shows us how he powers an outbuilding—which takes wiring knowledge as well as lots of digging.

Family Project: Lemonade stand

How to Build a Lemonade Stand

How to make a sturdy display table, with instructions for parents and kids

S9 E6, Roger Cook discusses ground covers

How to Choose and Plant Ground Cover

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares tips for selecting, planting and growing low-maintenance ground cover.

How to Prep Your Lawn for Winter

The end of summer signals the best time to lay the groundwork for a lush field of grass come spring.

How to Build a Pergola

Building a classic shade arbor for the backyard


How to Get a Great-Looking Lawn

Ask This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook heads to Kentucky to help a homeowner revive his lawn.

Fall Lawn Treatment: 7 Musts for Your Yard

Take note of these helpful tips that your lawn needs before the onset of winter.

9 Steps to a Lush Lawn

Want to create a lusher lawn? Read these tips from This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.


How to Install a Fence Gate

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner install a new gate to fence in her pet dog


How to Choose and Use Lawn Sprinklers

Watering smartly with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.


Build It | How to Build a Chicken Coop

Use pressure-treated lumber and PVC trim to create a shelter designed by Tom Silva to keep predators at bay—and provide a source of fresh eggs right out your back door. You'll find the full, written step-by-step instructions (with diagrams and photos) under the video below

How to Put Your Snow Blower to Bed

Here’s what to do now to ensure that your snow blower is ready for action next winter.


How to Install a Solar-Powered Fountain

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to harness the sun's energy to power a backyard water feature.


How to Build a DIY Treehouse

Use specialty hardware designed to preserve the tree and a mix of lumber and branches to create a platform sturdy enough to support your kids’ wildest imaginations.


How to Fix a Patchy, Weedy Lawn

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook resuscitates a dying lawn


How to Shovel and Salt Snow and Ice

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares tips for clearing a concrete walkway after a snowstorm

How to Plant a Privacy Hedge

Learn how to a low-maintenance evergreen screen from tall arborvitae shrubs.


How to Build an Outdoor Bar Cart

Offer guests cocktails and brews by wheeling out this dedicated serving station.

How to Prevent Weeds From Growing

Tips on how to keep weeds out of the garden, add the right amount of mulch over weeds, and 6 mistakes to avoid to keep your garden weed-free.