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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 Get Rid of Birds on Your Property

Harming or trapping most wild birds is illegal, so we’ll show you how to get rid of birds on your property by using harmless, non-chemical deterrents and repellents.

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.

Ingenious Upgrades for Your Outdoor Rooms

Porch, patio, and deck upgrades that will make you glad you stayed at home.

Installing a natural gas barbecue grill

How to Install a Natural Gas Barbecue Grill

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey installs a natural gas line for a barbecue grill

Wooden rain barrel outside blue house

How to Build a Rain Barrel

Collecting rainwater is a no-brainer for gardening. It’s the ugly black barrels we could do without. So here’s a plan you can use to build your own rain barrel, one that’s both eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing. It’s a simple project, thanks to an off-the-shelf diverter kit that connects to a downspout.

Group of friends playing a pipe ball lawn game

How to Build a Pipe Ball Lawn Game

Learn how to cut and connect drainpipe into a rack for a simple but challenging ball-toss lawn game.

Maintaining Small Engine Gas-Powered Yard Tools

How to Maintain Small Engine Gas-Powered Yard Tools

Keeping outdoor power equipment running smoothly with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.

How to Create a Relaxing Garden Retreat

After a winter stuck inside renovating her 1890 farmhouse in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, TOH magazine reader Maria Hasenecz was eager to head outdoors. Here's how her garden grew.

Miniature Golf Course at Home

How to Build a Miniature Golf Course

Bring the family together by building the green and then playing on it with this DIY miniature golf cart that both kids and adults can enjoy.

How to Have a Successful Yard Sale

Check out these tips on how to rake in the big bucks when you put your old stuff out to sell.

Using water hose to spray outdoor television

How to Install an Outdoor Television

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron installs a weatherproof television to complete a homeowner's patio.

Side of a house with an outdoor faucet.

How to Install an Outdoor Faucet

Learn how to add a new hose spigot with This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey.

Young deer eating leaves off small tree

How to Deer-Proof Small Trees

Learn how to keep deer away from young trees and shrubs with landscape contractor Roger Cook.

Bat house on the side of a red house

How to Build a Bat House

Give these mosquito-eating creatures a place to roost in time for trick-or-treat season, and reap the benefits year-round. With instructions for parents and kids

Wheelbarrow in garden

How to Fix a Flat Wheelbarrow Tire

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to repair a flat tire on a wheelbarrow.


Build It | Fire Pit Cover

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva works with host Kevin O’Connor to build a cover that can turn a store bought fire pit into a table when not in use.

Jenn Nawada spreading ground cover

How to Design a Yard in Phases

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada returns to her home state of Florida to help a homeowner design a tropical landscape for his backyard.


How to Install a Raised Vegetable Garden with Arbors

This Old House landscaping contractors Roger Cook and Jenn Nawada help an elementary school build and plant a raised-bed vegetable garden.

Family Project: Lemonade stand

How to Build a Lemonade Stand

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

A cedar compost bench in a landscaped garden

How to Build a Cedar Compost Bench

Use clear cedar boards to assemble a comfortable and productive focal point for your yard.


How to Build a Tree Swing

Make an old-fashioned rope swing with these instructions for parents and kids.

How to Create a Backyard Pond

Learn how to create a free-form backyard pond in just six hours.

How to Build an Outdoor Bench From Dining Chairs

See a pair of vintage chairs transformed into an outdoor bench that can be enjoyed for years to come.

Two girls playing in a homemade fort.

How to Build a Fort

How to make a versatile backyard play area, with instructions for parents and kids.

How to Build an Outdoor Kitchen

If you've got some basic skills and a couple of handy friends, you too can build a grill island like this one. Here's the lowdown.

Tom Silva and two children walking on stilts.

How to Build Wooden Stilts

Walk a little taller after assembling these fun playtime accessories.

How to Turn a Salvaged Sink Into an Outdoor Bar

They look great and work even better, but did you know a vintage kitchen sink can also improve your social life? Here’s how to turn an old sink into a unique and functioning outdoor bar.