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Dry well
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How Do Dry Wells Work?

Dry wells are subsurface, engineered water displacement systems that collect and disperse unwanted water from rainstorms and runoff.

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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.

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How to Install a Natural Gas Grill

Ask This Old House heating and plumbing expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner install a natural gas line to fire up his backyard barbecue grill

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How to Use a Chainsaw

Safe and efficient cutting techniques with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and chainsaw expert Tim Ard.

Installing a natural gas barbecue grill
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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
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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
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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
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How to Maintain Small Engine Gas-Powered Yard Tools

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

Miniature Golf Course at Home
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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.

Bamboo privacy screen in backyard
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How to Plant a Bamboo Screen

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a pair of homeowners select and plant a privacy screen using bamboo plants.

Removing overgrown shrub from foundation of home
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How to Remove Overgrown Foundation Shrubs

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner remove foundation shrubs that have overtaken the front of her house

Using water hose to spray outdoor television
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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How to Fix a Flat Wheelbarrow Tire

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

Jenn Nawada spreading ground cover
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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.

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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
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How to Build a Lemonade Stand

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

S20 E27, Mark McCullough shows Kevin O’Connor how to build a stone bird bath
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How to Build a Stone Bird Bath

This Old House mason Mark McCullough shows host Kevin O’Connor how to turn two pieces of stone into a beautiful rustic birdbath.

A cedar compost bench in a landscaped garden
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How to Build a Cedar Compost Bench

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

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How to Build a Tree Swing

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

Cedar garden hose holder
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How to Build a Cedar Garden Hose Holder

Watch as House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse shares how to build a convenient hose hideaway with a built-in reel.

Two girls playing in a homemade fort.
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How to Build a Fort

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

Tom Silva and two children walking on stilts.
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How to Build Wooden Stilts

Walk a little taller after assembling these fun playtime accessories.

S20 E19, Jenn Nawada learns about yews
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How Shrubs are Harvested

Landscape contractor Jenn Nawada visits a fourth-generation nursery to learn how shrubs are planted, how they grow, and how they end up at a garden center near you.

Swing set build
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How to Build a Swing Set

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva travels to Colorado to help a couple build a DIY swing set for their young son.

A backyard treehouse
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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.

A person in a protective bee suit collecting honey from a bee hive.
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How to Harvest Honey from a Beehive

Landscaper Roger Cook and a professional beekeeper harvest honey, talk about hive health and show you how to maintain and grow your hive.

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How to Set Up a Beehive

Ask This Old House’s Roger Cook takes you through everything you need to plan and install a beehive in your backyard or a field near your home.

S16 E3, Jenn Nawada builds a water feature
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How to Install a Water Feature that Reuses Rainwater

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada installs a water feature that collects and reuses rainwater.

House Hydrant
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How to Install a House Hydrant

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey installs a house hydrant to replace a leaky outdoor spigot.