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How to Make an End-Grain Cutting Board

Turn a piece of scrap wood into a useful butcher block. End-grain cutting boards are attractive, useful, and a great addition to any kitchen. Not only is their checkerboard pattern distinctive, but end-grain cutting boards have a unique ability as well—the fibers of the wood separate with each cut of the knife to absorb the […]

6 Common Paint Problems & How to Fix Them

Photo by Sarah Violette Learn what causes the peskiest paint problems—and how to fix them and avoid them in the future. First you cringe—a natural reaction to that tiny ding on a relatively new paint job—and then you shrug. Some paint imperfections, however, are more conspicuous and harder to overlook. Such issues must be addressed, […]

How to Install a Murphy Bed

Photo by John Gruen Want to offer your guests a good night’s sleep but don’t want to dedicate a room to be used solely as a guest room? Then a Murphy bed may put this question to rest. Murphy beds, which fold up into a cabinet when not in use, are named for their inventor, […]

Learn the Easiest Way to Repair Plaster

Old plaster walls and ceilings are made from two layers of plaster. The brown coat is applied over wood lath, strips that are nailed to the studs and spaced about ¼-inch apart to create keyways for the brown coat to grip. The finish coat is applied after the brown coat has hardened. The integrity of […]

JLC Live New England Event 2020 Giveaway Official Rules

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. OFFICIAL RULES NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN Sponsor: This Old House JLC New England Live Insider Event Giveaway (“Giveaway”) is sponsored by This Old House Ventures, LLC, 262 Harbor Drive, Stamford, CT 06902 (“Sponsor”). Giveaway Entry Period: The Giveaway starts at 12:00:01 AM Eastern […]

S18 E15: Indoor Garden, Fireplace Hearth

In this episode of Ask This Old House, Jenn installs a unique kind of indoor garden for a homeowner who wants to grow vegetables year round. Richard demonstrates how and why frozen pipes burst, and Tom explains the basics of using a hole saw. Then, Mark replaces a common terra cotta hearth with slate tile. […]

S41 E15: No Pain No Gain

Luke and Crystal are moving in. Kevin visits a fire test lab. Jose and Anna’s house gets roof shingles. Mark installs a stone veneer at Avonlea and Joey’s house. Kevin tours farms around Paradise. Jenn meets an architect who designed a town memorial. Previous episode: S41 E14 | Next episode: Posting on Feb. 23, 8pm […]

How a Frozen Pipe Bursts

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey demonstrates how and why frozen pipes burst. Steps: 1. Pipes can freeze if the temperature drops below freezing and the pipes are exposed to that temperature for a prolonged period of time.2. When water freezes, it expands in volume by 9%. When this happens in […]

How to Use a Hole Saw

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains the basics of using a hole saw. Steps: 1. Hole saws are typically installed on arbors or mandrels that attach to a drill driver to cut a clean hole in a material.2. To mount a hole saw to a mandrel: a. Insert the bit through the […]

How to Plant an Indoor Garden

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada installs a unique kind of indoor garden for a homeowner who wants to grow vegetables year round. Steps: 1. Assemble the indoor garden kit according to the manufacturer’s instructions.2. Select the desired plant pods and put them in the provided cups.3. Snap the lids onto the cups.4. […]