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Every month, Ask This Old House and The Home Depot will present a practical home improvement project—from maintenance and repairs, to enhancements and how-to’s—complete with video demonstrations, straightforward instructions, and a handy shopping list to get you started.

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How to Build a Custom Fence Gate

Ask This Old House Carpenter Nathan Gilbert helps a homeowner build a custom fence gate to keep his kids safely in the backyard.

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How to Replace a Deck Joist Hanger

Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert helps a homeowner repair her deck by replacing rotted hangers and re-securing the joist to the structure.

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All About Growing Echinacea

Ask This Old House Landscape Contractor Jenn Nawada explains how to identify and care for echinaceas. She also shares a variety of ways to incorporate them in a garden.

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How to Clean Vinyl Siding

In this DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House painter, Mauro Henrique, goes over all of the basics of using a power washer to clean exterior vinyl siding.

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How to Install a Butcher Block Countertop

In this DIY Smarts project, Carpenter Nathan Gilbert helps a couple replace their laminate countertop with butcher block. Then he demonstrates how to apply a mineral oil finish to it.

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How to Replace a Bathroom Faucet

Need to update your bathroom sink faucet? Watch this DIY Smarts as Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey demonstrates how to replace a bathroom faucet.

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How to Safely Hang Outdoor Christmas Lights

In this DIY Smarts, This Old House Master Electrician Heath Eastman helps a homeowner safely install a variety of Christmas lights.

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How a Frozen Pipe Bursts

In this DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey demonstrates how and why frozen pipes burst.

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How to Refinish a Fireplace with Brick Veneer

In this DIY Smarts project, Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough replaces a homeowner’s sloppy fireplace surround with a clean, thin brick veneer.

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How to Hang a Sliding Barn Door

In this DIY Smarts project, Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert travels to Birmingham, Alabama to install a sliding barn door in an open-concept loft apartment.

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How to Clean Tile Grout With Homemade Cleaner

In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva offers cleaning tips on how to get rid of dirty tile grout using only household supplies.

Building a fire pit from a kit
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Building a Fire Pit from a Kit

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough installs a fire pit kit in this DIY Smarts project.

How to build a self-watering vegetable garden
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How to Build a Self-Watering Vegetable Garden

In this DIY Smarts project, Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada travels to Raleigh, North Carolina to help a couple build and plant a self-watering vegetable garden.

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How to Choose a Good Paint Roller

In this DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique explains the different types of paint rollers and then demonstrates good rolling techniques.

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How to Tighten a Loose Newel Post

In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert travels to a Sears kit house in Richmond, Virginia to tighten an old, loose stair railing.

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How to Refinish Worn Out Stair Treads

In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert demonstrates how to refinish stair treads.

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Build It | Tool Storage Shelf

In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build a tool storage shelf out of leftover lumber from other Build It projects.

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How a Heat Pump Clothes Dryer Works

Ask This Old House plumbing and HVAC expert Richard Trethewey tests out a new dryer in our?DIY Smarts?series that uses a heat pump to dry the clothes.

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How to Install a Dining Room Chandelier

In this DIY Smarts, Heath Eastman installs a chandelier in a homeowner’s dining room.

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How to Install Winter-Proof Planters

In this DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada installs a front entry planter for a homeowner that will last through the winter.

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How to Install a Gas Clothes Dryer

In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps an expectant couple select and install a gas dryer.

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How to Install Your Own DIY Security System

In this DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey installs a DIY security system.

Jenn Nawada helps to replace and improve foundation plantings
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How to Plant Hardier Foundation Plantings

In this DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada helps a homeowner replace and improve foundation plantings that have been crushed by snow piles.

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How to Re-Stain a Deck

In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique teaches a homeowner how to re-stain her mahogany deck.

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Why is This Lawn Patchy?

Ask This Old House landscape contractors Roger Cook and Jenn Nawada share DIY Smarts tips for killing weeds without hurting the lawn.

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How to Upgrade to a Smart Irrigation System

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada shares DIY Smarts tips when she travels to Orlando to upgrade an irrigation system.

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How to Paint a Mold-Resistant Bathroom

Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique paints a bathroom using a mold-resistant paint, in this edition of?DIY Smarts.

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How to Upgrade to Soft-Close Cabinets

In this edition of?DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert upgrades a kitchen to have soft-close cabinets.

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Common Water Heater Myths Answered

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shares some DIY Smarts on maintaining water heaters.

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How to Choose a New Toilet Seat

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey discusses DIY Smarts on the basics of choosing and installing toilet seats.

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Tool Recommendations for New Homeowners

Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and landscape designer Jenn Nawada discuss DIY Smarts around tools that make good gifts for new homeowners.

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How to Maximize the Impact of Insulation

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares some DIY Smarts tips for insulating an attic.

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