How To Install A Glass Tile Backsplash

In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates a fast, no-fuss way to tile a kitchen backsplash. Steps: 1. Snap a chalk line onto the backsplash wall 5½ inches above the countertop. 2. Use a utility knife and steel-rule straightedge to cut five ⅜-inch-wide strips of tile adhesive. Notch the adhesive strips,…

How To Choose The Right Insulation

(Click/Tap image to play video) Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva discusses the options for insulation with host Kevin O’Connor. Steps: Fiberglass insulation is sold by wall thickness and that should be adhered to so the insulation doesn’t get compressed and lose effectiveness. Open cell spray foam has the same R-factor as fiberglass, but…

4 Clever Ways To Hide A Spare Key

(click image to view video) You can do better than the obvious under-the-doormat method—here are 4 brilliant ideas for where to hide a spare key. It’s always a good idea to stash a spare key somewhere on your property. That way, when you accidentally get locked out of your house, you’ll be relieved that you…

How To Grow #AirPlants

There are more than 650 types of air plants (Tillandsia spp.) that can grow — and thrive — without soil. Why are air plants so easy to grow? These bromeliads get all of the water and nutrients they need through their specialized leaves. Air plants use their roots only for attaching themselves to rocks, trees,…