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MAY/JUNE 1995

Additions and Extras

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foundations

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choosing kitchen materials

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Additions and Extras

tube sale If you light a basement or garage with four-foot fluorescents, stock up on replacement bulbs now. Cool white 40-watt fluorescents, common 99-cent specials, cannot be made or imported after October 31. The National Energy Policy Act of 1992 allows four-foot fluorescents only if they use less energy or emit better quality light.
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foundations

A house without a strong foundation s little more than a wobbly pile of sticks held together by nails.

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choosing kitchen materials

Renovation in this part of the house often focuses on cabinetry, but countertops and floors have much more impact on style and utility.

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long-lived trees

WHAT CAN YOU DO THAT WILL LAST A THOUSAND YEARS?

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FINANCES

Is Your Contractor Insured?

Liability and workers’ compensation.

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exterior painting

We tend to think of paint as a cosmetic; it isn’t. A good paint job protects a house—it’s a bit like wrapping the entire building in a thin, waterproof sheet. There are two simple rules to getting it right: buy the very best paint you can afford, and prepare the surface well.

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salvaging antique lumber

WOULD YOU look for lumber at the bottom of a river? If you needed choice wood for flooring or a cabinet front, would you don scuba gear? That's what George and Carol Goodwin and their crew do. Goodwin Heart Pine of Micanopy, Florida, makes a business of recovering century-old logs from river-beds, drying and milling them, and selling the prized lumber.

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tools

Circular Saw

Norm Abram teaches us how to use a common power tool.

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fixtures & fittings

Cylinder Locksets

A guide for the (careful) amateur carpenter.

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process

Outdoor Lighting

Twelve-volt systems make it possible to lay underground cable without fear.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER1995