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A Little Night Light

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A Little Night Light

When heating contractor Rich Bilo got a headlamp last Christmas, his crew giggled and snickered. Headlamps are to heating contractors what pocket protectors are to engineers. But installing the heating system with Richard Trethewey in the unlighted attic of the This Old House project in Salem last fall, hands full of tools and fasteners, Bilo soon found that having a beam of light shining wherever he looked came in handy.
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Why we hammer in half a million tons of them a year
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Ground Source Heat Pumps operate on a radical principle: Why buy fuel to cool or heat your house when most of the energy you need is buried in your backyard?

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Michael Seward

A FURNITURE MAKER WHO CHERISHES NATURE'S MISTAKES

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in search of the ultimate sink

Not many years ago, redoing a kitchen meant tough decisions about everything except the kitchen sink. The sink was simple: white-enameled cast iron or silvery stainless steel; one bowl or two. Now, picking a sink requires more research than selecting a computer.

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johnny blacksmith

A romance with fire and metal

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wood for good

The next time a vinyl siding salesman brags about his 50-year-warranty, tell him how long the cedar siding on your house will last

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Real Carpenters Hang Doors

Forget about those namby-pamby prehungs

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TAMING THE WILD BOBCAT

wheeeha!

Hey, this thing isn’t so hard to drive after all, but watch out for the house... and the trees, and the grass...

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Hand Tool

Plane and Simple

Craftsmanship in the palm of your hand

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