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November 1999

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If these walls could Talk

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sweet home alabama

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Helpful advice for building fences, coping joints, and caulking floors

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If these walls could Talk

Every old house has a story to tell. Finding out when your home was built, who lived there, and how they changed it can take you from nails in the frame to sites on the Internet.

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sweet home alabama

A SOUTHERN BUNGALOW REINTERPRETS ITS ARTS AND CRAFTS HERITAGE

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Helpful advice for building fences, coping joints, and caulking floors

Like you, I’m a big believer in recycling, but since I can’t find a local dealer in salvaged lumber, I’ve been recycling old shipping pallets. The wood works fine for some projects but not so well for others. Do you recommend using pallet wood?
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A STROLL THROUGH PROVIDENCE

Poised on a wedge of parkland between an electrical supply store and a high school, the bronze statue of Christopher Columbus seems somewhat out of place overlooking this busy intersection in the Elmwood neighborhood of Providence. The New World explorer was put up in a wave of patriotism during the area’s prosperous early days.

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LUXURIES

Hot Spot

A sauna is an affordable indulgence—and good for you, too

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BATHED IN LUXURY

Designed with lots of elbow room, finished with top-quality materials, and graced with a super view, the Dream House master bath turns routine rituals into daily pleasures

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UPKEEP

The Heat Is On

So get your system tuned up to keep it from running rough—or worse—shutting down

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Silva Solutions

KEEPING YOUR BASEMENT DRY

Water that drips through foundations, seeps through masonry, condenses on cool walls, and collects in puddles on concrete floors is the bane of every home owner with a basement. Even a little water is bad news. It rusts steel support columns, weakens framing, melts cardboard, corrodes tools, and renders a basement musty and useless for anything but growing fungi.

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TECHNIQUE

Fireplace in a Day

Factory-made units make heartwarming wood fires convenient and affordable

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FINANCES

Mod Money

Prefab houses have risen to new heights of size, style, and quality. But are they still one of the best deals in home-building?

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