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October 2002

Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

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ground COVERS

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

I know that foam insulation is popular with you guys. But as an electrician, I’m concerned that it limits options for any future wiring. Once it’s in place, how can I snake wires through those walls if the homeowner wants to put in another circuit or add a switch or receptacle?
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ground COVERS

These rugged, low-growing plants can quickly carpet your landscape with an interesting variety of foliage and flowers

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6 Save This Old House Success Stories

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OWNER’S MANUAL

Yanking Your Tank

Got an underground oil tank? Get rid of it now to avoid problems later

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TECHNOLOGY

Backup Power

When the electricity goes out, standby generators keep the household running

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FINANCES

Remodeling Returns

Renovations that pay you back

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LETTERS

It’s always the same. Upon delivery of each issue of This Old House, my husband quickly turns to the last page. “Tell me the story,” I say as I fix tea for both of us and settle in across from him at the kitchen table. He begins reading Save This Old House.
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Norm’s Notebook

I bought my first car, a ’48 Ford coupe, for $50 and spent many hours with my father and a buddy restoring it. Teenage boys often have more muscle than finesse, and we snapped off more than a few bolt heads taking things apart. I’m a carpenter now, not a mechanic, but I think of that Ford whenever I twist the head off a wood or drywall screw, which is easy to do when you drive them with an electric drill.
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on the waterfront

A houseboat haven made for modern living

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MATERIALS

True Grit

How to choose the right sandpaper for the job

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