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December 2002

departments

ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

This Old House TV Project

yard work

tiles of imagination

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departments

ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

I love warm floors on a cold morning, so when we remodeled our kitchen we had an electric radiant heating grid installed under the new tile. It’s great when it heats up, but takes almost 30 minutes. What’s wrong? HELEN RUDDIMAN, WESTBROOK, CONN.
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This Old House TV Project

yard work

Before the flower beds and shrubs can be planted at the TV project house, some landscape trouble spots need attention

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tiles of imagination

Handmade from the original patterns, these Arts and Crafts designs still have the power to amaze

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TECHNOLOGY

Getting Into Hot Water

A step-by-step guide to buying a water heater

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LUXURIES

The Best Protection

The right kind of home safe can provide bank-vault security with round-the-clock convenience

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MATERIALS

Structural Insulated Panels

The pros and cons of this alternative to stick framing

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features

BUILDING A RETAINING WALL

Roger Cook shows how precast concrete blocks create the look of aged cobblestones

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features

COTSWOLDS IN KENTUCKY

A nondescript farmhouse is turned into an English country cottage—right down to the secret door
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HOMEOWNER’S HANDBOOK

Fireplace Face-lift

Installing a new hearth and surround

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UPKEEP

Stripping Wallpaper

How to get rid of that outdated wall covering

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