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March 2003

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EXTERIOR STAINS

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

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the kindest cut

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EXTERIOR STAINS

From clear to colorful, these finishes let the character wood show through

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Four of the five toilets in my house overflow frequently—two of them clog up every month and it’s costing a lot of money to snake them out. I’ve used three different plumbers and none has been able to come up with a solution that lasts. Two of the toilets are on the second floor, two on the first floor, and one is in the basement.
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the kindest cut

How and when to prune small trees and shrubs

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HOMEOWNER’S HANDBOOK

Installing a Garage Floodlight

A step-by-step guide to lighting the driveway

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BY DESIGN

Front and Center

A custom entry door can transform the look of your house

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Storage Solutions

garage

A jumbled garage is transformed into orderly storage zones by a team of experts —with ideas any homeowner can use

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Norm’s Notebook

Few things dress up a room as much as crown molding, but installing it takes skill. One thing that makes the work go more smoothly is to install backing. It not only stiffens the molding, it makes nailing a lot easier. Instead of hunting for joists in the ceiling, you just drive nails wherever you need them.
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TV Project

from start to finish

How a kitchen goes from idea to execution

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TRANSFORMATIONS

it's a wrap

A new double-decker porch helps turn an abandoned eyesore into a stately home

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TALKING SHOP

Choosing & Using pruners and loppers

Tools and techniques to keep your plants looking their best

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