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July | August 2003

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ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

FINANCES

Beef Up Your Insurance

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A Family Affair

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ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

Richard Trethewey replies: Shade is nice, because a compressor does have to work a little harder when it’s in full sun. The Department of Energy says shading a compressor can shave 1 to 2 percent off cooling costs. But airflow is much more important; it’s the air moving over the compressor’s coils that causes them to give up their heat.
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FINANCES

Beef Up Your Insurance

If you haven’t checked your homeowner’s policy in a while, you may be in for some nasty surprises

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A Family Affair

TOH’s creator designed his island getaway with three generations in mind

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flower power

How does this garden grow? From hand-sown seed, and TLC, and nothing at all in a row

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HOMEOWNER’S HANDBOOK

Installing a Tile Backsplash

In the design of a kitchen, seldom is enough thought given to the narrow strip of wall that runs between the counter and upper cabinets. This highly visible space—the backsplash—is usually just painted a neutral color and forgotten about.

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BY DESIGN

Making the Pieces Fit

Some help with solving the bath design puzzle

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TRANSFORMATIONS

old logs, new life

A couple saves an abandoned cabin by building a new house around it

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UPKEEP

Sliding-Door Tune-up

Go from sticky to smooth in a few easy steps

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fantasy islands

From under-counter wine coolers to pop-up TVs, there's practically no limit to what you can put in a kitchen island

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Norm’s Notebook

Glue is often the best way to repair split wood, but sometimes it’s hard to separate the pieces enough to coat the mating surfaces. That was the case recently on the door of a small storage locker I built to hold hoses and gardening tools. The door, made with vertical tongue-andgroove boards held together with wood cleats, slammed open in a wind gust and one of the boards split.
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