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November 2003

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Who says walls have to be white? Here’s how to conquer your fear of color

Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

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Traditional With a Twist

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Who says walls have to be white? Here’s how to conquer your fear of color

You’ve decided to paint. You head to your local home-improvement center, plant yourself in front of a brightly lit wall that features hundreds of color chips—and panic sets in. How will you ever be able to select that one terrific color for your house from this vast array?

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

We just love our house, which we designed and built in 1993, but we have a problem with ice dams. We’ve checked attic insulation levels, installed continuous ridge and soffit vents, and even paid an expert $500 to find heat leaks using infrared thermography.
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Traditional With a Twist

A colorful new house borrows distinctive details from the past

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built-in bookcases

Beautiful ways to put books on display

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HOMEOWNER'S HANDBOOK

Installing Window Shades

Decorative shades are a great choice in window coverings for rooms throughout your house because they let you easily control light and privacy, and in some cases even provide a touch of insulation. What’s more, they’re very easy to install—even if home improvement isn’t your strong suit.

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the great DIVIDE

A custom-built cherry partition is one family's answer to clutter

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This Old House TV Project

DIG THIS!

Under the watchful eyes of the crew from This Old House, an army of subcontractors brings water, gas, and electricity to the Concord cottage

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LETTERS

LETTERS

I would like to add a suggestion to Roger Cook’s comments in “Get Ready for Fall” [September 2003] when he recommends pulling most perennials that have finished blooming— including black-eyed Susans and purple coneflowers. While that may give the landscape a neater appearance, if left for a short while longer into the fall, the seeds in these flowers’ pods attract many birds.
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Norm’s Notebook

Norm’s Notebook

Leverage Block When you’re removing nails from a piece of trim that you want to reuse, the last thing you want to do is dent the wood. So before you yank, slip a scrap block under the hammer head or pry bar and use the block as a fulcrum while you lever out the unwanted fastener.
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Find!

Windsor Chairs

Simple and sturdy, these American classics still look right at home today

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