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December 2003

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Setting Up a Home Theater

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fireplace face-lift

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BEST IN HOME TECH 20 OF THE YEAR’S COOLEST TOOLS, GIZMOS, AND GADGETS

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Setting Up a Home Theater

The room, the gear, the installation— here’s what you need to know

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fireplace face-lift

Change a few basic features for a fresh, new look

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BEST IN HOME TECH 20 OF THE YEAR’S COOLEST TOOLS, GIZMOS, AND GADGETS

Those problem-solving engineers are at it again. We went in search of the year’s best home-related technol gies and found a host of innovations to make our lives easier and more comfortable. Here, on the following pages, are 20 of our favorites.

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ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

’40s. I’m thinking about replacing all 36 windows, but someone told me that window technology these days is so good that storm windows are a thing of the past. Is that true? PETER LAM, BROOKLINE, MASS. Tom Silva replies: Not even a little bit true.
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Find!

Leslie and I like to race vintage sports cars, a passion we learned from our father. Dad owned one of the sexiest cars ever built—a silver 1938 3.5-liter SS100 Jaguar—and we still race it today. This low-slung twoseater was built for speed, a fact accentuated by its chrome headlights and sweeping fenders.

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TRANSFORMATIONS

RETURN OF A SOUTHERN BEAUTY

Uncovering the original details in an Arts and Crafts bungalow

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HOMEOWNER’S HANDBOOK

Installing Wall-Mounted Shelves

Wall-mounted shelves are a great way to store books and display collectibles without sacrificing valuable floor space for bookcases. Here’s how to install a three-shelf, $40 system that uses metal standards that screw directly to wall studs with 21/2-inch screws, brackets that hook into the standards, and shelves that secure to the brackets.

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LETTERS

Our New Host I must admit I was jealous to see my “dream job” snatched away before I could even apply. Good call on letting the younger guys get a shot at things and help pass the knowledge down to the next generation. I was pleasantly surprised to see a peer fill the position as TV program host.
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TV Project

POP THE TOP

HOW DO YOU TURN A CRAMPED BARN LOFT INTO A COMFY BEDROOM?

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Rock Revival

Removing stains and repairing scratches in stone surfaces

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