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April 2004

TOOLS & KNOW-HOW

ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

LAWN CARE

BEAT THE WEEDS

WATER FEATURES

PUTTING IN A POND

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TOOLS & KNOW-HOW

ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

TREE ROOTS VS. PATIO PAVERS I recently purchased an older house that has a gigantic oak tree in the middle of the back patio. The tree’s roots have pushed up the patio's large stone pavers, making them very uneven and creating a tripping hazard.
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LAWN CARE

BEAT THE WEEDS

How to take back your lawn with help from This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook

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WATER FEATURES

PUTTING IN A POND

WATER FEATURES DON'T HAVE TO BE BIG TO MAKE A SPLASH IN YOUR LANDSCAPE

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BY DESIGN

Building a Better Island

A Veteran architect shares his strategies for marrying function and style

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HOMEOWNER'S HANDBOOK

Planting a Tree

Planting a tree isn't particularly difficult because you don't need any special tools. With a shovel, tape measure, and garden hose, plus the strength and patience to dig a hole, it should take only a few hours. Planting it right, however, does require some attention to detail.

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UPKEEP

Refresh Your Deck

Bringing luster back to weather-beaten wood

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IN EVERY ISSUE

LETTERS

Richard, you old glamour-puss. What’s next, the cover of Vogue? Seriously, TOH is one of the best programs of its kind on TV. Keep up the good work. JOHN FITZGERALD, BARTLETT, ILL. I love the January cover! That hottie Richard Trethewey can come sit in my bathtub anytime.
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LUXURIES

Oriental Rugs

Where they come from and how they’re made distinguish these timeless beauties from all others
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TV Project

HOME TO STAY

THE TV CREW FINISHES TRANSFORMING A BARN INTO A COZY COTTAGE

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TOOLS & KNOW-HOW

NORM'S NOTEBOOK

A stud that bows in or out from the plane of the wall more than ⅛ inch will create a hump or a dip when the drywall is put up. In a load-bearing wall, there’s only one fix for that problem: Replace the bowed stud with a straight one. But in a partition wall that carries no load, it’s usually easier to fix the stud in place, especially if wires or plumbing already run through it.
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