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December 2004

TOOLS & KNOW-HOW

ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

FEATURES

HOW TO TAKE ONE OLD BARN AND CALL IT HOME

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TOOLS & KNOW-HOW

ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

Tune in to Ask This Old House on PBS, Thursdays in the second half of The New This Old House Hour at 8 p.m. ET (visit www.thisoldhouse.com or check local listings).
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FEATURES

HOW TO TAKE ONE OLD BARN AND CALL IT HOME

CLEAR OUT THE COWS. CLEAN IT. GUT IT. SHEATHE IT. ADD SOME COMFORTS FOR CREATURES OF A VERY DIFFERENT KIND.

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IDEA FILE

Front and CENTER

AN ENTRYWAY IS MORE THAN JUST A DOOR. DESIGN IT RIGHT, AND IT’LL WELCOME FRIENDS, IMPROVE YOUR HOME’S CURB APPEAL, AND PROTECT YOU FROM THE WEATHER

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DECK THE WALLS

FOR GIVING ROOMS INSTANT PERSONALITY—AND PROTECTING SURFACES WITH STYLE— NOTHING BEATS WAINSCOTING

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Find

Rags to Riches

First crafted from Victorian-era cast-offs, hooked rugs are folk art for the home

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FEATURES

green GIANTS

TROPICAL, TREELIKE PLANTS CAN BE AS IMPORTANT TO THE LOOK OF YOUR HOUSE AS COLUMNS, ARCHES, AND BEAMS

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TALKING SHOP

TABLE SAWS

If you're frustrated with the clumsiness and lack of accuracy of a circular saw in ripping material (cutting it to width along the board’s length) and in trimming small pieces, you may want to consider a bench-top table saw. These little machines can crosscut, rip, miter, and bevel anything from 1x material to 4x4s smack on the layout line, and they store away easily when you’re done.

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HOMEOWNER’S HANDBOOK

INSTALLING A WATER FILTER

WITH THIS OLD HOUSE PLUMBING AND HEATING EXPERT RICHARD TRETHEWEY

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FROM THE GROUND UP

Finishing Touches

For beautiful and durable interior finishes, it’s what’s underneath that counts

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TRANSFORMATIONS

SPLIT PERSONALITY

A CONTEMPORARY ADDITION REVITALIZES ONE MAN’S ’30S BUNGALOW

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