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November 2005

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PAINTING BY THE NUMBERS

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RE-COLOR YOUR ROOMS

HOMEOWNER’S HANDBOOK

Hanging Wallpaper

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PAINTING BY THE NUMBERS

TOH’s guide to doing a pro-grade job, one step—and one room—at a time

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RE-COLOR YOUR ROOMS

It's the fastest way to refresh a tired-looking living space, Here's how to choose and use the right hues for your house

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HOMEOWNER’S HANDBOOK

Hanging Wallpaper

LINE A ROOM WITH WALLPAPER and you have instant decoration. From blah to bold in a matter of hours, paper can push boundaries beyond what a coat of paint can do. It enlivens walls with textures or patterns or both—your choice. And as a bonus, it masks minor imperfections in plaster and drywall, too.

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row-house rescue

With smart purchasing decisions and plenty of sweat equity, two homeowners take a rundown 1866 brownstone from crack house to handsome urban home

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WORKSHOP

Skill Building

Good paintbrushes don't come cheap, so cleaning one properly is a smart way to protect your investment. Just don’t wait until the end of the day to do it. Before you ever dip the brush into the paint, soak the dry bristles in the same solvent you’ll clean the brush with later—water for latex paints, mineral spirits for oil paints—then spin it dry between your hands or with a brush spinner, sold in paint stores.

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Ask This Old House

Quieting Noisy Ducts The metal ductwork in the ceiling of our finished basement pops and bangs every time the furnace comes on in the winter, then makes more noise after the furnace shuts off. Is there anything we can do to stop the banging? William Tucek, Seattle, Wash.
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PAPERWORK

The Lure of Land

Buying a plot to build on is the American dream. But there are a few things you have to know before staking your claim

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FROM THE TOH TV JOB SITE

BUILDING A FLAT ROOF RIGHT

HOW THE PROS CONSTRUCT ONE SO IT STAYS TIGHT AND DRY

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GREEN HOUSE

Warm All Over

New insulation options make you feel even better about saving energy

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SALVAGE

Vintage Vessels

An old sink made of vitreous china or porcelain-coated cast iron can give baths a period-appropriate look

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