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December 2005

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WORKSHOP

Ask This Old House

FROM THE TOH TV JOB SITE

BEHIND THE glass

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25 SECRET sources

We raided our Rolodexes to bring you a handpicked list of places where the in-the-know go for out-of-the-ordinary home products

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Ask This Old House

Storm Door Ice Buildup I replaced a entryway storm door that had rusted because ice formed frequently on the inside of the glass panel. The following winter, ice formed on the inside of the new door. In fact, the ice builds up to about ½ inch thick.
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FROM THE TOH TV JOB SITE

BEHIND THE glass

Windows are getting bigger—and better, with improved materials and new technologies that'll keep you more comfortable indoors year-round. Here's how to sort through the bells and whistles to find the right ones for your home

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IT'S NAME IS MUD ...OR, MORE PRECISELY, ADOBE\

And remodeling with it can make a house look as good as it did when it was first built, 200 years ago

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around the HOUSE

THIS GIFT-GIVING SEASON, we at This Old House know you’d rather shovel six feet of snow than fight for a parking spot at the local mall. So we did most of the legwork for you: assembling a kid’s tool kit for the budding craftsman, rounding up storm survival gear that no one should be without, and picking out some of the best new tools to add to your own wish list.

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HOMEOWNER'S HANDBOOK

Refacing Cabinets

THAT SWEET OLD WOMAN YOU BOUGHT YOUR house from is truly wonderful—really, she is— especially the way she gave out homemade cookies to the neighborhood during the holidays. But we’re sorry to tell you that the kitchen where she baked them—it’s ugly.

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Skill Building

Old-fashioned two-prong receptacles connected to two-wire cables don’t have the ground wires that protect people and electrical devices in case of a fault. Yet it is possible to retrofit a new three-prong or GFCI receptacle into the same outlet box without any rewiring, as long as the box itself is grounded.
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SALVAGE

Carved for the Hearth

Vintage wood mantels bring warmth to a room with or without a crackling fire

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HOME TECH

Smart Gifts and Gadgets

A quartet of tech innovations to simplify your life

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HOW IT WORKS

Breathe Easy

Carbon monoxide alarms offer surefire protection from a silent killer

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