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June 2006

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CRAFTED TO LAST

FROM THE TOH TV JOB SITE

A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT

WORKSHOP

Ask This Old House

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CRAFTED TO LAST

Traditional millwork and cabinetry details distinguish a NEW OLD HOUSE that's fit for generations to come

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FROM THE TOH TV JOB SITE

A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT

This Old House television follows the rebirth of a down-and-out row house in Washington, D.C.

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WORKSHOP

Ask This Old House

Tom Silva responds: Your neighbor is right. Concrete will displace water, and will even cure underwater. But you’re better off filling the bottom of the hole with less-expensive stone. I prefer trap rock, the rough, angular stones often used for draining septic systems.
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AROUND MY HOUSE

Any Tool Will Do

That was pretty much my dad’s home-repair motto. Of course, he knew child labor could accomplish a lot, too

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INSIDE THE OUTDOOR KITCHEN

From design ideas to materials choices, here’s how to build one from scratch

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UPKEEP

Patching Wood Siding

For great results, handle those fragile clapboards with care

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LANDSCAPING

Troubleshoot Your Turf

Surefire solutions that’ll turn a thin, patchy, or weedy lawn into a barefoot-worthy expanse of green

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PAPERWORK

PAPERWORK

A YOU WANNA FIGHTTHE POWER, EH? You’re not alone. With property taxes continuing to rise nationwide, many homeowners are starting to challenge what they see as exorbitantly high demands made on them by their local assessor’s office. Follow their lead, and you have a 50 percent chance of succeeding, says Pete Sepp, a spokesperson for the National Taxpayers Union.

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HOMEOWNER'S HANDBOOK

step by step

Subtract ¼ inch from the width and height of your door opening. This will determine the door size, leaving a ⅛-inch gap between it and the jamb. Measure the door to see if it needs trimming. If the amount to be trimmed is less than ⅛ inch, you can plane it down.
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TOOL BOX

Drill Bits Are Boring

And with the rightone,you can put a hole through anything your house

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