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September 2006

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101 TIPS

TRANSFORMATIONS

Polishing Up a Craftsman Gem

UPKEEP

Fall Inspection Guide

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101 TIPS

TIME-SAVING, MONEY-SAVING, MARRIAGE-SAVING, LIFE-SAVING, REALLY-USEFUL-TO-ANY-HOMEOWNER

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TRANSFORMATIONS

Polishing Up a Craftsman Gem

The shingles were rotted, the plaster was soggy, and squatters had littered the place. But original diamond-pane windows, heart-pine floors, and one-of-a-kind mantels made this 1910 house the buy of one man's lifetime

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UPKEEP

Fall Inspection Guide

5 steps to giving your house a yearly checkup, from the pros at This Old House

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HOMEOWNER’S HANDBOOK

Installing a Lamppost

LET THERE BE LIGHT—at least enough for people to get a glimpse of what treacherous terrain might lie underfoot as they approach your house. Illuminate the topography with a lamppost, which will light the way for weary travelers and homebound housemates alike.

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A Perfect Addition

The secret to enlarging a 100-year-old house? Woodwork details that blend the present with the past

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WORKSHOP

Ask This Old House

Roger Cook replies: One of the best water-saving practices is simply to improve the soil by mixing in organic materials like leaf mulch or aged manure. These will promote good root growth and hold more water for the plants to absorb. Adding a few inches of mulch on top of the soil also helps it stay cool and retain moisture.
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SALVAGE

Porch Rail Revival

How to use salvaged balustrades to spruce up the exterior of an old house or add a hint of history to the interior of a newer one

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GREEN HOUSE

Air Aid

The stuff you breathe inside your home might be as filthy as an L.A. smog storm. Here’s what you can do about it

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LANDSCAPING

A Fine Foundation

The plantings closest to your home should play up its assets and soften its hard edges. Here’s how

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HOW IT WORKS

Induction Cooktop

Electromagnetic technology means fast cooking, high efficiency, and no more hot stove

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