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January | February 2007

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the Right Kitchen for you

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FIT FOR ANOTHER century

SAVING ENERGY

Warming Up the Room

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the Right Kitchen for you

MORE THAN ANY OTHER ROOM IN THE HOUSE, THE KITCHEN SHOULD BE A reflection of our personal preferences—not just of the way we cook but also of the way we live. For some, it’s the hub for the family. For others, it’s all about no-fuss efficiency. Either way, chances are that the kitchen you have, with its awkward layout, tired appliances, and outdated style, isn’t the one you dream about.

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FIT FOR ANOTHER century

The 242-year-old Georgian had seen some updates over the years. But the latest one layered on even more period charm and rejiggered the floor plan to make the house livable for generations to come

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SAVING ENERGY

Warming Up the Room

How to add insulation when what's in the walls isn't up to par

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HOMEOWNER'S HANDBOOK

Building a Radiator Cover

FRESH OFF THE FACTORY FLOOR, with ornate cast-iron fins ready to take their first hit of steam, the radiator was the darling of American plumbing. But that was a long time ago, and 00 winters and 10 coats of paint haven't treated the old girl well.

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THE TOH BLACK-AND-BLUE THUMB AWARDS 2007

We’ve all had our little homeowner snafus, our fix-it gaffes—you know, the time you splattered paint on the floor, or maybe short-circuited the house when all you wanted to do was change a lightbulb. But even we didn't believe the dubious achievements of the 13 “handy” folk gathered here.
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WORKSHOP

Ask This Old House

Richard Trethewey replies: Sometimes all that’s needed to prevent a toilet from rocking is to tighten the mounting bolts a bit. Don’t crank them down too tight, however; you could crack the ceramic. It’s also possible to eliminate rocking by slipping flexible Wobble Wedges shims beneath the toilet base.
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THE RAISING BAR

It dispensed drinks back in the 1890s, even survived as a speakeasy into the 1930s. But the barroom was gutted by the time this couple bought the house it was attached to. Here’s how they made it the life of the party once more

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GREEN HOUSE

Green Resolutions

Giving up carbs and quitting smoking are hard. Saving money, conserving energy, and making the world a better place are easy. Here are 7 ways how

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steeped in character

Retired barrels bulit to age wine, cure olives, or pickle cucumbers yield high-grade wood for new flooring, paneling, and trim

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SALVAGE

Recycling Vintage Registers

Put decorative relics ofturn-of-the-century central heating to reuse in your house

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