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May 2007

WORKSHOP

Ask This Old House

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decks in detail

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WORKSHOP

Ask This Old House

Roger Cook replies: There’s no way grass is going to grow in that rocky soil. It should have been screened before it was delivered to remove all the stones, twigs, and other debris. Here’s what to do. First, remove the top 4 inches of fill and discard it.
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decks in detail

How to get right backyard retreat for your house—from where to site how to light it, to the materials and extras that will make it shine

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partners in grime

A couple of hard-core renovators share their wisdom about how to survive the mess—and stress— of remodeling together

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HOMEOWNER’S HANDBOOK

Replacing a Bathroom Faucet

THE LEAKING FAUCET handle in the master bathroom once read “cold” but now just cries “old.” This vestige of the 1980s, in all its cut-plastic glory, is not quite the period detail you had in mind when you bought the place. What you need is a serious faucet, made of brass and steel and finished in gleaming chrome, elegant nickel, or strapping dark iron.

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FROM THE TOH TV JOB SITE

little green giant

As TOH TV's latest projecr shows, even a modest bungalow renovation can earn a 5-star rating for conserving the planet's resources

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GREEN HOUSE

Green Acres

How to break your lawn's addiction to synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides

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THE FOREVER EXPANDING HOUSE

How one man simplified a lifetime of remodeling by starting with a frame that accepts endless additions

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PUT YOUR DRIVEWAY INTO OVERDRIVE

Rough cobblestone and thick pavers distinguish a long stretch of asphalt

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PAPERWORK

The Perfect Getaway

Now might be the ideal time to buy a vacation home— as long as you're buying for passion, not profit

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AROUND MY HOUSE

Unfinished Business

Grander house projects than mine get done all the time—so why can’t I complete even the smallest one?

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