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September 2007

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HOMEOWNER’S HANDBOOK

Building a Fire Pit

KITCHEN & BATH SPECIAL

Way Beyond the Basics

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How a Kentucky homeowner put her personal stamp on a dusty 1930s post office and turned it into a luxurious, comfortable place to live

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HOMEOWNER’S HANDBOOK

Building a Fire Pit

OUTDOOR FIRES ARE SO HOT RIGHT NOW. Seriously. Mankind has called the hearth home for centuries, it’s true, but these days people are going ultra-retro and getting their heat from stone-walled pits set into the earth. And why not? On cool summer nights, you can melt marshmallows and nibble s’mores while you lounge in an Adirondack chair, feet propped up on the rock ledge.

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KITCHEN & BATH SPECIAL

Way Beyond the Basics

1 INSTANT BROOM CLOSET Where to keep the Comet? Organize (and hide) your cleaning supplies in KraftMaid Cabinetry’s Harmony Tall Cleaning Supply Pull-out. Bins and hooks hang on its perforated metal divider. From $1,800; kraftmaid.com
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when sweat equity is the only way home

Two years after Katrina, a New Orleans father and his sons rebuild with little money, but lots of determination

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Flirting With Disaster

We know you’d never intentionally tear out a bearing wall, open your door to a rabid raccoon, or flush your cell phone down the toilet. Still, bad things do happen to good people. And so, just as every Boy Scout learns to fashion a tourniquet from a T-shirt and a stick, every homeowner really ought to know what to do in the event of some worst-case scenarios in and around the house.

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BEHIND THE SCENES

So You Think You Wanna Be on TV?

Folks often ask what it takes to get their renovations on the This Old Flouse TV show. Here’s the inside scoop on what the producers look for in a project

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Ask This Old House

NEED AN EXPERT? WE’VE GOT FIVE, READY TO ANSWER YOUR HOME QUESTIONS
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AROUND MY HOUSE

A Toolish Fella

Does it really matter if our man hammers with a wrench?

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Skill Building

SHARPEN YOUR KNOW-HOW WITH THESE TIPS FOR DOING ANYTHING BETTER AROUND THE HOUSE

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TRANSFORMATIONS

Inside Out

It started with a West Nile scare and a sketch pad. Eleven weeks later, they finished their screened-in porch—and started enjoying the great outdoors with all the comforts of home

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