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November 2007

24 Quir Fixes

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BUILT - IN BENEFITS

HOMEOWNER'S HANDBOOK

Painting a Room

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24 Quir Fixes

Lightning-fast repairs you can get done before the first holiday party guest rings the doorbell. (Yep, we’ll tell you how to fix that, too)

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BUILT - IN BENEFITS

Store more, get organized, and add style to your interiors with these space-saving ideas

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HOMEOWNER'S HANDBOOK

Painting a Room

COLOR CHANGES EVERYTHING. Or lack of color, if that’s your thing. Point is, everyone knows you can give your drab, washed-out walls a burst of brilliant depth (or wash away your decorating sins with virgin white) just by picking up a paint can and having at them.

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LOFT DESIGN

Less Gritty in the City

Drafts and dust didn’t faze this couple-until they had kids. Now, with help from This Old House, they’re refining their former industrial loft into a more comfortable home

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TRANSFORMATIONS

BABY ON BOARD

To accommodate his expanding family, a Seattle homeowner used salvaged wood, eco-friendly building techniques, and— oh, yeah—scuba gear to remodel his 100-year-old houseboat

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WORKSHOP

Ask This Old House

Norm Abram replies: Black walnut is a beautiful wood, one of the few native hardwoods with a deep color. Most any woodworker would be happy to get his hands on some. Not long ago, arborist Matt Foti gave me some black walnut he had taken down for a customer.
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MATERIALS

Tougher Timber

Taking trees apart and gluing them back together into engineered lumber makes for stronger, stiffer, and straighter framing than solid wood

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workshop

Directory

Are You Sure You’re Insured?: Sandy Praeger, NAIC president-elect and Kansas insurance commissioner: naic.org. Thanks to Insurance Information Institute; iii.org. KITCHEN DESIGN (pp. 25-28) kitchen designer: Dana Jones, The Kitchen Consultant, Long Beach, CA; 562-431-1911; kitchenadvice.com.
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Skill Building

When you really want to put paint on a wall quickly, nothing beats a roller. To improve on that efficiency even further, lose the tray and get a 5-gallon bucket equipped with a roller screen (right). The bucket holds plenty of paint, you won't step in it by accident, and the handle makes it easier to carry than a tray so you can keep it close by.

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TOOLBOX

Paintbrushes

Plucked from a hog or synthesized in a lab, the right bristles are the key to a perfect paint job

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