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December 2007

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HOMEOWNER'S HANDBOOK

Tiling a Hearth

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Trade secrets to make painting your rooms as easy as 1-2-3

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HOMEOWNER'S HANDBOOK

Tiling a Hearth

WHY IS IT THAT THE MANTEL always gets all the attention? Sure, it flaunts the grand shelf, the carved legs—it’s the frame around the flames. But mantels come and go. It’s the hearth that’s always been there, an ornate buffer between the fire and the shag rug, descendant of the glazed bricks used by ancient Babylonians to decorate the foot of the fire.

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Direct from the pros to you: Our annual guide to the places insiders go for those unique and hard-to-find home items

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CIRCA 1785 A STARTER HOUSE

The crumbling colonial cottage wasn't built to last forever. But one determined homeowner has made it his mission to see that it will

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SYSTEMS

Retrofitting Radiant

Installing water-filled tubing underfoot to heat a room requires some creativity when the flooring’s already in place

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an ever-green tradition

Choose a live tree to extend the holiday spirit long past Christmas. Buy one now, plant it later, then watch it grow year after year

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TOH DEPARTMENT OF FUNNY

CONTRACTOR WALKS INTO A BAR

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT HOME IMPROVEMENT THAT TOUCHES PEOPLE’S FUNNY BONES. (MAYBE IT’S BECAUSE IF WE DIDN’T LAUGH ABOUT IT, WE’D CRY.) SO THE NEXT TIME YOU’RE STUCK IN THE RECONSTRUCTION ZONE, LIGHTEN UP WITH A LITTLE DIY HUMOR
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LOFT DESIGN

The Ultimate Open-Plan Kitchen

How to turn a makeshift mess into a sleek, one-wall cooking zone

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WORKSHOP

Ask This Old House

NEED AN EXPERT? WE'VE GOT FIVE,READY TO ANSWER YOUR HOME QUESTIONS
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GIFT GUIDE

Help for the Holidays

46 great around-the-house gift ideas for the man of leisure, the tool-toter, and everyone in between

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