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September 2008

WORKSHOP

Ask This Old House

KITCHEN & BATH SPECIAL

GET THE LOOK PICK THE PRICE

Reader Remodel

"of course, we think We Can Do Everything Ourselves"

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WORKSHOP

Ask This Old House

Q WOOD FOR AN OUTDOOR BENCH We have an outdoor bench with concrete ends and wood slats that has been in our family for many years. The slats have been replaced and repainted many times, and now it looks like we’ll have to do it again. Is there a material we can use that’s more durable than painted lumber?
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KITCHEN & BATH SPECIAL

GET THE LOOK PICK THE PRICE

How to afford the kitchen you want? With a mix of highand lower-ticket products and materials

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Reader Remodel

"of course, we think We Can Do Everything Ourselves"

How one family learned through trial and error—popping off baseboards while using floor jacks and sawing a hutch in half to get it in the front door—to turn a 1909 wreck into their dream home

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STEP-BY-STEP

Installing a Butcher-Block Countertop

SLEEK GRANITE and sharp stainless. It looks all luxe and modern—and maybe just a little bit, you know, cold. So what to do if you want more warmth in the heart of the home? Cozy things up with rich-looking butcher block. Not only are its well-oiled tones welcoming, it’s easy to install, as This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers shows on the following pages.

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KITCHEN & BATH SPECIAL

bath storage

Conquer bathroom chaos with these stylish cabinets

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features

The $500 Delivery Charge

And Other Mistakes We’ve Made— So You Won’t Have To
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ON THE COVER

THIS OLD HOUSE FAMILY PROJECT

How to make a backyard scoring center, with instructions for parents and kids

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PAPERWORK

Appliance Insurance

A home warranty can cover the cost of repairing or replacing old appliances and mechanical systems that start to fail. Just make sure you know what you’re getting

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HOUSE 911

"Which One Will Be Next to Topple?"

Dead and diseased trees are not only a hazard that could crash through your roof—they also steal water and light from the rest of your yard

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SALVAGE

Sinks Worth Saving

They look great and work even better, but did you know a vintage kitchen sink can also improve your social life? Read on to learn how

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