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October 2008

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The savvy homeowners on these eight pages will save over $12,275 on their energy bills this year.

WORKSHOP

Ask This Old House

SMALL FIXES

BIG PAROFF

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The savvy homeowners on these eight pages will save over $12,275 on their energy bills this year.

How? By putting power—saving technologies to work inside their homes. Read on to see if you can do the same.

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WORKSHOP

Ask This Old House

Roger Cook replies: You can, but only if you dig out the stumps entirely. Save yourself a backache and some money, and put the new saplings next to the stumps. They should grow just fine, as long as you cut out any old roots when you dig the new holes.
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SMALL FIXES

BIG PAROFF

Some key changes made a vintage cottage ultra-livable without sacrificing an ounce of its charm

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STEP-BY-STEP

Installing a Ceiling Medallion

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD A TOUCH of the baroque to your home without going all broke, consider putting up a ceiling medallion. A decorative disk centered overhead can turn a plain expanse of dry wall into an architectural focal point. And luckily, what was once made from heavy, fragile plaster is now available in molded polyurethane—lightweight, more forgiving, and much easier on the wallet.

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HOME TECH

Your CFL Problems Solved

Compact fluorescent lightbulbs help fight rising energy costs, but the unflattering color they cast and their funky spiral shapes can be turnoffs. Here, ways to start saving more money without suffering

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the second annual bl@¢k and b!ue thumb awards

Home-repair blunders got you down? Here are 12 reasons you're not alone

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Her Patch of Green

A homeowner turns her humble backyard into a sustainable garden filled with food, flowers, and a few farmyard friends

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Debris Disposal 101

How to get cash for your trash-and other money-saving ways to reduce renovation waste

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FAMILY PROJECT

PROJECT> Building a Bird Feeder

How to make a feeding station for feathered friends, with instructions for parents and kids

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KITCHEN DESIGN

Old Fashion, New Function

Replacing a poorly built 1960s kitchen gave this Queen Anne home the cooking space it deserved-one with Victorian style and 21st-century convenience

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