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December 2008

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Under-the-Radar RETAILERS Stealth SUPPLIERS Money-Saving SCORES

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Repair or Replace

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From Carriage House to Cozy Home

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Under-the-Radar RETAILERS Stealth SUPPLIERS Money-Saving SCORES

TOH reveals its 2008 SECRET SOURCES guide to products and services you won’t find at the home center

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Repair or Replace

Everything breaks, eventually. TOH helps you decide if it's worth your time—and money—to bust out the tool kit for a quick fix or start shopping for something new

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From Carriage House to Cozy Home

They wanted a vintage home with a lofty interior for entertaining. They found it in a 1916 outbuilding with a crowd-pleasing open plan

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STEP-BY-STEP

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A FLAWLESS FIREPLACE SURROUND starts with a wellthought-out design and ends with an eye for even spacing. Depending on the tile you use, the design may be as simple as centering the starting position, as with subway tile, or as complicated as spacing decorative tile in the middle of a field, as with accent art tile.
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WORKSHOP

Ask This Old House

Q THERMOSTAT WARS Every heating season, my husband says we should we keep our forced-air heating system at the same setting all the time. I say it’s better to lower the temperature at night and when we’re not home. Who’s right? MONICA SMITH, JERMYN, PA.
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Reader Remodel

"Our friends told us we were CRAZY"

The roof leaked, the plaster was peeling, and the foundation had racked out of square. No matter. One look at the dilapidated 1926 foursquare-smack in the middle of beach-condo country-sealed the deal for this couple

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HOW IT'S MADE

Artisan Tile With Style

IT’S A THRIVING EXAMPLE of a dying breed. Heath Ceramics is one of the few remaining potteries in the U. S. that still manufactures original mid-century tile designs from the early 1960s, and even uses some of the same handoperated equipment.

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AROUND MY HOUSE

Home Repair? Humbug!

What happens when one spouse insists on doing emergency holiday fixes himself and the other wants to call in a pro?

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HOW IT WORKS

Home Fire Sprinklers

The ultimate protection against getting burned

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GREEN HOUSE

Watts From the Wind

Under the right conditions, saving energy can be a breeze

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