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May 2009

ask this old house

Q + A

ALL ABOUT

Composite decking

Outdoor Kitchen Special

Eat Out More Often

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ask this old house

Q + A

Q Is there any reason to own a folding ruler if I already have a tape measure? —DAVID McCAIG, PHOENIX A folding ruler, more commonly called a rule, allows you to measure inside dimensions, such as those between window stops or closet walls, much more accurately than a tape measure, which has to be bent into corners.
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ALL ABOUT

Composite decking

Long on life span and short on fuss, these man-made boards never splinter, rot, or need staining. The TOH team explains everything you need to know about selecting, installing, and caring for this thoroughly modern material

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Outdoor Kitchen Special

Eat Out More Often

Creating a backyard kitchen makes it easy. Here, TOH explains which essentials are worth the money, which extras are not, and how to get a full-on grill experience without the cost of construction

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READER REMODEL

"After 23 moves, we finally found our forever home"

With nearly 30 years of construction experience under their belts, this couple took on a crumbling 1901 Dutch Colonial Revival, adding vintage-look details, energy-saving systems, and cozy new living spaces inside and out

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weekend remodel

Lay a bluestone patio

A natural-looking broken-stone patio provides a gathering place in an organic landscape

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idea file

vintage bath at a budget price

We all love the look of marble floors and polished faucets. It’s the top-dollar price we can live without. Which is why TOH editors scoured the marketplace for money-saving replicas of the high-end goods found in this tony retreat. The results? Products that are proof positive you don’t have to take a bath to make a bath

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help!

"This house is keeping us from the altar...help!”

Our husband-and-wife team of remodeling therapists offers tried-and-true advice for surviving the pitfalls of home improvement

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landscaping

Placing pots

A landscape designer’s top seven tips for incorporating containers into your yard

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FROM THE TOH TV JOB SITE

9 Small-Space Solutions

Tips and tricks for making tight quarters look and feel positively palatial

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before+after: kitchen

Lose a wall, gain a workable space

A dismal, outdated room comes back to life with a light-filled open plan

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