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June 2009

ask this old house

Q+A

ALL ABOUT

Lawns

Winners of the TOH Reader Remodel Contest 2009

MEET THE $5,000 Winners TOH READER REMODEL CONTEST 2009

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ask this old house

Q+A

My father, Alberic, a carpenter for many years, taught me this tip that comes in handy on many occasions. Whenever I’m having a hard time driving a screw, I insert its tip into wax and, voila, it practically slides in. Dad stored his wax in an inch-deep pocket drilled in the end of his hammer handle, so it was always right there when he needed it.

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ALL ABOUT

Lawns

TOH readers told us they wanted to know how to grow a dense, healthy carpet of grass. So we lined up the experts to help you choose the right turf and the best way get the greenest lawn in the neighborhood

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Winners of the TOH Reader Remodel Contest 2009

MEET THE $5,000 Winners TOH READER REMODEL CONTEST 2009

Why they took top honors: They used sleuthing, sweat equity, and a little pro help to give a ramshackle Queen Anne spectacular new life

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home solutions

33 CLEVER, TIME-SAVING, MONEY-SAVING READER TIPS

To be perfectly honest, when we asked you all to contribute your best DIY trade secrets to this, our annual Reader-Created Issue, we figured we’d get one or two aha!head-slappers from you and a whole bunch of other tips we' d heard before. But man, were we wrong.
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More Winners of the TOH Reader Remodel Contest 2009

SMALL SCALE Major Impact

You don’t have to redo an entire house to impress us. Meet the $1,000 winners
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weekend remodel

Paint a floor

Turn a worn floor into a cottage classic with a simple checkerboard pattern

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life at home

Hey, I remember that!

The slap of the screen door on a hot summer day. The wide front porch where neighbors sat down to chat. These kinds of details give old houses character— character you recalled when we asked for your memories of places from the past
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landscaping

A green oasis in a small urban space

That’s what this determined city dweller created from the wasteland behind his rowhouse. Here’s how he did it

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shopping

Garden urns

We noticed that these classically shaped pots popped up in the yard makeovers you submitted to our Reader Remodel Contest. Here, even more styles to consider

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before + after: attic

Gut the old, Google the new

By using online resources to purchase materials, score tools, and even draw up a floor plan, this couple turned a chopped-up attic into a sunny master suite

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