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ALL ABOUT Wainscoting

weekend remodel

Build a mudroom bench

ask this old house

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ALL ABOUT Wainscoting

Dress up your plain-Jane walls with stylish trim that also guards against scuffs and scratches. This Old House helps you get the look you want at a price you can afford

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weekend remodel

Build a mudroom bench

Create a built-in place for coats and storage, with a seat to perch on while you tie your shoes

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ask this old house

Q What's the difference between a file and a rasp? -JIM BELCHER PORTLAND, OREG. A It's easy to confuse the these tools because of their simllar sizes and shapes, but they have very different functions. Files (4-9 below) have tiny rows of ridges and peaks just the thing for smoothing or sharpening metal Rasps (1-3) have hundreds of individual teeth, which are meant to shape wood A file can be used on wood too if you don't mind how slowly it works But don't trun a rasp over metal—you'll dull the teeth and ruin the tool.

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READER REMODEL

"My mom thought I had lost my mind"

The green shag carpet, makeshift walls, and layers of flooring were enough to make his mother cry. But after four years of remodeling weekends, this DIYer and his partner have made the 1919 bungalow into an inviting home

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money savers

fix now, save (A LOT) later

This Old House’s experts help you address 9 little trouble spots around your home before they cause big-as in big bucks-damage down the road

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landscaping

Plant now for carefree spring color

Our troubleshooting guide to getting a good show of bulb blooms when the weather warms

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GREAT ADAPTATIONS

MODERN FUNCTION Vintage Flar

Borrowing from the pages of This Old House, these savvy DIYers gave their nothing-special kitchen a better layout and a stylish new retro look

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money savers

Cheapskate hall of fame

Persuading contractors to work for free? Snagging scrap materials from a school? You die-hard renovators will stop at nothing to save a buck—and we think that’s terrific. Presenting our second annual roundup of penny-pinching advice from TOH readers

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shopping

Distinctive doormats

They enhance your home’s entry, extend a welcome—and let’s not forget what such mats do for muddy feet. Here, we roll out our top choices

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animal house

Put your pup through the paces

A backyard agility course gives you and your family a chance to make your dog happier, healthier—and smarter

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