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October 2009

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100 DIY UPGRADES FOR UNDER $100

weekend remodel

Build a recycling center

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100 DIY UPGRADES FOR UNDER $100

Invest a little and get a big improvement in how your home looks and feels. The editors at This Old House give you their top tips

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weekend remodel

Build a recycling center

Create an outdoor waste-management shed with flip-open lids and easy-access bifold doors

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A In their day, wood-bodied planes were as versatile and valuable to carpenters as electric routers are today. They made the grooves and profiles needed to make windows, doors, furniture, and moldings. Each plane had a specialized task. For instance, this 18th-century birch fillister plane made rabbets—square grooves on board edges that ensured tight joints in flooring and paneling.

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money savers

Get cash back for energy-saving upgrades

You read that right: The Feds will give you a tax credit for making your home more efficient. But their offer won’t last forever. Read on for details—and learn which projects pay off most

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READER REMODEL

There were bullets in the siding and bars on the windows"

Sure, the house had seen tough times. But one determined couple saw past the deteriorating shell and, using a mix of salvaged materials and sweat equity, breathed new life into the 1911 bungalow

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360° makeover

A four-sided face-lift—using sustainable materials where possible—improves a farmhouse’s curb appeal from every angle

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green house

All lawns are bad and other green myths

TOH debunks some commonly held misconceptions about sustainable products and practices

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TOH TV

Household wisdom: Norm Abram

After three decades in home-improvement TV, the TOH master carpenter has plenty of homeowner advice. Here’s his take on tools, houses, and the design detail that all kitchens should have

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safe house

In case of emergency

The best ways to protect your house—and your family—from home fires, windstorms, and flooding rains

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shopping

Architectural birdhouses

Birds nest in the spring, it’s true. But now’s the time to put their potential homes on the market. We found birdhouses to suit your surroundings, in styles from rustic to refined

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