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December 2009

TOH TV

Thirty lessons learned in 30 years of TOH TV

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SECRET SOURCES 2009

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ALL ABOUT Pendant lights

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TOH TV

Thirty lessons learned in 30 years of TOH TV

Most folks may tackle two or three houses in a lifetime. This Old House TV’s crew has taken on 59—and counting. What they’ve discovered in the last three decades is sure to help any home improver

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SECRET SOURCES 2009

24 products and professionals to help make your house a standout on your street

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ALL ABOUT Pendant lights

These hanging fixtures add brightness and style to any room in the house. The experts at TOH show you how to find and install one that puts light where you want it, beautifully

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weekend remodel

Install a stone-veneer fireplace surround

Lightweight cast stones are easy to install—and add rustic charm to any hearth

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A Home for the Holidays

...and every season in between. Here's how a top-to-bottom redo turned a 1912 summer cottage into a year-round gathering spot for the whole family

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Does anyone use plumb bobs anymore? BRIAN STAUDT, ORLAND PARK, ILL. I do, all the time. They come in real handy when I’m installing doors or need to transfer a point from ceiling to floor, or vice versa. These are simple tools, just a weight on a string.
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REAPER REMODEL

"Greetings from our old red house!"

For this single mom, holiday cards delivered annual updates on her four loves: her three sons and the rehab of her 1899 foursquare that’s been years in the making

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Sitting Pretty

Window seats provide a place to perch or relax (even snooze) and add style to any room in the house, often with the bonus of built-in Storage. Here, 11 inspiring designs

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help!

“I got hosed by my plumber...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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QUESTION OF THE MONTH

Matt Tomis, master electrician, Tomis Electrical Contractors, replies: Ninety percent of the time, when a doorbell doesn’t work it’s the fault of the button on the outside because weather and constant use wear it out. But it’s also possible the chime or transformer, the other parts of a traditional wired doorbell, have stopped working.
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