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April 2010

ALL ABOUT

Exterior stain

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Hassle-Free Steps to a Healthier Home

ask this old house

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ALL ABOUT

Exterior stain

These coatings show off wood to its best advantage while protecting it from the elements. This Old House decodes the differences between the various types of stain so that you can get the look you want

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Hassle-Free Steps to a Healthier Home

Our room-by-room guide will have you breathing easier in no time

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ask this old house

Q When’s the best time to rototill my garden? —MARYANNE COLLINS, ISLIP, N.Y. A You may not need to rototill at all. If your soil has the right pH, a good balance of organic matter, and is light and fluffy, a power tiller or a manual cultivator, like the one shown at left, can actually wreck the soil’s structure and reduce its fertility.

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READER REMODEL

We just fell for the ramshackle little house

You could see daylight through the brick walls, the ceiling was crumbling, and the place had never been wired for electricity. But one couple could see the 1850s cottage’s potential

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Make a mudroom that works for you

7 versatile drop-spots for coats, bags, and shoes, packed with space-saving and clutter-busting ideas to help tidy

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weekend remodel

How to build a planter

Choosing weather-resistant materials will help it hold up for years

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landscaping

Trees in a hurry

In honor of Arbor Day—April 30 this year—here are fast-growing favorites for shade, screening, and spectacular ornamental beauty

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home economics

Give yourself a tax break

Before you throw up your hands at the cost of homeownership, add up all the ways it pays off on April 15

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TOH TV

Household wisdom: Roger Cook

A great-looking yard can make even the humblest house look grander. This Old House’s landscape pro schools US on a few basics

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in every issue

directory

Cover: For information, see the listing for Before + After Kitchen. Checklist: Start Seedlings (p. 14) Thanks to Charlie Nardozzi, senior horticulturalist and spokesman, National Gardening Assn.; garden.org. Before + After Kitchen: Vintage Character, Better Function Too (pp. 29-31) Architect: Fred Burghardt, Oak Park, IL; 708-848-9330.
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