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May 2010

75 OUTDOOR UPGRADES FOR UNDER $75

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Push lawn mowers

plant grow enjoy

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75 OUTDOOR UPGRADES FOR UNDER $75

Spruce up your patch of green with affordable finds and quick-and-easy DIY projects. The editors of This Old House share their best budget-friendly makeover ideas
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ALL ABOUT

Push lawn mowers

A mower is essential equipment for anyone who wants a trim and tidy lawn. This Old House’s experts tell you how to choose the best one for your grass-cutting needs

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plant grow enjoy

The benefits of vegetable gardening go way beyond cutting food costs. Here, the TOH guide to planning, planting, and relishing your own backyard harvest

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READER REMODEL

"Chalk it up to temporary insanity"

The 1921 house was abandoned, foreclosed on, and in a sorry state. But this DIYer figured he could make it a lovely family home—in just four months. Now, four years later, he sees things a bit differently

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Q Do robot mowers work and are they worth the money? If not, then how will we know when the day of the robot is really here? —JIM BABCOCK, OMAHA Yes, these mowers do work, and I suppose they're worth the money if you really don't want to mow, or hire a lawn service, and your yard isn’t bigger than 5,000 square feet.
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weekend remodel

How to make a pebble mosaic

Turn smooth, flat stones into a whimsical outdoor accent of your own design

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landscaping

Making an entrance

An entry garden ties your house into the landscape and welcomes you home each day

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This Old House & Home

When your biggest challenge is deciding where to sit, you know you’ve come home to the perfect summer retreat. As the weather warms up, the goal is to unwind, so “you want the decor to be different,” says Kirsten Schiff, who finished her family’s Georgia-coast getaway in a smile-inducing style you might call retro-casual.
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TOH TV

Wise ways to preserve an old house

This Old House TV teams up with a nonprofit to bring a foreclosed Second Empire into the future

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ask this old house

Norm’s tricks of the trade

I can’t seem to get a straight cut when I’m using my circular saw with a straightedge. What am I doing Wrong? —JIM RANDOLPH, LONG BEACH, MISS. A Maybe your straightedge isn’t stiff enough; it might be bowing as you cut. If you really want a straight cut every time, here’s a simple guide you can make out of ½-inch scrap plywood.
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