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July | August 2010

our reader remodel contest

MEET THE $5,000 WINNERS TOH READER REMODEL CONTEST 2010

money-savers

28 READERS TIPS that save time & money

ask this old house

Q+A

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our reader remodel contest

MEET THE $5,000 WINNERS TOH READER REMODEL CONTEST 2010

Why they took the top prize: They revived their snug 1940 Cape with sweat equity and a passion for authentic detail

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money-savers

28 READERS TIPS that save time & money

Amazing! That’s all we could say after reviewing all the DIY tips and tricks you gave us this year. So we’ve come to an obvious conclusion: You’re all a bunch of latter-day Thomas Edisons—brimming with inventive, practical ideas and always looking for ways to save a buck or avoid a trip to the store.
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ask this old house

Q+A

My great-grandfather Frank Verbeeck was head carpenter at the Drake Hotel in Chicago during the 1920s. These are two of his planes. I think they are about 100 to 120 years old. The long one is a jointer plane and was used to make board edges perfectly straight.
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weekend remodel

“I want to build a tree bench”

TOH reader Sarah Schramm is seeking a comfortable place to sit in her tree-filled yard. This charming bench might just become her (or your) favorite outdoor spot

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our reader remodel contest

ONE-ROOM WONDERS

These $1,000 winners bowled us over with their DIY devotion and smart, money-saving ideas
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our reader remodel contest

THE MOXIE AWARDS

Think you’d have the stamina at age 92 to paint a trompe l’oeil pattern on your patio? How about the confidence to build your dream kitchen...over an indoor swimming pool? Well, TOH readers Alan Schackner and David McKenney certainly did! And for that, they, along with five other extraordinary homeowners, take top prizes in this, our second annual Moxie Awards. Their steely nerves and unflagging perseverance left us awestruck—and, more important, earned them a place on these two pages so that you, too, can be inspired by their stories.

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cheapskate hall of fame

“A tight budget won’t stop me”

These clever TOH readers used their DIY skills, negotiating tactics, and creative recycling techniques to realize their visions in every room they renovated

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letter from This Old House

One big DIY family

I get all twisted up inside. Sometimes on the outside, too, especially when there’s rope or a length of garden hose about. But right now I’m twisted up inside—in a good way, mind you—having pored over thousands of submissions for the 2010 This Old House Reader-Created Issue.
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ask this old house

tool test

Price: $120-$670, with stand Highlights: Its 15-amp, 120-volt motor cuts with greater ease than a circ saw, although it can bog down if fed thick hardwood too quickly. The cabinets are typically plastic, with cast-aluminum tops and extruded-aluminum fences.
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letter to my house

"You’ve made me a better man”

TOH reader Shawn Coyle shares how working on a neglected 1714 Colonial has shaped his character and changed his life
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