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October 2010

energy-savers

Slash your Utility Bills with a DIY Energy Audit

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Gas fireplaces

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energy-savers

Slash your Utility Bills with a DIY Energy Audit

This Old House tells you how to find and fix 12 potential trouble spots to boost your home’s efficiency and save you money

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Q When does it make sense to use a wood clamp instead of an all-metal C-clamp or pistol-grip bar clamp? —NICK WOLF, NEWYORK, N.Y. A Wood hand-screw clamps—used primarily by woodworkers and boat builders—don't mar wood surfaces the way an unprotected metal C-clamp might. And once tightened, they don’t back off on their own the way pistol-grip models sometimes can.
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ALL ABOUT

Gas fireplaces

Wood is good, but you can’t beat the ease of a fire that lights with the push of a button. The experts at This Old House explain what it takes to put a gas-fueled hearth in your home

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energy-savers

100-year-old cottage, 21st-century remodel

How one family is turning their 1910 house into an energy-and resource-saving pilot project

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TOH TV

Get the lead out

And the asbestos, and the termites, and any other hazards to health and home that an inspection can reveal. The owners of the new TOH TV project house tackle the cleanup

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landscaping

Trees and shrubs for fall color

Ten additions that will brighten your yard with fiery red and yellow autumn foliage

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weekend remodel

Build a cold frame

Use rot-resistant planks and a salvaged window to build a protective box that extends the growing season

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idea file

Vintage bath on a budget

A couple of savvy DIYers share how they created a luxurious, wallet-friendly master bathroom so that you can too

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lessons learned

Fixes for your remodeling goofs

Nine readers sheepishly share their "If I only knew!” renovation regrets, and This Old House offers coping tips

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shopping

Recycled, reclaimed, repurposed products

Here, 16 standouts that are as easy on the eyes as they are on the earth

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