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25 DIY Fundamentals

great neighborhoods

The old and the beautiful

reader remodel

"Everyone thought we were nuts"

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25 DIY Fundamentals

Sailors call it “seamanship.” Scouts call it “woods wisdom.” For homeowners, “it” is simply the must-know everyday stuff that makes us the masters of our domains. Coming up, the experts at This Old House share their top tips and techniques for sprucing up and keeping up your home without having to call in the pros

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great neighborhoods

The old and the beautiful

For the fourth year in a row, we’ve tracked down North America’s most timeless neighborhoods—places where lovingly crafted old houses have extraordinary pasts and unarguably promising futures

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reader remodel

"Everyone thought we were nuts"

The walls were packed with acorns and mummified squirrels, and raccoons were living in the barn. Still, one undeterred couple set out to turn this centuries-old farm into the ultimate family nest

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askthisoldhouse

A You can clean up lightly rusted tools with 00 steel wool, a spray lubricant like WD-40, and some elbow grease. Remove heavy rust buildup with a thick coat of naval jelly. To keep rust from coming back, do the following after each use: Wire-brush off any dirt, dry the exposed metal, and spray on a thin film of WD-40.
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ALL ABOUT

Vinyl flooring

Durable and easy to maintain, this practical, affordable floor covering is continually improving in looks and performance. This Old House’s experts explain everything you need to know before you bring it into your home

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Weekend remodel

Build an arbor bench

Use sturdy, all-weather cedar to craft a cozy seating spot for your yard

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MAKE LIFE EASIER

HARD WORKING ROOMS

Packed with clever built-ins, space-maximizing storage, and nifty organizers, these 10 high-functioning mudrooms, pantries, laundries, and potting rooms offer great ideas to streamline daily life

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landscaping

Greening up the roof

Cut energy bills and reduce the strain on the environment with a roof covered in sedums

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TOH TV

Remaking vintage details

By re-creating beloved touches in their Spanish Colonial Revival for a new addition, the owners of the latest TOH TV project are respecting the past while building a future

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shopping

Faux stone containers

Inspired by carved marble and limestone garden antiques, these lightweight pots are just as pretty—and a lot easier to lug around

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