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June 2011

upgrades

ALL ABOUT Gutters

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PERIOD PERFECT at any price

weekend remodel

How to build a planter bench

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upgrades

ALL ABOUT Gutters

The experts at This Old House lay out everything you need to know to select and maintain these unsung heroes of roof-water management

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PERIOD PERFECT at any price

WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING to work more vintage character into your home, sometimes only the best restoration-grade fixture, finish, or decorative detail will do. Other times, though, you might be just as content with a lower-priced look-alike. Coming up: the lowdown on 12 splurge-worthy reproduction pieces, plus their wallet-wise counterparts. Invest in the best or get the look for less? THE CHOICE IS YOURS.

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weekend remodel

How to build a planter bench

Assemble a stationary bench between sturdy planters made from stacked cedar boards

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landscaping

Tips for growing hydrangeas

These classic flowering shrubs are prized by homeowners from North to South. Here’s how to get them to bloom their best

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askthisoldhouse

QUESTION OF THE MONTH

Roger Cook replies: A wet walkway is not only a slipping hazard, it contributes to damaging frost heaves that can break apart pavement. If you can’t relocate the downspout, route the water under your walk and out to a dry well buried in your lawn.
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Q What’s the best way to quiet a squeaky door hinge? -JIM PARRETT, IRVINE, CALIF. A Sewing-machine oil, like the kind they used to put in these old-fashioned oil cans, works just fine, as long as you don’t overdo it. Tap the hinge pin up a little bit, then place a drop or two on the exposed shaft. Open and close the door a few times to work the oil in, then apply a couple more drops to the shaft before tapping the pin back down.
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BETTER than EVER

Sagging, cramped, and utterly charming, this 19TH-CENTURY WHALING COTTAGE was saved by an artful top-to-bottom redo— and a homeowner with a keen eye for detail

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cook up a great outdoor kitchen

Been hankering for an open-air cooking area? Here, our guide to the ingredients it takes to make a five-star space. Incorporate as many as you like—and as your budget allows—then save the rest for summers to come

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Cover: For information, see the listing for "Cook Up a Great Outdoor Kitchen.” Before + After Kitchen: Same size, sunnier spirit (pp. 29-32) General contractor: SD Development, Moore Park, CA; 805-241-8108. Tile: AlysEdwards Tile & Stone; Anaheim, CA; 714-917-6720; alysedwards.com.
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shopping

Handsome house numbers

Detailed digits offer an inexpensive way to boost your home’s curb appeal

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