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July 2011

ask this old house

Q What was this tool used for?

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ask this old house

Q What was this tool used for?

A It’s an old-fashioned soldering iron, also called a soldering copper, after the pointy hunk of metal at its business end. You heat it up in a fire or with a blowtorch, rest it on a seam, then touch a stick of solder on one of the facets. The stick instantly melts into a silvery river that runs down to fill the seam.
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TOH Reader Remodel Contest 2011

MEET THE GRAND-PRIZE WINNERS

THEY WON $5,000 AND A 2011 GMC SIERRA!

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THE Moxie Awards

one-room wonders

Five resourceful readers won $1,000 each for these clever makeovers
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cheapskate hail of fame

"By hook, crook, or the occasional dumpster dive"

From roadside-salvage pot racks to plastic-fruit finials, our tightfisted readers bring new meaning to the term resourcefulness
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weekend remodel

"We need a TV hideaway"

TOH readers Katie and John Petrella bought a new flat-screen TV but had no way to enclose it. Here’s how to create a handsome hideaway

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1 Reader 7 Issues

A new house with old-house charm charm

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our reader remodel contest

THE Moxie Awards

WHO> Dean Pedersen WHERE> Valley City, N.Dak. MOXIE MEASURE> During the Vietnam War, a hand grenade cost Dean Pedersen his sight. When he returned home, he briefly considered other careers before deciding to pursue his dream job: carpentry.
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reclaiming the past

“We’re saving a piece of history”

TOH readers Doris and Samuel Collins, stewards of a storied Texas property, have turned it into a community gathering spot
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DIY stories

“One thing led to another...”

TOH readers share how a quick fix, an argument, even an off-hand comment led them down the rabbit hole of a large-scale renovation
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