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August 2011

ask this old house

Q+A

weekend remodel

Make a hypertufa table

landscaping

Flowers for late-summer color

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ask this old house

Q+A

A Sounds like a job for a hacksaw, a musthave tool for almost every plumbing project. Even an antique like the one above can work, as long as the blade is sharp and mounted to cut on the pull. Normally, these leaks happen because the washers under the bolt heads are worn.
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weekend remodel

Make a hypertufa table

If you’ve never heard of hypertufa, let us explain why this concrete look-alike is the perfect material for an outdoor table. Made from a mix of cement, peat moss, and perlite, hypertufa has much of concrete’s strength and durability, but it weighs a lot less, doesn’t require sealing, and has a more textured, organic appearance.

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landscaping

Flowers for late-summer color

A strategic mix of annuals and perennials yields a brilliant garden when the heat is really on

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kitchen + bath special

Our favorite new product picks

TOH editors scoured the market for upgrades that make life easier, better, or just more fun, from a fits-anywhere fireplace to a sleekly coiled pot-washer faucet to a seductive soaking tub. See something you need or just want? Look closely—you maybe able to win it
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money-savers

28 ways to refresh your bath on a budget

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money-savers

MAKING A STARTER HOME smarter

How a couple of hands-on homeowners took a bungalow from dilapidated to delightful, using home-center finds

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TOH TV

Tools of their trades

Sure, they’re masters of their respective crafts, but there’s one thing that the TOH TV crew has in common with all DIYers: They rely on a handful of well-made tools for nearly all the projects they tackle. We asked each of them to spill the beans on the five tools they can’t live without and the must-have features that make them useful.
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design ideas

3 baths, 3 styles

If you want to add vintage charm to a new washroom or polish to a period one, look to Victorian, Craftsman, and Art Deco designs for inspiration

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ALL ABOUT Ponds

Prep for installation day

What you need to think about before digging in
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build it or buy it

Porch storage bench

Corral your garden hoses with a handsome piece of outdoor furniture that cleverly conceals them under a lift-open seat

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