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October 2011

75 easy spruce-ups under $75

SMALL-BUDGET, BIG-IMPACT UPGRADES

money savers

DIY fall fix-ups

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75 easy spruce-ups under $75

Upgrade your home and yard in a weekend with simple, stylish, and wallet-friendly DIY improvements—most of which can be done in less than an hour

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SMALL-BUDGET, BIG-IMPACT UPGRADES

For three years, Roy and Beth Shore worked side by side, room by room, transforming their lackluster 1980 Colonial Revival into a distinctive home filled with architectural details. Among the last projects on their to-do list was a front-entry face-lift, which Roy decided to pull off on his own as a surprise for his wife.

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money savers

DIY fall fix-ups

Left unchecked, minor problems can turn into major headaches—and oftentimes higher utility bills when the weather turns cold. Read on for 12 things you can do now to save yourself thousands in future repair, maintenance, and energy costs

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ask this old house

Q When I use my router, it burns the wood. Is that because I’m going too fast or too slow? -JEFF VICKERS. PARIS. KY. Before the days of electric routers, when wood was shaped by muscle and by hand tools like this antique Stanley No. 71 open-throat router plane, burns weren’t a problem.
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reader remodel

"We had six months to make it livable!"

The house had no heat or running water. But this turreted Queen Anne caught the eye of a young couple with a gutsy plan to revive it

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weekend remodel

How to build a stone planter

Stack cast-concrete blocks in a tiered pattern to give your curb appeal a hefty boost

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TOH TV

The modern homesteader’s kitchen

At the TOH TV house, traditional food storage and prep areas will be paired with modern amenities for a space that streamlines cooking from scratch

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TOH TESTED

Leaf wranglers

1_ Padded handles and a throttle lock to reduce hand strain. 2_ A twist-lock bagging tube with a spring-loaded release that won’t come loose. Metal impellers, sharper and more durable than typical plastic ones. 4_ Vacuum tubes you can attach and take off without needing a tool.
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fun family project

Build a bat house

Give these mosquito-eating creatures a place to roost in time for trick-or-treat season, and reap the benefits year-round

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READ THIS BEFORE YOU FINISH YOUR ATTIC

Whether you envision your house’s top floor as an away-from-it-all master suite, a quiet home office, or a hangout spot for the kids, don’t lift a finger until you’ve read TOH’s expert advice

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