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November | December 2012

November | December 2012

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THE TOH TOP 100

BEST NEW HOME PRODUCTS 2012

moneysavers

Read this before you insulate your attic

fit for a family

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THE TOH TOP 100

BEST NEW HOME PRODUCTS 2012

Every year, as we start thinking about the Top 100, the same thing happens: panic. How will we ever unearth so many worthy products? We have high standards, after all. But judging from the items that follow, we needn’t have worried. There’s the ice tray that won’t spill (page 82), the drain plug that sheds clogs (page 84), and the wood decking that resists rot (page 93).
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moneysavers

Read this before you insulate your attic

Yes, it’s a messy job. But when the dust (and fiberglass) settles, you’ll enjoy a fatter bank account and more comfortable indoor temps year-round

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fit for a family

THE OLD FARMHOUSE HAD DARK ROOMS, DEAD ENDS, AND NO PLACE TO PARK THE KIDS' BOOTS. HERE'S HOW AN INVENTIVE REDO MADE AN 1830s ARTIFACT JUST RIGHT FOR A 21ST-CENTURY HOUSEHOLD

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weekend remodel

How to install a herringbone floor

Use prefinished engineered flooring to create a chevron showstopper

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askthisoldhouse

Kevin O’Connor replies: According to chimney-repair specialist Mark Schaub, of Chimney Savers in Hillsborough, New Jersey, any one of those solutions might have cured your smoking fireplace. But he says that a problem this persistent is usually caused by a mismatch between the size of the flue and the fireplace opening.
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idea file

Built-ins that make entertaining easier

The holidays are upon us. For help getting party-ready, we’ve assembled a portfolio of bars and servers that pack style and utility into the typical untapped spaces in a home. Coming up, 12 hardworking built-ins that take a load off busy hosts

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salvage style

Columns with character

Reclaimed posts with fluted channels or curvy turnings can prop up a porch ceiling, flank a door, or find new life as decorative interior accents

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in every issue

directory

Cover: For information, see the listing for “Fit for a Family." Checklist (p. 20) Thanks to Terry Spencer, RepairClinic; repairclinic.com. Home Solutions (pp. 25-32) Boost curb appeal in under 15 minutes: Door knocker: Twist Brass Door Knocker in oil-rubbed bronze, Whittington; signaturehardware.com.
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paint ideas

Reinvent a room with ceiling color

Follow our tips for tapping the hidden-in-plain-sight potential of that fifth wall

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in every issue

readermail

Every day, your letters remind us that TOH is all in the family. Whether loading the car for a camping trip, creating a memento of a loved one, or taking a project to the county fair, your ideas and ours work together. And even foster a bit of friendly rivalry, as editor Scott Omelianuk found out recently.
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