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October 2013

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45 essential survival skills for homeowners

ALL ABOUT

Prefinished Wood Floors

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charming change-ups—ON THE cheap

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45 essential survival skills for homeowners

Our household troubleshooting guide will get you out of all-too-common jams around the house, whether they’re true emergencies or everyday annoyances

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ALL ABOUT

Prefinished Wood Floors

With the classic good looks of solid wood in a DIY-friendly package, these floors are easy to love—and install. Here’s how to choose the right ones for your home

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charming change-ups—ON THE cheap

At This Old House, we have a soft spot for thrifty ingenuity, so when we saw these readers’clever handiwork, we just had to share. From a sweet window seat to a vintage-look kitchen to a playful kids’ hideaway, these DIY projects give high-end redos a run for the money

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WHAT'S old IS new AGAIN

A 19TH-CENTURY FARMHOUSE'S SIDE ADDITION MAKES ROOM FOR A SPACIOUS KITCHEN AND A MORE OPEN FLOOR PLAN—WHILE EVOKING THE HOME’S ORIGINAL SHAPE

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Q+A

Q I scored these bits at a yard sale, but they don’t fit in my drill. How can I use them? —KRISTOPHER BICE, TALLAHASSEE, FLA. A These are auger bits, made to fit in a bit brace, a U-shape crank for drilling holes by hand. Variations on its simple design have been used for centuries.
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TOH TV

Rising above

To survive the next big storm, more and more houses will need a lift. It’s a smart move seen around the country-and on the current season of This Old House TV

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YOUR HEALTHY

Fall Gardening Guide

Cooler temperatures make fall a perfect time to step outside and dig into gardening tasks that lay the ground-work for the growing season to come.“Gardening can be a great way to get some exercise in the fresh fall air,” says Kim Gladden, MD, a sports and exercise medicine physician at Cleveland Clinic.
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weekend remodel

Dress up a hollow-core door

Apply panel molding to a featureless door to create a grand entrance to any room

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build it or buy it

Medicine cabinet

Build yourself a wall-mount storage unit, or opt for a premade option

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before+after: living room

An elegant space for work and play

A living area that also hosts a home office gets an update in keeping with its surroundings

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