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January | February 2014

January | February 2014

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ALL ABOUT

Wall-to-Wall Carpeting

Creative ways to save

LITTLE RESOLUTIONS THAT WILL BIG BUCKS

Creative ways to save

Read This Before YOU REDO YOUR BEDROOM CLOSET

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ALL ABOUT

Wall-to-Wall Carpeting

It's warm, cozy, and soft underfoot—and there's a type to suit most rooms in your home. Here's how to choose the right carpet

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Creative ways to save

LITTLE RESOLUTIONS THAT WILL BIG BUCKS

Forget getting in shape or learning to make compound miter cuts— nothing beats a New Year's resolution that puts more money in your pocket. Here are 30 wallet-fattening changes to make for 2014

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Creative ways to save

Read This Before YOU REDO YOUR BEDROOM CLOSET

You reach in there every morning—and promise once again to mend your closet’s ways. Now’s the time to make it happen. Whether you decide on an off-the-shelf system, custom built-ins, or a DIY special, read these tips before you wade in

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Creative ways to save

grit & polish

With its listing walls and sagging roof, this fixer-upper farmhouse was a sorry sight—until two serial renovators gave it new life and a new look

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Q + A

Q Rusty water is leaking into our basement around metal rods in the concrete walls. How do we stop it? —JOYCE MATTERN, DUXBURY, MASS. Those rods once held together the forms used when your foundation was poured. To fix the leaks, use a pin punch—like the flat-tipped ones at left— and a ball peen hammer to drive the rusty rods back into the wall.
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weekend remodel

Build a cocktail hutch

Turn a plain pine cabinet into a sophisticated vertical bar by adding crown molding and custom rack assemblies

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TOH TV

Hidden gems

In an act of upside-down residential archaeology, the This Old House TV crew reveals—and rebuilds—historical plaster details entombed above a false ceiling

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Laser levels

These battery-powered devices shoot precise beams of light that stay level and plumb over long distances—perfect for installing cabinets, doors, tile, trim, and more. Here are our picks for the four basic types of self-leveling lasers, with pointers on how to use each one.

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build it or buy it

Jelly cupboard

Construct a cupboard from edge-glued pine panels, or select one to buy and get ajump on making preserves

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before + after: Kitchen

More function—and character

A bare-bones kitchen gets a boost with an island, salvaged cabinets, extra windows, and a punchy paint job

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