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November | December 2014

November | December 2014

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THE TOH TOP 100 BEST NEW HOME PRODUCTS 2014

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QUIET IN THE HOUSE!

THIS OLD HOUSE

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THE TOH TOP 100 BEST NEW HOME PRODUCTS 2014

When it comes to innovation, tech companies get all the glory these days—especially, we’ve noticed, as it relates to the home. Indeed, smart-home gear is everywhere, including within the pages of this issue (see “High-Tech Ways to Make Entertaining Easier," page 45).
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QUIET IN THE HOUSE!

Pounding washers, knocking pipes, roaring exhaust fans, whistling windows— nuisance noises are especially annoying when guests are on the way. But here’s something to be thankful for: There are easy fixes for quieting the din, and many are less strenuous than, say, roasting a turkey or shoveling the driveway

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THIS OLD HOUSE

Q What can I do with all the wood yardsticks I've collected? —EMILY BRUNNER, IOWA CITY, IOWA A You could arrange them into a wall decoration. Or turn a pair into a pinch stick for taking precise inside measurements. To see if a cabinet assembly is square, for example, lay your yardsticks face-to-face, and slide the ends into the cabinet’s diagonally opposite corners.
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All the Comforts of Home

This 1896 house was so historic it boasted lead pipes, drafty windows, and no garage. Then along came new owners with kids, cars, dogs—and a preservation-minded remodel plan

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weekend remodel

Build a rolling library ladder

Rout oak boards and install specialty hardware to create an elegant addition to any built-in bookcase

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SMART HOME BONUS

HIGH-TECH WAYS TO MAKE ENTERTAINING EASIER

LOVE A HOLIDAY GET-TOGETHER? Sure—especially when someone else is hosting. Throwing your own shindig this time of year can be about as much fun as a stocking full of coal, what with all the other stress of the season. But a slew of new Jetsons-worthy gadgets are on the way to help.
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half baths full of style

The powder room is one of the busiest rooms in the house, especially this time of year. So why not make yours more welcoming? Read on for easy style upgrades, clever storage solutions, and one-step fixes to perk up your half bath before company comes

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DIY gift guide

Handmade holidays

This year, don’t buy it— DIY it! Make like Santa’s elves and hit the workshop to craft one-of-a-kind gifts for the special people in your life. Here, four creative ideas to get you started

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Reader mail

Re “Painted Patina”[September 2014], on creating a distressed paint finish: I suggest that someone wanting to paint a piece of old furniture do a little research beforehand into the history and value of the piece. Antiques are not “born” as antiques; they are survivors of a period in which they went out of fashion before they became antiques.
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COVER: See the listing for "All the Comforts of Home." HOME SOLUTIONS (pp. 17-22) Meet the house mouse: Resources: Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, by Julie Feinstein; stackpolebooks.com. National Pest Management Association; npmapestworld.org.
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