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July | August 2017

TOH TV generation next

The apprentices

READ THIS BEFORE YOU

INSTALL CENTRAL AC

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Grown-up Getaway

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TOH TV generation next

The apprentices

Meet the talented young people who will work alongside our pros on the TOH TV project house this summer

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READ THIS BEFORE YOU

INSTALL CENTRAL AC

Sweltering through another summer parked in front of a window AC unit? Here’s what you need to know before investing in a whole-house system

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Grown-up Getaway

Two empty nesters turn their vacation retreat into a year-round magnet for friends and family

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PRACTICAL MAGIC

A COUPLE OF PLANT PROS COAX A PATCH OF BARE SOIL INTO A SERIES OF GARDENS BRIMMING WITH BLOOMS— A FEW EVEN FIT FOR A PIXIE

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ask This Old House

Q A red maple limb is about to grow into my deck railing. When is it safe to prune the tree back? —DEBBIE DUNLEAVY, CHICAGO A The best time to prune maple trees is the summer—right now. Avoid pruning in the spring, when cuts will bleed sap profusely.
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cottage charmer

SET IN A WELL-PRESERVED 19TH-CENTURY RESORT VILLAGE, A ONCE WORN-OUT LITTLE HOUSE BECOMES A SOULFUL SECOND HOME

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weekend remodel

Add undercabinet LED lighting

Help make meal prep easier and add mood lighting with peel-and-stick tape lined with LEDs

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clean this house

Get wood floors gleaming

They’re one of the things that make your home special. Here’s how to give them extra love—but not too much

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before + after | kitchen

Chef’s choice

A culinary pro turns her dated cook space into a dream kitchen well equipped for recipe testing and family meals

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cooking with fire

Supper on a stick

Thread meat, vegetables, or virtually any food onto a skewer, lay it across a grill grate, and you can enjoy a meal in no time

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