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October 2018

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Buy a Tankless Water Heater

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VINTAGE MODERN

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READ THIS BEFORE YOU

Buy a Tankless Water Heater

Tired of running out of hot water? That’s not a problem with one of these compact, ultra-efficient units that heat water as you need it. Here’s what you need to know about choosing, installing, and living with one

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Q How does Tom Silva keep his handsaws clean and lubricated? Mine just rust! -ROBERT BEAUDRY, HUDSON, NH A One of the best ways to keep rust off a saw is to use it. Rust doesn’t last long on blades that spend time cutting wood. You can scrub off light rust with steel wool and a lubricant like WD-40.
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VINTAGE MODERN

A 1930 house gets an unexpected update in the hands of two creatives with an eye for mid-century finds

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JAMESTOWN NET-ZERO HOUSE

Little Green GIANT

Traditional architectural details and a more open floor plan combine with the latest energy-saving—and energy-producing—technologies at a new This Old House TV project

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idea house preview

Beach-town bungalow

Hammers are swinging at the 2018 Idea House, where advanced materials and building techniques are creating an updated Craftsman-style house with a staycation sensibility

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before + after | kitchen

In short order

Eager new homeowners pull together a more efficient kitchen layout and a clean, classic look—in just six weeks

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fix it | chipped floor

Patch a chipped wood floor

Using only hand tools and a drill, Tom Silva makes minor floor damage disappear with a simple and effective dutchman repair technique

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before + after | bath

Same size, standout style

A wall came down and a new layout and amenities went in, turning a two-part bath into a seamless, one-of-a-kind space

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Reader mail

AN EYE FOR DETAIL is a characteristic shared by many This Old House fans. Your appreciation for the finer points, whether reading our pages or watching renovations unfold on TV, is tough to beat. No doubt it serves you well in projects around your own homes, too!
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Well-traveled bedroom

Global textiles and storied furniture create a sophisticated sleep spot

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