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Trade Secrets Revealed

Pros are well versed in the complexities of their fields, of course. But their on-the-job everyday experience has also given them insights into the little tricks that deliver the biggest results, from adding affordable storage in the kitchen to enhancing the efficiency of your radiators. These techniques may be largely subconscious; the contractor, electrician, or architect may not even realize how valuable such gems are to regular DIYers like us, but we did. So read on for some of This Old House's favorite been-there-learned-that bits of wisdom gleaned from some of the nation's top pros, including our own.
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