This Old House Archives


September 2007


10 Uses for Chalk

Chalk is the ideal temporary marker. Here are some tips for multitasking with the powdery staple

Art Tile

One-of-a-kind craftsmanship that brings a dash of style to any house

Banish Tarnish

Q: How do I clean the tarnish from my solid-brass outdoor light fixtures?

Bifold Doors

Stylish and functional, bifold doors can transform your closet

Dad Bag

Papa's got a brand new one

Engineered Flooring

The quickest way to get new wood underfoot is to install a floating floor. Choose one of these...

Front Door Care

Q: I have completely refinished my solid-cedar front door twice—by sanding it to bare wood,...

Garden Hand Tools

Choosing and using tough, reliable tools that will take a beating in your yard.

Green Showrooms

These stores help you lead a greener, healthier—and more stylish—life

How to Cut Crown Molding

In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares some tricks of the trade...

How to Deal with Termites

In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva consults with a professional...

How to Lay a Gravel Path

In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook creates a rustic gravel...

How to Unclog a Toilet

In this toilet repair how-to video, This Old House plumbing and heating contractor Richard...

Insulating Paint?

Q: "I have seen a paint advertised as an insulation. Is this for real?"

October 2007

Save money, save energy, and build smart with 53 pages of products & projects for a safer,...

Organically-Shaped Sinks

From the most beautiful to the most functional, take a look at our favorite intros from 2007's...

Porsche Range Hood

From the most beautiful to the most functional, take a look at our favorite intros from this year...

Reinventing the Rake

Smart new designs and features help you make quick work of leaves, clods, and rocks

Removing a Fence

Best way to get rid of an old chain-link fence and its metal posts

Retractable Range Hood

From the most beautiful to the most functional, take a look at our favorite intros from 2007's...

Small Appliances

From the most beautiful to the most functional, take a look at our favorite intros from 2007's...

Stylish, New Home Basics

Basic home necessities don't have to be basic-looking. Exhaust fans, smoke alarms and other home...

Thrill Grills

The latest and greatest grills to get you cooking this summer

Tilt Control

All you need is a bubble in a vial to do your level best

Water Heaters

Q: I'm considering installing two tankless water heaters, one set to a high temperature, the...