This Old House Archives

December 2007

10 Uses for Baking Soda

Everyone knows this kitchen staple fights odors in the fridge. What we didn't know is just how...

Buckled Porch Boards

A carpenter replaced all the old deck boards on our front porch with 1x4 tongue-and-groove fir...

Carved Door Casings

Use vintage moldings to embellish entrances, trim a tall mirror, or surround a plush headboard

Door Knockers

It's no joke—the right door ornament can make a knockout first impression

Easy Angle Finder

How to verify the slope of a windowsill without special tools or advanced math skills

Good Wood Fires

How to prep your fireplace for its busy season, with tips from chimney expert Mark Schaub

Green Gift Guide

Your gifts can be practical, thoughtful, and eco-friendly all at once

Moving the Whole House

Problems with the neighbors? No sweat—just drive your house to another block! See how it's done

Routers and Bits

It's loud. It's scary. But get to know it, and it may become your new favorite tool

Vaulting a Ceiling

Q: How hard would it be to put vaulted ceilings in my bedroom and living room?

Wackiest Kitchen Products

From a 3-foot martini glass to a pancake batter blaster, these kitchen products might be unusual,...

Wackiest Pet Products

These wacky pet products reduce pet-parenting responsibilities, freeing you up to be a full-time...