Small Upgrades, Big Impact


Q + A

Tightening wobbly balusters; fixing frosty roof nails; chimney fire prevention; cupola leaks; and more


Patch a carpet

Norm's tricks of the trade

Searching for studs; removing rusty screws; spaced-out siding

reader tool test

Mini drivers


9 ways to add charm and save cash

A home-renovation pro's secrets can help keep your remodel from turning into a money pit

50 nifty tricks for big DIY savings

Peruse our pragmatic list of penny-pinching tips to safe-guard your household budget idea file

before + after: kitchen

An open plan enhances its 1850s character

before + after: bath

A high-end look on a shoestring budget

photoshop redo

A ho-hum split-level goes Colonial in a virtual makeover

it's all in the details

With a period-perfect addition, an 1880s farmhouse gains function and flow

behind closed doors

Get a look inside a 105-year-old Renaissance Revival rowhouse filled with original woodwork upgrades


Glass doorknobs

price wise

Pull-down kitchen faucets

get this look

Farmhouse dining room

green house

Health-conscious cabinets

build it or buy it

Dresser-style sink cabinets

all about

Engineered wood floors


paint ideas

Add drama to your walls with an oversized design

salvage style

Turn a fireplace front into a handsome log rack

home center project

Transform off-the-shelf bifold doors into a custom head- and footboard

whaddaya call it

How to speak toilet

weekend remodel

Install wall frames


Bonus (p. 7)

iGoogle Gadget

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Money-Saving Bonus

Get a great kitchen for only $6,000. Plus, slash your heat bills by $2,000 and cut the cost of wainscoting in half more

Valentine's Day Ideas

12 affordable home-improvement gifts. Plus bed and bath for less more

Easy Interior Makeovers

Tricks for hanging wall paper and 100s more upgrade tips more

Editor's Note (p. 9)

Reader Remodel Contest

Enter or Reader Remodel Contest for a chance to win $10,000 more

Checklist (p. 11)

Honey-do Coupon

Customize and print your own DIY gift more

Get Inspired

Find ideas for your next project more

Get Organized

Get quick and easy organizing tips more

Home News (p. 15)

Tool News

See more tool coverage more

Home Solutions (p. 19)

Make One Yourself

See instructions on building a simple radiator cover more

More 10 Uses

Learn new ways to use scrap materials and household items more

Love This House?

See a slideshow of our June 2008 Reader Remodel Contest winner more

Safer Stripping

Learn more about using chemical strippers safely more

Send Us Your Tips

Post your tips more

More Energy Savings

Utility bills emptying your wallet? Read our top 10 easy home fixes to save on your energy costs more

Before + After: Kitchen (p. 33)

Modern Flow, Major Savings

Learn to install a tin ceiling yourself more

Before + After: Bath (p. 38)

Budget Bath Revamp

See how a tub is professionally refinished more

Shopping (p. 41)

Glass Doorknobs

Learn how to install knobs and a lockset more

Paint Ideas (p. 44)

Add Style With an Oversized Pattern

Download a design more

Salvage Style (p. 47)

Fancy Fireplace Fronts

See a step-by-step video of this project more

Pricewise (p. 50)

Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet

Learn how to install a pull-out kitchen faucet more

Green House (p. 56)

Health-Conscious Cabinets

Pick the right cabinet style for your kitchen more

Home Center Project (p. 60)

Build a Headboard from Bifold Doors

Follow a detailed step-by-step of this project more

Whaddaya Call It? (p. 63)

How to Speak Toilet

How to fix a running toilet more

How to fix a wobbly toilet more

Build It or Buy It (p. 64)

Vintage-Look Dresser Vanity

Bath-vanity revamp more

Picking a vanity fair more

Bath sinks: twice as nice more

Your top 10 bathrooms more

Weekend Remodel (p. 67)

Install Wall Frames

Watch a video of this weekend remodel more

It's All in the Details (p. 72)

An 1880s Farmhouse Gained Function and Flow

Learn how to age and glaze painted cabinets more

9 Ways to Add Charm & Save Cash (p. 80)

A Home-Renovation Pro Shares Her Tricks of the Trade

See an even simpler wainscoting plan that uses 1x4 strips of stock lumber more

50 Ways to Save $50 (p. 86)

See the Step-by-step for Installing a Dimmer, and Print a Buyer's Guide to Getting the Right Energy-Saving Bulb for Your Light

How to swap in a vintage light more

Dim all the lights quietly more

Where to use CFLs more

Energy efficient lighting options more

Recycling compact fluorescent light bulbs more

A green, well-lighted place more

Your compact fluorescent light bulb problems solved more

How to Score the Best Buys on Plants, Tools, and More

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How to Split, Stack, and Burn Your Logs Efficiently to Make the Most of Your Chilly-Weather Investment

Log splitting safety more

Good wood fires more

Find Videos and Stories on Purchasing, Planting, Pruning, and Keeping a Tree in Good Health

Trees for small yards more

Get the best deal on plants more

How to plant a tree more

How to transplant a small tree more

Water-saving yard and garden gear more

The kindest cut[EMDASH]pruning small flowering trees more

Straightening a leaning tree more

Working with a tree removal pro more

Temporary transplanting tips more

How to choose palm trees more

How to fertilize fruit trees more

Where to plant trees more

Fall groundwork more

Get the 411 on Using In-Stock Kitchen Cabinets to Make a Window Seat and on Building up Basic Trim for Custom-Look Door Casings

Build a custom-look window seat with kitchen cabinets more

Build an inexpensive entertainment system more

Molding: A case for doors more

Hanging kitchen cabinets more

TOH TV (p. 94)

Behind Closed Doors

Watch the webcam to see what TOH master carpenter Norm Abram and host Kevin O'Connor are up to at the Brooklyn project more

See modern products that mimic original details more

All About (p. 100)

Engineered Wood Floors

How to install a floating floor more

How to lay a vinyl tile floor more

Ask This Old House (p. 100)

Patch a Carpet

Learn how to silence carpeted floors that squeak more

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