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Q + A

Thin a chubby shrub; level a slab floor; deal with dryer lint; and more


Repointing a brick wall

Norm's tricks of the trade

Cut bolts down to size; steam out dents in pine; join the ends of clapboard siding

reader tool test

Cordless jigsaws

Q + A

Thin a chubby shrub; level a slab floor; deal with dryer lint; and more


Repointing a brick wall

Norm's tricks of the trade

Cut bolts down to size; steam out dents in pine; join the ends of clapboard siding

reader tool test

Cordless jigsaws

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before + after: kitchen

The union of two rooms turned a dark and dreary kitchen into a cheery, open gathering spot

making room

A finished attic yielded a cozy bedroom suite and led to a fine-tuning that makes the most of a small house

smart storage solutions

Use clever built-ins to carve out places to store your stuff

Photoshop redo

A full-length front porch and Adirondack-style details spruce up a rustic cabin

branching out

Make your own twig trellises to prop up plants and enhance your yard

woodwork refresher course

Let a pro refinisher's tips, tools, and techniques help you put a fresh face on weary-looking millwork upgrades


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


Victorian-style lav faucets

price wise

Bronze ring door knockers

get this look

Country-style potting room

build it or buy it

Paneled mailbox posts

all about

Wood entry doors

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salvage style

Give reclaimed wood balusters new supporting roles as table legs or candlesticks

whaddaya call it

Get to know your electrical receptacle

weekend remodel

Easy-to-install crown molding

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Readermail (p. 7)

Ladder Safety

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Checklist (p. 9)

Plant Your Victory Garden

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Repair Cracked Shingles

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Prep the Play Area

Build a tree swing with your kids [XLINK {20195836} {more}]

Bonus (p. 10)

Watch How-To Videos on Demand

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Money-Saving Bonus

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Time-Saving Tip

Strip hardware[EMDASH]with a slow cooker [XLINK {20055784} {more}]

Letter (p. 11)

"Chew Your Milk" and Other Advice

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Home News (p. 14)

Basements Are Back

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Cleaner Cuts

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10 Uses (p. 18)

Carpet Scraps

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Starter Kit (p. 20)

Everything You Need to Rewire a Light Fixture

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Before + After: Kitchen (p. 25)

Be in TOH

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Kitchen Office

Seven clever and storage-packed kitchen offices [XLINK {1611513} {more}]

Shopping (p. 29)

Victorian-Style Lav Faucets

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[ITALIC "TOH"] TV (p. 37)

From the TOH TV Pros

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Photoshop Redo (p. 41)

Let's Redo Your House

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Salvage Style (p. 45)

Fix Wood Finishes

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Discount for TOH Users

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Whaddayacallit? (p. 49)

Inside the Outlet

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Build It or Buy It (p. 50)

Paneled Mailbox Post

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See more post-mount mailboxes [XLINK {20216972} {more}]

Weekend Remodel (p. 52)

Install Easy Crown Molding

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How to put in crown molding [XLINK {214981} {more}]

How to install crown molding [XLINK {1016651} {more}]

Crown molding forms [XLINK {1221648} {more}]

How to cut miters [XLINK {1630892} {more}]

Crown molding materials [XLINK {20171834} {more}]

How to cope a joint for crown molding [XLINK {1632379} {more}]

Making Room (p. 72)

Show Us

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Branching Out (p. 78)

Show Us

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Smart Storage Solutions (p. 84)

Send Pics

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How Long Can Your Shelves Go?

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All About Wood Entry Doors (p. 92)

Tell Us

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Hang It Yourself

Tom Silva shows how to install an exterior door [XLINK {1630878} {more}]

Ask This Old House (p. 101)


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Question of the Month (p. 104)

Brick Wall Crumbling

Crumbling mortar [XLINK {537457} {more}]

Insulating brick walls [XLINK {452940} {more}]

Insulating a brick house [XLINK {237906} {more}]

Brick facing [XLINK {354390} {more}]

Using brick veneer [XLINK {203674} {more}]

Installing a metal bracket for a flag into brick [XLINK {782282} {more}]

Mounting a window box on brick [XLINK {475705} {more}]

Cleaning paint and smoke from brick [XLINK {192837} {more}]

Cleaning plaster off brick [XLINK {350018} {more}]

Fireplace face-lift [XLINK {216396} {more}]

Whitewashing red brick [XLINK {227870} {more}]

Leaning chimney [XLINK {362080} {more}]

Dusty brick wall [XLINK {320662} {more}]

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