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Home Improvement and Remodeling: This Old House

This Old House expert advice on home improvement, remodeling, upgrades, tools, and products. Ideas, photos, how-to videos, and step-by-step projects on kitchens, bathrooms, living spaces, workspaces, exteriors, landscaping, plumbing, storage, heating and cooling, insulation, doors and windows, decks, and more. From Americas most trusted home improvement magazine and website, and Americas first and favorite home improvement series.



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2016-09-06 10:48:01



How to Create Succulent Art  

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada explains how to create a piece of artwork out of succulent plants

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2016-07-19 02:54:58



How to Build a Coffered Ceiling  

Apply basic carpentry techniques to primed boards and molding to add a formal, elegant touch to any room

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2016-07-19 01:06:19



Picking the Perfect Exterior Paint Colors  

The owners of the current TOH TV house used period illustrations, expert advice, and modern technology to find the right hues for their home

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2016-07-15 03:30:17



How to Plant Palm Trees  

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook heads to Miami to plant several varieties of palm trees in a front yard

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2016-07-14 04:58:05



How to Repair a Broken Doorbell  

Scott Caron, master electrician for Ask This Old House, replaces a broken chime on a doorbell

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2016-07-13 05:05:22



Photoshop Redo: Reviving a Faded Victorian  

A high-contrast paint scheme and period-style accents help a Queen Anne cottage keep pace with its neighbors

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2016-07-13 04:39:36



How to Install a Garage Storage System  

Adding garage storage with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva

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2016-07-13 01:39:56



Pineapple-Themed Home Goods  

No matter how you slice it, this tropical fruit has had enduring appeal as a decorative motif and a symbol of welcome, from colonial days to the present

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2016-07-12 06:31:40



10 Natives for Pollinators in Prairie-Style Gardens  

Pollinators are in decline, but the right selection of plants can draw bees, butterflies, and humming birds to your yard in search of food and shelter

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2016-07-12 05:31:31



How to Install a Fire Escape Ladder  

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install an emergency escape ladder

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2016-07-12 05:16:18



How to Build a Storage Chest  

Relegate those plastic bins to their rightful place and replace them with classic wood storage

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2016-07-12 01:52:08



How to Install Fiesta String Lights  

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner install fiesta string lights to get the party started in Texas

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2016-07-08 02:33:59



How to Install a Basement Laundry  

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner install a washer and dryer in his basement

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2016-07-07 06:01:25



Get the Look of Must-See TV Homes  

They were the spaces your favorite sitcom characters called home. Get ready for a nostalgia-inducing trip through TV's most famous interiors

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2016-07-07 05:16:08



How to Repair a Three-Way Light Switch  

Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor helps a homeowner fix a faulty three-way switch

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2016-07-07 01:11:27



11 Ways Your Lawn Can Kill You  

Warning: Your verdant paradise may be a death trap (or at least make you very sick). Before you spend the next sunny day lounging on the lawn, watch out for these dozen dangers to your health

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2016-07-07 01:04:08



How to Attach Window Boxes to Brick Siding  

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to securely fasten outdoor containers to masonry

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2016-06-30 02:06:31



What Is It? | Black Plastic Handles  

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows off a cleverly designed wheelbarrow accessory

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2016-06-24 05:53:40



How to Zone a Forced-Air Furnace and Air Conditioner  

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows how to divide a home's heating and air-conditioning system into different zones

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2016-06-21 04:15:53



How to Repair a Squealing Shower  

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner silence a shrieking shower

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2016-06-18 07:06:39



Dog-Friendly Flooring Rules  

Dog-friendly flooring needs to be durable, easy to clean, and attractive too. Here's what you need to know if you have four on the floor

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2016-06-18 06:39:04



How to Plant a Privacy Screen  

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner plant a living privacy screen

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2016-06-17 02:11:43



How to Use a Speed Square  

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates the amazing versatility of the humble rafter square

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2016-06-17 02:04:11



How to Pick The Right Mulch  

Use this guide to navigate the options for the best topdressing around your plant bed

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2016-06-17 01:19:16



10 Ways Your Bathroom is Making You Sick  

The bathroom may be all about cleaning, yet it's one of the worst places in your home for hiding nasty chemicals, allergens, and other toxins

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2016-06-15 05:41:51



How to Grow Vegetables in the Desert  

Creating a water-efficient waffle garden with Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook

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2016-06-14 10:19:26



How to Roll on a Painted Pattern with a Rubber Stamp  

Picture a cylindrical rubber stamp inked with paint—and how quickly it could jazz up your space

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2016-06-14 04:51:37



How to Replace a Deck Post  

Shoring up an old deck with new supports with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva

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2016-06-11 07:07:35



Norm Abram's Best Tricks of the Trade III  

TOH assembles even more pro wisdom from master carpenter Norm Abram's archive

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2016-06-10 05:38:27



A Bright-White Kitchen Redesigned Online  

Consulting by e-mail, pin board, Skype, and telephone, a long-distance designer helps a dark but otherwise great cook space lighten up

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2016-06-10 03:22:25



How to Plant a Pollinator Garden  

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook heads to Texas to plant a garden that attracts butterflies and other pollinators

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2016-06-10 02:18:28



How to Choose Tools for First Time Gardeners  

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada shows off some of her favorite tools to help out first-time gardeners

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2016-06-10 01:52:19



How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink  

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey reveals the best ways to unclog a backed-up bathroom sink

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2016-06-07 06:59:43



Clever Finds from the 2016 Kitchen and Bath Show  

See 33 of our top picks for these frequented rooms

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2016-06-07 06:31:16



How to Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors  

Scott Caron, master electrician for Ask This Old House, wires an old house with new smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

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2016-06-07 02:42:46



Color of the Month, June 2016: Green Flash  

This brilliant shade is the perfect summer home-refresher

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2016-06-04 06:58:17



How to Replace a Rotted Fence Post  

Repairing a decayed fence post with Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook

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2016-06-04 03:37:39



How to Repair an Uneven Bluestone Patio  

Resetting heaved stones with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook

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2016-06-04 02:20:02



Add Edibles to Your Garden for Food—and Beauty  

Colorful vegetables and fruit-bearing plants can enhance the look of your flower beds, not merely provide a mealtime bonus

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2016-06-02 03:35:23



Build It | How to Build a Chicken Coop  

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva creates a backyard chicken coop for a homeowner in Connecticut in "Build It."

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2016-06-01 05:12:26



The North Shore Farmhouse: Instant Charmer  

TOH TV follows along as a couple's quest for quality leads them to a factory-built home

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2016-05-26 05:31:03



Something Old, Something New for a Gut Kitchen Redo  

Undertaking the gut renovation of her forever kitchen, a seasoned home cook holds fast to two kitchen keepsakes

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2016-05-24 06:22:50



How to Build a Classic Picnic Table  

Use cedar boards to make a table and benches fit to host family and friends for years to come

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2016-05-24 01:04:57



How to Install a Whole-House Dehumidifier  

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows how to control humidity throughout the house all year round

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2016-05-21 06:50:39



Cool Home Improvement Finds for Father's Day  

From patio to garage, our picks will up Dad's game at home

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2016-05-21 03:18:09



Paint Job Staples Used for Clever Cleaning  

Sure, you can buy special tools for sprucing up your home—or you can reach into your painting tool kit

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2016-05-21 02:38:10



How to Install Wood Crown Molding  

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares his tips and techniques for installing decorative crown molding

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2016-05-20 03:58:06



3 Quick Plumbing Under Pressure  

What to do before the plumber rescues the day

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2016-05-19 02:18:50



What Is It? | Wood Handle with Nick Offerman  

Actor and woodworker Nick Offerman visits the guys at Ask This Old House and brings along a wood handle with brass knobs. "What is it?"

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2016-05-18 05:55:33



Bright and Airy Rehab for a Once-Gloomy Victorian  

An architect and her interior-designer daughter tap the inner beauty of a Victorian-era house—gaining a thumbs-up from the whole family

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2016-05-18 04:17:30



What Is It? | Blue Plastic Parts with a Hole  

The Ask This Old House guys pose the question What Is It? as they check out blue plastic parts with a hole

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2016-05-17 07:49:27



Nick Offerman's Woodworking Advice  

Actor and woodworker Nick Offerman shares with Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor where his love of woodworking began and offers advice for young people who want to work with their hands

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2016-05-17 06:40:48



Save This Old House: Charming Pittsburgh Stick-Style  

Original features and restored surrounding homes make this house a keeper

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2016-05-17 06:21:33



Master Bath as a Grown-Up Getaway  

Relocating the master bath away from the kid zone allows for a spacious, light-filled master-suite retreat

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2016-05-17 01:57:33



How to Choose and Use a Router  

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares his insights on the shop's most versatile portable power tool

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2016-05-14 03:32:23



Care of Summer-Blooming Bulbs  

Bulbs are pretty easygoing, but with these tips you can help maximize blooms and increase the odds that they'll naturalize into more plants

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2016-05-13 02:12:13



Water Dripping Behind Gutters  

Tom Silva explains the risk of letting rain water run off your roof behind the gutter

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2016-05-12 04:21:46



How to Reuse a Garden Hose Reel  

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor show other uses for an old hose reel

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2016-05-12 02:44:58



Behind-the-Scenes at Ask TOH with Nick Offerman  

Actor and woodworker Nick Offerman visits the Ask TOH workshop to play "What Is It?" and offer advice for novice woodworkers

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2016-05-11 05:26:16



Pro Picks for Summer-Blooming Bulbs  

Get these in the ground now, and they'll achieve full size and peak color in just weeks, putting on a show right through the hotter months ahead

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2016-05-11 03:49:42



Behind-The-Scenes: Nick Offerman Visits Ask TOH  

A look at actor and woodworker Nick Offerman's visit to the Ask TOH workshop

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2016-05-11 01:01:30



Photoshop Redo: Fixing a Muddled Facade  

Unified siding and a friendlier entry transform a tired two-story

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2016-05-10 06:59:23



How to Add a Heat Pump to a Water Heater  

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey makes heating water more efficient by installing a heat pump

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2016-05-10 03:21:28



Start Seeds the Easy Way—Outside  

Find out what to get in the ground now for optimal success

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2016-05-10 03:11:55



How to Build a Laundry Pedestal  

Layer beadboard and moldings onto a basic frame for a rock-solid surface that elevates the appliances—and the look of your space

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2016-05-06 06:26:33



Clever Home Gifts Graduates Will Love (and Use!)  

Offer your best wishes with something that'll improve the work/life/tiny-home balance

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2016-05-06 03:34:31



Ask Roger: How to Prune Shrubs  

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows the right way to prune shrubs

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2016-05-05 04:04:06



4 Kitchen-Right Lights Made from Cooking Essentials  

Everyday items get a second, more illuminating life when you outfit them with plug-in or hardwired cord kits

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2016-05-05 02:13:09



How to Build a Fold-Down Murphy Bar  

Use cedar lumber and a doweling jig to create an outdoor piece that can handle its share of liquor

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2016-05-04 05:04:06



9 Quick Home Fixes for May  

Easy ways to improve your home right now

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2016-05-04 04:24:12



Replacing a Leaky Hose Nozzle  

Replace your hose nozzle with an old-fashioned, reliable spray nozzle

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2016-05-03 06:57:55



How and Why to Maintain a Temperature-and-Pressure Valve  

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains the extreme importance of maintaining your water heater's temperature-and-pressure relief valve

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2016-05-03 05:05:04



Color of the Month, May 2016: Buttercup  

Here comes the sun with this perky yellow

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2016-05-03 01:12:43



How to Quiet Squeaky Carpeted Floors  

This Old House general Contractor Tom Silva shows how you can silence those squeaks by using specials screws

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2016-05-03 01:10:37



How to Install a Touchless Kitchen Faucet  

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner install a new, no-touch kitchen faucet

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2016-04-30 07:59:20



An Over-Renovated Cottage Becomes an Unburied Treasure  

Two crafty homeowners exposed the beauty beneath two hundred years of paint, wallpaper, and linoleum

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2016-04-30 05:14:13



How to Patch Hardwood Flooring  

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner patch a hardwood floor to make it look seamless

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2016-04-30 03:13:56



Grow Espaliered Trees for a Slim Fit  

Trained against a wall or trimmed into a living fence, espaliered trees and shrubs are an elegant small-space solution for any yard

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2016-04-29 05:15:03



Covering a Cracked Walkway with Flagstone  

Roger Cook explains the best way to cover up a concrete walkway to match a flagstone porch

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2016-04-28 06:23:12



How to Repair a Cast-Iron Toilet Flange  

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows how to replace a badly corroded cast-iron flange

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2016-04-28 01:20:23



The Hottest Tile Trends for 2016  

Standout looks spotted at this year's tile trade show Coverings

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2016-04-27 05:08:23



Industrial Home Catalog Looks for Less  

DIY these looks for $25 and less

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2016-04-27 04:22:21



Into the Woods for a Lot Turned into Magical Garden Rooms  

Here's how an ordinary suburban lot transformed into a series of magical garden rooms—with ideas anyone can use

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2016-04-26 07:35:01



How to Run Underground Wiring to a Garage  

Electrician Scott Caron shows a homeowner how to bring power to a detached garage

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2016-04-26 07:32:50



Eight Great Renovations You and Your Dog Will Love  

Planning a remodel? Don't forget about Rover. Today's special built-in features and custom designs go way beyond the doggie door

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2016-04-26 05:54:44



How to Plant a Large Shade Tree  

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner select and plant a deciduous shade tree

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2016-04-26 02:18:42



How to Silence Slamming Doors  

Fix for a door that swings shut too fast

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2016-04-23 06:47:44



12 Mother's Day Gifts She'll Actually Use  

This year, treat mom to one of these editors' finds

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2016-04-23 04:37:25



Photoshop Redo: From Dated to "Do Come in!"  

A more open entry, a fresh coat of paint, and spiffy new doors warm up a lackluster 1960s house

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2016-04-23 03:29:24



What Germany Can Teach Us About Home Energy  

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey takes host Kevin O'Connor on a tour of Germany with an eye toward renewable energy and sustainable home heating

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2016-04-22 06:18:37



Moved Bath for a Pitch-Perfect Ceiling  

A couple of DIYers move their master bath out from under a treacherous ceiling slope to create a rustic retreat that befits their mountain home

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2016-04-22 06:05:50



Save Fuel, Energy, and Money with Hand Tools  

Cut the power cord and grab a hand tool to conserve power

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2016-04-22 04:02:17



How to Install a Vinyl Privacy Fence  

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook works with a fencing contractor to install a vinyl privacy fence

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2016-04-16 02:27:19



Animal-Shaped Door Knockers  

A knocker is an opportunity to give your house a little extra personality. So why not go wild?

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2016-04-15 04:21:04



How to Build a Sliding Barn Door  

You love this rustic touch! We asked TOH fans about sliding barn doors and got a flood of questions. Here's our answer

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2016-04-15 02:07:45



How to Get Hot Water with a Recirculating Pump  

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains how a recirculation line can save energy, money, and time

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2016-04-14 03:35:51



How to Install Roof Shingles  

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva reveals the best ways to secure shingles to a roof

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2016-04-13 06:06:31



TOH Editors' Picks: Handy Home Improvement Finds  

The latest standouts for new tools, materials, and home-improvement products

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2016-04-13 05:22:37



Mudroom Makeover for $95  

A custom-built bench and plenty of hooks squeeze every bit of storage out of a tight space

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2016-04-13 02:53:35





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