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Repairs & How-To

Problems with plaster, woodwork, pocket doors–or do you have a foundation to fix? Find advice here for old-house inspection, repair, and maintenance.

Turn a Globe Into a Pendant Light

Thumbnail image for Turn a Globe Into a Pendant Light Recycle an old globe by transforming it into kitchen task lighting.
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How To Install Roof Brackets

Thumbnail image for How To Install Roof Brackets Stylish details don’t have to stop at the front door of your house. Give your roof some decorative attention with well-placed brackets.
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Tested: Oscillating Multi-Tools

Thumbnail image for Tested: Oscillating Multi-Tools We put 5 corded multi-tools to the test to find out which are the most versatile.
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How To Add a Built-In China Cabinet

Thumbnail image for How To Add a Built-In China Cabinet Cabinetmaker Nancy Hiller shares how she created a period-perfect china cabinet to occupy an awkward space in a Queen Anne dining room.
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Oscillating Multi-Tool Accessory Guide

Thumbnail image for Oscillating Multi-Tool Accessory Guide Multi-tools are only versatile if you have the right accessories. Here are some of the most common ones you’ll see—and why you might need them.
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10 Fireplace Do’s & Don’ts

Thumbnail image for 10 Fireplace Do’s & Don’ts Follow this advice to keep your fireplace safe and snug all winter long.
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10 Tips for Rewiring an Old House

Thumbnail image for 10 Tips for Rewiring an Old House What you need to know to get an old house rewired properly, with minimal damage to the building.
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11 Tips for Surviving a Restoration

Thumbnail image for 11 Tips for Surviving a Restoration A seasoned old-house restorer gives advice on how to survive a major home restoration.
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12 Great Gifts for DIYers

Thumbnail image for 12 Great Gifts for DIYers Need the perfect gift for the old-house restorer on your list? We’ve got you covered, from the newest gadgets to the classic must-haves.
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12 Ladder Safety Tips

Thumbnail image for 12 Ladder Safety Tips Choosing the best ladder for the job is key to using one safely.
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23 Easy Ways to Save Energy

Thumbnail image for 23 Easy Ways to Save Energy Want to save more energy in your old house? Start with these simple behavior tweaks.
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25 Lessons You’ll Learn from an Old House

Thumbnail image for 25 Lessons You’ll Learn from an Old House Owning your first old house is a crash course in home improvement. Here are 25 things you can expect to learn in the first five years.
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35 Tips for Restoring Old Houses

Thumbnail image for 35 Tips for Restoring Old Houses From radiators to roofing, these specialists offer up a wealth of advice that can help fine-tune the care and repair of your old house.
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5 Best Sanders for Old-House Projects

Thumbnail image for 5 Best Sanders for Old-House Projects How to choose and use the right sander for your old-house upgrades.
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5 Ideas for Adding On

Thumbnail image for 5 Ideas for Adding On Traditional approaches help make additions to old houses more successful.
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7 Easy Ways to Go Green

Thumbnail image for 7 Easy Ways to Go Green Going green doesn't have to be a major investment—here are 7 simple ideas for tuning up your old house.
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7 Hurricane Repair Products for Your Old House

Thumbnail image for 7 Hurricane Repair Products for Your Old House Getting a handle on repairs quickly is key to preserving your old home. Check out these 7 products to help repair your old house leaks and cracks after a hurricane or bad storm.
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7 Insulation Tips to Save Money & Energy

Thumbnail image for 7 Insulation Tips to Save Money & Energy 7 tips to keep in mind when retrofitting your old house with insulation.
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7 Steps to Like-New Floors

Thumbnail image for 7 Steps to Like-New Floors When your hardwood floors get dirty, dull, and scuffed, make them gleam again with this easy step-by-step tutorial.
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7 Ways to Weatherize

Thumbnail image for 7 Ways to Weatherize Quick tips on tightening up old houses for better cold-weather comfort.
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