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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.

A House of Many Stories

Thumbnail image for A House of Many Stories The search for the history of a house.
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A Look at Radiant Heating Systems

Thumbnail image for A Look at Radiant Heating Systems A brief history on the 50-year-old revolution of radiant heating.
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Adding a Dormer for a Bathroom Makeover

Thumbnail image for Adding a Dormer for a Bathroom Makeover After years of living with a tiny, haphazardly placed bathroom, a Portland, Oregon, couple makes way for a dormer to expand their space.
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Additions 101

Thumbnail image for Additions 101 The do's and don'ts of successful old-house additions.
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Adventures in Stripping Woodwork

Thumbnail image for Adventures in Stripping Woodwork One old-house owner's simple quest to bare her woodwork becomes an obsession that takes its toll on time and tempers.
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Air-Conditioning Options for Old Houses

Thumbnail image for Air-Conditioning Options for Old Houses Old homes and modern air conditioning seem to contrast, but there are options. You can achieve summer comfort in the most humid climates, with tradeoffs between price, payback, and aesthetics.
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An Easy HVAC Retrofit for Old Houses

Thumbnail image for An Easy HVAC Retrofit for Old Houses A high-velocity, mini-duct HVAC system can bring an old house up to date with minimal damage to its historic fabric.
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An Energy-Efficient Tudor Retrofit

Thumbnail image for An Energy-Efficient Tudor Retrofit A forward-thinking team converts a derelict Tudor in Geneva, Illinois, into a model of energy efficiency.
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An Entry Door Makeover

Thumbnail image for An Entry Door Makeover When we finally got around to restoring the front door of our Victorian house, the effect was dramatic.
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Banishing Bats: Bat Deterrent & Removal

Thumbnail image for Banishing Bats: Bat Deterrent & Removal Once bats move into a house, they rarely relocate, unless evicted using proper bat exclusion techniques. Here's what you need to know to make your building a bat-free zone.
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Best New Gadgets for DIYers

Thumbnail image for Best New Gadgets for DIYers Our editors pick the best new products to make your old-house projects easier.
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Better Ways to Lasting Wood

Thumbnail image for Better Ways to Lasting Wood Borate gets new attention as a less toxic safeguard against rot and insects.
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Brushing Up On Paint

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Caring for Septic Systems

Thumbnail image for Caring for Septic Systems It only takes a little effort to avoid major repair or replacement costs in the future.
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Chimney Checklist

Thumbnail image for Chimney Checklist A step-by-step guide to determine the condition of an old chimney.
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Cleaning a Marble Mantel

Thumbnail image for Cleaning a Marble Mantel When it comes to cleaning a marble mantle, knowing the type of stain makes all the difference.
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