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Guide to Vintage Lightning Rods

Much has changed since the early days of lightning protection, when it was widely believed that the glass balls adorning lightning rods were an indicator of whether the rods were functioning properly. We now know that the glass balls were purely decorative—in fact, the balls’ different patterns and colors were how installers advertised their businesses.


Editors’ Picks: Restoring an Old-House Façade

If your old house’s façade could use a little TLC, check out these three articles, which tackle everything from the best way to remove ugly vinyl siding tacked on by previous homeowners to cheap, period-appropriate ways to add extra oomph to your exterior.










Focus on Fireplaces

Fireplaces are an ideal way to keep warm in the winter, but did you know that early fireplaces often held several fires, or that you should check your chimney annually to make sure it’s not a fire hazard?




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