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A Carpenters Table

A Carpenter's Table

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Fast-forward video of timber-framing a dining table.

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Florida plumber puts trade skills to work in Haiti

Florida plumber puts trade skills to work in Haiti

He’s plumbed luxury homes, commercial buildings and a water park; now Fred Schilling applies his wrench to bringing clean water to the people of Haiti.

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What Are the Best Affordable Home Security Systems?

What Are the Best Affordable Home Security Systems?

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For home security, the low-hanging fruit may be in your smartphone.

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How to Insulate an Exposed Floor

How to Insulate an Exposed Floor

A homeowner in central New York discovers some condensation in the floor of an addition that is 5 ft. off the ground. He wonders about the source of the moisture, and what to do about it.

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How to Finish Drywall and Not Make a Total Mess

How to Finish Drywall and Not Make a Total Mess

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Skim-coating drywall and low-dust sanding

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How to Get the Best Custom Kitchen Cabinets

How to Get the Best Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Thinking of hiring a local shop to build your cabinets? Here's how to determine whether you've found the right one.

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Mortgages for a Second House

Mortgages for a Second House

Getting a loan for that weekend getaway house is possible, although you may find some requirements to be stiffer than for your primary home.

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Ten Great Home Improvement Resources

Ten Great Home Improvement Resources

Sources for home improvement materials and information

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Flooring Materials and Supplies

Flooring Materials and Supplies

Ramblings about an editor's experiences with flooring

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Home Propane Tanks -The Basics

Home Propane Tanks -The Basics

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Thinking of putting in a propane tank to fuel that new gas range or fireplace insert? Here's some basic info to get you started.

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Outdoor Copper Lighting

Outdoor Copper Lighting

These classic metal lighting fixtures can work with just about any style of home.

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Home and Garden Television

Home and Garden Television

I've had a love-hate relationship with TV home shows ever since This Old House was the only choice. Back in those days, I was a contractor and felt the show didn't reflect the time and budget...

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Outdoor-Kitchen Modular Kits

Outdoor-Kitchen Modular Kits

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Modular kits offer a way to build an outdoor kitchen on your deck or patio at a fraction of the cost of a custom-designed and custom-built kitchen.

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Whats the biggest private house in the world?

What's the biggest private house in the world?

We're talking about the houses that have acres of roof, whose kitchens and master suites have separate zip codes.

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Book Excerpt: Back to the Cabin

Book Excerpt: Back to the Cabin

Get a sneak peek of this beautiful book, plus you could win tickets to the Midwest Lake Home & Cabin Show and meet the author

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