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A Healthier Home Solution • At the TOH 2018 Idea House, we’ve incorporated the latest technologies for an efficient, healthy home, including Panasonic’s newest kitchen range hood—a perfect combination of high-powered ventilation with ultra-quiet operation. Here’s why the WhisperHood IAQTM might be right for you.
Reader mail • THE OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT for This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook has kept our mailboxes and in-boxes full since his letter was published in the September issue. While readers also wrote in to share ideas and projects (and to check our math), your admiration and affection for Roger came through loud and clear.
Deck the walls for winter
DIY wreath with staying power • Need some quick front-door decor? A ring crafted from pinecones you foraged—or bought, if your yard’s in short supply—with a grapevine wreath as a base takes minutes to make and will last till the new year (and beyond).
Clear out old condiments • Need fridge space for holiday cooking? Inventory seldom-used sauces and condiments to free up more room. Keep in mind that, per the USDA, “best by” dates and other labels describe quality ideals, not safety—so that months-old mayo may not be bad for you, but you might not want to eat it, either. Use this cheat sheet to skip the taste test.
Don’t get shut out in the cold
A primer on primers • In this era of one-coat paint, priming might seem unnecessary. But primers are still your best bet to ensure a long-lasting, even paint job, and to block stains and odors. Here’s a quick guide to help you select the right primer for your painting project.
Shine tarnished silver in minutes
Wise up about smoke alarms • The end of Daylight Saving Time (November 4, this year) serves as an informal reminder to replace smoke-alarm batteries. Changes to fire code mean now’s a good time to consider these Qs, too.
Historical holiday decor • Step up your home’s December decorations by stealing an idea or two from Christmases past. In addition to boasting exceptional period elegance, these architecturally significant homes put on outstanding holiday displays.
Stop drafts at the door • Spread across the bottom of a standard 3-foot-wide entry door, a ¼-inch space can let in as much air as a 3.4-inch hole in the wall. Keep cold out and precious heated air in by closing the gap with a door sweep. Here, three types of “door bottoms” (as they’re also called) to consider.
Going deep • Lightening up overhead—and underfoot—allows a windowless bath to be wrapped in a warm dark shade
Pinwheel-pattern floor • A design inspired by traditional inlaid wood gives a classic white kitchen unexpected charm
Better home theater • It might be time to up your living room’s game, now that prices have dropped dramatically
IS MY TV SPYING ON ME?
Mudroom bench • In just a few hours, Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor turn a single sheet of MDF into a piece of furniture that provides both storage and seating
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