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Reader mail • MAY/JUNE 2019
How Safe Is Your Home’s Wiring? • Your home and family may be vulnerable to easily preventable dangers. Read on for ways to protect them.
What Goes Where? • Now that you know the difference between the devices, here’s where they should be installed in your home.
Safer ways to strip paint • Two nasty chemicals are gradually leaving store shelves. Here, a look at less hazardous ways to get rid of old paint.
Springclean your sofa • Couch seen some spills? Before you start scrubbing, know how to decode the care symbols on upholstery and fabric labels.
Leaf stepping-stone how-to • You’ll need a large work area to sand-cast the leaves in batches
TLC for wood patio furniture • Even though outdoor furniture is typically made of resilient hardwoods or naturally rot-resistant softwoods, it’s not immune to the elements. Here’s how to keep your deck or patio set in top form.
Want to prevent a fire? Clean your dryer duct
Pair up to hide spent bulb foliage • Early-blooming bulbs are one of the first signs of spring, but as the flowers fade, so does their charm. Hide wilting leaves, which need to stay put in order for bulbs to return the next year, by adding perennial companions with perfect timing.
Tick prevention starts with…mice?
Better together • Several separate rooms unite to create one comfortable food-prep and hangout space with style to spare
Bath makeover for $189 • To show just how far a little time and money can go, a homeowner gives her master bath its first new look in more than 20 years
THE PROJECT TALLY
Deer-resistant beauty • A dozen garden stunners you’ll love but those four-legged foragers won’t
A fanciful flight • Take a plain run of stairs to the next level with a suite of stencil patterns and related shades
Go outside! • Whether you’ve got a tiny patch of green or all-out acreage, make the most of it with the next installment in our guide to the year’s best new products.
A handsome homestead • A revamped garage, a metal roof, fresh siding, and upgraded entries give this 1930s farmhouse more-coherent charm
Build a Monument Mailbox • Boost your home’s curb appeal with a handsome stone veneer monument mailbox that you can build in just a weekend’s time, with Sakrete.
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Our team of veteran experts
Time for a new deck finish • Q My five-year-old mahogany deck was pressure-washed and now is streaked. What’s the best way to prepare the wood, and what finish do you recommend?
Norm’s tricks of the trade • Q We want to put an 8-by-10-foot shed in our sloped backyard, and set it on concrete piers. Any advice for pouring them?
HOUSE PROUD • The circa-1860 Italianate had seen better days—until a master carpenter lavished his skills on the place, turning it into a forever home for him and his wife
Raised-Bed Gardens • With little more than a few boards, a shovel, and some soil, you can easily create an ideal habitat for growing vegetables
BUILD FROM SCRATCH—OR A KIT • Both are viable options, but if you’re...