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All About Multi-Panel Doors
By: Date: November 7, 2021 Categories: About,Multi-Panel,Uncategorized

This article appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of This Old House Magazine. Click here to learn how to subscribe. These floor-to-ceiling folding doors retract to both sides of the opening for an unobstructed view. Black grilles give them a modern, industrial look. Similar to shown: Ultimate Bi-Fold Doors, from about $2,000 per linear foot…

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What to Know About Sliding Compound-Miter Saws
By: Date: June 4, 2021 Categories: About,Sliding,Uncategorized

Miter saws—a.k.a. “chop saws”—are indispensable power tools for a wide variety of woodworking and trim-carpentry tasks, like trimming out windows and doors, installing baseboards, and crown molding, hanging siding, and building decks and stairs. But their fixed heads limit the width of the stock they can cut. What is a Sliding Compound-Miter Saw? Sliding compound-miter…

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All About Wainscoting
By: Date: March 2, 2021 Categories: About,Uncategorized,Wainscoting

A house with good bones has pleasing lines on the outside, but that artful composition has to be echoed on the inside, too. And nothing’s better for giving rooms a handsome, well-built look than wainscoting on the walls. What is the purpose of wainscoting? A combination of decorative boards or panels and moldings that extend…

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All About Wood Countertops
By: Date: February 28, 2021 Categories: About,Countertops,Uncategorized

After being eclipsed by showy stones like granite and marble and maintenance-free engineered materials like quartz and solid surfacing, natural-wood countertops are enjoying a real revival. Constructed from pieces of hardwood laminated together with glue for strength and stability, they provide a warm, organic landing surface in a kitchen, one that is wonderfully forgiving, gentle…

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All About Fiberglass Entry Doors
By: Date: February 2, 2021 Categories: About,Fiberglass,Uncategorized

Some of the best fiberglass entry doors have gotten so good at mimicking the look, feel, and thunk of wood that you could swing one open and close it behind you without ever realizing you weren’t handling solid mahogany, oak, or pine. Because they’re made from the same family of glass-fiber-reinforced polymers used to craft…

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What to Know About Homeowners Insurance in Fire-Prone Areas 
By: Date: January 5, 2021 Categories: About,Homeowners,Uncategorized

Finding homeowners insurance in fire-prone areas can be tricky—and it’s getting trickier. Some insurers are canceling policies in fire-prone areas of the West Coast or simply not renewing them. Homeowners insurance is getting harder to find, but you don’t want to be caught without it and on the hook for hundreds of thousands in repair,…

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S19 E7: All About Fireplaces
By: Date: November 18, 2020 Categories: About,Fireplaces,Uncategorized

In this special episode of Ask This Old House, Tom Silva and Mark McCullough tell you everything you need to know about fireplaces; Tom builds a custom mantel for a homeowner; Richard Trethewey discusses fireplace inserts; Mark replaces the hearth of a fireplace with granite. Previous episode: S19 E6 | Next episode: Posting on Nov…

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