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This Old House

This Old House March/April 2019

This Old House gives you the inspiration, information and instruction you need to take on home improvement projects of all sizes and succeed. In every issue, find fresh design ideas for every room, creative DIY solutions, step-by-step projects, and tips from the pros. For annual or monthly subscriptions (on all platforms except iOS), your subscription will automatically renew and be charged to your provided payment method at the end of the term unless you choose to cancel. You may cancel at any time during your subscription in your account settings. If your provided payment method cannot be charged, we may terminate your subscription.

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fence post installation

SHOPPING LIST Treated wood | Post hole digger/shovel | Level | Gravel for base | Sakrete Fast Setting Concrete Mix | Water PRO TIP Before you begin, you’ll need to check the weather. The air, mix, and substrate temperatures of your work environment should be between 40° and 90°F, with no rain in the forecast within 24 hours of application. Sakrete Fast Setting Concrete Mix is a proprietary blend of cementitious materials, sand, and coarse aggregate, especially ideal for projects when a fast set is needed for same-day use. For more project solutions, inspiration, and how-to instructions, visit sakrete.com/thisoldhouse…

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close the skills gap? we’re working on it

In the time and place where I grew up, you got stuck with home economics class in junior high school. We sewed. We cooked; we ate the less-than-optimal results of our efforts. Of course, I never saw a boy in those classes. Boys took shop. Instead of wolfing down raw chicken dinners before the bell rang, they made cutting boards and other cool stuff with power tools. It was the same story at my downtown magnet high school. There were 23 curricula to choose from—including auto mechanics and air-conditioning (hey, it was Detroit). But a funny thing happened in the years that followed. Shop classes disappeared, slowly but surely. Jobs in the skilled trades, once viewed as a ticket to a secure, middle-class life, somehow became less desirable than a college education. Which is…

3 min
reader mail

A successful trick We always look forward to receiving This Old House, and the Nov/Dec 2018 issue didn’t disappoint, especially the tip in Norm’s Tricks of the Trade for hanging cabinets. We had a bunch of old but well-built kitchen cabinets that we wanted to hang in our garage for storage. But what would be the best (and easiest) way to do it? Norm’s suggestion of the French cleat turned out to be the perfect answer. The cabinets went up easy as could be, and they are solid and safe too! —FRANK BAXTER AND KATHLEEN FORD, PARSONSFIELD, ME That’s one steep climb! Jaime Costiglio has done a great job with her old house (“Colonial Reviver,” Nov/Dec 2018). But looking at the picture of the stairs to the attic storage gave me great pause. I…

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Supersize pegboard Stock lumber and dowels are nearly all that’s needed to create modular, vertical storage that takes up almost zero floor space. Homeowner Aniko Levai, who blogs at placeofmytaste.com, used 1-inch dowels and 3⁄4-inch birch plywood to make the pegboard-style wall here. (The panels are mounted on 2×4s attached to the wall studs for support.) With a simple, integrated work surface, it’s a perfect study spot for Aniko’s son, but the project could easily be modified to hold coats and bags in a mudroom, organize a garage, or turn kitchen odds and ends into an attractive display…

2 min
colorize a claw-foot tub

BEFORE YOU BEGIN You can paint a tub—or a sink—in place, but the job will be easier if the fixture’s not installed. Unless the tub or sink was manufactured after 1978, you’ll want to test for lead paint using a swab kit from the home center. A positive test means you’ll need to take proper removal precautions; go to epa.gov/lead for guidelines. IS THE SURFACE IN BAD SHAPE? Remove pitted or flaking paint (that does not contain lead) as well as any rust—down to bare metal if possible—with a metal scraper, wire brush, and wire wheel on a drill, in that order. Sand what remains using a randomorbit sander and 60-grit paper, then wipe the surface with a quick-drying solvent like denatured alcohol. Don a respirator with organic vapor cartridges and…

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back-saving snow movers

CUT IT The fastest, least hazardous way to remove snow from a roof is to stay on the ground and use gravity. The long fiberglass pole of the aptly named Avalanche! (shown above) allows you to push the frame into the underside of the snowpack; snow slides off the roof and down the attached plastic runner. From $135; avalanche-snow.com TOSS IT The second, shorter handle on the Shovelution means you don’t have to bend as far to lift snow, putting less strain on your back. Even adding in the 18-inch poly blade and aluminum wear strip, the whole tool weighs less than 4 pounds, so you’re lifting snow, not a heavy shovel. $30; snowjoe.com PUSH IT With wheeled snowpushers, like the 36-inch Snowcaster, there’s no need to bend or lift; its angled…