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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets: 5 Tips from a Master Painter

Lately we’ve been admiring DIY kitchen makeovers involving little more than paint applied to dreary wooden cabinets (see Remodeling 101: 6 Kitchen Cabinets Transformed with Paint for evidence). How to best tackle such a project on your own? For advice, I turned to Albert Ridge of Ridge Painting in NYC. Albert, who grew up in County Galway, Ireland, and his crew are known in my northern neck of the city as the most meticulous, top-of-the-line house painters around. Having watched them work miracles on my own battered midcentury kitchen, I asked Albert to give us his top tips. Above: Architects…

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Healthier Indoor Air at the TOH 2019 Idea House

Common Indoor Air Quality Concerns Indoor air pollutants such as mold, formaldehyde, and pet dander can cause real health concerns. These pollutants lurk in items like furniture, flooring, and household cleaners. Fireplaces, candles, and cooking vapors can release gasses that cause high levels of harmful particulate matter. Mold and mildew can trigger asthma symptoms. And even everyday items, like toiletries and vinyl shower curtains, can emit harmful contaminants into the air.https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/healthier-indoor-air-toh-2019-idea-house

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Healthier Indoor Air | 2019 Idea House

1. Ventilation Fans The result of excessive moisture in any building envelope is condensation—and condensation creates mold and mildew. Mold spores can provoke allergic reactions and exacerbate asthma and other health conditions. The best way to prevent mold and mildew is to stop it before it starts with an exhaust fan for proper ventilation, ducted to the exterior. But a fan only works if you use it, so be sure to run your fan for at least 20 minutes after every shower.2. Range Hoods/Exhaust FansA ventilation hood above the stove will serve to exhaust contaminants, moisture, grease, smoke and odor from…

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Clearstory Podcast

From This Old House, Clearstory is a window that sheds light on the surprising stories behind our homes. Host Kevin O'Connor digs into the systems, structures and materials in our homes from unexpected angles. Why is a window the ultimate machine? What can Las Vegas teach us about lowering our water bills? How did the Great Chicago Fire change the way we frame houses today? How do you build the perfect roof?You'll hear from Richard Trethewey, Tom Silva, Jeff Sweenor and the This Old House experts, as well as industry leaders, historians, and builders. Clearstory—your home in a new light. Subscribe on…

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Powering the Essentials at the TOH 2019 Idea House

How a Standby Generator Works: In short, a standby generator is always, literally, “standing by.” Permanently installed outside the home, it is designed to automatically operate when an outage is detected, and to provide uninterrupted power to the home. It can run indefinitely on natural gas, or be fueled by propane, making it the most convenient option for homes that frequently lose power for extended periods of time.Who Needs a Standby Generator?Outages from any variety of causes can result in a loss of power that lasts a few hours, a few days, or even longer. The more rural your area,…

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Powering the Essentials | 2019 Idea House

How a Standby Generator Works: In short, a standby generator is always, literally, “standing by.” Permanently installed outside the home, it is designed to automatically operate when an outage is detected, and to provide uninterrupted power to the home. It can run indefinitely on natural gas, or be fueled by propane, making it the most convenient option for homes that frequently lose power for extended periods of time.Who Needs a Standby Generator?Outages from any variety of causes can result in a loss of power that lasts a few hours, a few days, or even longer. The more rural your area,…

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