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Water: The Ultimate Recyclable | Clearstory Ep. 1

We use it day in and day out in our homes, but how much do we really know about water? Are we really running out? Kevin O’Connor speaks with author Charles Fishman (“The Big Thirst”), uncovering surprising facts about all things water. Las Vegas and Orlando show us who’s boss in the water conservation game, and This Old House plumber Richard Trethewey solves a water mystery. Water is too cheap and it’s the ultimate recyclable in need of a revolution. Subscribe to Clearstory on or, wherever you get your podcasts. https://www.thisoldhouse.com/article/water-ultimate-recyclable-clearstory-ep-1

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Steal This Look: Tools for an Organized Closet

Above: Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista: The Organized Home.My closet doesn’t look like this—not even close—but there are resourceful ideas in this well-ordered walk-in that anyone, with any kind of closet, can replicate. Best part—none of it costs too much. The key is to have the proper accessories: bins, baskets, and dividers to assist you in keeping your closet neat and functional. And don’t stick to just the wardrobe storage section of stores: Look at products designed for the kitchen, bathroom, and home office as well. Wire Gym Baskets Above: One of our perennial favorites, The Container Store’s Stackable…

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What’s the Environmentally Friendliest Way to Shop?

Is cyber-shopping terrible for the environment?  Some say yes, with all those trucks heading out into suburbia to deliver your latest gadget, fashion garment, or book. But online retailers insist it is the greener delivery route—much better than you driving to the store. So, who is right? And are there even better ways? This really does matter for. Online shopping makes up one in seven retail purchases worldwide. Its value in 2019 will be a staggering $3.5 trillion, a figure that is rising by more than a fifth every year. How much of the total carbon footprint of what you…

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Expert Advice: 12 Questions to Ask a Painter Before You Hire the One

6) Lead paint. Ask about practices for dealing with lead paint. Listen for mention of proper protection, safety and cleanup, and for reassurances that a lead-certified overseer will be on site when removing lead paint. It’s the law. 7) Cheap paint. Inquire after the recommended brand of paint. Painters looking to cut costs might be tempted to use lower quality paint. Nigel was once hired by a homeowner after the client caught a previous painter decanting cheap paint into Benjamin Moore cans! 8) Too many or too few coats of paint. Ask for specifics on the number of coats they…

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Heading Off Ice Dams Before They Form

Long icicles hanging from the eaves make for great ski country advertising, but ice dams that form along the lower edges of a roof may lead to damage as melting water backs up and has no place to go but inside the house. Writing from the Boston, Massachusetts, area, Kevin says in a Q&A post that he is aware of the danger and is looking for ways to eliminate that threat when he puts a new roof on his house. Although the roof has been shaded until recently, the removal of some nearby trees means the two-story house will be…

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Current Obsessions: Fall Design Happenings

Current Obsessions: Fall Design Happenings - RemodelistaIcon - Arrow LeftIcon - Arrow RightIcon - External LinkIcon - MessageIcon - Down ChevronIcon - CloseIcon - Dropdown ArrowIcon - Location PinIcon - Zoom OutIcon - Zoom InIcon - SearchIcon - EmailIcon - FacebookflipboardIcon - InstagramIcon - PinterestIcon - TwitterIcon - Check Mark An icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. An icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. An icon we use to indicate a button link is external. The icon we use to represent an email action. Used to indicate a dropdown. Used to indicate a close action. Used…

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