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How to Seal Ductwork

Most homeowners don’t think about sealing the air ducts of their home—but the process is crucial to keeping your house energy efficient. Ducts are what distribute heat and air conditioning to the various rooms of your house, and often these passages have gaps in their connections, allowing the conditioned air to leak out before it reaches the intended room. A significant amount of energy can be wasted this way. What’s more, if leaky ducts are situated in spaces that get dusty or dirty, those pollutants can get sucked into the system and distributed throughout the house.To prevent these scenarios from…

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Old-Fashioned Iron Candle Holders for Long Winter’s Nights

Old-Fashioned Iron Candle Holders for Long Winter's Nights - 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…

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Buildings Don’t Last Forever

An old falling-down house at the end of its life The old shack above has been around a long time. It still looks good in its old age, but you’d probably have to pour a lot of money into that building to make it useful again. A nice house, in good shape, but… This home looks nice, too. It doesn’t appear to be all that old. The inside was nicely decorated and the family I met there in 2006 seemed happy with it. Despite that, one of the owners told me she had been told that, just because of the…

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Holiday Wishes from Remodelista

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Riverside House: A Normandy Guesthouse from an Upstart American Restaurateur

Jordan Feilders is the American who introduced California-style artisanal burger and taco trucks to Paris. He was newly arrived from San Francisco in 2012 when he rolled out his mobile catering business, Cantine California, which made such a splash that Anthony Bourdain paid an enthusiastic visit and The New York Times reported: “Food Trucks in Paris? U.S. Cuisine Finds Open Minds, and Mouths.” Cantine California continues, but Feilders and his French wife, Tatiana Dupond, the parents of two young girls, now divide their time between Paris and Normandy, where for the last year they’ve been fixing up a 19th century house and…

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Architects and Engineers Must Act

Increasingly strong weather events in the Northeast and Midwest should prompt engineers and architects to design buildings differently. The existing U.S. building stock may not be prepared for climate-related storms and flooding in the future. Photo courtesy of Scott Gibson. In the past seven years, four major disasters have caused serious disruptions in the Northeast and Midwest. Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City in 2012, inflicting nearly $11 billion in damage to buildings. In 2014, a storm dubbed “Snowvember” dropped more than 7 feet of snow in western New York. Three years later, historic flooding along Lake Ontario inundated…

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