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Does My Insulation Settle or Expire?

Does My Insulation Settle or Expire? | 2021-04-14 | Walls & Ceilings This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Learn More This website requires certain cookies to…

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What has COVID Taught Us?

It’s been over a year since I last went to my favorite brewery for a beer with friends, over a year since the phrase “social distancing” entered the lexicon, and over a year since I started viewing N-95 masks as a precious commodity. Before the pandemic, I’d never heard of a Zoom meeting. Now, I’m a sophisticated enough Zoom user to turn off the video feed in long meetings to avoid the embarrassment of nodding off. The pandemic has touched most of us personally. Two acquaintances and my favorite singer died of COVID-19. I know several other people who’ve survived.…

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10 Easy Pieces: Simple Children’s Desks

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How to Keep Window Box Arrangements Fresh Throughout Winter

This article appeared in the Nov/Dec 2020 issue of This Old House Magazine. Click here to learn how to subscribe. Steps for Keeping Window Box Plantings Fresh in Winter 1. Start by Rehydrating Clippings When You Gather Them Cut stems at a 45-degree angle to maximize water absorption and place them in a bucket of water for 1 to 3 hours. 2. Spray with an Anti-Desiccant Wilt-Pruf works well to seal the pores of leaves and needles and protect against drying. Jenn likes to mix broadleaf evergreens such as holly, magnolia, boxwood, and andromeda; needled evergreens like spruce, fir, pine,…

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Does Saving Energy Mean Saving Money?

This article appeared in the Nov/Dec 2020 issue of This Old House Magazine. Click here to learn how to subscribe. Myth #1: Closing forced-air registers in unused rooms saves on heating and cooling costs In fact, the opposite is true. Shutting down the flow of heated or cooled air to a room increases pressure (known as “back pressure”) in a forced-air system, so the blower has to work harder, using more electricity. A better move: Ask your HVAC pro to create more zones by adding motorized dampers to your ductwork. Or install smart registers, such as Ecovent. These battery-powered devices…

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8 Household Recycling Tips

This article appeared in the Nov/Dec 2020 issue of This Old House Magazine. Click here to learn how to subscribe. More time at home has meant more deliveries, and fuller households have led to fuller recycling bins, increasing the confusion about what exactly goes in them. What to do with all the plastic bags? Do bottle caps stay on? What if there’s a bit of peanut butter left in the jar? Ultimately, your local government decides whether an item is recyclable (check its website for a list). Private haulers can also provide this information. Here, how to handle some common…

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