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Where to caulk wood siding?

I live in a 1920 wood sided house in Climate Zone 4.  We’re in the process of removing the vinyl siding and painting the old clapboards.  The old siding is in surprisingly good shape and so far needs little repair/prep prior to painting.  I’ve started to caulk the vertical joints around windows, doors, corner trim, etc. but I question caulking the horizontal joint under each clapboard.   I had not planned to do so but I’ve have more than one person suggest caulking it and say they’ve done it or have seen in done on numerous occasions with no problems. In…

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Lean in to Better Sleep with the Best Mattresses for Adjustable Beds

The 8 Best Mattresses for Adjustable Beds By clicking on the product links in this article, Mattress Advisor may receive a commission fee at no cost to you, the reader. Scouring the internet for the best mattress for an adjustable bed can feel like tilting at windmills, i.e., as if you’re taking on a hopeless task. Mere clicks away are an enormous selection of online beds, any number of which might seem right for you based on a brand’s bold claims about comfort and compatibility with an adjustable base. But how can you trust a bed-in-a-box you haven’t tested yourself?…

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Summer’s Backdrop: Block-Printed Table and Bed Linens by Studio Ford

The linens I’ve been noting for summer dinner parties—and summer bedrooms? That would be Collection IV, the latest line of handmade textiles from Studio Ford, based in LA (and frequent collaborators with Commune). The collection is inspired by the tradition of overshot weaving; popular in the US at the turn of the 19th century, it’s easily recognized by its repeated geometric patterns, but Studio Ford’s take is made using the block printing techniques that sparked their own beginnings.Take a look at some of the subtly colorful, subtly patterned—and, often, reversible—quilts, tablecloths, and throws.Photography by Giulio Ghirardi.Above: The block-printed percale Toledo…

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Kitchen of the Week: Minimalism Meets Grandeur at an Italian Villa Turned Hotel

In my dream summer scenario, I’d book a suite at Palazzo Daniele, a 150-year-old villa-turned-hotel, where rooms with soaring, vaulted ceilings and original frescoes are interspersed with courtyards and groves of orange trees.Join us for a look at two of the kitchens at Palazzo Daniele, one communal, the other private.Photography via Palazzo Daniele.Above: The striking villa is located in the town of Gagliano del Capo, just a few miles from the very tip of Italy.Above: The Suite Apartment, one of several available for rent, features a private kitchen. Tiled countertops lend plenty of cook space, with skirted storage below.Above: The kitchen…

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Who are good suppliers for spray foam insulation kits?

I’m considering getting a spray foam insulation kit to finish sealing my rim joist insulation and looking for a reputable supplier. I have installed 3 1/2″ polyiso blocking to the rim joist between the floor joists and would like to put a layer of foam over the blocking to seal the blocking in and deal with any penetrations thru the rim joist and bottom plate leading to the first floor.  I’m also planning to use some foam to seal in some foam blocking that is above my top plate on the wall in a few locations, especially where I will…

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10 Easy Pieces: Drop In Bathtubs

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