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Tips and Tricks for Using a Rafter Square

The rafter square, commonly called a “Speed Square” (a proprietary name like Romex and Kleenex), is a tool used by carpenters for a variety of tasks. Tom Silva provides some of the basics of this tool in the ASK TOH segment, How to Use a Speed Square. Here, post frame builder Kyle Stumpenhorst shares his top 10 uses. Between Tom and Kyle, you’re sure to learn a trick or two - whether you’re a professional contractor or not.https://www.thisoldhouse.com/how-to/tips-and-tricks-using-rafter-square

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The Engine House: A Romantic Rescue in the English Countryside (Available for Getaways)

What does it take to find the romantic ruin with your name on it? For London art director Sandy Suffield the process was much like online dating: “For months, I obsessively trawled websites dedicated to derelict buildings. I looked at an embarrassing number,” she says. “And after a couple of abortive attempts with two other buildings, both chapels, I bought The Engine House. What compelled me? Um, er…I fell in love.” Built at the turn of the 20th century to supply electricity to a nearby stately home near in Suffolk, two hours northeast of London, the brick structure was abandoned…

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Current Obsessions: High Summer

Current Obsessions: High Summer - 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 to…

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Kevin O’Connor’s Photos Through the Years

Kevin O’Connor’s Photos Through the Years 1 × Kevin Between Clicks Kevin Between Clicks Photo by Anthony Tieuli Like many a new father, our TOH host greeted the birth of his first child by rushing out to buy a camera: “You have a new baby, and it’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, I gotta take pictures of this kid!’ ” That was 14 years ago—and only Kevin’s second year on This Old House. Eventually, as he developed a habit of carrying his camera around, he thought to take it to the job site. “I quickly realized that I was in some pretty…

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Rudy Jude: 12 Simple Ideas to Steal from a Mainer’s Thoughtful Shop in LA

Since last summer, when we launched our first-ever Maine issue—since long before that, actually, before we first featured the sculptural house of a sculptor and a clothing designer on Spruce Head—we’ve had our eye on the state and the design revolution quietly taking hold there. Maine has an evocativeness to it, a pull. And now, as of this summer, a sense of it can be felt all the way across the country, in perhaps the most unlikely of places: Rose Avenue in Venice, Los Angeles. This is Rudy Jude, the first brick and mortar shop of the plant-dyed clothing company…

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Two for One: A Courtyard Connects Old and New in a San Francisco Home by Architect Ryan Leidner

How to turn a small, dilapidated single-story former saloon from 1888 into a modern family home for a design-minded couple and their two young children? Where most would see a project that was practically impossible and challenging, at best, architect Ryan Leidner saw an irresistible puzzle to solve. Sweetening the deal was the clients’ request for a new build on the property, alongside the renovation of the older building. “The project brief called for adding a ground-up structure, which is very rare in San Francisco—making the project very compelling,” Ryan shares. The original building had been designated a Historic Resource…

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