Gathering around a fire in the cool of the evening is so pleasant that it can be hard to get rid of your guests. Prefab fire pits make building an outdoor blaze easy-no hauling of stones to make a campfire-and they offer the plus of portability; people have been known to take them on picnics. We found two with similar profiles: a high-end wood-burner with a solid-copper dish, and a copper-finish budget version that is kinder to air quality because it burns propane. That's just one thing to keep in mind before investing in fuel, heavy metal, and a year's worth of marshmallows. -DEBORAH BALDWIN, This Old House magazine
See how to compare a high-end versus a budget copper fire pit on thisoldhouse.com.
MORE: How to Build a Fire Pit
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Bowl depth: 8 inches
Height: 14 inches
Weight: 66 pounds
Warranty: One year
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- This Old House Magazine | Work + Money – Fri, Oct 21, 2011 5:19 PM EDT
Gathering around a fire in the cool of the evening is so pleasant that it can be hard to get rid of your guests. Prefab fire pits make building an outdoor blaze easy-no hauling of stones to make a campfire-and they offer the plus of portability; people have been known to take them on picnics. We found two with similar profiles: a high-end wood-burner with a solid-copper dish, and a copper-finish budget version that is kinder to air quality because it burns propane. That's just one thing to keep in mind before investing in fuel, heavy metal, and a year's worth of marshmallows. -DEBORAH BALDWIN, This Old House magazineRead More »from How to Choose the Best Copper Fire Pit for Your Fall Yard
A few famous faces, in pumpkin-form submitted by TOH readers! Enjoy! Enter your own carving creating into our 2011 pumpkin carving contest to win $500!Read More »from 7 Legendary Pumpkin Carvings
1. Alfred Hitchcock by Ken K. in Farmington, UT
He says, "One of my favorite patterns is Alfred Hitchcock....and this is what it looks like carved with a Dremel tool on a foam pumpkin. The pattern was found at stoneykins.com."
MORE: How to Carve a Pumpkin
2. Edgar Allen Poe by Melody M. in Dallastown, PA
She says, "I bought a white pumpkin at a local fruit stand, and carved this portrait of Edgar Allen Poe using tools from a clay kit."
MORE: The Ultimate Pumpkin-Carving Tool Set
3. I Love Lucy by Laura E. in Concord, CA
She says, "The top of the pumpkin was cut with a standard pumpkin-carving knife. The inside was scooped/scraped out with a large spoon. The drawing was transferred onto the pumpkin using the tip of an embossing tool. The image was carved out using an X-Acto knife (with 3 different sized blades) and a small melon
Sure candy and costumes are fun, but Halloween just isn't complete until you trick out your house with some truly frightening decorations. But where to find 6-foot spiders or a lawn full of ghosts? Don't fret, little ghouls. This Old House has scoured the shops to bring you these truly terrifying decorations that'll make your Halloween haunt the scariest on the block. -Karen Ziga, This Old House onlineRead More »from 6 Spooky Halloween House Decorations
See all our Halloween decoration picks at thisoldhouse.com!
1. Skeleton Yard Flamingos
And you thought ordinary plastic pink flamingos were scary! These molded black Skel-A-Mingos are sure to get you a few double-takes this Halloween.
See where to get them here.
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2. Creepy Kitchen Brushes
Even the mundane chore of dishwashing deserves a ghoulish touch when the spirits are out. Clean up after your Halloween party with one of these festive helpers-which are both cute and durable enough to last long after All Hallow's Eve.
See where to get them here.
When the leaves start piling up this fall, don't sweat it. Follow our advice and be ready to turn that age-old chore into, well, less of one.Read More »from How to Make Quick Work of Leaf-Clearing this Fall
1. The Best Leaf Blowers Money Can Buy
Our TOH-tested, high-powered yard-clearing arsenal will make fall yard clean up less of a chore. To make things easier this fall, we tested four categories of blowers-gas-powered blower-vacuums, electric blower-vacs, cordless blowers, and backpack blowers-to find the ones that stand out. The right tool for your yard depends on how much work the leaves leave for you.
See more reviews on new leaf-wrangling machines to choose the one that's right for you.
2. Reinvent the rake with these innovative designs that make easy work of clearing clods, leaves, and pebbles
Watch: How to Winterize Shrubs.
3. Pick the right multihead string trimmer for pruning, tilling, dethatching, aerating, and more.
MORE: 10 Best Trees and Shrubs for Fall Color
4. Shop the 10 best yard machines for a beautiful fall landscape,
This kitchen-drawer essential is a cook's secret weapon for keeping food from sticking, but check out these other slick ways they can be put to use. -Jennifer Stimpson, This Old House magazineRead More »from 5 Uses for Wax Paper - Beyond the Kitchen
1. Garden with it: Clean Garden Tools
Rub spades and other hand tools with a balled-up piece of wax paper; the roughness loosens grime, while the wax coats the metal to help prevent rust.
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2. Clean with it: Sweep Up Dirt and Dust
Cut a piece of wax paper the size of a cleaning cloth and attach it to a wet/dry mop (like a Swiffer) to catch dirt in high-traffic areas.
MORE: Wackiest Yard and Garden Products II
3. Organize with it: Funnel Hardware
Coax wax paper into a cone to guide finishing nails, nuts, or other tiny pieces of hardware into lidded jars or other small containers.
MORE: 10 Uses for Chopsticks
4. DIY with it: Ease a Door That Sticks
Rub wax paper along a door's edge to keep it from jamming in the frame.
MORE: 28 More Reader Tips That Save Time and
The drafty season is upon us. Beef up weatherstripping, insulation, and more to slash utility bills this winter!Read More »from 5 Easy DIY Ways to Weather-Proof Your Home
Sealing gaps around doors and windows can make your home feel warmer-and save you 10 to 15 percent on your energy bills. we've broken down the most common options by material and profile so that you'll know just what to install to chase away the chill. See our Essential Guide to Weather Stripping.
MORE: Step By Step: How to Make Your Doors Draft-Free with Weatherstripping
Get an insulation education and learn about everything from foam, to fiberglass, and the oft overlooked parts of your home you should fill.
MORE: Discover new green insulation material options
3. Honeycomb Shades
Introduced in the 1980s, honeycombs are built on a simple concept: Trapped air is an insulator that can conserve your hard-earned heat. See which styles we think are high performers and also qualify for a 2011 federal energy tax credit when installed inside a
- This Old House Magazine | Work + Money – Thu, Sep 29, 2011 10:32 PM EDT
These easy outdoor projects will help you enjoy your yard longer...into this cooler season.Read More »from Easy Early-Fall Projects to Extend the Outdoor Season
Build a fire pit. You'll be melt marshmallows and nibble s'mores while you lounge in an Adirondack chair, feet propped up on the rock ledge. All it takes is a few days to build your very own ring of fire. Don't have time to build? Compare Portable Fire Pits. See how features stack up for high- and low-ticket copper models
Steal screened-porch design ideas from this gallery of inspirational spaces that take indoor comforts outside.
Make an old-fashioned tree swing with this family-friendly step-by-step project.
Add a charming walkway in a weekend and create a safe gravel path to guide guests through your gardens.
Build a small deck now that the heat of summer has passed and milder weather allows for comfortable outdoor DIY.
Put in a handsome stone sitting wall and create a border that does double-duty as a place to perch.
More Early Fall projects on thisoldhouse.com:
Create an Ornamental Garden
One trick to saving on stylish home furnishings is to browse teen- and kid-focused retailers. Many of these shops offer significant savings over their grown-up counterparts but stock items that look just as sophisticated. Need proof? Here, see three of our picks. -Danielle Blundell, This Old House magazineRead More »from Trick for Getting Home Decor at a Bargain Price
See all of our picks at thisoldhouse.com!
Known for its stylish patterns, Dwell Studio carries a kids' line with adult appeal-and most cushions, like this geometric one, cost less than $40. Find the pillow online here.
MORE: 75 Easy Spruce-Ups Under $75
2. Upholstered Seating
Trendy teen chain Urban Outfitters offers housewares that rival older sibling Anthropologie's-but at a fraction of the price. Stick to the furniture section, which includes this slipper chair in a classic ikat print. Find this chair online here.
MORE: 28 More Reader Tips That Save Time and Money
Among the bevy of playful options at Land of Nod (Crate & Barrel'schildren's emporium),
Upgrading your kitchen needn't cost a fortune. See how painted cabinets, stylish task lighting, vintage fixtures, and clever storage ideas can create made-to-order looks for less. -STAN WILLIAMS, This Old House magazineRead More »from Steal These Ideas for a Beautiful, Custom Kitchen
See all 28 Thrifty Ways to Customize Your Kitchen on thisoldhouse.com!
MORE: Paint kitchen cabinets to refresh a tired old space at a fraction of the cost of refacing or replacing.
1. A Cheery Retro Look: Showstopping Sink
Make an old farmhouse sink, such as this mid-century minty-green one, the centerpiece of your kitchen cleanup zone. Find one at a salvage yard for as little as $175. Inspect carefully for scratches, chips, and rust spots, and buy in a condition you can live with; you'll be hard-pressed to find a pro who can repair the surface and bake on a new porcelain coating.
MORE: Get unique fixtures and house parts at deep discounts by learning how to navigate architectural salvage yards.
2. Warm and Inviting: Targeted Task Lighting
Install mini pendants over an
Freelancing? Working from home? It's hard to get into work mode without a space that's dedicated to, well, work. You'll want to create an area that fosters productivity and limits distractions, without making part of your home look like a corporate cubicle. Here are some examples of breathtaking home offices for you to steal ideas from, including paint colors, storage solutions, and more. __Tabitha Sukhai
More on home offices from thisoldhouse.com
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