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Outdoor Essentials: Carhartt Jacket | The cold lasts for a few months, classics forever, which is why this indestructible duck-cloth coat is worth featuring in July. @Carhartt | Photo: Yunhee Kim

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Playtime Staples: Slinky | A spring that can walk down stairs! Or simply mesmerize as you move it between raised and lowered palms. poof-slinky.com/ | | Photo: Yunhee Kim

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Ten pieces of double-stitched goatskin and clever construction yield a glove that survives three or four times as long as the competition. greenmountainglov... | Photo: Yunhee Kim

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This wooden model does the metal Flyer of your youth one better, with higher, removable side rails. @Berlin Flyer Wagons | Photo: Yunhee Kim

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Cooks' Favorites: Braided Rug. The colonists made them by hand. Capel has famously been weaving theirs since 1918. @Rugs Direct | Photo: Yunhee Kim

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Backyard Greats: Coleman Lantern and Cooler: For generations they've been go-to gear for family campouts. @Coleman USA | Photo: Yunhee Kim

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Hard working tools: Handsome construction and sturdy craftsmanship make these workshop beauties some of our favorites. | Photo: Yunhee Kim

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Outdoor essentials: Rugged—but beautiful—workwear is an essential for outdoor tasks. | Photo: Yunhee Kim

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Playtime staples: These classic toys have been entertaining American families for generations. | Photo: Yunhee Kim

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  • Mandi Wilson

    Lincoln Logs were my fave. I used to make log homes for my Barbies.

@VELUX America No Leak Skylight: People love skylights for the light they let in, but they're not so excited about leaks. This one goes the extra mile to keep water out, with a redundant, multilayered flashing system that virtually eliminates the chance of water getting through. A 10-year installation warranty backs it up. | Photo: Kolin Smith

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Cooks' favorites: The colorful hues of these kitchen essentials are worth savoring. | Photo: Yunhee Kim

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USG Sheetrock Plus 3 Lightweight Joint Compound | For convenience, you can't top this all-American invention: premixed joint compound sealed in a 5-gallon bucket. This version weighs about 30 percent less than a regular premix and spreads and sands nicer than the heavy stuff.

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The classic canning container fetes its 100th year with limited-edition green jars. | @Ball® Canning | Photo: Yunhee Kim

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A sampling of some household goods at White's Mercantile. | Photo: Caroline Allison

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@Pella Windows and Doors Architect Series: Go for these top-of-the-line wood or wood-clad models, which have thicker jambs and better detailing.

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Composite Shutters: These shutters were used on the New Orleans TOH TV project because they look just like painted wood. But they're actually made of fiberglass, a tough, low-maintenance material that never needs painting. And if you need to protect your windows from hurricanes, the reinforced versions meet Florida's building code. | Atlantic Premium Shutters Architectural Collection @The Tapco Group

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Housewares at Williams' dry-goods emporium, White's Mercantile. | Photo: Caroline Allison

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Stone Veneer: This New England Fieldstone, which is quarried in Pennsylvania, was used to cover the foundation at the Weston TOH TV project. Because it's real stone, every piece has a unique shape and color. | @Natural Stone Veneers International, Inc.

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Rain Screen: It's just a roll of corrugated plastic mesh, but when placed under wood siding, it creates an air gap that allows excess moisture to escape. Houses stay drier, paint lasts longer, and shingles don't curl. | grace.com/...

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I-Joists: Engineered wood joists were invented in the U.S.A. Even though they're up to 60 percent lighter than sawn lumber of the same size, they're just as stiff and won't bow, shrink, twist, or split. | www.weyerhaeuser....

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Structural Screws: These skinny screws are stronger than 3/8-inch lag screws, but they easily sink into wood with an impact driver and no-slip bit. That means no bothering with pilot holes or washers. | www.fastenmaster....

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@Daltile delivers tile that is consistent in size and quality, along with great customer service. The company's website even specifies the town where each style is made.

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Roger Cook is a big fan of these New England classic pavers because of their distinctive smoothness and legendary durability. He used them to pave the front path at the Arlington TOH TV project | www.stilesandhart...

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  • Alanna Casey

    Ha -- got excited at first because they look like chocolate :-)

Concrete sold in sacks is an American innovation that delivers all the dry ingredients mixed in the right proportions. Just add water. Use it for small projects, like pouring deck footings.| @QUIKRETE

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Fiber-cement siding clapboards look like wood, are impervious to rot and termites, and need little upkeep. The factory paint job has a 15-year warranty. | @James Hardie Building Products

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