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Permanent roots anchor a tree to the ground, while temporary feeder roots carry water and nutrients to limbs, branches, and leaves. At maturity, a well-shaped tree has a balanced canopy and a single strong leader. | Illustration: Rodica Prato

All About Shade Trees

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As with any stone, soapstone needs a lot of support underneath it—the more surface area it rests on, the better. Gaps and voids underneath one section could put undue stress on the stone. So the first task in any soapstone countertop installation is lining up the cabinets so all the tops are even and the stone can lay flat without rocking.

How to Install a Soapstone Countertop

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Diagram of what you will need to install a secret swinging door.

How to Build a Hidden Door

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In tufted carpeting, yarn is machine-punched through a backing (usually polypropylene) to create rows of loops, which are snipped or kept intact, depending on the style. A second backing (usually polypropylene) is glued on for stability. | Illustration: Joe McKendry

All About Wall-to-Wall Carpeting

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The parts you'll need to build your own butcher-block island

How to Build a Butcher-Block Island

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How to select and care for a front door that's right for your home's style—and your budget. | Photo: Thomas Northcut/Getty Images

All About Wood Entry Doors

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The industrial-look base of this dining table is made from ¾-inch gas pipe and coordinating elbows, tees, and flanges, all from the home center.

How to Build a Table from Salvaged Beams

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This is how a pellet stove works. Pellets are automatically fed from a storage hopper into a burn pot, creating a constant flame that needs no tending. | Illustration: Joe McKendry

All About Pellet Stoves

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We designed this rolling ladder to reach an 8 1/2-foot-tall shelf (on a 10-foot-high bookcase) in the climbing position. | Illustration: Gregory Nemec

How to Build a Rolling Library Ladder

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Vent-free units have no flue, so they can be installed anywhere—even hung on a wall like a flat-screen TV. They're up to 99 percent efficient because all their heat stays in the room—as do all the pollutants. | Illustration: Rodica Prato

All About Gas Fireplaces

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A gas fireplace doesn't produce smoke or odors, but its flames do create pollutants, such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen and sulfur oxides. Vented fireplaces send these emissions outside, while vent-free ones direct them into your living quarters. | Illustration: Rodica Prato

All About Gas Fireplaces

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A combo of both cut and loop carpet piles, the variation in texture creates a pattern on the surface that helps disguise wear and dirt, so it's a good choice for high-traffic rooms. The pile can be of the same height, or a mix of high and low to create more visual interest. | Illustration: Joe McKendry

All About Wall-to-Wall Carpeting

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Before you buy, get familiar garage-door speak and know what to look for.

All About Garage Doors

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Everything you will need to build and hang a sliding barn door | Illustration: Gregory Nemec

How to Build a Sliding Barn Door

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The math is simple: Figure the square footage of the space you wish to plant, then use our chart to determine the quantity of a specific bulb you'll need per square foot. Adjust quantities based on the size of your bulbs. Generally, top-size tulip bulbs are 12cm or larger in circumference; daffodils at least 16cm. So, for example, to plant a 10-square-foot bed with large tulip bulbs, multiply 10 × 6 for a total of 60 bulbs. Think of it as A (area) × B (bulbs) = C (color). |

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Flower Bulbs

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What you will need to construct a coffered ceiling | Illustration: Joe McKendry

12 DIY Projects to Add Old-House Charm

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The basic parts of a mortared-stone wall. Components can vary for other wall types. | Drainage stone: Keeps water from collecting behind the wall | Filter fabric: Prevents soil from clogging drainage stone | Batter: The backward lean into the earth, about 1 inch for every 1 foot of wall height | Weep hole: Spaced every 6 to 8 feet, it lets water drain through the wall base | Footing: Reinforced concrete supports the wall | Footing drain: Carries away water

All About Retaining Walls

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Roger Cook's 'Bulb Sandwich' diagram: "All you need to do is dig one big hole, then layer in three bulb varieties according to their different bloom times," says Roger.

Flowering Bulbs

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The metal used for the panels is heavy—if you hang them directly off of drywall or plaster the nails will pull out. So first you'll need to cover the ceiling with plywood to create a secure nailing surface. | Illustration: Gregory Nemec

How to Hang a Tin Ceiling

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The basics of a pendant; sconce and flush-mount fixtures have similar housing and inner workings, and a mounting plate.

All About Front Entry Lighting

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Here's what you'll need in order to lay down a floating floor | Illustration: Gregory Nemec

How to Install a Linoleum Tile Floor

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Delivery-Day Reminder: Measure the dimensions of not only the area where the machines will be installed but also doorways and stairwells that they will have to pass through to get to the laundry room. Most machines need about a 30-inch-wide opening. | Illustration: Ian Worpole

Read This Before You Redo Your Laundry Room

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Mastering the perfect glassy finish is all in the prep work. Before starting, you must properly clean, sand, and prime every inch of the surface, or the finish color won't stick well. | Illustration: Gregory Nemec

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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Rot-resistant planks and a salvaged window create a protective box that extends the growing season | Illustration: Gregory Nemec

How to Build a Cold Frame

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Resilient yet durable, stylish yet earthy, a natural cork floor can turn any cool room into a cozy haven. Cork is also a lot easier to install than traditional wood flooring. | illustration: Gregory Nemec

How to Lay a Cork Floor

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