Innovative solutions for creating healthy, efficient, eco-friendly homes

July 2003

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The Bones of a Home

Like the skeleton of an animal, the frame of a house defines its shape. It also resists hurricane-force winds, snow on the roof and dance parties in the living room. Consider for a moment the skeleton of a bird. Evolution has engineered each bone to be just sufficient for its function. Each is thickened at points of maximum stress and precisely in proportion to that stress. Thicker bones might make for a stronger bird but not a better or more functional bird.

Something Old, Something New

The recycling circle begins with collecting and processing secondary materials, which then become ingredients in recycled-content products. When consumers choose recycled products, they create a loop that ensures the overall success and value of recycling. Recycled-content products are made from materials that would otherwise have been discarded. Items in this category are made totally or partially from material destined for disposal or recovered from industrial activities - like aluminum soda cans or newspaper.

Practical Homeowner: Rock-Solid Repairs

One of those chores that many of us dread is patching and repairing concrete. While not all that difficult, it is often easier just to forget about it and hope that it won't get worse. Unfortunately, it usually does. The best time to fix concrete is when it is just a stable, hairline crack.

Great Panes

Early windows were literally nothing more than holes in the wall. They were placed in shelters to allow smoke from the fire to escape and fresh air to enter.

I Want My HDTV

Not the typical aerial antenna, either. Many of today's models can capture broadcast HDTV signals and can be mounted under your eaves or easily clipped to your mini satellite dish.Once a rabid sports fan sees football in high definition, there's no turning back. The view is as sharp as you'll get from a field-level box on the 50-yard line.

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