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191.

THE GREENED HOUSE EFFECT

Jeff Wilson
Paperback

Price: $29.95

It’s said that the greenest building is the one that’s already built, because so much energy is embodied in the existing structure.

With greater public awareness of the need for energy independence, the issue of how we can make our existing homes more resource-efficient is becoming ever more critical. Residential buildings make up a large fraction of our energy needs, largely due to heating and air-conditioning. So it’s no longer enough to simply do the small stuff, like switching to compact fluorescent bulbs, or turning down the thermostat at night.

In The Greened House Effect, author Jeff Wilson brings his twenty-five years of construction experience and hands-on knowledge of home building to bear on making our current houses cleaner, greener, more comfortable, and healthier. Think of a deep energy retrofit (DER) as a “whole home makeover”—one that represents a significant investment, but that saves money from the get-go by capturing the energy you “drop on the ground” every month, every year, through inefficiency, poor design, or simply living in a typical older home. This isn’t a book about freezing in the dark, but a solution that allows us to live more comfortably while making a positive impact in the world.

“We can’t buy our way out of the current and impending crises with the latest and greatest high-tech. We can’t buy our way out of it by simply replacing our old stuff with newer, “greener” stuff. That approach only assures that we will continue to experience the vicious circle of energy waste and dependence. I would argue, though, that we can save our way out of these problems,” writes Wilson.

Using his own family’s retrofit of their 1942 home as a prime example, Wilson weaves a readable narrative at a practical, hammer-and-nail level. He presents the solutions to our building and energy problems, making them seem possible for average homeowners and small contractors by offering the right balance of information, skills, financing strategies, and materials.

Technical information is presented in sidebars and graphs, and numerous color photos illustrate the process, including:

  • Testing the energy efficiency of your home and learning where improvements need to be made;
  • Dealing with local building codes and regulations;
  • Financing and paying for a DER;
  • Major components of the DER, such as roofs, exterior walls, basements, and whole house systems; and
  • Details of home-scale renewable energy options to complement the DER, including passive and active solar systems.

Wilson’s building experience, along with his lifelong passion for energy issues, all come together to form an inspirational, can-do approach to making our community, our nation, and our world a better place—one home at a time.

192.

HAND SPUN

Lexi Boeger
Paperback

Price: $24.99

In her newest book, Hand Spun, art-yarn pioneer and Pluckyfluff creator Lexi Boeger offers yet another exciting collection of new and innovative spinning techniques. This well-rounded book also covers…

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In her newest book, Hand Spun, art-yarn pioneer and Pluckyfluff creator Lexi Boeger offers yet another exciting collection of new and innovative spinning techniques. This well-rounded book also covers a handful of traditional styles for the spinner to master and then turn on their ear. The many uses of these beautiful one-of-a-kind yarns are demonstrated in Boeger's trademark, surprising, and inventive projects.

  • Learn the basics of fiber prep, from washing raw fleece to carding techniques.
  • Find out how to adapt basic spinning styles to create cutting-edge forms.
  • Be inspired by a stunning gallery of hand-spun yarns that combine various techniques shown in the book.
  • Get complete instructions for 20 fashion-forward, yet accessible, projects including chunky scarves, fabulous hats, a belt, a rug, boas, and more.

193.

BLACKSMITHING WITH BOB RUPERT DVD

Ben Nelson, Bob Rupert
DVD

Price: $29.99

The Blacksmithing Basics DVD set features award-winning traditional smith Bob Rupert teaching what you need to know to get into blacksmithing. The 2-hour, 2-disc set explains all the basics of traditi…

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The Blacksmithing Basics DVD set features award-winning traditional smith Bob Rupert teaching what you need to know to get into blacksmithing. The 2-hour, 2-disc set explains all the basics of traditional blacksmithing. That includes tools and various techniques such as Twist, Taper, Hot Cut, Punch Hole, Slit Hole and Forge Welding; starting and managing the fire in a traditional forge; using charcoal; and making coke. (122 minutes)

194.

MASTERING HAND TOOL TECHNIQUES

Alan & Gill Bridgewater
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Mastering Hand Tool Techniques introduces you to a full range of hand tools, from rules and tapes to saws and planes, and offers readers step-by-step illustrated instructions on how to use them safely and effectively. Learn how to outfit a great workshop with the best tools and how to sharpen, clean and store them. Master such techniques as sawing, drilling, sanding, assembly, measuring and marking, and more.

Whether you're using a ripsaw or auger twist bits, this book will give you the confidence to be a master in your home workshop. Mastering Hand Tool Techniques is essential for all those who love working and building with their hands, regardless of age or skill level. With this book, no project is too big and no tool is too complicated.

195.

YOUNG HOUSE LOVE

Sherry & John Petersik
Hardcover

Price: $25.95

This debut book by bloggers Sherry and John Petersik is filled with hundreds of fun, deceptively simple, budget-friendly ideas for sprucing up a home. With two home renovations under their (tool) belts, 5 million blog hits per month, and an ever-growing audience since the launch of their Young House Love blog in 2007, the Petersiks are home-improvement enthusiasts primed to pass on a slew of projects, tricks and techniques to do-it-yourselfers of all levels. Whether an experienced decorator or a total novice, on a tight budget or with money to spend, any homeowner or apartment dweller will find ideas for his or her own home makeovers here. Learn to trick out a thrift-store mirror, spice up plain old roller shades, "hack" your Ikea table to create three distinct looks, and so much more.

Packed with 243 tips and ideas-both classic and unexpected-every project pictured was exclusively executed for the book. With more than 400 photographs and illustrations, this is a book that readers will return to again and again for the creative projects and easy-to-follow instructions in the relatable voice the Petersiks are known for. Adding a little wow factor to your home has never been more fun!

196.

THE OUTDOOR SHOWER

Ethan Fierro
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Designer/builder Ethan Fierro celebrates summer with this collection of original outdoor shower designs that he’s discovered across North America. He offers dozens of designs to choose from, all pictu…

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Designer/builder Ethan Fierro celebrates summer with this collection of original outdoor shower designs that he’s discovered across North America. He offers dozens of designs to choose from, all pictured in stunning color photographs, ranging from a simple showerhead on the side of your cottage to semi-detached and freestanding structures. Fierro also includes an overview of basic plumbing and structural requirements, along with suggestions for using a wide range of building materials, such as stone, wood, metal, frosted glass blocks, earth, concrete, tile, stucco, and landscape vegetation. His plans are environmentally sound and incorporate cost-saving techniques, with ideas for repurposing found and recycled materials.

197.

THE SUN-INSPIRED HOUSE

Debra Rucker Coleman
Paperback

Price: $29.95

The Sun-Inspired House evolved from the questions about passive solar, passive cooling, energy efficiency and green building that home owners, builders, engineers and architects asked author Debra Ruc…

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The Sun-Inspired House evolved from the questions about passive solar, passive cooling, energy efficiency and green building that home owners, builders, engineers and architects asked author Debra Rucker Coleman over the last 25 years. Although the book includes more than 50 house plans, its primary benefit comes from its in-depth coverage of passive solar home design, green building, energy-efficient construction, working with architects and many other resources.

198.

THE ZERO-WASTE LIFESTYLE

Amy Korst
Paperback

Price: $14.99

A practical guide to generating less waste, featuring meaningful and achievable strategies from the blogger behind The Green Garbage Project, a yearlong experiment in living garbage-free.

Trash is a big, dirty problem. The average American tosses out nearly 2,000 pounds of garbage every year that piles up in landfills and threatens our air and water quality. You do your part to reduce, reuse, and recycle, but is it enough?

In The Zero-Waste Lifestyle, Amy Korst shows you how to lead a healthier, happier, and more sustainable life by generating less garbage. Drawing from lessons she learned during a yearlong experiment in zero-waste living, Amy outlines hundreds of easy ideas—from the simple to the radical—for consuming and throwing away less, with low-impact tips on the best ways to:

  • Buy eggs from a local farm instead of the grocery store
  • Start a worm bin for composting
  • Grow your own loofah sponges and mix up eco-friendly cleaning solutions
  • Purchase gently used items and donate them when you’re finished
  • Shop the bulk aisle and keep reusable bags in your purse or car
  • Bring your own containers for take-out or restaurant leftovers
By eliminating unnecessary items in every aspect of your life, these meaningful and achievable strategies will help you save time and money, support local businesses, decrease litter, reduce your toxic exposure, eat well, become more self-sufficient, and preserve the planet for future generations.

199.

WOODWORKING BASICS

Peter Korn
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Based on a two-week course in woodworking fundamentals offered at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Camden, Maine, this book takes a traditional approach to teaching, with the idea that learni…

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Based on a two-week course in woodworking fundamentals offered at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Camden, Maine, this book takes a traditional approach to teaching, with the idea that learning basic skills is essential to craftsmanship. In the process, the book covers all the bases--from working with hand tools to cutting dovetails. Includes two complete projects: a bench and a small cabinet.

200.

MAPLE ON TAP: Making Your Own Maple Syrup

Rich Finzer
Paperback

Price: $15.95

From author Rich Finzer, a Blue Ribbon-winning maple syrup producer with 20 years of experience, get the best advice and learn shortcuts and tricks that will save you from making rookie mistakes, save…

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From author Rich Finzer, a Blue Ribbon-winning maple syrup producer with 20 years of experience, get the best advice and learn shortcuts and tricks that will save you from making rookie mistakes, save you money by telling which equipment you really need and save you valuable time during the boiling-down process. Maple on Tap includes step-by-step instructions for all sugaring activities from tapping to bottling, as age-old skills are enhanced with modern technology. Included are beautiful color photographs clearly demonstrating the process further lifting the veil of mystery on this unique North American pursuit.

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