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This Old House Magazine|Fall 2021
Cool home upgrades and problem-solving product picks
THOMAS BAKER

1. Instant box bay

Skycove

This factory-built glass alcove brings the outdoors in as it captures light and views from four sides. At 25 inches deep, the units come in two sizes: 76 inches wide by 67 inches tall or 99 by 83 inches. The steel frame bolts to a properly reinforced and flashed wall opening; no additional support is needed. Installation typically takes just half a day. Price upon request; marvin.com for retailers

2.Reel improvements

100' Professional Aluminum Chalk Reel

Upgrades include a 6:1 gear ratio for faster rewinding, a hub lock, a fully retracting hook, and a one-way valve for dust-free refills. $17; crescenttool.com

3.Cross laser 842 Pro laser Bambino

Intersecting, self-leveling beams simplify cabinet installation and more. They have an indoor range of up to 50 feet, a fan angle of 100 degrees, and an accuracy of 0.0048 inches per foot. Powered by two AA batteries, the head weighs only 0.4 pound. Available with either red beams or high-visibility green beams. From $55; shopkapro.com

4.Silent backup generator

Yeti 6000x Portable Power Station

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