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November | December 1995

November | December 1995

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SAVING OLD WINDOWS

the screw

Wallpaper History

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SAVING OLD WINDOWS

REPUTTY REGLAZE REPAINT REPAIR

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the screw

Sleek new designs make standard wood screws obsolete

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Wallpaper History

Experts have discovered that American homes of the 18th and 19th centuries sported exuberantly patterned, brilliantly colored papers like the ones on these pages. Old-house owners decorating their walls today can call on that knowledge and make bolder choices than ever before.

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RENOVATION

bath room

A truly comfortable house these days can’t have too many electrical outlets or bathrooms— two items in short supply in many old houses. Kevin and Deborah Guinee’s 19-room 1760s house had only one narrow second-floor bathroom, to be shared with their two children and anyone sleeping in the guest room.

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Fittings

Choosing a Toilet

What nobody else will tell you

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BUILD THE PERFECT book case

elegant library is an ambitious project. But it’s considerably less daunting if the cabinetry is understood as a series of big boxes on which shelves (and even doors or drawers) can hang. The bookcases evolve into a library, not just a grownup version of boards on blocks, by being made to look like a part of the room.

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Marble

How marble comes out of a mountain

the largest underground marble quarry in the country, the Danby Quarry covers 30 acres within the heart of Vermont’s Dorset Mountain and has been in continuous operation since it opened in 1903. In that time it has been worked by generations of Danby men: the Mecheskis, the Merrows, the Stephenses and the Jaworskis, Alex and Joe, whose grandfather came here from the quarries of Poland and whose father worked here for 41 years before retiring in 1992.

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TOOLS

Reciprocating Saw

The contractor’s favorite weapon

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Finances

How to Buy a Wreck

Where to turn when your mortgage banker pales

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Tools

Getting It Straight

A lesson on levels from Norm Abram

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