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MAY/JUNE 1996

bad bugs

an american craftsman

SMALL SPIRITS SOAR IN A tree house

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bad bugs

Now that we’ve banned killer chemicals, the eat-your-house wars. New high-tech luck if your house is in a hot climate and insects are winning tricks help, but good termites attack

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an american craftsman

Maneuvering a six-foot board on his shoulder, Charlie Lovely climbs up into a skeletal framework that could almost be the ribs and keel of a boat’s hull or, in the image he prefers, the girders of a bridge. The board he carries, fashioned into a graceful curve, might be the wing of a large and beautiful model airplane, But the board is a stair tread, the part of a staircase one walks on.

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SMALL SPIRITS SOAR IN A tree house

Treehouses are for kids. Winnie the Pooh has a treehouse, and Tarzan does too. The Swiss Family Robinson’s is the most memorable. Built of sails and timbers salvaged from their shipwreck, it’s 40 feet up a colossal fig tree on a tropical island and sleeps two adult Robinsons and their four boys.
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steel a roof of

Everything looks different from a rooftop. The streets and houses below seem so logical and uncluttered without all that ground-level detail. And with nothing above but sky, one begins to understand the enormity of a roofer’s task: to create a shield that can be relied upon to keep out wind, rain, sun and snow.

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Materials

The First Man-made Wood

Is plywood better than we thought?

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fences

Our futile but fascinating bid to replace nature's boundaries with our own.

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PULL OUT AND OPEN HERE

bugs that eat your house

To a homeowner, these are the critters of nightmares. Not because they’re so gruesome when magnified, but because the damage they wreak is often hidden and insidious, continuing for so long before discovery that repair bills and eradication costs can be daunting.
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Equipment

These Boots Are Made for Working

Go ahead—jump on a nail, drop a brick on your toe, tromp through wet concrete

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Real Estate

No Tell, No Sell

More and more states force property owners to be brutally honest

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Secrets of a perfect pathway

MARCH/APRIL1996 July | August1996