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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 1996

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FEAR OF fiber glass

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Victorious Lady

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an american craftsman chuckcrispin Only a philosopher in search of perfection

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FEAR OF fiber glass

Do you want your children breathing this stuff?

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Victorious Lady

An inspection of the season’s new TV project reveals a dowager that has survived the years with considerable grace

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an american craftsman chuckcrispin Only a philosopher in search of perfection

Chuck Crispin is on his knees on the cold concrete, resting back on his haunches, something he tries to remember never to do anymore. At age 45, a hardwood-floor man must treat his knees gently. He’s in the Oakwood Inn’s library, a small room in the shape of half an octagon.

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an island preserved

The island of Nantucket was never intended to be the genteel and charming resort evoked on this issue’s poster (see pullout at right). It should not have been the sort of place where a dilapidated, 109-year-old Victorian would be remade by fine craftsmen for all of America to see on national television.

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life in a concord barn

Revisiting an heroic This Old House project few viewers will ever forget

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TILE and TOIL

An old clay-tile roof is a work of art, and worth fixing at any price

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Set in stone

A wall of substance lasts longer than its builders

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Hand Tool

Need a Shave?

A finely tuned hand scraper cuts cleaner than sandpaper

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Gap Goop

Sorting out silly putties from serious caulks

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Crowning Touch

Where ceiling meets wall, it pays to sweat the small stuff

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