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November | December 1996

November | December 1996

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the peril of Oil tanks

an american craftsman derekogden Tilting at Water Mills


Nantucket Project Update


the peril of Oil tanks

Sooner or later, your buried heating-oil tank is bound to leak. Fixing it could bankrupt you—unless you J know what some cleanup companies won’t tell you


an american craftsman derekogden Tilting at Water Mills

Think of a clockmaker perched inside the works of a giant antique clock with gargantuan mechanical wheels and shafts, cogs and cants, gudgeons and gears, cranking and creaking and trembling. Derek Ogden is just now climbing inside such a machine, a water mill built in 1782 for grinding corn and wheat into meal and flour.


Nantucket Project Update

When Craig and Kathy McGraw Bentley bought the 109-yearold house at 3 Milk St., this fall's TV project, they knew it needed a lot of fixing up. As work began, the old Victorian revealed even more of its flaws


cool junior tools

Possible-stick creations may be all right for kids who are content to build Lornaments, but budding woodworkers deserve real tools and good, solid chunks of wood for their projects. Most tools sold by toy companies are too flimsy for useful woodworking projects like birdhouses and step stools.


It was usually late in the afternoon when my greataunt Helen settled into a favorite chaise lounge on the huge porch of her Queen Anne Victorian. Built on a hillside above the St. Croix River in Wisconsin, the green-and-white shingled house rose three stories into the treetops.


ICE Up on Steve Thomas's roof, fixing a nasty winter trick

There’s not much room to work on the narrow patch of roof over the back of Steve Thomas’s house. To avoid a mishap, Steve and This Old House contractor Tom Silva step carefully around each other, the tools in their belts sometimes colliding and jangling. Plagued last winter by ice dams that damaged walls and floors, Steve is eager to fix his roof before the blizzards begin again.


life with bambi

How does your garden grow? With lion dung and milk jugs hung and fence posts all in a row


Trip the Lights Fantastic

Electrifying the outdoors with holiday cheer


adoor in nantucket

A door, for openers, is a hole in the wall with can be is uninviting, because the entryway is, a movable panel. But the case isn’t open and above all, a welcoming device, shut. A door can be beautiful. Or it can be The door of Craig and Kathy McGraw badly placed, visually meek, awkward to use, Bentley’s house at 3 Milk St. in Nantucket flimsy and insecure, pretentious, out of scale was an oddity, designer Jock Gifford says. or the wrong style. The worst thing a door “Kathy, the homeowner, liked it. But something was funny—you opened it from the inside and it pinned you up against the newel post.”


Wonder Rock

Drywall, the plaster substitute everyone loves to hate

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