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July | August 1997

an american craftsman

master framer

features

Absolute a/c

POWER TOOL

Grime Busters

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an american craftsman

master framer

Robert Reade does it right when no one is looking

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features

Absolute a/c

Suppose your gas company calls up one day and offers to install a revolutionary new heat pump that will cut your air-conditioning costs in half. Even better, the amazing machine will replace your furnace too, and save you a bundle on heating costs. Then suppose they say it's powered by a little five-horsepower, one-cylinder engine that looks suspiciously like the one on your lawn mower.

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POWER TOOL

Grime Busters

Pressure washers turn tap water into a blast

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Technique

Good Day, Sunshine

Stop depression—install a skylight

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the poster

HINGES

We hide hinges. We cannot open doors or windows without them, or close a car trunk or get out of bed (human movement is impossible without the ligament hinges that hang our skeletons together). Still, we prefer to ignore them. We hate the sound of a squeaking hinge but rarely bother to disassemble and lubricate it.

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Finances

Virtual Real Estate

Hop on the World Wide Web to house-hunt, get money and gossip

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features

dolores hidalgo mexican tile

Francisco Sierra lifts the hunk of clay above his head with both hands, drops it on the counter and, without pausing, gouges his stained fingers into the grayish-brown mound as a fine powder billows outward in a plume. After massaging the clay into doughlike pliability, he throws on a handful of silica dust and flattens the softened mass into a rectangular pancake with a steel roller.

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dream house

A New England Wonder

300 years and 3 acres of defiance

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Off the Wall

Why I Hate Paneling

The true calling of our generation is to rip out all our parents’ plastic and replace it with real stuff

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pay dirt

TIMELY TIPS AND USEFUL DISCOVERIES FOR GARDENERS
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