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July | August 1998

Dream House

an american craftsman

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mulch makers

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Dream House

Modern on the inside, warm and familiar on the outside a roomy, handsome triumph of design

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an american craftsman

blacksmith

Why Charlie Keller has to think hot

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mulch makers

Chipper-shredders transform yard waste into gardener’s gold

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building a safe deck

Is yours bolted to the house, or just nailed?

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MATERIALS

RARE WOOD

Great redwood is getting scarcer all the time

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LETTERS

Thank you for the environmentally conscious article “The Best Lawn” in the May 1998 issue. It is refreshing to see that your magazine’s modern technological tips and oldfashioned craftsmanship are mixed with sensible guidelines that can protect our own health and that of our planet.
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TECHNIQUE

REPOINTING BRICK

The key is to figure out exactly what kind of mortar a wall needs

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amazing grace

Convert a church into a livadle house? Norm and Steve wondered aloud if it could de done, but a final look proves that all it takes is

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ASK NORM

“Phillips bits wear quickly, so it’s worthwhile looking for hardened steel bits with ribbed tips for a better grip.”
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FINANCES

LAND RUSH

Don’t jump too quickly into that great American frontier

June1998 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER1998