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November 1998

THE GREAT AMERICAN HOUSE

MONTPELIER

an american craftsman

window maker

FEATURES

when there’s a mouse in the house

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THE GREAT AMERICAN HOUSE

MONTPELIER

JAMES MADISON LAID THE FOUNDATION FOR A GOVERNMENT BASED ON FREEDOM AND EQUALITY WHILE HOLDING COURT IN A MANSION BUILT WITH SLAVE LABOR AND FIT FOR A KING

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an american craftsman

window maker

Patricia Vloeberghs scores and shapes fragile glass panes into exquisite designs stained with her blood, sweat and tears

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FEATURES

when there’s a mouse in the house

The trap is set, the cheese is fresh and you’re taking no prisoners. So why aren’t the mice getting the message?

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POWER TOOL

SPIN DOCTORS

Rotary tools sand, carve, buff and grind. They just do it on a smaller scale.

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FEATURES

take a walk on the warm side

Radiant floor heat keeps your toes toasty and your head cool

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FEATURES

hot house

A couple can put one of these kits together in a day, right?

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WATERTOWN/THE TV PROJECT

and the walls came tumbling down

Can the crew from This Old House come up with great solutions to classic old-house livability problems such as too many rooms, too many staircases, not enough bathrooms and a tiny kitchen? Does Norm have a sledgehammer?

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MATERIALS

MIRACLE BLOCK

Why aren’t all houses built with this stuff?

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PLUS

ASK NORM

“If a house has been settling for 108 years, jacking it back to plumb and level may blow out the plaster on the walls and cause timbers to fail.”

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finances

FINDING A GOOD CONTRACTOR

Make like a detective, and you’ll get your man

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER1998 December1998
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