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November 2000

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Getting All Your Ducts in a Row House

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Banks, brokers, and online lenders are competing for borrowers with an ever-growing array of mortgage products. Here’s how to separate good deals from bad

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Fixes for drywall pops, ceiling cracks, and undersized sills

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Getting All Your Ducts in a Row House

New heating and cooling technology pushes a 19th-century building into the comfort zone

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rock of ages

Two over one, one over two: Like a metronome, this mantra of dry stone construction sets the rhythm of work as stonemason Dan Snow heaves, tugs, and settles rocks into place on a long retaining wall. At this site, in front of a new house in Marlboro, Vermont, Snow works alone, with no conversation or blaring job site radio to distract him from the task at hand.

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betting the ranch

A Connecticut couple gambles on a 1950s tract house and hits the jackpot, turning it into a sophisticated shingle-style home

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REMODELING

HOMEOWNER'S HANDBOOK

There’s something elegant about pedestal sinks,” says Richard Trethewey, This Old House’s plumbing expert, who compares their clean, easy-to-maintain shapes to sculptures in a museum. “And they’re perfect for a half bath, where a vanity would overwhelm the limited space.”

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HIGH STYLE

A vaulted ceiling gives a new master bedroom visual drama, while an eyebrow window adds architectural appeal

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Bigger House on the Prairie

A Texas family saves an abandoned farmhouse from suburban sprawl

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Keeper of the Flame

Masonry stoves turn a small wood fire into a roomful of long-lasting heat

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BY DESIGN

Hot Under the Covers

A radiator enclosure is the best way to take the heat—in style

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