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December 2000

FALL TV PROJECT/CHARLESTOWN

NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND

SPECIAL REPORT: HOME THEATER

Coming Attractions

features

SAVING GRACES

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FALL TV PROJECT/CHARLESTOWN

NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND

A 19th-century basement goes from black hole to bright living quarters

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SPECIAL REPORT: HOME THEATER

Coming Attractions

appropriately for a television personality, Alex Trebek has a lot of TVs lurking in his 72-year-old house. They’re in the bedrooms, the kitchen, and the den, of course, and one set—its sound usually muted—glows near the desk in his home office.

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features

SAVING GRACES

YEARS OF NEGLECT PRESERVED ITS ORIGINAL FEATURES. TWO MONTHS OF INTENSIVE WORK BROUGHT BACK ITS SHINE

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departments

ASK NORM

Cures for cold walls, deck divots, and bouncy floors
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HOMEOWNER'S HANDBOOK

PAINTING A ROOM

Most people think they know how to paint. And usually the results are pretty good, or at least the flaws aren’t too obvious. But for painting contractor John Dee, “pretty good” isn’t good enough. After nearly three decades of rolling, brushing, and spraying paint—with stints on This Old House projects from Salem to Watertown—he knows the subtle tricks for applying smooth, even coats to walls, ceilings, and woodwork, and for creating crisp boundaries between colors.

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features

Second Acts

How four forgotten buildings made spectacular comebacks

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TRANSFORMATIONS

Grand Ole Reno

A Nashville renovator fixes up the sort of house he’d been searching for since childhood

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FINANCES

Room For Rent

Turning extra space into income and tax breaks may be easier than you think

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LUXURIES

Wall-to-Wall Warmth

A heated bathroom floor is one of the nicest gifts you can give yourself this winter

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MATERIALS

A Closer Look at Copper

How can one metal prove superior for everything from electricity and plumbing to roofing and exterior decoration?

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