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September 2003

THE PERFECT PAINT JOB

ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

GETTING A GRIP

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THE PERFECT PAINT JOB

Painting Contractor Jim Clark Reveals His Secrets

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ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

GETTING A GRIP

The handrail on our stairs is missing, and we’d really like to put one in for safety. The wall has wood paneling on it, so we’re not sure how to find the studs. And when we do, how do we determine the correct height of the handrail and attach it securely?
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get ready for all

Now’s the best time to spruce up your yard

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HOME TECHNOLOGY

Clearing the Air

Whole-house and portable filters trap dust, pollen, and more

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TRANSFORMATIONS

Appalachian Tale

A seedy shack blossoms into a weekend retreat

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recessed lighting

Neat and discreet, recessed fixtures can work in every room of the house

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ON THE JOB AT THIS OLD HOUSE

IT WAS ONE OF THE MORE DRAMATIC MOMENTS FROM LAST year’s kick-off season of Ask This Old House, where the TOH crew makes house calls to homeowners in need. Landscape contractor Roger Cook trekked out to Madison, Wisconsin, to help first-time homeowners Mark and Bridget Wegener wage war against a threatening porcelain berry ivy vine.

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high drama

Putting a hilltop house back on firm footing

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HOMEOWNER’S HANDBOOK

Installing a Freezeproof Faucet

with This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey

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UPKEEP

Weathering the Storm

A good storm window does the job of a replacement window, for a fraction of the cost

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