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October 2003

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winning at the remodeling game

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Just one of the guys

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winning at the remodeling game

This Old House's team of experts tells you how to get what you want without losing your mind

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Roger Cook replies: In much of the country, grass seed is best planted before or after summer. That’s primarily because it’s almost impossible to keep new seed moist in the summer without nearly constant watering. The other problem with summer planting is that the soil prep work opens up the area to weed seeds, which readily germinate in the heat.
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Just one of the guys

Our new TV host, Kevin O’Connor, gets a grunt’s-eye view of the trades at This Old House “boot camp”

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1 old house + 1 old house = a new old house

The bones of a 250-year-old timber frame give shape to a new addition

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Find!

Tilt-Top Tea Tables

These 18th-century antiques never went out of style

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Under Glass

A conservatory adds light-filled space—and a distinctive architectural element

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FINANCES

Looking for Trouble

For buyers (and some sellers), a thorough house inspection is a must. Here’s what you need to know

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UPKEEP

Rain Gutter Rehab

Simple steps to keep gutters in proper working order

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HOMEOWNER’S HANDBOOK

Adding a Phone Line

Adding a second telephone line to accommodate a dial-up modem, a fax machine, a new home business, or a chatty teenager can cost you as little as $60 or upward of $160. The difference is whether you have the phone company run the wires inside your house or do it yourself.

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Norm's Notebook

Extension-Ladder Caps Some years ago, when I was painting my house, I noticed that my extension ladder was scratching the siding as I worked. I didn’t have one of those rubber-tipped ladder stand-offs that painters use, and didn’t want to stop work long enough to go out shopping for one.
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