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June 2005

WORKSHOP

ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

WORKSHOP

SKILL BUILDING

FEATURES

peak performance

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WORKSHOP

ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

Doors Don’t Behave Two of our interior doors float shut on their own, but we’d rather have them stay open until we want to close them. How can we fix them? LOIS BUZDOR, LANSING, MICH. TOM SILVA REPLIES: When doors close without our help, it means their top and center hinges aren’t plumb.
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WORKSHOP

SKILL BUILDING

(“Rust on the Run,” page 64) To give wrought iron a smooth painted coating, it helps to follow a methodical painting sequence that moves from top to bottom, as shown in the photo below: 1. Upper bars. Using a series of quick brush strokes up from the top rail, paint each bar all the way around.

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FEATURES

peak performance

The roof over your head is your first (and last) defense against the elements. Choosing the best one for your house is equally of aesthetics, budget, and practicality. Here’s what you need to know

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TRANSFORMATIONS

THIS OLD HOUSEߞ SAVED

A down-at-heels 1859 house shown on the back page of this magazine inspires a hometown preservationist to call it her own

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FEATURES

Think outside the box

How to design a deck that's more architectural style than plain pine rectangle

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HOME OWNER'S HAND BOOK

OVERVIEW

TRADITIONALLY, BUILT-IN BOOKCASES ARE made with solid wood boards, carefully routed to make tight grooves that accept each shelf. But sawn lumber is expensive—enough oak for a 8-foot bookcase, for example, could run into thousands of dollars.
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GRASS TO GO

Want a fantastic lawn fast? Sod it. Here's what you need to know to get the job done right

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HOME TECH

Rockin’ Outside

Everything you need to know to plan the perfect outdoor audio system

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HOW IT WORKS

Cold Comfort

New technology makes air conditioners perform better, last longer, and run quieter

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HOUSE CALLS

Take It From the Top

An architect’s bright ideas for using skylights
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