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  • October 2005 Issue No. 92

    • New!
    • Tell Us Your Story
      Here's your chance to be featured in the pages of THis Old House magazine — and earn $250
    • Editor Spotlight
      Scott Omelianuk
      Scott Omelianuk, Editor of This Old House magazine, began his long relationship with home improvement at age 15, when he started working after school as a carpenter's gopher. After years of jobsite toil and practical jokes—including being s

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  • How to Hire the Best

    Features
    Best Building Pros in America
    Our first annual guide to top contractors, architects, designers, and tradespeople; and how you can find and hire the best in your town
    Whose House Is It, Anyway?
    Take back what's yours from critters looking to hunker down in your home for the winter
    Before You Construct, You Have to Destruct
    Lessons from the TOH television job site on safely demolishing a roof or wall
    From Cut Flowers to Cutting 2x4s
    Remodeling his own bungalow started a first-time homeowner on a new career — and saved him $160,000
    A Warming Trend
    Vintage ranges are all the rage. Here's how to make one the retro heart of your kitchen
    Departments
    Kitchen Design
    Breaking down three tiny rooms to make one open, family-friendly kitchen
    Landscaping
    Plant bulbs now for the easiest spring garden you can grow
    Luxuries
    Old-fashioned wood toolchests are functional works of art
    Salvage
    Vintage glass knobs add a little bling to your interior doors
    Toolbox
    The right taping and smoothing tools help you drywall like a pro
    Green House
    Wood flooring that treads lightly on the environment
    Upkeep
    Tighten up drafty old windows with new weatherstripping
    Homeowner's Handbook
    Hanging interior shutters, step by step
    Save This Old House
    An endangered home in need of rescue
    Workshop
    Ask This Old House
    Choosing the right saw blade; cleaning baseboard heaters; and more Q&A
    Skill Building
    Quick fixes for drafty windows; spray painting shutters; and other lessons
    Norm's Notebook
    How to bevel clapboard siding; make a platform to ease overhead work
    Directory
    Find the products and service featured in this issue