In This Issue

  • December 2005 Issue No. 94

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    • 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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  • 25 Secret Sources

    Features
    Its Name Is Mud...or, More Precisely, Adobe
    A 200-year-old rustic, slightly-out-of-whack adobe home in Santa Fe gets a sensitive restoration and update
    Behind the Glass
    Choosing the best windows for your home can be daunting. Learn from the This Old House TV project what all the bells and whistles and sticker numbers really mean
    Cast From the Past
    No painted foam can match the hardness, crisp detail, and three-dimensional depth of real cast plaster. An exclusive step-by-step look at a centuries-old craft
    25 Secret Sources
    Looking for that perfect entry chandelier? A match for your original window molding? We give you our handpicked list of favorite sources where the in-the-know go to find that special something
    Departments
    Bath Design
    Lots of light and the use of natural materials bring the outdoors into a spacious master bath addition
    Salvage
    Warm up your hearth with an antique wood mantel
    Home Tech
    Six smart gifts to simplify your life
    Paperwork
    Ways your home can whittle down your income taxes; tips on organizing your home-improvement files
    Toolbox
    Nailsets: a finish-carpentry essential
    How It Works
    Carbon monoxide detectors
    Upkeep
    Installing a GFCI outlet is quick and inexpensive, and it could save your life
    Save This Old House
    An 1840s Italianate on the Ohio River offers rural living with city accessibility
    Workshop
    Ask This Old House
    Repairing a cast-iron drainpipe; when not to save a tree; and more Q&A
    Skill Building
    Update your electrical outlets; install a wood mantel; and more lessons
    Norm's Notebook
    The secret to invisible wood repairs; tips on cutting a pass-through
    Resource Directory
    Find the products and services featured in this issue