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  • October 2008 Issue No. 122

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    • Tell Us Your Story
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    • 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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  • Cut Energy Costs, Keep the Comfort

    Features
    Small Fixes, Big Payoff
    Careful alterations make a vintage cottage more livable without sacrificing any of its charm
    Her Patch of Green
    A homeowner creates a sustainable garden, complete with fruits, vegetables, rabbits, and chicken
    Black & Blue Thumb Awards
    A dozen DIYers share their tales of woe and lessons learned
    How Homeowners Are Saving Energy[EMDASH]and Money
    Ten couples will cut $12,275 off their bills this year—see if what works for them can work for you, too
    Family Project
    Attract feathered friends to your yard with an easy-to-build bird feeder
    Departments
    Kitchen Design
    Victorian style meets 21st-century convenience in a redo that creates some much-needed space
    Salvage
    Give vintage shutters new life as cabinet doors
    Home Tech
    Using energy-saving CFLs doesn’t mean you have to look green, too
    From the TOH TV Job Site
    The next project: Tom Silva and his crew build an old-style prefab house
    Special: Debris Disposal 101
    Smart ways to get rid of renovation waste—and save yourself some dough
    Upkeep
    Repairing and refinishing old windows
    Toolbox
    Back to cutting basics with 8 of our favorite handsaws
    Step-by-Step
    Install a ceiling medallion—in 3 hours
    Save This Old House
    An 1840s Greek Revival on Indiana farmland needs your help
    Workshop
    Ask This Old House
    Batproof windows; sharpen a shovel; replacement trees; and more Q & A
    Norm's Notebook
    TOH master carpenter Norm Abram on hand-sawing like the pros
    Directory
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