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  • June 1998 Issue No. 19

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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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  • The Art of Painting

    Features
    Bugged Out
    The C.I.A. method of searching out and destroying cockroaches, pantry pests and other brazen bugs that dare to invade a house has nothing to do with the Central Intelligence Agency, but it's pretty darn sneaky.
    By David George Gordon
    Big Brass Buttons
    Doorknobs, cast and intricately carved by hand, were considered an art form a century ago. They still are, thanks to an anachronistic factory in — of all places — the middle of New York City.
    By Jack McClintock
    Raise High the Flagpole, Carpenters
    Just in time for the Fourth of July, TOH shows how simple this weekend project can be.
    By Victoria C. Rowan
    An American Craftsman
    A Florida based ceramicist converts everyday gates, sinks and mantels into sculpture.
    By Walt Harrington
    Standing in the Backyard, Naked and Wet
    Even in the cool climes, an outdoor shower turns the simple act of bathing into a sybaritic embrace with nature. Building one is not only deceptively simple but also easy on your wallet and marriage.
    By Jack McClintock
    Safe Rooms
    Burglars are unlikely to break in when someone's around, but home owners seeking peace of mind will find a bulletproof, bash-proof haven of steel and polycarbonate pure nirvana.
    By Curtis Rist
    The Bath as Institution
    This Old House helps a San Francisco couple build a bold bath with salvaged sheets of marble and porcelain, chrome trim, dark wood floors, and faucets that give new meaning to "pedal pushers."
    By Brad Lemley
    Paint Like a Pro
    A painter reveals his paint secrets for giving interior woodwork a slick surface, a coating that purposely falls short of looking as if it's been sprayed on. The walls aren't canvas, but this is art.
    By George Nash
    The Poster: Sprinklers
    Hose draggers, unite! For more than 100 years, portable sprinklers have made American lawns great.
    By Victoria C. Rowan
    Around the house
    Off The Wall

    Start Spreading the News

    Discover how mule plus horse equals fertilizer factory. One problem: Production exceeds consumption.
    By Jeanne Marie Laskas
    Power Tool

    Strike Up the Band Saw

    No other tool can finesse fine scrolls, cut beveled curves and rip through thick beams with such speed, precision and quiet.
    By David Frane
    Hand Tool

    Machete Machismo

    Hacking one's way through a backyard jungle unleashes the warrior instinct — and provides a pollution-free way to unwind.
    By Jeff Taylor
    Technique

    Fire In the Pit

    A massive, gas powered monument to the joy of cooking outdoors means never having to wait for coals again.
    By Jack McClintock
    Material

    Why MDF Now Gets Some Respect

    Medium-density fiberboard is actually more dimensionally stable than solid wood, and itís a breeze to paint or rout.
    By Cynthia Sanz
    Finances

    Making Warranties Work

    Climbing the consumer-compliant hierarchy pays off for those who keep careful records — especially receipts — and persevere.
    By Gary Belsky
    The Money Pit

    Paradise Found

    Not even a towering stack of contractor's bills can change the fact that love is truly blind when it comes to the perfect house.
    By Brock Yates