In This Issue

  • September/
    1998 Issue No. 22

  • Refinishing Hardwood Floors

    Fall Maintenance Guide
    Try these cures for the coming cold: Fertilize the lawn before its winter hibernation, tune up the mower, install freeze-proof outdoor traps, weather strip drafty windows and replace that leaky threshold under the front door.
    By Alexandra Bandon
    Reclaiming a Grand Queen Anne
    This Old House readies a huge Victorian in Watertown, Massachusetts, for a much-needed makeover.
    By Cynthia Sanz
    When Wood Meets Its Match
    Firewood season: time to split, stack and burn. Even tree huggers are sharpening their mauls.
    By Nathaniel Reade
    Old Haunts
    The Peyton Randolph House in Colonial Williamsburg fairly moans with history. Or are those sounds the murmurings of spirits-from a jolly slave to Thomas Jefferson-who have reportedly been sighted there?
    By Jeanne Ralston
    Refinishing Floors
    Rejuvenating tired quartersawn red oak-restoring its 19th-century smoothness-is easier now, thanks to 20th-century machines. But doing it right takes loads of patience and means not skipping a single step.
    By Alexandra Bandon
    A Maine Original
    In the backwoods of the Pine Tree State, Bill Donnell runs one of the world's last remaining rift mills, which makes him the man to see when you need to re-side your house with the best clapboards in the world.
    By Brad Lemley
    [XLINK {202236} {How a Pro Should Paint Your House}]
    There are a lot of surprising secrets to a paint job that lasts. Most of them have nothing to do with a brush.
    By Brad Lemley
    The Poster: Framing Language
    Become fluent in carpentry's mother tongue, and get better work from the guys who wear tool belts.
    By Jeff Taylor
    Around the house
    Off The Wall

    Growing Pains

    Working with architects can be a lot like rubbing a magic genie lamp. You have to be careful what you wish for.
    By Jeanne Marie Laskas
    Power Tool

    Electric Planes

    Just wait till you try one of these on a sticky door.
    By Curtis Rist
    Hand Tool

    Caulk Guns

    Drawing a smooth bead takes a quality gun, a steady hand and sealant that's warmed up enough to flow like buttercream.
    By Jeff Taylor


    Floors made of glass and marble chips embedded in cement glitter like diamonds-and are almost as durable.
    By Jack McClintock
    Weekend Project

    Re-Puttying Perfect

    Save wood-sash windows by replacing old, brittle putty with new.
    By Victoria C. Rowan

    Empire Building

    Market vagaries and landlording hassles aside, many would-be Trumps successfully leverage one rental property into several.
    By Nick Ravo

    Born in America

    For more than 100 years, the Shingle Style has possessed a breezy informality that's in tune with American sensibilities.
    By Curtis Rist
    The Money Pit

    Bat Man

    Critter control takes guts and a mean backhand.
    By Brock Yates