In This Issue
Tucson Project: A Dream Comes True
Team TucsonA short spring TV schedule leaves no time for contractors who aren't willing to work on top of each other or homeowners who aren't willing to make decisions quickly. Thanks to extraordinary teamwork, This Old House polishes off an eight-month renovation in three.
By Jack McClintock
MesquiteThe soul of the Sonoran Desert is hidden beneath the bark of its most prevalent tree. Crafted by cabinetmaker James Vosnos, this precious but stubborn wood becomes the centerpiece of the Tucson project kitchen.
By Jack McClintock
Poured FloorsWhen is a concrete floor not fine Italian marble? Your friends will never know.
By Brad Lemley
An American CraftsmanCloaked in smoke and swathed in distorted metallic reflections, coppersmith Larry Stearns devotes his days to shimmering adornments that will endure much longer than he will.
By Walt Harrington
Bad paint jobs can happen to good people with old houses? even when they listen faithfully to everything the paint salesman tells them. The reason is a surprising revelation about the compatibility of oil and latex paints.
By Jeanne Huber
Zeus on the LooseExploding pipes, airborne fireplaces and vaporized wiring is child's play for 150,000-amp lightning bolts. Without lightning rods, every cupola, dormer and satellite dish on your house wears an electrostatic "Kick Me" sign.
By Claudia Glenn Dowling
Nature WinsThe American obsession with clipped grass is usually a quixotic effort involving massive irrigation and expensive chemicals. For all the heroics, the result is often boring. A Phoenix landscaper gives in to nature, encouraging indigenous plants in a self-sustaining ecosystem teeming with cutters.
By Sara Stein
The Poster: First AidWhen you're fishing through sawdust to find your finger, this is the chart to have at eye level.
By Larry Katzenstein
In the GardenIt may seem crazy, but we're in love with a push mower?an old-fashioned reel mower that doesn't require old-fashioned effort. Also. razzle-dazzle raspberries.
- Around the house
Off The Wall
Blinded by BracketsShy glances over the counter, a solemn exchange of wing nuts: Could this be hardware-store love?
By Jeanne Marie Laskas
Slice and DiceSmooth edges! Dead-on angles! And it cuts trim in seconds! The sliding compound miter saw is a finish carpenter's favorite tool.
By Mark Feirer
Reverse HammeringIt can't extract the shame, but a good cat's paw will keep an errant nail your little secret.
By Jeff Taylor
Aiming for SpaceNASA funding pays off: A well-installed satellite dish serves up "Comedy Central," via the stratosphere.
By William G. Scheller
Pure and Not So SimpleIf you can't trust the water, at least you can trust the modern technology of home water filters.
By Brooke Deterline
Easy BreezeInstalling a ceiling fan can be only slightly more complicated than changing a light bulb.
By John Kelsey
This Room Looks FunnyLearn the classic principles of proportion and visitors won't be able to tell where you added that new family room.
By Steve Thomas
What's Your House Worth?Don't let your neighborhood banker and his appraiser decide without your help.
By Patricia E. Berry