In This Issue
Fall Maintenance Guide
Fall Maintenance GuideThe days are cool; falling leaves dance gently in the breeze. Surely autumn is the ideal season for puttering. In this special section, This Old House experts share a harvest of hints about getting a house ready for winter. Learn to stop roof leaks, prep paint, fortify your lawn and fix your furnace.
Looking for TroubleJoin the crew of This Old House at the fall dream house project as they poke at beams, thump pipes and pry up floorboards, all in search of hidden horrors they intend to exorcise.
By Brad Lemley
Save the SeedsWhat 8,000 gardeners in 30 countries know about 12,000 rare fruits and vegetables that might grow really well in your garden.
By Jack McClintock
Barn AgainWhen a Vermont barn has come to the end of its useful life, reincarnation as a fancy house on Long Island is not out of the question.
By Nancy Stedman
An American CraftsmanHefting granite boulders as heavy as Volkswagens, stonesmith Jeff Gammelin assembles monumental fireplaces in Maine that re-create the sense of sitting before a prehistoric cave.
By Walt Harrington
Invisible PerilThere's a ghost in the garage. You can't see it or smell it or hear it, but you better watch out. Carbon monoxide, the nation's deadliest poison, goes a-creeping into houses all across America each and every day.
By Laurence Roy Stains
Wolf HouseThe mansion author Jack London built in Napa was as rough-hewn and grandiose as its creator. London boasted it would last 1,000 years, but then he also thought he'd live to be 100.
By Stephen Harrigan
The Poster: Architectural DetailsThe enchantment of an old house is in the details. Unfold for the names every builder once knew.
By Craig Kellogg
The Shrubbery ExpressIndulge your Cornelius Vanderbilt fantasies with a backyard railroad. Hey, it's cheaper than a swimming pool, it doesn't pollute, and your kids will stay home to run it.
By William G. Scheller
- Around the house
Turning HeadsScrew heads come in all shapes and sizes.
TackersA staple gun for every job.
Wicket Good Fun
Off The Wall
Heavenly TVWhen you grab for your Green Acres dream, complete with Amish barn and chestnut grove, just remember that Eva Gabor didn't have a satellite dish.
By Jeanne Marie Laskas
How Do You Get That Gleam?With the magician of the workshop, of course— the homely bench grinder.
By Mark Feirer
TechniqueIt's a challenge to install, but a second-story bay window is a marvel of engineering and can do wonders for cramped dark spaces. It improves the view from outside too.
By Brad Lemley
Hair on a HandleThe difference between an amateur painter and a professional is often the difference between their brushes.
By Peter Jensen
In Case of Emergency, Pull CordThe power is out, the pump is down and the water in the basement is rising. Who you gonna call? No one if you have a standby generator.
By Curtis Rist
Splendid SpigotsDoes the brave new world of bathroom faucets have something to do with a loss of innocence?
Mortgage PrisonWhich is better, a 30-year loan or a 15-year loan? The answer depends on how long the bull market lasts.
By Gary Belsky
The Forgotten StaircaseDon't assume you can't do something about that unlikable narrow staircase that leads to a dark hallway.
By Dennis Wedlick