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  • September 2002 Issue No. 61

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    • Editor Spotlight
      Scott Omelianuk
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  • Building 101

    Features
    Homeowners Handbook

    Installing a Picket Fence

    An expert's guide to digging postholes and assembling panels.
    By Jefferson Kolle
    The House Detectives
    Examining a house's structure to learn its history.
    By Jefferson Kolle
    Buried Treasure
    A kitchen remodel reveals a long-hidden decorative ceiling.
    By Max Alexander
    Septic Happens
    What you need to know about household waste systems.
    By Max Alexander
    Living Fences
    From evergreens to bamboo, there are many options for planting a green screen.
    By Sara Jane von Trapp
    A Beauty Reborn
    Condemned after an earthquake, a stately Italianate is moved and lovingly restored.
    By Regina Coleman
    Green Acres
    The best turf types for your yard.
    By Warren Schultz
    Departments
    On the Job
    The TOH crew volunteers for AmeriCares HomeFront Day
    House Calls With Steve
    A 1780s farmhouse recaptures its charm
    Letter From [ITALIC {This Old House}]
    At the new TV project, "outsiders" get a warm welcome
    Luxuries

    Crowning Glory

    A windowed cupola adds light and elegance.
    By Max Alexander
    Talking Shop

    One Good Turn

    The screwdrivers every toolbox should have.
    By Clayton DeKorne
    By Design

    Standing Tall

    Columns don't just play a supporting role.
    By Jefferson Kolle
    Finances

    Get It in Writing

    A signed contract is renovation protection.
    By Jeffrey Rothfeder
    Technique

    No Smoking

    Fixes for problem fireplaces.
    By Dan DiClerico
    Materials

    Engineered Stone

    Tough countertops in colors not found in nature.
    By Ryan Robbins
    Technology

    Smart Thermostats

    The latest in energy-saving devices.
    By Zachary Gaulkin
    Upkeep

    Closed for the Season

    Shutting down a vacation house.
    By Renée Richardson
    Transformations

    A Welcome Addition

    A Greek Revival?style house takes on a period porch.
    By Louise Jarvis
    Workshop
    Ask This Old House
    Revive a damaged lawn; silence a squeaky floor; more