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  • December 2002 Issue No. 64

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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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  • Details Make the Difference

    Features
    Homeowners Handbook

    Fireplace Face-lift

    Installing a new hearth and surround.
    By Jefferson Kolle
    Yard Work
    Clearing up some landscape trouble spots at the Winchester TV project house.
    By Jefferson Kolle
    Farmhouse Fix-up
    A young couple remodel their first home a weekend at a time.
    By Annie Groer
    Building a Retaining Wall
    Roger Cook shows how precast concrete blocks make it faster and easier.
    By Max Alexander
    Cotswolds in Kentucky
    A nondescript farmhouse is turned into an English country cottage.
    By This Old House Editors
    DIY Nation
    America's love affair with do-it-yourself inspires a new museum exhibit.
    By Lou Harry
    Tiles of Imagination
    Handmade from the original patterns, these Arts and Crafts designs still amaze.
    By Michael Lafavore
    Departments
    On the Job
    A gift of time
    House Calls With Steve
    A remodel brings a 1916 kitchen back to life
    Letter From [ITALIC {This Old House}]
    Bruce Irving on bumps along the way
    Luxuries

    The Best Protection

    A home safe can provide security plus convenience.
    By Max Alexander
    Upkeep

    Stripping Wallpaper

    How to get rid of that outdated wall covering.
    By Amy R. Hughes
    Gadgets

    Great Gadgets

    Gizmos that tickle our fancy.
    By Scott Schilling
    Technology

    Getting Into Hot Water

    A guide to water heaters.
    By Celia Kuperszmid Lehrman
    Materials

    Structural Insulated Panels

    The pros and cons of this alternative to stick framing.
    By Jefferson Kolle
    Talking Shop

    Choosing a Random-Orbit Sander

    The tool you want for hassle-free sanding.
    By John Kelsey
    Workshop
    Ask This Old House
    Warm floors, slowly; windows on the roof; more
    Norm's Notebook
    No-mar saw cuts; marking studs; more