This Old House Archives


March 2002


10 Ways to Beat the Heat

Staying cool this summer doesn't necessarily mean you have to pay a fortune to keep the air...

A Kitchen Collaboration

Kitchen designer Ted Goodnow shares useful tips on how to plan for your next kitchen renovation.

A Newfangled Shingle

Despite a preference for the tried and true, our This Old House team has undertaken a promising...

All About Locks

Locksets are the first line of defense in home security. Matching the lock to the task is the key

All in the Family

A simple family-room addition made a big difference in the way this house works.

An Eye for Design

Having paired his fresh, innovative touches with our team's workmanship, Rob has a new home he...

Anti-Aging Agent

Cool, classic and plastic. The look of the new urethane trim work in Manchester is just right,...

Appliance Soup

New ways to deal with the age-old chore of making yard debris vanish.

April 2002

Nature is transformed into a handsome, useful structure

Beyond the Basic Floor

One of the big advantages of laminate flooring is the ability to combine a wide variety of colors...

Beyond the Basic Shed

These practical yet stylish backyard structures offer more than a place to store the mower.

Breathing Easier

Simple, low-cost ways to make the air in your home cleaner and healthier.

Brick Pavers

Laying brick pavers on an existing concrete porch

Calling in an HVAC Pro

Arm yourself with information. For instance: Full-service companies tend to be current on the...

Choosing a Cordless Drill

What to look for whether you're buying your first drill/driver or upgrading to a model with more...

Coping With Catastrophe

From burglaries to fires to trees falling on your house, how to handle five common household...

Counter Points

Everything you need to know to decide on your next countertop.

December 1998

The best materials make a renovation an elegant dream-come-true

Deck Defense

A guide to the cleaners, finishes, and techniques for making your deck look new again

Does It Pay to Buy Cheap?

On a major remodeling project, many obvious money-saving schemes can backfire and cost you in the...

Elegant Reflections

Mirrors aren't just for the bath. Here's what you need to know to put them to use.

Fencing Lessons

Four handsome, distinctive designs that make good neighbors

Fire Extinguishers

How effective are they? Which should you buy? Here's what every homeowner needs to know.

Fireplace Paint

What kind of paint can best withstand the heat and flame of a firebox?

Firesafe Holiday Lights

Electric holiday lights and displays sparkle and wow, but they're also potentially dangerous

Floor Removal

The best way to remove parquet flooring from a concrete sub-floor

Former Dormers Revived

Putting back these "little houses" wasn't a simple task, but it's had a transformative effect on...

Front Face-Lifts

Add distinction and curb appeal to your home without spending a fortune.

Gauging Gutters

Gutters bring roof runoff down to earth. Here's the (long and) skinny on what to look for.

Hammer Time

How to choose the best model for the job at hand

Hang Tough

All you need to know to secure anything to concrete, brick or stone.

High-tech Craftsman

New software has helped custom cabinetmaker Tom Perkins improve the competitive edge of his small...

Hole in the Wall Help

Whatever the size of the hole, it's easy to repair unwanted openings in your walls.

Hole-Sawing Steel

A sponge "plug" can make sawing through a metal door much easier.

Hoods You Can Trust

You can't just rely on open windows or an old recirculating vent to keep kitchen air clean

How Long Stuff Lasts

How long materials, systems and appliances will last—and how much it will cost to replace...

How to Hang Wallpaper

Painting and decorating contractor John Dee's step-by-step method for a well-clad wall

How to Install a Window

From waterproofing to insulating, Tom Silva's step-by-step guide to putting in a new window

How to Trim Out a Window

Tom Silva's step-by-step instructions for one of his favorite jobs—installing window casings.

Interior Ministry

Interior decorator Leslie Tuttle demystifies the process that has gone into making the McCues'...

January / February 1997

Experience of a master framer, a farewell visit to our Nantucket Victorian, and the WOW factor of...

July / August 1996

The most sophisticated cooling system you can buy starts with a hole in the backyard and some...

July / August 1997

Final tour of an oasis, the authentic beauty of Mexican tile, and first look at the 300-year-old...

July / August 1998

Even an unconventional building like a church can be made into an inspiring home

June 1998

A craftsman's guide to renewing interior woodwork

Keeping in Touch

A dark collection of small rooms from the past become a bright, airy kitchen for today.

Keeping the Dust Down

Dealing with the inevitable dusty mess that's a part of nearly every remodeling project

Kitchen Face-Lift

Thinking about redoing your kitchen? Follow the lead of one couple who spruced up theirs without...

Making Baths Work

Finding the opportunities and avoiding the mistakes when planning a new bath.

Making a Grand Entrance

Expert painter John Dee walks us through his restoration of the McCues' handsome front portico.

March / April 1997

A 1932 Pueblo Revival house in Tucson goes under the knife, meet a waterproofing guru, and...

May / June 1995

After 16 years on television, This Old House adds a magazine to its renovators' toolbox. Welcome...

May / June 1996

This Old House discovers Georgia's distinct Southern charm

May / June 1997

Team Tucson rises to the challenge, why lightning rods make sense, and what you need to know...

May 1998

Nurture the green space around your home with nature's help and the right equipment

Moroccan Mantelpiece

Refurbished with a dazzling mosaic of Moroccan tiles, Rob Thompson's fireplace will be a focal...

No Smoking Indoors

Chimney expert Dan McLaughlin explains the basics behind the bricks in the McCues' new fireplace...

Not All Painters Are Pros

To get the quality paint job you're paying for, ask these questions and make sure your contract...

November / December 1995

Progress report on the Salem house, great ideas for living fences, a basic bathroom renovation,...

November / December 1997

From 15th—century Italian plaster molding techniques to what Norm's ultimate workshop would...

Outdoor Kitchens

Why run back and forth to the house when you can move everything you need outside?

Penny Nails

Why are nails measured in "pennies"? And what's the "d" in a 16d nail mean?

Picking a Vanity Fair

Here's what to do when your bathroom cabinets look as tired as you do in the morning.

Pool Time

You can't have a true tropical oasis without a swimming hole, and Rob Thompson has one in the...

Removing Ceramic Tile

I'm replacing my ceramic tile countertops and backsplash with a laminate. How do I remove the...

Rooms To Grow

Expert advice and cool products to help you create a bedroom that grows with your child.

Say Good-bye to Weeds

Think it's an overstatement to call it the war against weeds? Here's what you're up against.

Selecting a Cedar Shingle

Red or white? Re-shingling their house in Manchester, the McCues have ended up with the best of...

Sensible Payment Plans

The ideal payment plan keeps you in control of things but is fair to your contractor as well.

Spin Control

Ceiling fans look sharp and produce a welcome cool breeze on hot summer days. But...

Spring 1998

Detailed landscape and floor plans illustrate the dream at a glance

Steeling the Show

Tom Silva strikes again! Replacing a load-bearing wall with an invisible beam.

The Facts On Faucets

How to tell well-made sink, tub and shower fittings from the polished pretenders.

The Garden Room

A landscape architect explains the subtleties of designing outdoor space and offers a few tips on...

The Real Thing

Confused about wood flooring and which type works best? We've got answers to the most frequently...

This New Radiator

HVAC expert Richard Trethewey warms to the topic of the McCues' new European-style heating system...

Trampoline Safety

More backyard trampolines mean more trampoline-related injuries, but there are some things you...

Versatile Vines

These fast-growing plants could be your best landscape investment this summer.

Wallpaper and Old Cork

Q: "How do I remove multiple layers of wallpaper? Also, what do you recommend to remove glued...