28 Secret Sources

Our editors looked high and low to bring you the best in doors, floors, faucets and more


Ask This Old House

Using a plumb bob to set jambs; insulating rooms over a garage; icy-gutter; remedies; and more Q&A

Skill Building

Replacing an extension cord plug; tips for laying out arches and curves

Norm's Notebook

Advice on caring for extension cords from the TOH master carpenter

Resource Directory

Find the products and services featured in this issue


Righting a Bungled Bungalow

Beneath decades' worth of bad remodeling choices—pink stucco, woodwork encrusted with layers of paint—lay a classic 1911 Craftsman

Secret Sources 2006

Our annual list of handpicked sources for the unique, the hard-to-find, the truly special products for your next project

Behind Closed Doors

The pantry is back. Here are dozens of ideas and expert design tips for working one into your home

Hand-on Holiday

Four dream gift packages for the weekend woodworker, the house historian, the armchair architect, or the aspiring film critic in your life


Kitchen Design

Throwing some curves into a tight city kitchen eased traffic flow and optimized space from floor to ceiling


Vintage French doors add character to passageways without blocking the light


Rain showerheads that deliver a downpour—without wasting water

House Calls

An architect's advice for designing a two-cook kitchen

Around My House

Some couples fight over money and sex; we were fighting over her late-night trips to Home Depot

Finding Space

Expert advice on adding a full bath without adding on, from this season's TOH TV project


Extension cords

Homeowner's Handbook

Installing a Mantel

Save This Old House

This 1912 cross-gabled beauty in Cairo, Georgia, is free to someone willing to move it

Green House

Pellet stoves reduce your heating bills and burn hotter and cleaner than woodstoves or fireplaces

Home Tech

In-wall speakers deliver big sound—and declutter the room

How It Works

Radiant floor heating


Replace a worn-out entry threshold

Around the house

Pimp My Appliance

Stainless not good enough for ya? Try a custom paint job instead

10 Uses for Foam Spray

Fix, seal, and bond with these useful leftovers


Wet Bars

Plan, build, and enjoy!....[XLINK {1562508} {more}]

Bonus Features (p. 8)

Get Inspired With Our Photo Galleries

Find out how to make any space special. This Old House editors show you our all-time favorite kitchens, baths, home offices, dining area, and backyards[EMDASH]and we tell you why we love them....more

Bonus Features (p. 8)

A Better Home for the Holidays

Winter projects to make your house look and work great before the first guest arrives....more

Bonus Features (p. 8)

25 Stocking Stuffers

$10 gift ideas for home dabblers, decorators, and full-on DIYers....more

Working the Angles (p. 27)

Hidden Assets

The newest kitchen storage solutions put every inch of cabinet space to work....more

Shower Power (p. 31)

The Facts On Faucets

How to shop for quality bathroom fittings....more

House Calls (p. 34)

Counter Points

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

Suspended Animation (p. 39)

French Doors With Vintage Flair (p. 38)

Replacing a Glass Pane....more

Toolbox (p. 43)

Bright Lights, Safe Home

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

The Bonus Bath (p. 47)

The Complete Half Bath

Here's what you need to know to remodel a powder room or add one from scratch....more

Installing a Mantel (p. 51)

How to Give Your Fireplace a Facelift

Here's how you can make your home more comfortable, attractive, and safe....more

Righting a Bungled Bungalow (p. 59)

How To Choose the Right Colors for Your Rooms

Bold can be beautiful without being garish. Here's how to give your home rich personality....more

Secret Sources 06 (p. 66)

Bonus Ideas

TOH editors and writers share their favorite sources....more

Under-Cabinet Lighting

Learn to install this important type of task light....[XLINK {1032113} {more}]

Hands-On Holiday (p. 82)

25 Stocking Stuffers

$10 gift ideas for home dabblers, decorators, and full-on DIYers....more

Ask This Old House/Heating Cables for Gutters (p. 93)

Birth of an Ice Dam

Anatomy of a slow-motion roof wrecker....more

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