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


High-Tech Cooling

Your house is hot. The ground is cool. Your bills are high. The answer is a ground source heat pump, a fuel-free system that uses the energy of the earth. By Wendy Talarico

An American Craftsman

Drawn by the sensual beauty of wood and an ineffable need to shape it, social worker turned cabinetmaker Michael Seward found his calling. By Walt Harrington

The Ultimate Kitchen Sink

This Old House helps two homeowners through a bewildering array of materials, styles and add-ons to find a sink that makes them almost want to do the dishes. By Wendy Talarico

Wood for Good

Forget vinyl and aluminum. Hanging cedar siding is an act of house immortality. Properly installed and well-maintained, it can last for centuries. By Thomas Baker

Wrought Art

Combining a sculptor's vision and an athlete's endurance, blacksmith Johnny Smith carries on as a 2,000-year-old tradition of giving iron life. By Jeanne Huber

Serious Shutters

Most off-the-shelf shutters, flimsy and functionless, are an affront to an old house. But custom-built by an expert, shutters are grace notes that add beauty as well as protection. By Brad Lemley

Sneak Preview: Nantucket Project

On a tranquil island 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, a 109-year-old Victorian awaits the arrival of the This Old House crew. Get a first look at the new fall television project before the transformation begins. By Bruce Irving


The venerable nail outsells every other fastener around, its uncountable variations based on a 5,000-year-old design. Learn the basics with a primer on nail evolution, and match the nail to the job with our pullout chart.

In the Garden

Introducing a new section by This Old House executive producer Russell Morash. Follow Russ to California to track the development of a new petunia, learn to drive a mini-dozer and sharpen up your spade for a lesson in edging.

Around the house

Off The Wall

Fence and Sensibility

A dog-owner's musings on the morality of turning the yard into Alcatraz. By Jeanne Marie Laskas


To Walk on Light

Try a good chardonnay on your bathroom floor: Tiles from recycled glass are tough, beautiful and environmentally smart.By Claudia Glenn Dowling

Hand Tool

Plane and Simple

For wood-shrinking jobs from squaring up shingles to touching up miters, the tool of choice is the small and versatile low-angle block plane. By Jeanne Huber

Power Tool

Point and Shoot

Clean, fast and accurate, a new low-pressure paint sprayer reduces difficult jobs to a matter of just pulling the trigger. By Mark Feirer

Real Estate

They've Got You Covered

You can't avoid homeowner's insurance—your mortgage lender requires it. But you can avoid paying extra by knowing what to claim and how to claim it. By William Marsano


Proper door-hanging demands precise measurements and patient prep work. It's a true test of carpentry skills.By Thomas Baker

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