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By Design

Open and Shutter Case

These decorative touches finish off a home's exterior. By Mervyn Kaufman

Technology

Down to the Wire

Untangling high-speed Internet access options. By Travis Neighbor Ward

Talking Shop

Taming of the Screw

A round-up of tools — and rules — for better screwdriving. By Jordan Reed

Transformations
Federal Reliefv

Rejuvenating a once-fine 1820s house. By Laurence Roy Stains

Materials

In the Clear

See-through exterior finishes weatherproof your wood. By Jeanne Huber

Finances

A Roof Over Their Heads

Noteworthy new housing choices for aging parents. By Maggie Mahar

Upkeep

Richard Trethewey makes leaky-faucet repair look easy. By Richard Weir

Features

The Outsiders

The Charlestown project's new roof deck and patio provide invaluable outdoor living space. By Jefferson Kolle

Revival of the Fittest

Here's the winter TV project: a 1925 Mediterranean-style house in West Palm Beach, Florida. By Josh Garskof

The Lawn Ranger

This Old House show producer Russ Morash plants new grass at his Nantucket home. By Pat Jordan

Pie-in-the-Sky House

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author conjures up the dwelling of her dreams. By Annie Proulx

Homeowner's Handbook

Running Baseboard

Tom Silva gives this visual anchor between floor and wall a seamless appearance. By Charles Wardell

Little Old Ranch From Pasadena

Fifteen miles from downtown L.A., a stellar 1930s cottage expands its footprint. By Fred Bernstein

Growth Spurts

Landscaping in stages builds in flexibility and helps keep costs manageable. By Jeff Cox

Poster: Safety Gear

A head-to-toe guide on what to wear to protect yourself from work-site injury. By Clayton DeKorne

Departments

Outtakes

The hardest working camera in show business.

House Calls With Steve

A pharmacist doctors up his kitchen.

Ask the Expert

Replacing roofing, sturdying steps, and stripping shingles.

Letter from This Old House

Our master carpenter praises the craftsman's innovations.

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