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Features

Spring Fix-Up

Winter is over. Get out of the house, fix the rot, dry the yard, perfect your pruning and for heaven's sake get a new screen door.

An American Craftsman

A This Old House woodworker imbues every piece he touches with a genius that has inspired musicians, soothed Presidents and made more than one person cry. And like every artist, he has his muse. By Walt Harrington

Picking the Right Roof

Asphalt, tile, cedar or slate-how much money do you have, and how long will you live there? By Brad Lemley

What makes a Kitchen Cook?

For the Milton dream-house kitchen, 18th century charm surrounds a serious work space. By Brad Lemley

Out on a Limb

Bringing down a tree with a minimum of broken limbs —yours—requires a professional approach. By Sebastian Junger

One Fine Day

When an army of volunteers descends to transform an elderly couple's house, it must be Christmas in April. By William G. Scheller

Arsenic and Old Waste

Is today's deck tomorrow's toxic waste dump? A report on the downside of pressure-treated wood. By Curtis Rist

Finessing a Fence

With a flexible design and proper installation, a fence becomes a natural frame for a New England yard. By George Nash

Church Estate

A San Francisco couple gets help turning a synagogue into a temple of style. By Jack McClintock

The Poster: Driveway Pavers

Fanciful interlocking concrete stones can turn a plain driveway into a personalized welcome mat. By Cynthia Sanz

Around the house

Extras

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Off The Wall

Demolition Dog

Meet Wilma, the love puppy. That's her with the rain gutter in her mouth. Nothing could be cuter. There's just one little problem. Wilma is destroying Jeanne Marie's house. By Jeanne Marie Laskas

Power Tool

Slot Machines

Biscuit joiners work in mysterious ways. Who would have thought that a sliver of beechwood shaped like a flattened football could make a joint stronger than glue alone can?By Mark Feirer

Hand Tool

The Scoop on Scrapers

The push-pull of peeling off paint calls for scrapers with sharp interchangeable blades and handles that won't blister the palm. By Jeff Taylor

Technique

Pane Relief

When the sash is shot and the putty kaput, it's time for a new window. By Curtis Rist

Finances

What's a Tree Worth?

Quite a lot, actually. But try convincing an insurance company or the IRS of that when a beloved conifer keels over. By Gary Belsky

Architecture

Outdoor Rooms

Transitions to the outdoors, porches need to breathe. Enclosing them is like stuffing a house into a pillowcase. By Dennis Wedlick

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