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Instant gratification gardening, one-hour home improvements, quick kitchen and bath upgrades, five seasonal maintenance projects, and the easiest, most stylish salvage project to spruce up your house for the fall

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Workshop

Ask This Old House

Waterproofing a double-decker porch; sump pumps; and more Q & A

Skill Building

Cutting new flooring to match the old; installing art tile; and more

Norm's Notebook

Tips on rakes from TOH master carpenter Norm Abram

Directory

Find the products and services featured in this issue

Features

First Class

Where others saw only a grim, decommissioned post office, one woman envisioned a warm and elegant home

Flirting With Disaster

How to squeak out of nine household emergencies—and prevent them from happening in the first place

Inside Out

With an 11-week deadline, one couple built a screened porch and a pergola that look like they've always been part of their 1881 home

When Sweat Equity Is the OnlyWay Home

Katrina's long aftermath: How one New Orleans father and his grown sons are rebuilding with little money, but lots of determination

Departments

Bath Design

Adusty, ill-conceived attic bath becomes a sleek, period-look retreat

Kitchen Design

A cramped 1950s eat-in kitchen gets opened up to make space for extended family to cook, munch, and hang out

Luxuries

Artisanal tile adds a custom touch

Behind the Scenes

How does TOHTVchoose a house for the show?

Around My House

The confessions of a non–"tool guy"

Salvage

Vintage metal doorknobs

Green House

Pop quiz! How eco-savvy are you?

Kitchen & Bath Special

We pick the newest,coolest products

Upkeep

How to replace rotted porch floorboards

Toolbox

Rakes for every task

Homeowner's Handbook

Building a fire pit

Save This Old House

Beneath the clapboards of this Indiana farmhouse is a 130-year-old log cabin

Around the house

What Old Tools Can Teach Us

One man's vintage collection is a blueprint to authentic restorations

One-hour Projects

Got 60 minutes? Here are five projects you could've finished already

Fall Gardening

Fall planting ideas that add color and interest to summer-weary beds and borders...fast

Shortcuts

October Web Highlights

Green Remodeling Ideas: Save money, save energy, and build smart with 53 pages of products & projects for a safer, healthier home more

Bonus Feature (p. 12)

Crown Molding

Get step-by-step instructions for installing crown molding, plus hundreds of other how-to projects more

Save on Heat Costs (p. 20)

Insulation

Tips on insulating your home more

Instant-Gratification Gardening (p. 24)

Fall Plants

Find more options for colorful fall plants more

Groundwork (p. 28)

Online Videos with Roger Cook

Mulching Plant Bedsmore

Planting Spring Bulbsmore

Winterizing Shrubsmore

Bath Design (p. 32)

Bath Design Solutions

Learn how other TOH readers solved their bath design problemsmore

Kitchen Design (p. 35

Kitchen Islands

Check out our photo gallery of kitchen island designsmore

Art Tile (p. 41)

Backsplash Bonanza

Everything you need to know about adding a tile, solid-surface or[EMDASH] surprise[EMDASH]even a metal or glass backsplash more

So You Think You Wanna Be on TV (p. 47)

Tune In

The new season of This Old House premieres on PBS in October. Get your local listings more

A Toolish Fella (p. 53)

New Homeowner Stories

Find new homeowner stories and tell TOH editors your own more

Vintage Metal Doorknobs (p. 77)

New Video

Watch step-by-step instuctions on how to build a doorknowb coatrack more

Way Beyond the Basics (p. 67)

Cool, New, and Headed to You

Get the scoop on the latest tools and trends for the home more

Front Porch Fix-Up (p. 83)

Installing a Beadboard Porch Ceiling

Step-by-step instructions for dressing up your porch ceiling more

Reinventing the Rake (p. 89)

Keep Your Leaves Under Control

So you've raked the leaves into a pile-now what more

Building a Fire Pit (p. 93)

Step-by-Step Projects

Find the six most-requested how-to projects more

First Class (p. 100)

Reuse Projects

Check out 10 more amazing reuse projects, or send us your own more

Inside Out (p. 112)

Screening Rooms

Screened porches don't have to be ordinary more

When Sweat Equity is the Only Way Home (p. 116)

Rebuilding New Orleans

Video portraits and photos of New Orleans families who are rebuilding more

Ask This Old House (p. 127)

5 Fall Maintenance Projects

Installing a Sump Pump more

Insulating a Window with Sash Weights more

Maintaining a Steam Radiator more

Insulating an Attic more

Repairing Exterior Shutters more

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