Refinishing Hardwood Floors

Learn how to uncover the beauty beyond the surface


Fall Maintenance Guide

Try these cures for the coming cold: Fertilize the lawn before its winter hibernation, tune up the mower, install freeze-proof outdoor traps, weather strip drafty windows and replace that leaky threshold under the front door. By Alexandra Bandon

Reclaiming a Grand Queen Anne

This Old House readies a huge Victorian in Watertown, Massachusetts, for a much-needed makeover. By Cynthia Sanz

When Wood Meets Its Match

Firewood season: time to split, stack and burn. Even tree huggers are sharpening their mauls. By Nathaniel Reade

Old Haunts

The Peyton Randolph House in Colonial Williamsburg fairly moans with history. Or are those sounds the murmurings of spirits-from a jolly slave to Thomas Jefferson-who have reportedly been sighted there? By Jeanne Ralston

Refinishing Floors

Rejuvenating tired quartersawn red oak-restoring its 19th-century smoothness-is easier now, thanks to 20th-century machines. But doing it right takes loads of patience and means not skipping a single step. By Alexandra Bandon

A Maine Original

In the backwoods of the Pine Tree State, Bill Donnell runs one of the world's last remaining rift mills, which makes him the man to see when you need to re-side your house with the best clapboards in the world. By Brad Lemley

How a Pro Should Paint Your House

There are a lot of surprising secrets to a paint job that lasts. Most of them have nothing to do with a brush. By Brad Lemley

The Poster: Framing Language

Become fluent in carpentry's mother tongue, and get better work from the guys who wear tool belts. By Jeff Taylor

Around the house

Off The Wall

Growing Pains

Working with architects can be a lot like rubbing a magic genie lamp. You have to be careful what you wish for. By Jeanne Marie Laskas

Power Tool

Electric Planes

Just wait till you try one of these on a sticky door. By Curtis Rist

Hand Tool

Caulk Guns

Drawing a smooth bead takes a quality gun, a steady hand and sealant that's warmed up enough to flow like buttercream. By Jeff Taylor



Floors made of glass and marble chips embedded in cement glitter like diamonds-and are almost as durable. By Jack McClintock

Weekend Project

Re-Puttying Perfect

Save wood-sash windows by replacing old, brittle putty with new. By Victoria C. Rowan


Empire Building

Market vagaries and landlording hassles aside, many would-be Trumps successfully leverage one rental property into several. By Nick Ravo


Born in America

For more than 100 years, the Shingle Style has possessed a breezy informality that's in tune with American sensibilities. By Curtis Rist

The Money Pit

Bat Man

Critter control takes guts and a mean backhand. By Brock Yates

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