The Fine Homebuilding Podcast embodies Fine Homebuilding magazine’s commitment to the preservation of craftsmanship and the advancement of home performance in residential construction. Hosted by the magazine’s editors, The FHB Podcast is an informal but vigorous show about the techniques and principles that allow listeners to master their design and building challenges.
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Rob, Matt and Patrick hear from listeners about sawhorses and thermal bypasses before taking questions about a leaky flat-roof penetration, air-sealing board sheathing, and building woodworking shops
In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Dr. Erik Severson, Extension Associate in the Wastewater Management Training Program at North Carolina State University, about the science of on-site wastewater treatment and training its workforce.
Rob, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about floor squeaks, building codes in New Zealand, and construction-themed songwriting, before taking listener questions on clad patio doors, fieldstone foundations, and crazed tile.
In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to architect Katie Hutchison about the role of architects, small houses and her interests in photography, fine art and writing.
Kiley, Matt, and Patrick hear from listeners about attic insulation removal and FHB podcast diversity before taking questions about spray foaming moldy sheathing, waterproofing a deck with living space below, and replacing wood expansion joints.
In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Ethan Biederman of South County Post and Beam in West Kingston, Rhode Island about making post and beam structures in the 21st century.
Kiley, Rob and Patrick hear from listeners about saunas and septic systems before taking listener questions on high-flying ridge vents, vacuuming up old insulation, and matching textured drywall.
In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Ian Schwandt about changes in the residential construction business and Ian’s plan to build a high-performance home for his family.
Colin, Rob and Patrick hear from listeners about modest house plans and looking for leaks before taking listener questions on drilling concrete, fitting trim to stone, and fixing a flat roof.
In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Andy Engel, carpenter and former Fine Homebuilding editor, about changes in the residential construction business and the challenges of being an ethical builder.
Kiley, Rob and Patrick hear from listeners about building science training and saunas before taking questions about adding overhangs, stripping siding, sealing a crawlspace, and stopping sound between floors.
In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Grubhub founder Mike Evans. His current project is Fixer.com a handyman service in the Chicago area.
Andy writes in with his simple plan for Patrick’s CD conundrum. Doug describes what’s really under a sprung floor. Josh asks if his Tampa, Florida house should have roof vents. Chris wonders if he should install a storm door. Ryan asks what kind of house he should build after living in a tiny house. Charles wonders what to do about his lumpy hall floor.
In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Ben Bogie production manager for Kolbert Building. Ben talks about his career as a builder and remodeler, and the future of the residential construction business.
Rob, Kiley and Patrick hear from listeners about poison ivy and minisplits before taking questions on spray foaming rim joists, insulating from the outside with batts, and air sealing a house with second-story cantilevers.
In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to building code expert Peter Kulczyk about his three decades in the building industry. He has written six books on building codes and energy codes and he has taught classes for inspectors in ten states.
Matt, Kiley and Patrick hear from listeners about pink bathrooms and pillows before taking questions on moving an AC condenser, DIYing a concrete patio, and staying comfortable with a single-zone HVAC system.
Peter Yost and Patrick discuss the residential construction industry and how buildings have changed through the decades and what this means for our understanding of building science.
Matt, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about fraudulent contractors and making a gazebo from a lightning-damaged tree, before taking questions about minisplits, pex plumbing, and weather-beaten house wrap.
In this second installment of this two-part Pro Talk segment Patrick talks to Steve Baczek about the cost of housing, the role of the architect, and when things go wrong.
Matt, Kiley and Patrick take listener questions about the evolution of American housing, reusing rotten deck boards, and how to fix faulty framing in Bozeman.
In this two-part series Patrick talks to Steve Baczek about his architectural practice and the business of designing high-performance houses.
Kiley, Rob and Patrick hear from listeners about gravel paths and metal railings, before taking questions on restoring historic windows, undersized floor joists, and moldy framing lumber.
In this second Pro Talk installment, Patrick talks to Bryan Uhler of Pioneer Builders about his businesses’ origins, the importance of good book-keeping and how to make the business of building stress-free.
Justin, Colin and Patrick hear from listeners about butchered floor joists and housing affordability before taking questions on making holes in block walls, improving a garage shop, and temperature differences in two-story houses.
The Fine Homebuilding podcast is now recording a second weekly show focusing on the issues facing contractors and professional tradespeople. In this first installment, Patrick talks to Mike Guertin about the industry’s ups and downs, how to diversify your income, and the realities of owning rental properties. Mike’s carpenter, Addison Oliveira weighs in on the same issues and offers advice for those seeking work in residential construction.
Kiley, Rob and Patrick hear from listeners about felt paper under flooring and cordless tools before taking questions on weird framing, wet garages, and residential architecture for the rest of us.
Shawn Van Dyke offers business advice for contractors trying to stay afloat during the virus outbreak. The hosts hear from listeners about wifi thermostats and Sense monitoring and then take questions about the safety of cable railings, finding an efficient mobile home, and what to do about a soggy landscape.
The crew hears from listeners about housing costs and box stores before taking questions on the right way to flash windows in a rain-screen wall, preventing hardwood floor squeaks, and supplying fresh air for HRV’s and ERV’s.
The regular crew hears form listeners about handyman work, Festool Domino substitutes, and Permanent Wood Foundations before taking questions about attractive elevations, solar panels, and an easy-to-use remote thermostat.
The regular crew hears from listeners about apprentices, subslab ductwork, and the risks of bungee cords before taking questions on cold climate heat pumps, tying old plaster to new framing, and what to do when cordless power tools lose their punch.
Listeners give feedback on the ethics of vacation homes, making good welds, and stacked washers and dryers before taking questions on good home building content, the right foundation for a room addition, and setting back thermostats to save money.
One of our favorite podcast-crew alumni joins us to discuss the best way to build a garage floor, whether a builder should hire a laborer or an apprentice, and how to make a worn out wood floor look beautiful again.
Kiley, Matt and Patrick hear from listeners about wood-fiber sheathing, humidifiers and heat-pump water heaters before taking questions about how to demo a rickety carport, what to do about subslab ductwork, and how to insulate old walls without sheathing.
Justin, Rob and Patrick hear from listeners about membrane roofing, handyman businesses, and lighting controls before taking listener questions about cracked structural members, a missing electrical inspection, and what to do about hard water.
Patrick, Kiley, and Matt answer questions about how to frame a roof with I-joists, a confusing code requirement for framing nails, and how different types of floor joist hold up in a fire.
Tim and Bryan talk about the builders that they learned from and how they continually strive to improve the systems in their family home building business while maintaining civility with each other, their employees, and their subcontractors.
The crew hears from listeners about tile showers, heat-pump water heaters, and Finex panels before taking questions on fixing bad drywall, making a bow-roof watertight, and revamping hydronic heat.
Carpenter Elly Hart talks about transitioning to a career in the trades. She made the switch from being a tech writer to a Red Seal certified carpenter.
Justin Fink and Ben Bogie chat with experts from Boral about a wide range of manufactured exterior materials—particularly Boral’s poly-ash TrueExterior line.
Patrick and Justin talk with Home Advisor's economist Mischa Fisher about the skilled trade gap and what we can do about it. They also discussed concrete things you can do to improve your construction business.
Warmboard inventor and CEO Terry Alsberg sits down to talk about his product’s origin story and comfortable heating, and two students from SUNY Delhi talk about what they’re doing in trade school and about their participation in NAHB’s Residential Construction Management Competition.
FHB's longtime editorial advisor and his employee talk about the show and some of the cool stuff they've found here.
Steve joins Patrick and Rob at the Fine Homebuilding booth to talk about building materials, building science, and sharing knowledge within the building community.
The crew gets feedback on door bevels and heat pump water heaters before taking questions on matching moldings to a house style, converting a seasonal cabin to year round use, and what to do about Sawzall-wielding plumbers.
The crew hears from listeners about heating humid air and can light replacement before taking listener questions on how to seal can lights, the best way to build a workshop, and what to do about small inaccessible foundations.
The FHB editors offer advice to listeners with uninsulated solid-masonry walls, unusual flashing-material substitutions, uncommon cladding comparisons, and confusing insulation mandates.
The FHB crew takes questions on choosing water heaters, mixing and matching exterior building materials, getting historic renovations right, and more.
The crew hears from Ben Bogie about his experience using foam glass. Several listeners weigh in on the ethics and sensibility of a 9000-sq. ft. deep-energy retrofit. Jeff talks about who inspects structural steel in Seattle. Jeff wants to know what he should do about his cobbled-together basement slab. Michael asks how to fix a stucco-clad wall built partially below grade. Andy from Indy wants to know the best way to insulate a concrete floor that was once part of a porch. And anonymous wants to know what to do about the Insulbrick on an old home he’s rehabbing.
The crew hears from listeners about tooling urethane sealants, installing an HRV and the British series Grand Designs before taking questions about the best wall assembly for reclaimed foam, what to do about a deafening furnace, and the best way to insulate a garage under a garage.
Matt, Kiley and Patrick hear from listeners about thermal bridging, dryer ducts and determining the age of recent remodels before taking listener questions on improving attic insulation, hybrid work trucks and what’s up with this can light?
The crew tackles questions about rigid insulation for foundations and strengthening an over-spanned kitchen floor, plus Patrick shares his idea of the perfect deck, which is also a boat.
The crew hears from Rob about a very cool training lab for weatherization work. Cooper shows off his newly-completed garage air sealing and insulating project. Jeff describes how industrial gas bottles are safety tested and he talks about some very interesting bottles dating from the earliest days of rocketry. Cole gives his secrets for installing dog doors meant for entry doors. Daniel wants to know who makes the best outdoor caulk. Kevin wants to know the best plan for an efficient house in South Carolina. Brandon asks how to take apart his tub drain so he can replace the tub. Finally Byron wants to know how to safely insulate his walls which have fiberboard sheathing on the outside and a foil vapor barrier (FSK) on the inside.
Matt, Rob and Patrick here from listeners about bartering for home projects and using salvaged bowling alleys for tap dancing. The crew then reveals the list of favorite problem-solving tools compiled from Fine Homebuilding’s Facebook page. Robert asks how to keep his wood shop from baking in the warm California sun. Spence wants to know if he should replace his water heater when he replaces his furnace. Dave wonders about the reparability of modern housing while he rebuilds a badly detailed straw bale house in Vermont. Finally, Matthew asks about mixing WRB’s on a remodel that includes a new addition.
Matt, Rob and Patrick get an awesome new Fine Homebuilding Podcast logo from Matt. Adam writes in to describe his attempt at starting a handyman business in the suburbs of Washington DC. Nicolas asks if there are any good reference books that describe how to take care of seasonal and second homes. Larry asks how to make his home woodshop more comfortable and Chris wants to know if his sister’s house should have its dryer vent outlet in the garage.
The FHB editors talk about planning a foundation for a remote job site, getting the most from an entry-level carpentry job and should you tear apart a stucco-clad house to search for water damage
The FHB editors field questions about the perils of an unheated shop, concerns about insulating a band joist behind brick veneer, and how to build a "fine" house on a tight budget.
The regular crew hears from listeners about galvanic corrosion, eating honey that’s 160 years old, and what the VHB in VHB tape really stands for. Then they take listener questions about replacing a monster sliding patio door, getting a too tight window to fit and removing a two-story masonry chimney from a foursquare.
Patrick welcomes guests Brian Pontolilo, Maria Klemperer-Johnson, Jake Bruton, and Steve Baczek to this special episode of the FHB Podcast.
Patrick, Rob, and Justin invite special guests Kevin Ireton, Scott McBride, and Micheal Maines on to talk about the past, present, and future of Fine Homebuilding and the residential construction industry.
Matt, Kiley and Patrick hear from listeners about small jobs and glass bottle masonry before taking questions about how to best use an unloved slab in the backyard, how to keep the snow removal team from destroying a brick wall with salt, and the proper way to detail a deck over a porch.
The Fine Homebuilding editors hear from listeners on gutter guards and can lights before taking questions on the best way to build a home shop, how to protect yourself from lead and other remodeling hazards, and living in North Carolina without air conditioning.
Patrick, Kiley, and Matt start the show with more feedback about cool stuff people find in old walls before getting schooled by an infrared-camera expert on the phenomenon of emissivity and how it skewed their beer-koozie experiment. Then it's on to questions about building gable-end roof extensions for an insulation retrofit, why there's a separate code for old buildings (and whether or not anyone even uses it), how to make an attached garage part of a home's conditioned space, and options for attractive gutters when there's a tight budget.
Justin, Matt, and Rob kick off the show by reminding everyone that there are only a couple weeks until the Fine Homebuilding Summit and there are still a few tickets available for this educational event focused on the fundamentals of high-performance, high-quality home building. After reading some listener feedback, the crew discusses possible solutions for five separate questions from the Fine Homebuilding Forum and the FHB Podcast inbox, including how to replace floor joists, how to cut a hollow-core door, how to finish a wooden basement door, how to insulate around an electrical panel, and whether or not primer filler is a substitute for filling and sanding old siding.
The crew hears from listeners about New Zealand-grown wool insulation and about repairing homes after serious storms. Tim from Maine writes in to ask about the science and art of contractor estimating and how to make a living doing small jobs nobody else wants to do. Joshua from Cincinnati writes in asking for advice on how to keep gutters free of leaves and other debris. Kathryn from Seattle asks about solar panels, specifically how to improve their aesthetics. AJ from Washington wants to know how to repair the cantilevered decks common to his area that are an extension of the home’s floor joists and lack proper flashing.
In this episode of the podcast Patrick and Kiley pick Steve’s brain on how architects and builders can have a better partnership and what the real role of an architect should be. He also gives us a taste of his upcoming presentation at the Fine Homebuilding Summit. Patrick and Kiley talk about fitting drawers and building cabinet doors.
In this episode of the Fine Homebuilding Podcast, Justin, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about Zip-R sheathing, blower doors, and reinforcing buildings with spray foam before taking listener questions on using plywood as porch flooring, creating comfortable spaces with good flow, and how to pull of good-looking trim details that can be made in a home shop.
The regular crew hears from listeners on T-studs and contractor education before taking listener questions on bulkhead doors, building long-lasting outdoor stairs, and how to waterproofing a screen porch floor.
Rob, Matt and Patrick hear from listeners about rain barrel spigots and masonry walls resisting soil pressure before taking listener questions on WRBs, insulating walls sheathed with fiberboard, and making French-style patio doors from scratch.
Matt, Rob and Patrick hear from listeners on bogus blower door results, pellet stoves, and steel siding before taking questions on the best way to convert an unheated garage into a woodshop, using the web to start a K&B remodeling business, and how to deal with clients who want free additional work.
The regular crew hears from listeners about radon test kits and whole-house ventilation before taking questions on mixing and matching builder hardware finishes, fastening foam and metal roofing to a revamped farmhouse, and proper detailing a SIP roof.
Matt, Patrick, and special guest former FHB editor Andy Engel take listener questions on how to become a good remodeling contractor, the strength of spray foam, and adding to an existing deck.
This week the regular podcast crew hears from listeners about insulating brick row houses and the limitations of the Bonfiglioli wall system. Then they take questions about heating a whole house with a pellet stove, the limited options for affordable shower valves, and how to strengthen the foundation of a rustic cabin. The crew also discusses how to keep the height of an auxiliary dwelling unit to a minimum.
This week’s installment revisits Tony’s planned grade-level deck and we hear from a listener who’s married to a carpenter bee researcher. The crew explores the best way to remove ceiling stalactites and how to convince a carpenter to take on a small rot-repair job. Then they hear from a home-performance contractor irritated by the lack of airtightness testing in Northern New York and discuss how to keep a brick walkway looking good.
The gang hear from listeners about insulating brick buildings and how to be a good apprentice before tackling questions about about missing ductwork, construction details for a watertight deck, and a 15-point plan for improving a heating and AC system.
Listener feedback discusses adding Kiley to the regular lineup, another line of defense against biting insects, and more on the environmental impact of work trucks. Then Matt, Kiley, and Patrick take listener questions on lowering radon levels in a basement that already has a radon system, the validity of roof shingle warranties, the pros and cons of thermally-broken T-studs, and how to treat a crawlspace that shares a floor system with a conditioned basement.
Listener feedback discusses moss on roofs and keeping the fires burning in an old school house before Matt, Kiley, and Patrick talk about a listener's suggestions for making a deal in a red-hot real estate market like Washington D.C., what's the minimum square foot cost for building a new house, and how best to build a deck that's too low for its own good.
Justin starts things off by discussing Fine Homebuilding's first-ever summit featuring a dozen construction industry heavy hitters before Patrick, Matt and Justin discuss the challenges with insulating masonry buildings, what it's like to work with SmartSide lap siding, and leaving tech to become a full time carpenter.
One year after handing off the podcast to the new hosts, Justin Fink, Brian Pontolilo, and Rob Yagid sit down for a reunion to discuss Green Building Advisor, FHB’s new Summit seminar, the change in message of Keep Craft Alive. The gang also recaps past and current projects, plans for future projects, and takes a trip down podcast memory lane.
Patrick, Matt and Kiley talk about keeping kitchen remodels affordable before moving onto listener questions about strengthening a roof in one of the country's snowiest places, converting a barn to a workshop, and insulating a home without a WRB.
This week on the Fine Homebuilding Podcast the gang talks about adding a 2nd floor on a brick bungalow, pros and cons of adding spray-foam to an existing vaulted ceiling, details for a flat porch roof, and more.
Patrick shares some feedback from a timber framer in Maine about what it takes to build a true timber-frame house, before he, Matt, and Kiley address a bunch of remodeling questions. Among the issues covered are: how to attach a wood-framed second-floor addition to solid masonry walls; efficient solutions for ventilating two adjacent bathrooms; whether or not to worry about roof leaks when installing spray foam; the pros and cons of pin footings; and how to install leak-proof, attractive gutters around a low-pitch rubber roof.
The Fine Homebuilding editors talk about doing right by your clients, opening up a kitchen to the outdoors, following EPA guidelines when removing asbestos siding, and more.
Patrick, Matt, and Kiley start the episode with updates on several personal projects before attempting to help a few listeners with their own remodeling questions. Plus they dig into the topic of contractor ethics and the reputation the construction industry has for shifty business practices––an issue that conscientious builders have to overcome on a regular basis.
The Fine Homebuilding editors discuss some upcoming articles about building sheds and installing custom metal stairs before addressing listener questions about insulation upgrades, environmentally responsible transportation, and more.
Patrick, Matt, and Kiley start today's conversation with details about two recent photo shoots for the magazine–one in Cooperstown, NY, where Matt captured a steel-framed, walnut-treaded modern staircase installation; and another in Kiley's own backyard, where fellow FHB staffer Rob Wotzak built a small but elegant woodshed of his own design. Then it was on to several questions from the Fine Homebuilding inbox, including one from a listener who wonders how we can constantly talk about building energy efficient homes without mentioning the gas-guzzling trucks we travel to the job site in every day.
The Fine Homebuilding editors offer their opinions on adding two layers of Typar, suggest affordable alternatives to a building a full timber-frame house, and wonder why anyone thinks it's OK to build house on top of a mold farm.
Patrick, Matt, and Rob start of the episode by digging into the details of their own projects, including a custom metal project, a modest garden shed, and cabinet choices for a closet. Then it's on to some constructive feedback about educational and business resources for tradespeople before tackling the typical assortment of construction questions.
Mike and his apprentice Addison Oliveira stop by the Fine Homebuilding studio for a chat with Patrick about getting started in the trades, advancements in construction over the past few decades, job-site safety, and more.
We are very fortunate this week to have one of our favorite people, Mike Guertin, in town to join in on the podcast. Many of you may know that Mike is one of Fine Homebuilding’s most prolific contributors, and with good reason: he is extremely dedicated to advancing construction methods, and equally determined to share his knowledge and experience with as many people as possible. Among other things, you will hear about how he got his start in home building; what it was like writing articles in the early days of Fine Homebuilding Magazine; and, in an interesting aside, his experience with transplanting rhubarb.
Fine Homebuilding design editor Kiley Jacques joins the podcast this week to talk about the bathroom-design challenge she tasked three architects with for an upcoming magazine article.
Patrick, Matt, and Kiley talk about their own kitchen and bathroom remodeling plans before digging into listener questions about unvented bath fans, custom-milled interior trim, whole-house designs, and strange dormer layouts.
The Fine Homebuilding editors swap stories about some of their own spring projects before–among other things–debating the pros and cons of affordable alternatives to fine-homebuilding products.
In this week's podcast, one listener asks if he should break the budget if he really wants to do a top-notch remodeling job; plus, a non-builder listener confirms that builders and remodelers are clearly not the only professionals who give free estimates; and another listener send us photos of some brilliant job-site furniture that a bunch of contractors cobbled together.
The Fine Homebuilding editors offer advice about framing new stairs for a deck, choosing the right level for a whole-house construction project, and figuring out how to upgrade an old HVAC system for efficiency and comfort.
Patrick kicks off this week's conversation with an update on his trial of Spray & Forget mold remover to clean up the grungy siding on his house, then Rob contemplates some interesting architectural follies he saw on a local country road. Matt gets us into a more technical topic–one contractor's peculiar way of insulating the underside of a house built on piers–before the crew jumps into answering a few listeners' emails.
One podcast listener wonders if he should jack up his drooping joists or if he can just create a flat floor using tapered sleepers over the old subfloor.
On this week's show, Patrick, Matt, and Rob talk about rigid fiberglass insulation, saving energy with low-flow shower heads, and siding details on houses with garrison-style overhangs, before answering listeners' questions about leveling floor framing, bringing the grade up for an accessible entrance, and what books to read to become a better builder.
The Director of Innovation from this manufacturer of moisture-management products talks about how getting feedback from customers is an essential to making materials that meet today's home-building needs.
The Fine Homebuilding editors talk to the CEO and sales director of this world-renowned 130-year-old manufacturer of high-quality measuring equipment about why the simple spirit level is still popular in a world of lasers and digital displays.
The Fine Homebuilding editors chat with Caleb about how his family business made the transition from a traditional stair parts supplier to a leading manufacturer of custom metal floating stairs and modern railing systems.
One listener wonders why he's not seeing much demand for experienced carpenters in his part of the country.
Inspired by details unearthed during the renovation of a local 19th-century home, Patrick, Justin, and Rob dig into the history of high-quality house design and discuss Jonathan Hale's book, The Old Way of Seeing. Then it's on to listener emails, starting with feedback about the trade gap, where one builder asks why the work everyone is talking about is not materializing where he lives. Another listener tells the story of his company’s experience losing money by overdoing a big job estimate, and he suggests devising a clear job-estimating plan that strikes a balance between efficiency and due diligence. Of course there are also listener questions to answer, including how to tell stucco lathe from skip sheathing, whether or not to make an addition more airtight and watertight than the original house, and how to safely detail an at-grade entryway.
The FHB crew recaps details of a job-site video shoot they just wrapped up, and then address some listener questions about a variety of construction and remodeling projects.
Patrick, Matt, bring in video director Colin Russel to discuss the history, construction details, and benefits of the Rumford fireplace before answering questions about the pros and cons of interior footing drains, the best way to soundproof an in-law apartment, providing make-up air for fireplaces, and more.
Today's building pros are more willing to swap stories about their crafts than their predecessors were. Is that good or bad for business?
Justin Fink joins Patrick and Rob this week and starts off the show with discussions about learning from other tradespeople and about what it would take to get started in blacksmithing. Then the crew dives into several listener questions about insulating without removing siding; avoiding moisture build-up under mats in a basement rec room; keeping cold air out of a walk-up attic; and building a tornado-proof house with ICFs.
The Fine Homebuilding editors discuss questions about running a remodeling business, maintaining access to buried plumbing, dealing with leaky soffits, and more.
After celebrating Rob's viral success with an online video of his pedal-powered snow plow in action, Rob, Patrick, and Matt try to find answers to listeners' problems with leaky pipes, leaky walls, and leaky attic vents. Maybe we can nail down some solutions for the ever-present old-house moisture issues once and for all.
This week the editors attempt to answer several unique questions including "What's the best sealer for end cuts on decking?" and "Is there a reliable way to flash a masonry chimney to a standing-seam roof?"
Patrick and Matt kick off the podcast by grilling Rob about his messy metal shop–but they all agree that (most) craftspeople need to have a ready supply of scrap materials at hand to feed their creative projects. Then it’s on to an assortment of listeners’ emails, with questions about ventilation requirements for a metal-clad, slab-on-grade home; the ideal product for protecting end grain on cedar and hemlock that will be exposed to the elements; and options for keeping water out of the gap between a chimney and a metal roof.
The Fine Homebuilding editors end the 2019 show with a discussion about sheathing systems and their favorite finds of this year's show.
Justin Fink shows of his custom-built Dutch door before joining in discussions about French drains, siding details, and popular eras in American home building.
The editors chat with Debbie Hernandez of The Home Depot about it’s pro services and former Fine Homebuilding editor Chris Ermides about tools.
Justin Fink and Rob Wotzak talk with Home Depot’s Debbie Hernandez about Professional and Contractor Services and with former Fine Homebuilding editor Chris Ermides about tool tests, keeping up with tool technology, and how job sites are increasingly going 100% cordless.
The Fine Homebuilding editors sit down with Caleb Klein of Pella Windows and Doors and Janice and Kelly Stitzer of CIG Construction in Colorado about new windows and window trends, and building a business and business culture in a time when fewer people are interested in joining the building trades.
Patrick and Matt talk with a window and door manufacturer about window trends and a push toward putting higher-end features on mid-line windows, and chat with the owners of a Colorado roofing company about the dangers of being the lowest bidder, keeping good employees, and building a business culture that attracts and retains top talent.
We sit down with Terry Alsberg founder of Warmboard Radiant and Mike Guertin Fine Homebuilding editorial advisor. First on Patrick and Rob's docket is a comprehensive discussion about radiant heat in conventional and low-load houses. Then the guys talk about the right way to acclimate wood flooring. Here's a hint: you've been doing it the wrong way.
The Fine Homebuilding editors chat with Jim Edgeworth of The Bilco Company and Connor Crook of Diamondback Toolbelts about what it takes to build high quality tools and materials in the US.
Patrick and Rob talk with a couple of manufacturers attending the International Builders’ Show about how keeping in touch with folks in the trades plays a major role in producing gear and construction materials that perform well and are in demand. The guys also compare notes on the builder-show experience, and touch on the current state of skilled trades in our country.
Steve and Huber representative Tate Hudson talk about building science and producing quality homes.
The Fine Homebuilding editors attack several building and remodeling dilemmas, including the correct way to install asphalt shingles at roof edges.
This week's podcast starts with a deep dive into electrical consumption as Rob Wotzak describes how his Sense monitor is helping him find energy hogs in his home. Then it's on to mold removal, contractor relations, insulation choices, furnace makeup air, and best-practices for wind-proof roofing.
The Fine Homebuilding editors offer advice for several old-home upgrades, compare notes on their favorite home-building books, and invite listeners to stop by our mobile podcast studio at the International Builders' Show.
Patrick, Matt, and Rob share some great listener feedback about questions from previous shows (keep that feedback coming, folks!) before they discussed attic and staircase remodels in Maine, a garage-workshop in New Jersey, and a possible door replacement project in who knows where. There are a few special details to report this week: IBS 2019 is just around the corner, and we're looking for folks to chat with on the podcast while we're at the show; there's also a sweepstakes going on where anyone can enter to win a $500 shopping spree in the Taunton Bookstore.
This week's podcast starts off with Matt's insights into residential construction methods in the many places he's lived around the world while writing for the newspaper Stars and Stripes.
Because the Fine Homebuilding editors have nothing to report on their personal home-remodeling projects, Patrick asks Matt to recount experiences he's had living in unique homes in Europe and the Middle East. Then it's on to the advice portion of the show, where the guys offer solutions for improving attic insulation, avoiding het loss through leaky recessed lighting, and repairing crumbling plaster or stucco on old masonry foundation walls.
The Fine Homebuilding editors discuss the dangers of remodeling a house without informing the local building department.
Patrick, Matt, and Rob share some great listener feedback about home-workshop air quality before tackling questions about legally renovating a home, the pros and cons of radiant floor heating, and solutions for air trapped in a hydronic heating system.
Several frustrated homeowners ask the Fine Homebuilding editors to suggest the best course of action for some common DIY dilemmas.
Rob, Matt, and Patrick–plus podcast producer Jeff–talk about their own experiences with homemade workbenches, plugged sewer pipes, and basement remodels before doing their best to solve a bunch of listeners' old-house problems.
One listener wonders which modern tools and materials are better and which ones are worse than the ones available to previous generations of home builders.
This week, Patrick, Matt, and Rob field listener questions about tool-manufacturing quality, crown-molding best practices, building a foundation for a covered breezeway, and designing an accessible home, after rambling on about several of their own remodeling projects.
Patrick, Matt, and Justin share stories about storm windows, energy-efficient homes, and drywall tape before tackling a few listener questions.
Justin Fink is back in the studio this week with an update on his custom storm-window project. After chatting about Justin's windows, Matt's trip to an informal building-science conference, and Patrick's new affection for fiberglass drywall tape, the crew discuss heating options for small buildings, closet-cabinet material choices, and why anyone still bothers to use Phillips screws.
Are battery-powered miter saws tough enough? Can you glue solid oak to concrete? How can you install an outlet in a garage slab? Find answers to these questions and more.
In this week's show, Patrick, Matt, and Rob mull over questions from several readers, including one contractor who is stuck on how to replace some water-damaged flooring that's installed directly over crumbling gypcrete. The guys also discuss how to protect a flush-mounted plug in a shop floor, how to get fresh air into a well-insulated backyard workshop, and whether it's time to forget about corded power tools and go fully cordless.
This week the Fine Homebuilding editors discuss winter condensation, straw-bale homes, punky floor joists, rental-property remodels and more. After getting feedback from a few listeners, Patrick, Matt, and Rob find themselves again discussing the pros and cons of whole-house fans and the process of finding a good contractor. They move on to helping some other folks determine how far to go when fixing up a rental house; how to deal with rotted joists in a drafty crawlspace; if wet windows means there is a serious ventilation problem; and what materials make suitable moisture barriers for sills in a straw-bale house.
The Fine Homebuilding staff gives their best advice for improving leaky board-and-batten walls, buying old houses, keeping HVAC systems within conditioned space, and safely venting gas appliances.
In addition to addressing several listeners' questions Patrick, Matt, and Rob, check in on a roof repair from a previous podcast where the owner of a hunting cabin in Vermont ignored their advice and decided to take the easy way out. The crew cut him some slack, acknowledging that sometimes you just have to get the job done and move on.
The Fine Homebuilding editors contemplate listener questions about cladding choices, sheathing layout, and wall-framing techniques.
After chatting about some of their own roofing and cabinetry projects, Patrick, Matt, and Rob compare their lists of tools they can't live without, discuss the best options for replacing old wood siding, and advise a future home builder on framing and sheathing best practices. Patrick also recounts his visit to a jobsite where the homebuilders were using an impressive new automated whole-house air-sealing system.
The Fine Homebuilding editors debate the pros and cons of stem walls, monolithic slabs, and pole barns to help a listener design a new outbuilding.
As usual, there are plenty of home-building and remodeling topics to cover in this week's podcast. After chatting about their own cabinetry and roofing projects, Patrick, Matt, and Rob do their best to help a few listeners find solutions for framing a garage, insulating and air sealing a cold bay window, and painting moldy exterior trim. Plus, Patrick alerts listeners to a recall of some dangerous water heaters.
Patrick, Rob, and Matt cover a wide range of topics in this week's podcast, including building wood sheds, wrangling missing contractors, choosing an air conditioner, sealing cracks in garage floors, and providing makeup air for boilers and water heaters.
When a listener asks what measures he should take to keep cellulose from falling through his exhaust fan when insulating and air-sealing his attic, the Fine Homebuilding Editors wonder if he should get rid of the fan altogether.
Justin Fink is back after a few weeks’ hiatus, and he teams up with Patrick and Matt to talk about cool new tools Patrick spied at the STAFDA tool-dealers show in Phoenix, to revisit the topic of building storm-resistant homes, and to investigate why a listener's red-oak flooring is cupping. The crew also digs into more listeners' emails about replacing rotting sheathing under a porch and stopping condensation near a concrete door sill.
The Fine Homebuilding editors discuss what to do if your house has an ancient electrical system, whether or not shoring up a steep hillside is a DIY project, and and how much of a gap you really need to leave when nailing up cedar shingles. Plus, they sneak in yet another wet-basement question. As usual, they also share stories about their own home-remodeling projects.
After following up with a professional inspector's response to last week's discussion on home inspections, Patrick, Matt, and Rob share their findings on what makes some houses more stormproof than others, and where homeowners can go for help when rebuilding after a hurricane. They also take a stab at suggesting the best practices for insulating and air-sealing a floor that separates living space above from an unheated garage below.
Patrick McCombe, Rob Wotzak, and Colin Russel kick off the podcast with a discussion about water-resistive barriers (the materials under your siding that protect the walls from moisture intrusion) before answering listener questions about prolonging the life of a water heater, dealing with humidity and rot in an old stone basement, providing makeup air for a fireplace, and finishing clear-cedar wainscoting.
Editors Patrick McCombe and Matt Millham welcome Fine Homebuilding’s new Digital Brand Manager, Rob Wotzak, to the podcast this week. The team discusses topics ranging from how far to dig into an old wall to get the weatherproofing details right when re-siding, what steps are essential when tying in a new roof to an old one, and what types of replacement windows make the most sense.
Justin and Patrick roll up their sleeves and wade into the flood waters to help Matt figure out what to do about his wet basement. This, plus code interpretations when it comes to deck footings, and some help for a listener with rotten walls.
Join Justin for the second episode of a two-part series in which he interviews friend, Fine Homebuilding ambassador, and building-industry business consultant Shawn Van Dyke.
Justin and Matt welcome video director Colin Russell to the podcast round table, where the day’s discussions range from Justin regretting his advice on I-joist roof rafters, the perks and scary downsides of DIY spray foam, sheathing replacement, and what to do with cupped floor boards.
Join Justin for the first episode of a two-part series in which he interviews friend, Fine Homebuilding ambassador, and building-industry business consultant Shawn Van Dyke.
Justin, Matt, and Patrick field a follow up question on a particularly frightening rotunda framing job, and discuss options for building a round structure from straight joists. Other topics include preferred shower waterproofing systems and strategies for widening a concrete stoop to support the columns of a new portico roof.
The guys take a deep dive into the options for updating outdated kitchen cabinets before turning to questions on scratched tile and foundation options for a shed on a sloped lot.
GreenBuildingAdvisor.com editor Martin Holladay returns to the show to tackle tough building science questions like heat-pump efficiency at different altitudes, radiant barriers and heat transfer through a roof, and ways to retrofit insulation.
Justin, Patrick, and Matt discuss how power tool preferences differ from one coast to the other, consider less expensive alternatives to cedar, and do a deep dive on troubleshooting a problematic attached garage.
Justin, Patrick, and Matt discuss solutions to concrete piers that fall below grade, how to diagnose and deal with pooling water on a deck, and troubleshooting a tongue-and-groove cathedral ceiling installation.
The guys work through the best way to tie new construction into old, out-of-whack structures. Other topics include roof rafters, job-site tool transport and storage, and whether to paint trim before installation or after.
Justin, Matt, and Patrick dive right into some listener questions about a worst-case repair situation (termite damage to an inaccessible rim joist), radon pumps and their affect on sump pumps, high-efficiency vs. standard boilers (are the fancy ones worth the cost?), and insulating an unconditioned space.
Justin, Rob, and Brian discuss the "drastic" changes to the cover of Fine Homebuilding magazine, and tease some new future magazine content. Rob follows up on the fit of the face frame for his bathroom vanity (spoiler: he only scraped up the wall a little). The guys debate: Should bathroom vanities have a full back? They answer listener questions, and tell some "Stories From the Road" about the worst photo shoots they’ve ever been on.
Siding, patios, load-bearing walls, and beams are on the menu for this episode of the FHB Podcast, with our regulars Justin Fink, Rob Yagid, and Brian Pontolilo. The guys talk about the state of residential construction in California, and specifically San Francisco. Also in this episode ... gable roofs, painting, scribing, Victorian homes, and Shaker style.
FHB editor Justin Fink interviews two LBM experts from Louisiana-Pacific. They are Brian St.Germain, director of quality and tech for engineered wood, and Scott Lockyear, national sales manager for specified markets. The conversation ranges over OSB, siding, sheds, studs, and other structural building products.
Justin, Rob, and Brian tackle archways, restored glass, hardware, plate racks, cabinets, moisture control, and a broken tablesaw.
Shawn has a lot to say about closing the skills gap. He suggests that one part of the solution is to "solve your own skills gap" — that is, run your business right, use the right hiring process, and train the right people. Shawn also takes an interesting look at the financials of going into the trades vs going to college.
Justin, Rob, and Brian talk about being neighborly, and they tackle listener questions about rotting door frames, fireplace mantels, and porch hardware.
Live from the Pacific Coast Builder Conference, Justin and Brian interview Jenn Tuetken, a senior industrial designer. The product development cycle includes feedback from customers, conceptualization and ideation, then working with engineers to make concepts real. Plus, other new products at PCBC.
A frank conversation about building trades careers: apprenticeships, internships, training programs, the cost of college, and the drive that leads to success in any industry.
Justin, Rob, and Brian discuss home improvement retailers, the labor gap, modular homes, custom vs tract builders, making a living wage, job-site productivity, and the future of building trades.
The guys tackle truss roof skylights, upgrading electrical outlets, breaking up and removing concrete, jointers, and built-ins over cooling/heating vents.
Justin Fink, Brian Pontolilo, and Rob Yagid tackle the metric vs. imperial debate again. They answer reader questions on paint, humidity, sheds, and foundation work. Plus, reader tips and when is it okay to work on your roof without shoes?
This episode features our host, FHB editor Justin Fink, as well as design editor Brian Pontolilo and associate editor Matt Milham. They answer reader questions on energy efficiency, air-sealing, vinyl siding, columns, roof eaves, and historic renovation.
In this episode of the podcast, Rob, Brian, and Justin answer several listener questions, including one about using metric measures. Plus, pre-stain conditioner, drywall, lally columns, passive houses, and the pros and cons of stairs that are both pretty and dangerous.
The guys have the week off for this episode, so we're taking a second listen to Podcast Episode #37, an interview with Green Building Advisor editor Martin Holladay. This episode features a frank discussion of what makes for a truly green home [hint: it's not solar panels and new construction]. This lively conversation covers the ways that the building trades can — and can’t — contribute to the fight against global warming.
In this episode, Justin, Rob, and Brian are joined by a guest; carpenter Anthony Vitale, owner of ProBuilt Woodworking, is participating via Skype. The four guys have a wide-ranging discussion that centers on the passion for the craft that drives quality. The conversation includes fine carpentry, keeping craft alive, apprentice programs, running a business, and training enthusiastic workers.
Our regular podcasters, Justin Fink, Rob Yagid, and Brian Pontolilo, talk about using oakum as a modern-day building material. Plus radiator covers, mantels, brick walls, trimwork, whole house design, and the Solar Decathalon.
Our regular podcasters, Justin, Rob, and Brian, cover a range of topics that includes primers, sealers, paints, sprayers, and rollers; soapstone and concrete countertops; greenwashing and the true costs of net-zero homes; and woodworking and rocking chairs. Check out the show notes, links, and more at www.finehomebuilding.com/podcast.
Just back from the dentist, Justin compares a dental crown to mortise and tenon carpentry. And he thinks novocaine has a lot in common with air-sealing. Also on this episode, Justin, Brian, and Matt talk about caulks, stucco, old house repairs, and lally columns.
Rob, Justin, and Brian talk about coatings and finishes: frosted glass, milk paint, wood stain, and sprayers. Also, plywood, net-zero and building codes, building a desk, and hidden joinery.
Rob, Justin, and Brian talk about floating shelves, cabinets, insulation, drywall, miter vs bevel, structural panels, painting a radiator, decks, and more.
In this episode, Fine Homebuilding magazine editor Justin Fink is joined by editorial director Rob Yagid and associate editor Matt Millham. The guys talk about stud finders, fiberglass batts, cedar siding, rafters, and storm windows.
Rob and Justin broadcast from the JLC Live trade show. Come check out the product and tool manufacturers, the demonstrations, and more at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. Justin’s favorite new product is a track saw from Bosch. Rob talked about a new adhesive, twice as strong as PL Premium, called Loctite PL Max. Finally, the guys also chat with Alan Seelock from Huber about the company’s Zip R sheathing.
Justin Fink, Brian Pontolilo, and Rob Yagid talk about the coming code changes in California that will require new homes to be net-zero by 2020. Plus, fiber cement repair, rough inspection, badly designed roofs, repairing rot with epoxy, crawlspaces, and drywall returns.
The guys talk about chimneys, furnaces, venting, fans, spray foam, and factors that affect home energy use.
Restoring historic buildings, divided-light windows, tools, concrete, and insulation.
Justin Fink and Rob Yagid talk about JLC Live, SIPs drawbacks, timber-framed structures, and remediation.
Justin, Rob, and Brian tackle PEX, caulks, tubs, track saws, insulation, door removal, trim, reciprocating saws, and more.
Justin, Brian, and Rob jump right into listener questions. They tackle lumber, trim, deck ledger flashing, wood rot, wood putty, dogs, and bacteria in the plumbing.
Rob, Justin, and Brian tackle bathroom electricals, roof vents, adhesive guns, appliances and kitchen cabinets, tablesaw safety, and two great sweepstakes.
Fine Homebuilding editor Justin Fink, design editor Brian Pontolilo, and senior editor Patrick McCombe tackle minisplits, Hoosier cabinets, additions, glue-size, floor joists, shingles, and rot-resistant lumber.
Justin, Rob, and Brian tackle reader feedback in this episode of the FHB Podcast, on topics including framing, roof vents, replacement windows, subflooring, and more.
In this episode, Justin Fink, Rob Yagid, and Brian Pontolilo tackle listener questions on drain-waste-vent systems, stick-built rafters vs houses made of components, and bathroom roof vents. Plus, funding scholarships and dealing with contractors.
This is the fifth and final live-from-the-show episode of the Fine Homebuilding podcast. In the first half of this show, Justin is joined by AdvanTech product director Mike Pyle of Huber, the sponsor of this episode, and by FHB tool guru Patrick McCombe. In the second half, Justin, Patrick, Rob, and "Toolaholic" Kiefer Limeback pick the best new products that they saw at the show this year.
This is the fourth FHB episode that Rob and Justin are podcasting live from the 2018 Builders' Show in Orlando, Fla. This one features sponsor Thomas Hackett, technical support manager at Rockwool -- the company, formerly known as Roxul, just changed its name in North America a couple days ago. In addition, FHB ambassador Nick Schiffer is on board for this episode as well. Nick is one of the hosts at the Modern Craftsman podcast. In this episode, the guys discuss Rockwool's new name, scribing stairs against a brick wall, using social media in your business, and coping with mistakes on the job.
This is the third FHB episode that Rob and Justin are podcasting live from the 2018 Builders' Show in Orlando, Fla. This Wednesday morning show features sponsor Andrew Acker, director of education at Schluter Systems, as well as FHB ambassador Jason Mollak of JPM Construction. In addition to the usual product chat and tech-geek stuff, the guys talk with Andy about encouraging young people to work in the trades, and with Jason about how some manufacturers are addressing the skills gap with a race-to-the-bottom trend in making "easy-install" products.
This is the second FHB episode that Rob and Justin are podcasting live from the 2018 Builders' Show in Orlando, Fla. For this show, recorded late on Tuesday, Jan. 9, the guys have two guests: podcast sponsor Frank Windsor, the chief operating officer at gas appliance manufacturer Rinnai, and FHB ambassador and finish carpenter Aaron Butt. The guys also talked about the Keep Craft Alive movement and ways to support scholarships for new builders and artisans.
Rob and Justin are podcasting live from the Builders' Show in Orlando, Fla. In this show, editorial advisor Mike Guertin joins the guys to talk about the evolution of building science, deck disasters, and what to look for at the Builders' Show.
In this podcast, Fine Homebuilding staffers Justin, Brian, and Rob talk about stain, brushes, roofs, solar panels, building codes, small barn restoration, trim materials, and insulation. Justin has some finishing issues, and Brian wants to save a shed.
In this episode, Rob, Justin, and Brian take long looks at metal roofs and thermal bridges. The guys also tackle whistling hot water bathroom fixtures, closet flanges, replacing open-cell insulation, shed construction, and the paradox of caulking around the bottom of a toilet.
Atmospheric water generators, working soapstone, basement flooring, ductless minisplits, glue where you just do not want it, drinking bad water, and dead mice.
In this episode, Justin, Rob, and Brian talk about fine carpentry and hand planes, condensation in an attic, and the overwhelming options for fasteners these days. Plus, Brian's old band, "Grooved Pavement."
In this episode, show regulars Justin Fink, Brian Pontolilo, and Rob Yagid talk about the priorities they would put on a complete home remodel of a typical 1980s dwelling. The guys discuss buying a house, ventilation, carpeting, paint, remodeling, built-ins, garages, humidity, attics, basements, and windows.
On Podcast Episode 86, Matt, Rob, and Brian return to mantels and hearths, and they grapple with listener questions about ceilings, basement remodeling, and plumbing for folks who are not so sure about their plumbing skills.
In this Thanksgiving episode, Brian, Rob, and Justin talk about building codes, mantels, MDF, toenailing, welding, attics, framing, flooring, and gift ideas at the Taunton Store.
This holiday gift-giving edition features a podcast takeover by Fine Homebuilding associate editors Patrick McCombe and Matthew Millham; Matt Kenney, the special projects editor at Fine Woodworking; and FHB Ambassador Kiefer Limeback. The guys talked about tool gifts, including tool bags, work lights, 18-gauge nailers, bench chisels, bench planes, pry bars, circular saws, sanders, tape measures, and more.
Cold Attics and Wet Basements - Rob needs to finish framing and insulating his attic project before winter hits hard. Listeners submit questions on decking, basement water issues, and designing a built-in.
The guys talk about how to clean moss off a roof, plus listener questions on wind-driven moisture, large-format tile, air-sealed crawlspaces, and cased openings.
In this special episode, the fifth recorded live at the 2017 Remodeling Show and Deck Expo, Fine Homebuilding editor Justin Fink and editorial director Rob Yagid talk with three home construction experts about trends in the Nashville area. Also, the guys talked with Rich Citro from Schluter systems. He has some interesting things to explain about heating tile systems.
In this special episode, the fourth recorded live at the 2017 Remodeling Show and Deck Expo, Fine Homebuilding editor Justin Fink and editorial director Rob Yagid talk with FHB Ambassador Shawn Van Dyke. But first, the guys talked with Larry from Moisture Shield, the director of marketing at the company that makes synthetic and composite decking materials. Shawn Van Dyke is an FHB ambassador and a specialist in business coaching and consulting. He talked with the guys about customer fear and how to make your clients feel confident. Plus, estimates vs. proposals.
In this special episode, the third recorded live at the 2017 Remodeling Show and Deck Expo, Fine Homebuilding editor Justin Fink and editorial director Rob Yagid talk with FHB Ambassador John Hourihan as well as Chris Clark from Huber.
John Hourihan is an FHB ambassador and the Director of Operations at RiverStone Custom Builders in Wellesley, Mass.
In this special episode, recorded live at the 2017 Remodeling Show and Deck Expo, Justin and Rob talk with FHB Ambassador Andy Moore. Andy is the owner of Modern Oak Construction, and he tackles new construction and remodeling jobs, focusing on millwork installation.
Justin, Brian, and Rob sit down to talk craft with Fine Woodworking's creative director, who is also a regular on the Shop Talk Live podcast.
The guys talk about their plans to keep you informed about the show — and to give a big push to #KeepCraftAlive.
Justin, Brian, and Matt discuss the upcoming Remodeling Show and Deck Expo, an upcoming podcast episode with a master-class woodworker, working with wiring and conduit, and approaching work as a craftsman.
Three listener questions ... and the guys offer crown molding tips and clapboard siding advice. Plus, Justin's eye safety tale and ... "the nerdery never stops"!
The guys talk about the ideal work set-up vehicle, bad roof vents at two sites, poor building material supply experiences, and insulating rim joists.
In this episode, the guys talk about Matt's reasons and plans for building a cabin, or maybe a cottage. Justin leads a discussion on steel framing, and what happens to a steel-framed house in a fire. Exterior insulation and commercial building influences on steel framing are also a part of the conversation. Plus, metal plates in Rob's basement remodel, and Rob hijacks the podcast to talk about fixing the cracks in his chimney.
Working alone vs. managing staff on site -- and what happens when OSB gets wet -- are two of the topics discussed by editor Justin Fink, design editor Brian Pontolilo, and editorial director Rob Yagid in this episode.
Fine Homebuilding editor Justin Fink returns to the podcast after a week off. He reports on his "staycation," in which he worked on his garage/workshop. He strapped batts to the hip-roof and then air-sealed it all with rigid-foam insulation. Then he used a lift to put up drywal and used compounds to fill the gaps. He used a drywall texture tool to add texture to the walls and ceiling, and then painted.Plus listener questions on flooding and more.
Cellulose insulation, PVC dormer trim, working alone, dryer venting, and special offers are on the agenda in this podcast episode with Matthew Millham, Brian Pontolilo, and Rob Yagid.
Fine Homebuilding associate editor Matthew Millham and design editor Brian Pontolilo join FHB editor Justin Fink in this podcast episode. The guys tackle a reader question on rot on the fascia board of a flat-roofed back porch. Plus, a follow up to the drywall in Justin’s garage, Brian's work at his house, and Matt's new place.
In this podcast episode, host Justin Fink is joined by editorial director Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo. The guys tackle reader questions on siding durability on a sloped lot and more. Plus, running conduit, yard clean-up, and hauling sheetrock.
Fine Homebuilding associate editor Matthew Millham and design editor Brian Pontolilo join FHB editor Justin Fink in this podcast episode. This episode features listener questions, focusing on load-bearing beams, choosing pipe, and what to do with an unused dryer vent. And Brian has strong opinions about water penetration through siding.
Fine Homebuilding associate editor Matthew Millham joins FHB editor Justin Fink and editorial director Rob Yagid in this podcast episode. Matt's a new editor at FHB, as well as an Army veteran and a recent grad from the State University of New York's residential construction program. Plus, straw-bale construction, DIY rim-joist insulation, and OSB vs plywood.
In this podcast episode, host and editor Justin Fink is joined by editorial director Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo. Brian talks about his recent visit with South-Dakota-based master carpenter Ben Brunick. They discuss Ben's honest, do-it-the-hard-way technique, including how he softens window glazes, but not old paint. Plus, more on Rob's roof renovation. The guys also talk about roofing from the top down; working alone; and a range of building materials.
Fine Homebuilding associate editor Patrick McCombe joins FHB editor Justin Fink and editorial director Rob Yagid in this podcast episode. After a bit of an absence from the show, Rob gets grilled on his 1940’s Cape remodel, taking a deep dive into removing his old three-layer roof, and the home-made scaffolding he used for the job. Plus, copper wiring vs. aluminum -- and new basement supports in a 280-year-old farmhouse.
Fine Homebuilding associate editor Patrick McCombe joins FHB editor Justin Fink and design editor Brian Pontolilo in this podcast episode. The conversation ranges far and wide over plaster, batteries, small homes, and nailers. Plus, #KeepCraftAlive!
In this podcast episode, another Texan joins host and editor Justin Fink and design editor Brian Pontolilo — Jeremy Martin, a builder in Austin, Texas. Jeremy has done everything from finish carpentry to managing on-site construction, interfacing with architects and designers, and running sales, marketing and financial operations. He’s a realtor. He holds the highest level of certification from the National Homebuilders Association, and is on the association board of directors. He was listed by Professional Remodeler Magazine as one of the 40 under 40, and was named custom builder of the year in Austin in 2015.
In this podcast episode, host and editor Justin Fink is joined by design editor Brian Pontolilo and a special guest — Brent Hull, the founder and owner of Hull Historical. They talk about Brent's books, his show, and his efforts to #KeepCraftAlive.
In this podcast episode, host and editor Justin Fink is joined by editorial director Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo. Topics for this show include modern cabins, small homes, roof vents, and building a foundation on piers.
In this podcast episode, host and editor Justin Fink is joined by editorial director Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo. Rob shares his plans and progress as he works on the unfinished attic space of his Cape-Cod-style home. A listener asks about the real value of energy efficiency, which turns out to be ... well ... complicated. Also, another listener asks about vermiculite, and whether it is the huge and expensive problem that abatement experts describe, or just something to deal with, no worries. Short answer: Worry!
In this podcast episode, host and editor Justin Fink is joined by editorial director Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo. They have advice for a listener who is remodeling a mountain home in California where it snows — but HARD! Listeners also ask about sheathing and wall technology, garage foundations, and more.
In this podcast episode, host and editor Justin Fink is joined by editorial director Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo. Brian talks about his visit to a house in Austin, Texas, that uses an automated, app-activated system to control lights and shades. He explains how a remodeling firm keeps their jobs on budget, with four project managers juggling one or two projects at a time. Plus architectural metalwork, HGTV, stone walls, outdoor wood boilers, and window flashing.
In this podcast episode, editor and host Justin Fink is joined by editorial director Rob Yagid and associate editor Patrick McCombe. They take the entire episode to argue about the best way to spend $2,500 on tools.
In this podcast episode, host and editor Justin Fink is joined by editorial director Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo. The guys respond to a listener who takes them to task over their lead paint stripping advice. Another listener asks about Rob's dormer build, sizing his dormers to look appropriate given the design of his house, but also having a large enough clearing to meet code for egress requirements. Other topics covered in this podcast: blown-in fiberglass insulation vs. cellulose, building a deck over a concrete patio, and using smart membrane with insulation.
In this podcast episode, host and editor Justin Fink is joined by editorial director Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo. They talk about their own projects: Justin's porch, Brian's involvement with the American Institute of Architects, and Rob's basement. Other topics covered in this podcast: countertops, oil finishes, lightning strikes, fence posts, roofing, grouting, and building a house in phases.
In this podcast episode, Host Justin Fink is joined by editorial director Rob Yagid and associate editor Patrick McCombe. They tackle listener questions on painting vinyl siding, farmhouse style homes, and a brick chimney repair.
In this podcast episode, Fine Homebuilding editor-at-large Kevin Ireton joins editor Justin Fink and design editor Brian Pontolilo for conversation that explores a key question: "We know how to build better, so why aren't we?" After 20-plus years of advancing building science, Energy Star for homes, and green research, we have the know-how to make homes more energy efficient, comfortable, durable, and even healthier. but there are going to be a million and a half homes built in America this year, and the vast majority will only made to code minimum. Why?
Other topics covered in this podcast: Renovating old houses, a poorly made staircase in an old basement, wrapping copper pipes with insulation, and the difference between a jig and a fixture.
In this podcast episode, FHB editor Justin Fink, design editor Brian Pontolilo, and editorial director Rob Yagid discuss tankless water heater tech, including propane gas lines needed to supply them. Also on the slate for this episode: porches, excavation, crawlspace insulation, window flashing, and building trades business resources. Plus, a scammer tries to convince Brian that there is a warrant out for his arrest for tax violations.
In this podcast episode, FHB editor Justin Fink, design editor Brian Pontolilo, and editorial director Rob Yagid discuss cabinet and drawer hardware, window sheathing and flashing, and DIY roof replacement. Also, latex paint is better than oil paint, plus the odd things Justin has in his personal shop. And please, let's step back from the discussion of the advantages of lead-based paint.
In this podcast episode, FHB editor Justin Fink, associate editor Patrick McCombe, and editorial director Rob Yagid discuss paint expiration, discount tools, dust collection options, shopping at Harbor Freight, reconditioned (CPO) power tools, and HGTV. Plus, the podcast has a new musical intro, and why you should not let Justin borrow your tools.
FHB editor Justin Fink, design editor Brian Pontolilo, and editorial director Rob Yagid discuss heating systems, cabinets with legs, concrete vs granite for sinks and counters, witch windows, building code, and how architects work with builders.
In this podcast extra, FHB editor Justin Fink, design editor Brian Pontolilo, and editorial director Rob Yagid are joined by ProHOME designer Mike Maines in an episode that looks at the 2016 ProHOME project as a case study in building a progressive, low-energy home. They tackle the project from foundation to mechanicals to insulation to finished interiors.
In this podcast episode, host and FHB editor Justin Fink talks with design editor Brian Pontolilo and associate editor Patrick McCombe about TPO valves for water heaters, General Electric, making your own concrete patio pavers, and deck refinishing. The guys talk about the Taunton workshop (used by Fine Homebuilding and sister magazine Fine Woodworking). A reader question on slat-wall systems as an alternative to pegboard gets some expert consideration from Patrick and some general jocularity from all three. Plus more on Brian's kitchen cabinets.
In this podcast episode, host and FHB editor Justin Fink talks with design editor Brian Pontolilo and associate editor Patrick McCombe about cordless miter saws, routers, drivers, drills, and more. That includes some pretty honest evaluations of the strengths and weaknesses of tool makers including Milwaukee, Rigid, DeWalt, Bosch, Festool, and Makita. Plus Brian's kitchen cabinets, jigs for drawer slides, roof durability under solar panels, and a water heater in the attic?!
Architect, builder, and designer Steve Baczek joins FHB editor Justin Fink and design editor Brian Pontolilo in this episode. The conversation ranges over solar heat gain from windows, juggling mechanical and window package costs, how to pick a contractor, and constructing to the passive house standard.
FHB associate editor Patrick McCombe joins Justin, Rob, and Brian to talk about cellulose insulation in Episode 42 of the Fine Homebuilding Podcast. The guys tackle a listener question on prioritizing crawlspace repairs in an old Craftsman house in Florida. Plus, options in photovoltaics.
Rob talks about his visit to the North Bennet Street School in Boston, which runs the oldest carpentry program in the United States. The guys offer advice to a shop teacher on “timeless” vs “dated” styles in home renovation. Also on the slate: large high-performance houses on sloped lots, working platform safety vs cost vs efficiency, and Brian’s first job working on roofs.
In an open discussion of the Fine Homebuilding ProHOME demonstration project, the guys talked about sourcing building materials and our guiding purpose in trying new things — like No-Coat drywall tape for corners and Habito heavy-duty drywall. Podcast host and FHB editor Justin Fink, editorial director Rob Yagid, and design editor Brian Pontolilo also tackled windows with drywall returns, shop organization, dust collectors, and miter saw stands.
The guys share horror stories of jobsite injury, offer advice on re-constructing a leaky shower pan, and discuss the ins and outs of double doors.
Justin Fink, Rob Yagid, and Brian Pontolilo continue their conversation with GreenBuildingAdvisor.com editor and green building expert Martin Holladay. Martin mentions the superlative builder community at his site. The discussion also covers insulating basement walls and cathedral ceilings, window replacements and make-up air, and ductless mini-splits in cold climates.
In this episode, Justin, Rob, and Brian welcome green building expert Martin Holladay to talk green building philosophy in general and to answer specific listener questions.
In this episode, FHB editors Justin Fink, Rob Yagid, and Brian Pontolilo talk about options in porch paint, a pergola installation at Brian’s house, and options in fixing a drywall gap.
In this episode, host Justin Fink, Rob Yagid, and Brian Pontolilo respond to reader mail about overdriven nails, roofing in high winds, and protecting floors during during remodels.
In this episode, host Justin Fink talks with Rob Yagid and Brian Pontolilo about exploring and renovating a 19th Century New England cottage-stye house that’s in pretty deep disrepair. The guys discuss the business budget and logic of house-flipping, kitchen remodeling, light fixtures, and factors in trim quality.
Fine Homebuilding editorial director Rob Yagid and editor Justin Fink talk about what's happening at IBS 2017, especially the Keep Craft Alive initiative and how to bring new people into the trades. Also, the guys discuss house sheathing and tapes.
Fine Homebuilding editor in chief Justin Fink talk about industry experts about tile primer, showerheads, wine cellars, dehumidifiers, coil nailers, spray foams, and air and moisture barriers.
Fine Homebuilding editor in chief Justin Fink chats with several construction masters at IBS 2017, covering construction adhesives and getting under the hood of the home building trade.
Fine Homebuilding editorial director Rob Yagid and editor in chief Justin Fink talk about what's happening at IBS 2017, especially the Keep Craft Alive initiative and the support for the campaign at the show from the ranks of younger attendees. Plus, Justin is "tooled out" — but he's looking for new materials at this show.
In this episode, host Justin Fink talks with Rob Yagid and Brian Pontolilo about attics and insulation — especially Brian's project prepping his attic for insulation and then blowing in the cellulose. Brian, Rob, and Justin are amazed at builder Mike Guertin’s clever trick for tackling the cheek wall of a cross-gable. Plus simple Shaker design and listener questions.
Work boots; attic ductwork, dampers, and blow-in insulation; weather barriers, over-driven nails, wall sheathing, and liquid flashing; and the pros and cons of reusing material are discussed by host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, and design editor Brian Pontolilo.
In this episode, host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, and design editor Brian Pontolilo tackle the challenge of building a whole house on a very tight budget. They cover everything from site work to building design to windows, insulation, roofing, siding, HVAC, interiors, and appliances.
Drywall, preparing residences for people with limited mobility, why putting TVs above fireplaces is gross, and preparing clapboard and shingle siding for painting are the topics discussed by host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, and design editor Brian Pontolilo.
Partition-Wall Window, Pergolas, and Fire Blocking are discussed by host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, and design editor Brian Pontolilo.
STAFDA, Vinyl-Siding Penetrations, Kitchen-Island Venting, and Rough Openings are discussed by host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, associate editor Patrick McCombe, and design editor Brian Pontolilo.
Attic Upgrades, Exterior Siding, and DIY Dense-Pack Cellulose are discussed by host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, and design editor Brian Pontolilo.
McMansions, Whole-House Ventilation, and Thermal and Ignition Barriers are discussed by host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, and design editor Brian Pontolilo.
Finished Basements, Bleeping Cussing, and Roof Issues are discussed by host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, and design editor Brian Pontolilo.
Trusses, Windows, Decking, and Foundations are discussed by host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, and design editor Brian Pontolilo.
Risky Performance Assemblies, Sustainable Efficiency, and Wall Cracks are discussed by host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, and design editor Brian Pontolilo.
Linear Drains, Exterior Weatherization, and Mudsill Repair are discussed by host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, and design editor Brian Pontolilo.
Trimming Curved Stairs, Soundproofing, and Air-Sealing Drywall are discussed by host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, and design editor Brian Pontolilo.
Conditioned Attics, Job-Site Problem Solving, and Dormers are discussed by host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, and design editor Brian Pontolilo.
Bath Design, Sentimental Tools, and #KeepCraftAlive are discussed by host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, and design editor Brian Pontolilo.
Vinyl Siding, Mixing Trim Styles, Flash-and-Batt Insulation, and Apprenticing are discussed by host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, and design editor Brian Pontolilo.
Wood Floor Patching, Window Trim, Big-Box Stores, Staining Pine, and Plaster are discussed by host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, and design editor Brian Pontolilo.
Performance Walls, Excavation Issues, and Roof Replacement are discussed by host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, and design editor Brian Pontolilo.
Floor Leveling, Crawlspaces, and Structural Beams are discussed by host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, and associate editor Patrick McCombe.
In this episode, host and managing editor Justin Fink talks with editor in chief Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo about Doors, Cabinetry, and Basement Insulation.
In this episode, host and managing editor Justin Fink talks with editor in chief Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo about home performance, floor squeaks, and bath remodeling.
In this episode, host and managing editor Justin Fink talks with design editor Brian Pontolilo and associate editor Patrick McCombe about the DeWalt and Milwaukee tool shows and the Paint Quality Institute.
In this episode, host and managing editor Justin Fink talks with editor in chief Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo about Siding and Trim, Tile Backer, and Job Quotes.
In this episode, host and managing editor Justin Fink talks with editor in chief Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo about PEX, Heat-Pump Water Heaters, Flush Noise, and Precast Steps.
In this episode, host and managing editor Justin Fink talks with editor in chief Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo about outdoor showers, efflorescence, attic insulation, and window replacement.
In this episode, host and managing editor Justin Fink talks with editor in chief Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo about the importance of burying electrical conduit, proper fall protection, and foundation failures.
In this episode, host and managing editor Justin Fink talks with editor-in-chief Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo about mold problems, roof-framing options, and the moral obligation of building to code.
In this episode, host and managing editor Justin Fink talks with editor-in-chief Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo about paint quality, tool rentals, and advanced framing.
In this episode, host and managing editor Justin Fink talks with editor in chief Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo about the importance of radon mitigation, deck ledgers, and minisplits.