The Fine Homebuilding Podcast

By Fine Homebuilding Magazine

Listen to a podcast, please open Podcast Republic app. Available on Google Play Store.


Category: Education

Open in iTunes


Open RSS feed


Open Website


Rate for this podcast

Subscribers: 116
Reviews: 1

A Podcast Republic user
 Jul 30, 2018

Description

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.

Episode Date
#211: Attic Insulation, EV Work Truck Conversions and a Wonky Can Light
53:12

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?

Dec 06, 2019
#210: Sealing Can Lights, Protecting Foundation Foam, and Fixing Bouncy Floors
59:28

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.

Nov 29, 2019
#209: Exterior Caulk, Tub Drains, and Adding Insulation to Leaky Walls
01:00:48

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.

Nov 22, 2019
#208: Problem-Solving Tools, Cooling a California Workshop and Soggy Straw Bales
01:00:44

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.

Nov 15, 2019
#207: Home Maintenance, HVAC Zones and Dangerous Dryer Vents
58:24

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.

Nov 08, 2019
#206: Doggy Doors, Advancing a Carpentry Career, and What’s Behind the Stucco?
01:03:39

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

Nov 01, 2019
#205: Home Shops, Band Joists, and Working with Code Enforcement
01:03:54

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.

Oct 25, 2019
#204: Patio Doors, Plant Spaces and a Too-Tight Window
55:23

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.

Oct 18, 2019
#203: LIVE From the 2019 FHB Summit in Southbridge, Mass., Day 2
01:02:38

Patrick welcomes guests Brian Pontolilo, Maria Klemperer-Johnson, Jake Bruton, and Steve Baczek to this special episode of the FHB Podcast.

Oct 16, 2019
#202: LIVE From the 2019 FHB Summit in Southbridge, Mass., Day 1
41:05

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.

Oct 16, 2019
#201: Broken Bricks, Unloved Concrete and Portable Tablesaws
52:38

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.

Oct 11, 2019
#200: Home Shops, Working Lead-safe, and Keeping Cool in Carolina
01:03:30

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.

Oct 04, 2019
#199: Roof-insulation Retrofit, Codes for Existing Buildings, and Air-sealing Tape Choices
57:54

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.

Sep 27, 2019
#198: Is It OK to Insulate Around an Electrical Service Panel?
52:16

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.

Sep 20, 2019
#197: Accurate Estimating, Preventing Clogged Gutters, and Making Solar Panels Look Good
01:07:32

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.

Sep 13, 2019
#196: A Conversation with Architect Steve Baczek, Passive House Designer, Former Carpenter and Marine Corps Veteran
01:00:08

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.

Sep 06, 2019
#195: Replacing Porch Flooring, Creating Comfortable Spaces, and the Right Trim for an Alaskan Ranch
01:07:16

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.

Aug 30, 2019
#194: Bulkhead Doors, Building Long-Lasting Outdoor Stairs and the Science of Beer Coozys
54:17

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.

Aug 23, 2019
#193: Understanding WRB Permeability, Insulating a House with Fiberboard Sheathing, and Building Your Own Patio Door
01:04:58

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.  

Aug 16, 2019
#192: Garage to Woodshop Conversion, Contractor Web Marketing, and Saying No to Clients
01:10:14

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.

Aug 09, 2019
#191: Matching Builders’ Hardware, Outsulation Under a Metal Roof, and Insulating a Band Joist in Termite Country
56:20

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.

Aug 02, 2019
#190: Becoming a Remodeling Contractor, Patching Holes Left by a Rotted Railing, and Strengthening an Existing Building with Spray Foam
55:12

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.

Jul 26, 2019
#189: Heating with Pellets, Stabilizing a Collapsing Cottage, and Keeping an Accessory Dwelling Unit Close to the Ground
01:03:23

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.

Jul 19, 2019
#188: Smoothing a Textured Ceiling, Enforcing Airtightness Testing, and Better Brick Walkways
01:04:17

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.

Jul 12, 2019
#187: Missing Ductwork, Rooftop Decks, and Waterproof Mechanical Rooms
01:05:01

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.

Jul 05, 2019
#186: Reducing Radon, Roof Shingle Warranties, and What are T-Studs?
56:00

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.

Jun 28, 2019
#185: Hot Real Estate Market Buying Tips, Low-Cost New Homes, and Grade-Level Decks
01:02:19

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.

Jun 21, 2019
#184: Insulating an All-brick House, Working with Engineered Siding, and Carpentry as a Second Career
01:04:31

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.

Jun 14, 2019
Bonus #183a: The Return of the Original FHB Podcast Crew
01:18:14

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.

Jun 13, 2019
#183: Work Trucks, Workshops, and Painting Brick
01:05:24

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.

Jun 07, 2019
#182: Greedy Dormers, Cathedral-Ceiling Insulation, and Gutters for EPDM Roofs
55:05

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.

May 31, 2019
#181: Ethical Business Practices, Pass-Through Windows, And Cutting Asbestos Shingles
56:31

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.

May 24, 2019
#180: Rigid Foam Over Roofs, Warm-Climate Insulation Details, and Fuel-Efficient Work Trucks
01:02:58

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.

May 17, 2019
#179: Redundant Housewrap, Hybrid Timberframes, and an End to Vented Crawlspaces
01:03:05

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.

May 10, 2019
#178: Interview With Home-Building Guru Mike Guertin
54:18

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.

May 03, 2019
#177: Three Design Solutions for Remodeling a Cramped Bathroom
42:51

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.

Apr 26, 2019
#176: When Are Compromises on Quality Materials Worth the Savings?
01:05:10

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.

Apr 19, 2019
#175: Stair Stringers, Laser Levels, and Duct Design
59:49

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.

Apr 12, 2019
#174: How to Level a Sagging Floor
01:08:07

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.

Apr 05, 2019
#173: Interview at JLC Live with George Caruso from Benjamin Obdyke
26:58

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.

Apr 03, 2019
#172: Interview at JLC Live with Ulrich Dahne and Holger Binder from Stabila
27:56

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.

Apr 03, 2019
#171: Interview at JLC Live with Caleb Morris from Viewrail
27:05

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.

Apr 03, 2019
#170: Is There Really a Skilled-Trade Gap?
01:07:55

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.

Mar 29, 2019
#169: Efficient Fireplaces, Healthy Humidity Levels, and Soundproofing Solutions
51:06

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.

Mar 22, 2019
#168: Should You Share Your Trade Secrets with Other Craftspeople?
01:09:51

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.

Mar 15, 2019
#167: How Detailed Should a Remodeling Estimate Be?
01:04:44

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.

Mar 08, 2019
#166: Venting a Barndominium, Sealing Exterior End Grain, and Flashing Details for a Metal Roof
01:01:40

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.

Mar 01, 2019
#165: Live from the Builders' Show: Strong Sheathing Systems and Show Favorites
37:56

The Fine Homebuilding editors end the 2019 show with a discussion about sheathing systems and their favorite finds of this year's show.

Feb 22, 2019
#164: Self-Installed Sump Pump, Upgraded Board and Batten, and Favorite House Styles
01:03:55

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.

 

 

Feb 22, 2019
#163: Live from the Builders' Show: Home Depot’s Pro Services and Advancements in Cordless Tools
36:27

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.

Feb 21, 2019
#162: Live from the Builders’ Show: Windows, Roofing, and Building Your Business Culture
44:05

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.

Feb 21, 2019
#161: Live from the Builders' Show: Misconceptions about radiant heat and new rules for hardwood floors
01:00:41
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.
Feb 20, 2019
#160: Live from the Builders’ Show: Doors, Tool Belts, and American Manufacturing
34:58

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.

Feb 20, 2019
#159: Live from the Builders' Show: A Conversation with Architect Steve Baczek
34:02

Steve and Huber representative Tate Hudson talk about building science and producing quality homes.

Feb 19, 2019
#158: How To Keep Shingles From Blowing Off of Your Roof
01:01:44

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.

Feb 15, 2019
#157: Insulating Attics, Restoring Old Staircases, and Replacing Interior Doors
01:10:14

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. 

Feb 08, 2019
#156: Home Building Across the Globe, Air-sealing Can Lights, and Parging an Old Concrete Wall
50:40

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.

Feb 01, 2019
#155: Do you Really Need a Building Permit?
57:54

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.

Jan 25, 2019
#154: Lead-Paint Removal, Cracking Drywall, and Moldy Siding
01:00:37

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.

Jan 18, 2019
#153: They Don't Build Things Like They Used To
01:02:53

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.

Jan 11, 2019
#152: Inferior Fasteners, Warm Garages, and Cheap Closet Cabinets
01:00:52

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.

Jan 04, 2019
#151: Cordless Saws, Glued-Down Floors, and Buried Electrical Boxes
53:50

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.

Dec 28, 2018
#150: Why Do my Windows Sweat In the Winter?
55:20

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.

Dec 21, 2018
#149: Insulation for old farmhouses, antique-home inspections, and smart ductwork details
59:03

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.

Dec 14, 2018
#148: Siding Woes, Life-Changing Tools, and Newbie Home Builders
59:05

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.

Dec 07, 2018
#147: What's the Best Way to Build a Detached Garage Workshop?
51:57

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.

Nov 30, 2018
#146: Why do contractors have such a bad rap?
51:58

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.

Nov 23, 2018
#145: Do Whole-House-Fans Really work?
01:05:06

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.

Nov 16, 2018
#144: Why Won't My Wood Floors Stay Flat?
01:01:27

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.

Nov 09, 2018
#143: Get Rid of That Scary Knob-and-Tube Wiring
01:06:51

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.

Nov 02, 2018
#142: How can you build—or rebuild—homes to survive hurricanes?
01:01:59

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.

Oct 26, 2018
#141: Is Water-Heater Maintenance Worth The Hassle?
58:06

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.

Oct 19, 2018
#140: Getting the Details Right When Re-Siding
57:24

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.

Oct 12, 2018
#139: Matt’s Walls are Weeping
50:41

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.

Oct 05, 2018
#138: Smarter Business for Builders, Part II
32:02

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. 

Oct 02, 2018
#137: Rethinking I-joist Rafters
51:40

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.

Sep 28, 2018
#136: Smarter Business for Builders
33:49

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. 

Sep 25, 2018
#135: Rotunda, Revisited
45:34

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.

Sep 21, 2018
#134: Painting Kitchen Cabinets
55:04

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.

Sep 14, 2018
#133: Martin is Back!
55:13

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.

Sep 07, 2018
#132: East Coast vs. West Coast
57:21

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.

Aug 31, 2018
#131: Dealing With Wet Decking
45:22

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.

Aug 24, 2018
#130: Where New Meets Old
42:26

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.

Aug 17, 2018
#129: Don’t Be a Heat Freak
51:58

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.

Aug 10, 2018
#128: Worst. Photo Shoot. Ever.
50:24

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.

Aug 03, 2018
#127: A Flipbook of Houses Coming Together
52:57

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.

Jul 27, 2018
#126: Wave Goodby to Plywood?
40:52

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.

Jul 20, 2018
#125:French Doors, Kitchen Remodels, and the Gamification of Home Building.
01:07:04

Justin, Rob, and Brian tackle archways, restored glass, hardware, plate racks, cabinets, moisture control, and a broken tablesaw.

Jul 13, 2018
#124: An Interview with Shawn Van Dyke
01:09:19

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.

Jul 06, 2018
#123: When Your Neighbor Hates the Mess in Your Yard
42:26

Justin, Rob, and Brian talk about being neighborly, and they tackle listener questions about rotting door frames, fireplace mantels, and porch hardware.

Jun 29, 2018
#122: Talking About New Product Creation at PCBC 2018
51:48

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.

Jun 29, 2018
#121: Live from PCBC 2018 with Johnny Hourihan
36:24

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.

Jun 28, 2018
#120: Is Building Homes a Worthy Pursuit?
53:32

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.

Jun 22, 2018
#119: Safety, Skylights, and Concrete
52:40

The guys tackle truss roof skylights, upgrading electrical outlets, breaking up and removing concrete, jointers, and built-ins over cooling/heating vents.

Jun 15, 2018
#118: Inches and Feet
47:04

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?

Jun 08, 2018
#117: Solar energy, replacement windows, and porch posts.
56:01

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.

Jun 01, 2018
#116: Math Tricks, Measuring Tapes, and the Metric System
56:15

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.

May 25, 2018
#115: Martin Holladay Redux!
55:20

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.

May 18, 2018
#114: Anthony Vitale Interview
01:00:01

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.

May 11, 2018
#113: Bringing Back Oakum
57:32

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.

May 04, 2018
#112: How to Hire a Contractor
01:05:20

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.

Apr 27, 2018
#111: Justin After Dentist
52:22

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.

Apr 20, 2018
#110: Finished? More Like Ruined!
01:06:17

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.

Apr 13, 2018
#109: Favorite Framing Articles from the FHB Vault
54:54

Rob, Justin, and Brian talk about floating shelves, cabinets, insulation, drywall, miter vs bevel, structural panels, painting a radiator, decks, and more.

Apr 06, 2018
#108: Making a Historic Craftsman Home Energy Efficient
56:58

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.

Mar 30, 2018
#107: Live from the JLC show in Providence
29:43

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.

Mar 23, 2018
#106: Strong Convictions on Green Building
01:03:38

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.

Mar 23, 2018
#105: Energy Expert Martin Holladay Returns
49:49

The guys talk about chimneys, furnaces, venting, fans, spray foam, and factors that affect home energy use.

Mar 16, 2018
#104: Interview with Restoration Expert Ben Brunick
01:04:49

Restoring historic buildings, divided-light windows, tools, concrete, and insulation.

Mar 09, 2018
#103: Cabinets, Windows, and Mold
57:38

Justin Fink and Rob Yagid talk about JLC Live, SIPs drawbacks, timber-framed structures, and remediation.

Mar 02, 2018
#102: Bathrooms, Blades, and Batts
57:32

Justin, Rob, and Brian tackle PEX, caulks, tubs, track saws, insulation, door removal, trim, reciprocating saws, and more.

Feb 23, 2018
#101: Cabinet, Hot Water, Deck, and Wood Repair Questions
48:29

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.

Feb 16, 2018
#100: ONE HUNDRED SHOWS!
58:42

Rob, Justin, and Brian tackle bathroom electricals, roof vents, adhesive guns, appliances and kitchen cabinets, tablesaw safety, and two great sweepstakes.

Feb 09, 2018
#99: Working with Wood
45:20

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.

Feb 02, 2018
#98: How Good Is Good Enough?
51:20

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.

Jan 26, 2018
#97: Drain-waste-vent systems, trusses, dealing with contractors, and venting bathroom fans.
54:45

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.

Jan 19, 2018
#96: The Guys' Best New Product Picks From IBS 2018.
45:53

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.

Jan 12, 2018
#95: Mineral Wool and Starting a Building Trade Business
33:25

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.

Jan 11, 2018
#94: Bathroom Tile and Trends in Trim
29:19

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.

Jan 10, 2018
#93: Tankless Water Heaters and Respect for Building Trades
30:20

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. 

Jan 10, 2018
#92: Live from the 2018 Builders' Show with Mike Guertin
23:34

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.

Jan 09, 2018
#91: Solar Roofs and Collapsing Sheds
01:02:27

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.

Jan 05, 2018
#90: Metal Roofs and Thermal Bridges
53:32

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.

Dec 29, 2017
#89: Gross Stories
59:32

Atmospheric water generators, working soapstone, basement flooring, ductless minisplits, glue where you just do not want it, drinking bad water, and dead mice.

Dec 22, 2017
#88: "The Best Home Building Show Around!"
58:49

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."

Dec 15, 2017
#87: A Whole-House Remodel
53:53

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.

Dec 08, 2017
#86: Bed molding versus crown molding, cornices, busted gate valves, and ceiling paint.
56:19

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.

Dec 01, 2017
#85: Happy Black Friday!
53:56

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.

Nov 24, 2017
#84: Gifts and Tools and Tools and Gifts!
43:09

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.

Nov 17, 2017
#83: Rob's attic, decking, designing a built-in, reinsulating an exterior wall.
57:45

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.

Nov 10, 2017
#82: Brian's Roof Question
54:56

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.

Nov 03, 2017
#81: Radient tile flooring and local trends in the Nashville area.
42:38

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.

Oct 31, 2017
#80: Alternate materials for decking, easing customer fear, and more.
42:37

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.

Oct 30, 2017
#79: John Hourihan at the 2017 Remodeling Show and DeckExpo
41:46

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.

Oct 27, 2017
#78: Talking with Andy Moore at the Remodeling Show
38:48

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.

Oct 27, 2017
#77: Michael Pekovich Interview
01:08:35

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.

Oct 27, 2017
#76: Welcome to the 2017 Remodeling Show and Deck Expo
04:34

The guys talk about their plans to keep you informed about the show — and to give a big push to #KeepCraftAlive.

Oct 27, 2017
#75: Tools, Window Installation, Hardwood Flooring, and Electrical Panels
47:01

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.

Oct 20, 2017
#74: The Risks of Insulating Old Brick Homes
51:54

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"!

Oct 13, 2017
#73: Dealing with sub-contractors and LBM suppliers who disappoint.
01:05:40

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.

Oct 06, 2017
#72: Cottages, Cabins, Basement Remodels, and Steel Framing
01:02:16

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.

Sep 29, 2017
#71: Spray-Foam Adhesive, Drywall, and Housewrap
52:13

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.

Sep 22, 2017
#70: Textured interior finishes, electrical panels, landscape lighting, flooding, PVC disposal, and pump issues.
54:33

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.

Sep 15, 2017
#69: Respirators and roofing underlayment.
01:03:02

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.

 

 

 

 

Sep 08, 2017
#68: Fascia-board rot, drywall, cedar shingles, and heat pumps.
53:06

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.

Sep 01, 2017
#67: Workbench design, pros and cons of ICFs, and options for a low slope roof.
50:31

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.

Aug 25, 2017
#66: Open-joint cladding: when does siding become purely ornamental?
45:41

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.

Aug 18, 2017
#65: Summer upstairs ventilation, OSB vs plywood, and insulating rim joists.
50:13

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.

Aug 11, 2017
#64: Preservation carpentry, pool tables, window sashes, PVC, and MgO.
52:03

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.

Aug 04, 2017
#63: Roofing, wiring, scaffolding, and basement supports.
50:29

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.

Jul 28, 2017
#62: The Need For Skirting, Plus Living and Working In Tiny Spaces
01:06:24

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!

Jul 21, 2017
#61: Interview with Jeremy Martin of Risher Martin Fine Homes.
53:24

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.

Jul 14, 2017
#60: Brent Hull, the North Bennet St. School, and the Building Technology Heritage Library
59:55

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.

Jul 07, 2017
#59: Misadventures in roofing
48:33

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.

Jun 30, 2017
#58: Vermiculite, energy efficiency, and finishing an attic.
01:04:39

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!

Jun 23, 2017
#57: Remodeling a Snowy Mountain Home
53:53

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.

Jun 16, 2017
#56: Lights and Shades, Stone and Metal
52:28

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.

Jun 09, 2017
#55: The $2,500 Tool Wish List Challenge
57:38

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.

Jun 02, 2017
#54: Cellulose vs Fiberglass, Lead Paint, Decks
53:48

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.

May 26, 2017
#53: Basements, Porches, and Architecture
01:01:54

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.

May 19, 2017
#52: Painting vinyl siding, basement bathroom reorganization, and masonry topics.
56:57

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.

May 12, 2017
#51: Why Don't We Build Better Houses?
55:35

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.

May 05, 2017
#50: House Wrap, Tape, and the Business of Building
57:24

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.

Apr 28, 2017
#49: Drainable House Wrap, Garage Replacement, Windows Installation, and Roof Replacement
01:10:24

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.

Apr 25, 2017
#48: Old Paint, Cheap Tools, and the Good and Bad of HGTV
53:55

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.

 

 

Apr 14, 2017
#47: Paint Stripper Dangers and Making Interior Doors
01:02:03

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.

Apr 07, 2017
#46: How to build a low-energy home that is neither too big nor too expensive.
50:48

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.

Apr 07, 2017
#45: Cabinets, hot water heaters, deck finishing, and pegboard vs slat-wall
01:02:27

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.

Mar 31, 2017
#44: Tools, Kitchen Cabinets, and Shingles Under Solar Panels
52:14

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?!

Mar 24, 2017
#43: Energy Efficiency, R-Values, and Building Passive Houses
49:58

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.

Mar 17, 2017
#42: Dense-Packed Cellulose Insulation, Upgrading the Weather Barrier in a Florida Craftsman House, and Photovoltaics.
47:43

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.

Mar 10, 2017
#41: Carpentry education, timeless style, working on platforms, and roof jobs.
51:30

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.

Mar 03, 2017
#40: ProHOME Materials, Shop Organization, Dust Collectors, and Miter Saw Stands
50:28

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.

Feb 24, 2017
#39: Septic, House Flipping, Shower Pans, Double Doors, Safety
01:01:01

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.

Feb 17, 2017
#38: Insulating basement walls and cathedral ceilings, window replacements and make-up air, and ductless mini-splits in cold climates.
57:19

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.

Feb 10, 2017
#37: Off-grid housing, structural insulated panels, and flash-and-batt insulation.
53:42

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.

Feb 03, 2017
#36: Respirators, porch paint, pergolas, maple vs poplar, and getting trim proportions classically correct.
54:43

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.

Jan 27, 2017
#35: Listener mail, overdriven nails, hurricanes, insulation options, floor protection, and more.
59:25

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.

Jan 20, 2017
#34: Boots, House Renovations, Light Fixtures, and Trim Quality
56:42

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.

Jan 13, 2017
#33: Fourth of four casts from the International Builders' Show.
01:12:34

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.

Jan 12, 2017
#32: Third of four casts from the International Builders' Show.
58:56

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.

Jan 11, 2017
#31: Adhesives and Building Trades at the 2017 International Builders' Show
01:03:42

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.

Jan 11, 2017
#30: First of four casts from the International Builders' Show.
17:48

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.

Jan 10, 2017
#29: Cellulose in the Attic, Shaker Sensibility
01:02:02

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.

Jan 06, 2017
#28: Work boots, attic ducts and insulation, weather barriers and over-driven nails, and reusing building materials.
54:27

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.

Dec 27, 2016
#27: A look at how to build a whole house on a tight budget.
01:01:41

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.

Dec 22, 2016
#26: Drywall, building for limited mobility, and preparing exteriors for paint
54:19

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.

Dec 16, 2016
#25: Partition-Wall Window, Pergolas, and Fire Blocking
46:11

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.

Dec 09, 2016
#24: STAFDA Convention, Vinyl-Siding Penetrations, Kitchen-Island Venting, and Rough Openings
55:02

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.

Dec 02, 2016
#23: Attic Upgrade, Exterior Siding, and DIY Dense Pack
59:12

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.

Nov 25, 2016
#22: McMansions, Whole-House Ventilation, and Thermal and Ignition Barriers
58:14

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.

Nov 18, 2016
#21: Finished Basements, Bleeping Cussing, and Roof Issues
01:05:55

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.

Nov 11, 2016
#20: Trusses, Windows, Decking, and Foundations
42:31

Trusses, Windows, Decking, and Foundations are discussed by host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, and design editor Brian Pontolilo.

Nov 04, 2016
#19: Risky Performance Assemblies, Sustainable Efficiency, and Wall Cracks
01:01:06

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.

Oct 28, 2016
#18: Linear Drains, Exterior Weatherization, and Mudsill Repair
55:41

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.

Oct 21, 2016
#17: Trimming Curved Stairs, Soundproofing, and Air-Sealing Drywall
59:46

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.

Oct 14, 2016
#16: Conditioned Attics, Job-Site Problem Solving, and Dormers
53:02

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.

Oct 07, 2016
#15: Bath Design, Sentimental Tools, and #KeepCraftAlive
52:07

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.

Sep 30, 2016
#14: Vinyl Siding, Mixing Trim Styles, Flash-and-Batt Insulation, and Apprenticing
58:22

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.

Sep 23, 2016
#13: Wood Floor Patching, Window Trim, Big-Box Stores, Staining Pine, and Plaster
59:22

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.

Sep 16, 2016
#12: Performance Walls, Excavation Issues, and Roof Replacement
57:59

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.

Sep 09, 2016
#11: Floor Leveling, Crawlspaces, and Structural Beams
01:01:35

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.

Sep 02, 2016
#10: Doors, Cabinetry, and Basement Insulation
58:22

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.

Aug 26, 2016
#9: Home Performance, Floor Squeaks, and Bath Remodeling
01:05:03

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.

Aug 19, 2016
#8: DeWalt and Milwaukee Tool Shows and The Paint Quality Institute
01:03:15

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.

Aug 12, 2016
#7: Siding and Trim, Tile Backer, and Job Quotes
54:09

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.

Aug 05, 2016
#6: PEX, Heat-Pump Water Heaters, Flush Noise, and Precast Steps
58:47

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.

Jul 29, 2016
#5: Outdoor Showers, Efflorescence, Attic Insulation, and Window Replacement
49:10

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.

Jul 22, 2016
#4: Burying Conduit, Fall Protection, and Foundation Failures
54:05

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.

Jul 14, 2016
#3: Mold, Roof Framing, and Building Code
52:19

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.

 

Jul 08, 2016
#2: Paint Quality, Tool Rentals, and Advanced Framing
57:17

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.

Jul 01, 2016
#1: Radon Mitigation, Deck Ledgers, and Minisplits
50:26

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.

Jun 17, 2016