Rank #1: #166: Venting a Barndominium, Sealing Exterior End Grain, and Flashing Details for a Metal Roof
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
Rank #2: #3: Mold, Roof Framing, and Building Code
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
Rank #3: #109: Favorite Framing Articles from the FHB Vault
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
Rank #4: #205: Home Shops, Band Joists, and Working with Code Enforcement
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
Rank #5: #196: A Conversation with Architect Steve Baczek, Passive House Designer, Former Carpenter and Marine Corps Veteran
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
Rank #6: #87: A Whole-House Remodel
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
Rank #7: #176: When Are Compromises on Quality Materials Worth the Savings?
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
Rank #8: #14: Vinyl Siding, Mixing Trim Styles, Flash-and-Batt Insulation, and Apprenticing
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
Rank #9: #209: Exterior Caulk, Tub Drains, and Adding Insulation to Leaky Walls
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
Rank #10: #155: Do you Really Need a Building Permit?
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
Rank #11: #175: Stair Stringers, Laser Levels, and Duct Design
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
Rank #12: #25: Partition-Wall Window, Pergolas, and Fire Blocking
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
Rank #13: #211: Attic Insulation, EV Work Truck Conversions and a Wonky Can Light
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
Rank #14: #168: Should You Share Your Trade Secrets with Other Craftspeople?
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
Rank #15: #148: Siding Woes, Life-Changing Tools, and Newbie Home Builders
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
Rank #16: #134: Painting Kitchen Cabinets
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
Rank #17: #167: How Detailed Should a Remodeling Estimate Be?
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
Rank #18: #210: Sealing Can Lights, Protecting Foundation Foam, and Fixing Bouncy Floors
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
Rank #19: #24: STAFDA Convention, Vinyl-Siding Penetrations, Kitchen-Island Venting, and Rough Openings
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
Rank #20: #112: How to Hire a Contractor
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