Rank #1: #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 #2: #157: Insulating Attics, Restoring Old Staircases, and Replacing Interior Doors
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
Rank #3: #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 #4: #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 #5: #245: Moving AC Equipment, Concrete Patios, and Becoming a Home Builder
Matt, Kiley and Patrick hear from listeners about pink bathrooms and pillows before taking questions on moving an AC condenser, DIYing a concrete patio, and staying comfortable with a single-zone HVAC system.
May 08 2020
Rank #6: #27: A look at how to build a whole house on a tight budget.
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
Rank #7: #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 #8: #246: PRO TALK with Peter Kulczyk
In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to building code expert Peter Kulczyk about his three decades in the building industry. He has written six books on building codes and energy codes and he has taught classes for inspectors in ten states.
May 12 2020
Rank #9: #226: Framing Details, Fasteners Sizes, and Fire Safety
Patrick, Kiley, and Matt answer questions about how to frame a roof with I-joists, a confusing code requirement for framing nails, and how different types of floor joist hold up in a fire.
Jan 31 2020
Rank #10: #174: How to Level a Sagging Floor
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
Rank #11: #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 #12: #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 #13: #243: Minisplit Efficiency, Taking Down Chimneys, and Choosing Pex
Matt, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about fraudulent contractors and making a gazebo from a lightning-damaged tree, before taking questions about minisplits, pex plumbing, and weather-beaten house wrap.
May 01 2020
Rank #14: #124: An Interview with Shawn Van Dyke
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
Rank #15: #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 #16: #216: Can Lights, California Shops, and Inaccessible Foundations
The crew hears from listeners about heating humid air and can light replacement before taking listener questions on how to seal can lights, the best way to build a workshop, and what to do about small inaccessible foundations.
Jan 10 2020
Rank #17: #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 #18: #215: An Odd Assortment of Building-Envelope Scenarios
The FHB editors offer advice to listeners with uninsulated solid-masonry walls, unusual flashing-material substitutions, uncommon cladding comparisons, and confusing insulation mandates.
Jan 03 2020
Rank #19: #214: Heat-Pump Water Heaters, PVC Trim Plus Cedar Siding, and Historic Architectural Details
The FHB crew takes questions on choosing water heaters, mixing and matching exterior building materials, getting historic renovations right, and more.
Dec 27 2019
Rank #20: #229: Garage Slabs, Carpentry Apprentices, and Water-Stained Hardwood Floors
One of our favorite podcast-crew alumni joins us to discuss the best way to build a garage floor, whether a builder should hire a laborer or an apprentice, and how to make a worn out wood floor look beautiful again.
Feb 21 2020