Rank #1: #192: Garage to Woodshop Conversion, Contractor Web Marketing, and Saying No to Clients
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.
Rank #2: #191: Matching Builders’ Hardware, Outsulation Under a Metal Roof, and Insulating a Band Joist in Termite Country
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.
Rank #3: #1: Radon Mitigation, Deck Ledgers, and Minisplits
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.
Rank #4: #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.
Rank #5: #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.
Rank #6: #160: Live from the Builders’ Show: Doors, Tool Belts, and American Manufacturing
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.
Rank #7: #2: Paint Quality, Tool Rentals, and Advanced Framing
In this episode, host and managing editor Justin Fink talks with editor-in-chief Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo about paint quality, tool rentals, and advanced framing.
Rank #8: #38: Insulating basement walls and cathedral ceilings, window replacements and make-up air, and ductless mini-splits in cold climates.
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.
Rank #9: #37: Off-grid housing, structural insulated panels, and flash-and-batt insulation.
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.
Rank #10: #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.
Rank #11: #17: Trimming Curved Stairs, Soundproofing, and Air-Sealing Drywall
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.
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.
Rank #13: #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.
Rank #14: #190: Becoming a Remodeling Contractor, Patching Holes Left by a Rotted Railing, and Strengthening an Existing Building with Spray Foam
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.
Rank #15: #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.
Rank #16: #127: A Flipbook of Houses Coming Together
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.
Rank #17: #20: Trusses, Windows, Decking, and Foundations
Trusses, Windows, Decking, and Foundations are discussed by host and managing editor Justin Fink, editor in chief Rob Yagid, and design editor Brian Pontolilo.
Rank #18: #178: Interview With Home-Building Guru Mike Guertin
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.
Rank #19: #18: Linear Drains, Exterior Weatherization, and Mudsill Repair
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.
Rank #20: #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.