Episode 45 — Blower-Door Tests and Making Your Own Concrete Patio Pavers
In this week's podcast: cabinets, hot water heaters, deck finishing, and pegboard vs slat-wall.
In this podcast episode, host and FHB editor Justin Fink talks with design editor Brian Pontolilo and associate editor Patrick McCombe about TPR 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.
By the way, in the podcast, Patrick misspoke and called them “TPO” valves. But it is really TPR!
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Resources mentioned in (or related to) this podcast episode:
- Tool Box Project (reader submission)
- Deck Refinishing
- Articles by Shellac and Finish Expert Peter Gedrys
- How to Lay Concrete Pavers
- Paver Pattern from Quikrete
- Paver Installation Supervisor
- Photos of Brian’s kitchen cabinets are in the show notes for Episode 44 (scroll down)
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