Episode 47 — Paint Stripper Dangers and Making Interior Doors
Witch windows, building code, heating systems, countertops, and cabinets with legs.
In today’s podcast, FHB editor Justin Fink and design editor Brian Pontolilo get editorial director Rob Yagid’s title wrong. Again. Supposedly by accident. Rob is not, in fact, the “executive editor.” We don’t have one of those at Fine Homebuilding. Sorry. They also refer to this episode as Episode 46, but it is really Episode 47. After that start, the guys talked about heating systems, cabinets with legs, concrete vs granite for sinks and counters, witch windows, building codes, and how architects work with builders. Plus a listener asks about paint removal tools and chemicals, which leads to a discussion of pros and cons, the ineffectiveness of “green strippers,” and Brian’s “brain shutdown” paint-stripper story. Another listener wants advice on making interior doors.
We did produce an extra podcast episode this week, so please check out Episode 46 here.
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Resources mentioned in (or related to) this podcast episode:
- A Wikipedia article on witch windows, found in Vermont.
- Andy Beasley’s Paint Stripper Torture Test (subscription required).
- Paul Levine’s article: Build Your Own Interior Doors (subscription required).
Here is listener Victor’s picture of his neighbor’s low-slope shed roof with six windows (unevenly spaced):
And here is listener Katie’s lovely stone American Foursquare / Craftsman house, circa 1915: