Podcast Episode 58 — Attics and Insulation
A shower of information about vermiculite — that’s a literal shower for Justin and Brian, from back before they knew what it was!
In this podcast episode, host and editor Justin Fink is joined by editorial director Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo. Rob shares his plans and progress as he works on the unfinished attic space of his Cape Cod–style home. Here’s a photo of his project (click to enlarge):
Other topics in this podcast: A listener asks about the real value of energy efficiency, which turns out to be … well, complicated. Another listener asks about vermiculite, and whether it is really the huge and expensive problem that abatement experts describe, or just something to deal with without worry. Justin and Brian share some horror stories from back before they knew any better. Scroll down for a gallery of vermiculite photos and vermiculite links.
Another listener found this in his basement:
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Resources mentioned in (or related to) this podcast episode:
- How Worried Should You Be About Asbestos in Older Homes? by Allison A. Bailes III.
- Fixing Attics With Vermiculite Insulation by Martin Holladay.
- FHB’s advice on buying a home that has vermiculite.
- How asbestos-riddled vermiculite mining destroyed the town of Libby, Mont.
- History of W.R. Grace and its corporate malfeasance regarding vermiculite.
- More on W.R. Grace, lawsuits, and bankruptcy.
- Matt Risinger’s website. Tell him you want one of his great t-shirts!
- Big news about our $25,000 scholarship Keep Craft Alive initiative.
- All FHB podcast show notes: FineHomebuilding.com/podcast.
- Buy a shirt at KeepCraftAlive.org.
Here are the vermiculite photos the guys put up in the video version — click on the gallery button below: