Podcast Episode 75 — Electrical, Flooring, and the Art of Craftsmanship
Tools, Window Installation, Hardwood Flooring, Circular Saws, and Electrical Panels
In this episode, the guys discuss the upcoming Remodeling Show and Deck Expo, as well as approaching work as a craftsman and some listener questions. This podcast episode features advice and commentary from Fine Homebuilding editor Justin Fink, design editor Brian Pontolilo, and associate editor Matthew Millham. Matt talks about his two-day photo shoot in California, where he met CJ Nielsen, an electrical contractor in Marin and Sonoma County. You can find CJ, whose company is CNC Electric Inc., on Instagram. The guys talk about CJ’s penchant for organization, attention to craft, and neat work. You’ll be able to read more in a future print issue of Fine Homebuilding. Take a look at CJ’s work as photographed by Matt:
Later in the episode, a question from FHB Ambassador Andy Moore sparks a discussion of timeless hardwood floors. The ur-example, the guys agree, is Red Oak. Here’s an example of Red Oak flooring, as well as the chart that Justin mentioned:
The guys also discuss other “timeless” wood flooring options, including cork and Southern Pine. Here’s that photo of the Southern Pine, nice and big since it is a super cool example:
Another listener asks about installing head flashing on new windows and doors in a stucco situation. For example:
Finally, a listener asks about worm drives vs. sidewinders, and when to use each one. Check out this video of Justin discussing both.
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Other links related to this issue:
- CJ Nielsenand CNC Electric Inc.
- Anatole Burkin’s article: A Closer Look at Solid-Wood Flooring.
- Circular Saws: Sidewinder vs Worm-Drive.
- Speaking of tools, check out tool guru and frequent podcaster Patrick’s (relatively) new vlog (video blog) called
- Join Us at the 2017 Remodeling Show and DeckExpo.
- October’s Remodeling and Deck Show in Nashville.
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