Podcast Episode 101 — Cabinet Door, Hot Water, Deck, and Wood Repair Questions
Lumber, trim, deck ledger flashing, wood rot, wood putty, dogs, and bacteria in the plumbing.
This episode is a bit of an experiment, going out live on social media. Plus, there are a few technical problems with the sound. But pressing on regardless, Justin, Brian, and Rob jump right into listener questions.
Sam writes to ask about tall kitchen cabinet doors, and how to keep big doors flat. Justin suggests that the wood you choose is crucial. Brian says that the lumber choice should be purposeful. “Stock selection and stock prep, those are the two big things,” says Justin. Rob mentions joinery as well.
Listener Don has an idea to save money — enjoy cold showers and turn down the hot water heater. Great idea, huh? Well, no. Problem number one: bacteria can thrive if the temperature is lower than 120 to 140 degrees. On the other hand, a tankless water heater may be the answer.
Matthew says he thinks his ledger flashing, the wood underneath feels waterlogged, and the nails are rusty. Our excellent show producer Jeff had a similar problem, and he weighs in on how it went for him.
Listener Paul writes that a bunch of his window sills and some of the vertical legs of door casing have been damaged, with deep scratches, probably by a big dog scratching at them. Paul is looking for a better solution than wood filler. Rob says, replace it. Justin says that some colored waxes and putties may do the job.
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Other links related to this episode:
- Fine Woodworking Magazine’s Kitchen Cabinet Tips from Norm Abram.
- Cabinet Door Shoot-Out.
- Rick Arnold’s First Aid for a Failing Deck.
- All FHB podcast show notes: FineHomebuilding.com/podcast.
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