Podcast Episode 102 — Bathrooms, Blades, and Batts
PEX, caulks, tubs, track saws, insulation, door removal, trim, and reciprocating saws.
In this episode, Fine Homebuilding editor Justin Fink is joined by design editor Brian Pontolilo and editorial director Rob Yagid. As Justin mentions, please click on over to our HOUSES Readers’ Choice Contest. Enter your info, vote for the house you like best, and you’ll be entered to win a $500 shopping spree at the Taunton Store. And you can come back every day to vote again, too. The three top house designs, of the ten submitted by our readers, will be featured in the magazine. The voting ends March 1, so get those votes in.
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Also, on Facebook a listener told us that our podcast sucks; evidently the guys are talking about their own projects too much. Speaking of which, Rob has an update on the electrical upgrades to his bathroom. Plus Rob’s cousin the plumber helped him out on drain-waste vent systems. There is some talk about PEX vs. copper and acrylic tubs vs. cast iron. And when to caulk a tub.
Listener BJ has a question about his new Makita Track Saw kit and its saw and guide rail. He has alignment and clamp issues. That leads the guys to a discussion on sharpening tablesaw blades.
Listener Rob calls the guys out on batt insulation. Is it ever really a good choice, or are the guys mentioning it for the sake of “CYA”? If it is any good, how DO you install it correctly?
Listener Jeff writes about removing an exterior door – frame and all – to swap it for a new unit. But there are wainscot issues …
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Batt insulation articles:
- How it Works: Fiberglass-Batt Insulation.
- Putting Fiberglass Insulation in Its Place.
- Making Fiberglass Work.
- Video: Fiberglass Batt Cutting Guide.
Other links related to this episode:
- Matt M.’s recent detailed video series on PEX connectors.
- Fine Woodworking’s member-only Tool Test: Tablesaw Combination Blades.
- Gary Striegler’s Simple Approach to Paneled Wainscot.
- Manny Silva’s video series on How to Replace an Old Entry Door.
- More FHB articles on hanging doors.
- All FHB podcast show notes: FineHomebuilding.com/podcast.
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