Copyright (c) 2014 FineHomebuilding.com en-us Fine Homebuilding - "Editor's Notepad" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Editor's Notepad" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/editors-notepad Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:07:22 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "Editor's Notepad" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Editor's Notepad" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/editors-notepad <![CDATA[Porter-Cable Recalls Routers]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:06:55 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35638/porter-cable-recalls-routers http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35638/porter-cable-recalls-routers Porter-Cable Recalls Routers Posted by patrick_mccombe
This popular monster-sized router can shock users because the handles are uninsulated ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35638/porter-cable-recalls-routers
<![CDATA[Building the Best Affordable House: 10 tips for Getting the Most House for Your Money ]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:13:04 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34509/building-the-best-affordable-house-10-tips-for-getting-the-most-house-for-your-money http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34509/building-the-best-affordable-house-10-tips-for-getting-the-most-house-for-your-money Building the Best Affordable House: 10 tips for Getting the Most House for Your Money Posted by FPR
Here are the top ten things you can do to build on a budget. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34509/building-the-best-affordable-house-10-tips-for-getting-the-most-house-for-your-money
<![CDATA[Solar Power for Home Use: The grid connection]]> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:51:39 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34548/solar-power-for-home-use-the-grid-connection http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34548/solar-power-for-home-use-the-grid-connection Solar Power for Home Use: The grid connection Posted by DebSilber
Grid-tied home solar systems offer a reliable flow of electricity and lower energy costs. But how well they work may be changing. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34548/solar-power-for-home-use-the-grid-connection
<![CDATA[Colonial-era rainscreen?]]> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 07:25:21 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34989/colonial-era-rainscreen http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34989/colonial-era-rainscreen Colonial-era rainscreen? Posted by ChuckB
During a rot repair job, I found an early attempt at a rainscreen wall. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34989/colonial-era-rainscreen
<![CDATA[A Carpenter's Table]]> Thu, 22 May 2014 10:26:22 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34725/a-carpenters-table http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34725/a-carpenters-table A Carpenter's Table Posted by AndyEngel
Fast-forward video of timber-framing a dining table. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34725/a-carpenters-table
<![CDATA[Florida plumber puts trade skills to work in Haiti ]]> Tue, 13 May 2014 09:51:29 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34624/florida-plumber-puts-trade-skills-to-work-in-haiti http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34624/florida-plumber-puts-trade-skills-to-work-in-haiti Florida plumber puts trade skills to work in Haiti Posted by DebSilber
He’s plumbed luxury homes, commercial buildings and a water park; now Fred Schilling applies his wrench to bringing clean water to the people of Haiti. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34624/florida-plumber-puts-trade-skills-to-work-in-haiti
<![CDATA[What Are the Best Affordable Home Security Systems?]]> Wed, 07 May 2014 07:57:11 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34538/what-are-the-best-affordable-home-security-systems http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34538/what-are-the-best-affordable-home-security-systems What Are the Best Affordable Home Security Systems? Posted by FPR
For home security, the low-hanging fruit may be in your smartphone. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34538/what-are-the-best-affordable-home-security-systems
<![CDATA[How to Insulate an Exposed Floor]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 13:58:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28394/how-to-insulate-an-exposed-floor http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28394/how-to-insulate-an-exposed-floor How to Insulate an Exposed Floor Posted by ScottG
A homeowner in central New York discovers some condensation in the floor of an addition that is 5 ft. off the ground. He wonders about the source of the moisture, and what to do about it. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28394/how-to-insulate-an-exposed-floor
<![CDATA[How to Finish Drywall and Not Make a Total Mess]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 09:45:07 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34539/how-to-finish-drywall-and-not-make-a-total-mess http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34539/how-to-finish-drywall-and-not-make-a-total-mess How to Finish Drywall and Not Make a Total Mess Posted by AndyEngel
Skim-coating drywall and low-dust sanding ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34539/how-to-finish-drywall-and-not-make-a-total-mess
<![CDATA[How to Get the Best Custom Kitchen Cabinets]]> Thu, 01 May 2014 16:12:14 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34490/how-to-get-the-best-custom-kitchen-cabinets http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34490/how-to-get-the-best-custom-kitchen-cabinets How to Get the Best Custom Kitchen Cabinets Posted by ScottG
Thinking of hiring a local shop to build your cabinets? Here's how to determine whether you've found the right one. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34490/how-to-get-the-best-custom-kitchen-cabinets
<![CDATA[Mortgages for a Second House]]> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:13:20 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34423/mortgages-for-a-second-house http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34423/mortgages-for-a-second-house Mortgages for a Second House Posted by DonBurgard
Getting a loan for that weekend getaway house is possible, although you may find some requirements to be stiffer than for your primary home. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34423/mortgages-for-a-second-house
<![CDATA[Ten Great Home Improvement Resources]]> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:38:13 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34411/ten-great-home-improvement-resources http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34411/ten-great-home-improvement-resources Ten Great Home Improvement Resources Posted by ChuckB
Sources for home improvement materials and information ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34411/ten-great-home-improvement-resources
<![CDATA[Flooring Materials and Supplies]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34381/flooring-materials-and-supplies http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34381/flooring-materials-and-supplies Flooring Materials and Supplies Posted by AndyEngel
Ramblings about an editor's experiences with flooring ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34381/flooring-materials-and-supplies
<![CDATA[Home Propane Tanks -The Basics]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:29:15 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34389/home-propane-tanks-the-basics http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34389/home-propane-tanks-the-basics Home Propane Tanks -The Basics Posted by JFink
Thinking of putting in a propane tank to fuel that new gas range or fireplace insert? Here's some basic info to get you started. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34389/home-propane-tanks-the-basics
<![CDATA[Outdoor Copper Lighting]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:07:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34386/outdoor-copper-lighting http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34386/outdoor-copper-lighting Outdoor Copper Lighting Posted by JFink
These classic metal lighting fixtures can work with just about any style of home. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34386/outdoor-copper-lighting
<![CDATA[Home and Garden Television]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:00:24 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34357/home-and-garden-television http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34357/home-and-garden-television Home and Garden Television Posted by AndyEngel
I've had a love-hate relationship with TV home shows ever since This Old House was the only choice. Back in those days, I was a contractor and felt the show didn't reflect the time and budget... ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34357/home-and-garden-television
<![CDATA[Outdoor-Kitchen Modular Kits]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:30:23 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25234/outdoor-kitchen-modular-kits http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25234/outdoor-kitchen-modular-kits Outdoor-Kitchen Modular Kits Posted by DonBurgard
Modular kits offer a way to build an outdoor kitchen on your deck or patio at a fraction of the cost of a custom-designed and custom-built kitchen. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25234/outdoor-kitchen-modular-kits
<![CDATA[What's the biggest private house in the world? ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:05:41 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34351/whats-the-biggest-private-house-in-the-world http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34351/whats-the-biggest-private-house-in-the-world What's the biggest private house in the world? Posted by ChuckB
We're talking about the houses that have acres of roof, whose kitchens and master suites have separate zip codes. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34351/whats-the-biggest-private-house-in-the-world
<![CDATA[Book Excerpt: Back to the Cabin]]> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:22:58 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33101/book-excerpt-back-to-the-cabin http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33101/book-excerpt-back-to-the-cabin Book Excerpt: Back to the Cabin Posted by rwotzak
Get a sneak peek of this beautiful book, plus you could win tickets to the Midwest Lake Home & Cabin Show and meet the author ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33101/book-excerpt-back-to-the-cabin
<![CDATA[Raising Really Big Stones]]> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:35:56 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32928/raising-really-big-stones http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32928/raising-really-big-stones Raising Really Big Stones Posted by AndyEngel
Man uses ancient techniques to raise tremendous weights ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32928/raising-really-big-stones