Copyright (c) 2014 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "Editor's Notepad" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Editor's Notepad" blog entries Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:29:51 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "Editor's Notepad" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Editor's Notepad" blog entries <![CDATA[Home and Garden Television]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:00:24 -0500 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... ]]>
<![CDATA[Outdoor Kitchen Modular Kit]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:30:23 -0500 Outdoor Kitchen Modular Kit 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[What's the biggest private house in the world? ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:05:41 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Book Excerpt: Back to the Cabin]]> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:22:58 -0500 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 ]]>
<![CDATA[Raising Really Big Stones]]> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:35:56 -0500 Raising Really Big Stones Posted by AndyEngel
Man uses ancient techniques to raise tremendous weights ]]>
<![CDATA[Wiring Video Tips ]]> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:38:09 -0500 Wiring Video Tips Posted by FHBdotcom
Save time and work safely on your next electrical project with some sound advice from the Fine Homebuilding video archives ]]>
<![CDATA[Are Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems Really That Much Better?]]> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:51:44 -0500 Are Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems Really That Much Better? Posted by ScottG
A writer wonders whether off-the-grid systems might rightfully find a place in the debate over renewable energy. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tablesaw Kickback]]> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 09:35:00 -0500 Tablesaw Kickback Posted by AndyEngel
Link to a video of tablesaw kickback ]]>
<![CDATA[Fixing a Hot-Water Problem]]> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:50:00 -0500 Fixing a Hot-Water Problem Posted by ScottG
As part of a renovation of his four-story house in San Francisco, John Metcalfe has added a pair of tankless hot water heaters. But instead of delivering lots of hot water quickly, the revamped plumbing system means a two-minute wait for hot water at the shower or in the kitchen. ]]>
<![CDATA[Doctoring Curves Into PVC Decking]]> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:13:00 -0500 Doctoring Curves Into PVC Decking Posted by AndyEngel
Fast-paced video of heating and bending PVC decking ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Framing a Deck]]> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 09:54:10 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Framing a Deck Posted by patrick_mccombe
Building a porch on the back is one of the barn's last big projects. ]]>
<![CDATA[Reflections on Hurricane Sandy]]> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:08:30 -0500 Reflections on Hurricane Sandy Posted by rwotzak
The anniversary of the second-costliest hurricane in US history is only a few weeks away. During the last week of October, 2012, Hurricane Sandy ripped up the Altantic coast, causing over $68 billion... ]]>
<![CDATA["You're Too Smart to Become a Carpenter"]]> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:05:04 -0500 AndyEngel
A tribute to a fine friend and mentor ]]>
<![CDATA[Child TV Star Now Makes Concrete Countertops]]> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:20:53 -0500 Child TV Star Now Makes Concrete Countertops Posted by AndyEngel
One more white-collar veteran discovers the value of hard work ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Blower-Door Testing]]> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:47:44 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Blower-Door Testing Posted by patrick_mccombe
With training from FHB author Larry Armanda, I test the airtightness of our barn with a blower door. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Insulate a Flat Roof]]> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 09:23:43 -0500 How to Insulate a Flat Roof Posted by ScottG
Atlanta architect Scott West designs a lot of contemporary houses with flat roofs, and he's looking for advice on the best way of insulating them. There are a variety of options, but at least one reader wonders whether he should junk the flat roof plan in favor of something else. ]]>
<![CDATA[Learn Timber-Framing Skills at Montpelier's Log-Cabin School]]> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 08:25:51 -0500 Learn Timber-Framing Skills at Montpelier's Log-Cabin School Posted by rwotzak
Would you like to spend a week working alongside talented restoration carpenters to reconstruct a piece of history? ]]>
<![CDATA[What Makes the 'Best' Air Barrier?]]> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:44:58 -0500 What Makes the 'Best' Air Barrier? Posted by ScottG
Planning a high-performance house in Massachusetts, Bill L asks the Green Building Advisor's Q&A Forum how to build in an air barrier that will stand the test of time. He's not sure that specialized construction tapes are the way to go. ]]>
<![CDATA[High-Speed Homebuilding Videos]]> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 14:50:54 -0500 High-Speed Homebuilding Videos Posted by rwotzak
Three time-lapse videos, each of a different style house and set to a different genre of music. Which one is your favorite? ]]>
<![CDATA[Another Take on Reproducing Historic Moldings]]> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 09:30:46 -0500 Another Take on Reproducing Historic Moldings Posted by ChuckB
FHB author Bill Rainford (#237, Master Carpenter - Reproducing Traditional Moldings) wrote a blog his work with Historic Boston, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to preserving buildings in the Boston area. ]]>