Copyright (c) 2015 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 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:45:52 -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[What's the best attic insulation? ]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:49:24 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28961/whats-the-best-attic-insulation http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28961/whats-the-best-attic-insulation What's the best attic insulation? Posted by RYagid
The answer to the question of which attic insulation is best is, of course, entirely circumstantial. When the design of your attic allows, the best attic insulation is inexpensive, easy to install and will yield the performance you're looking for. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28961/whats-the-best-attic-insulation
<![CDATA[Spoiler Alert! Preview of the Best Traditional House from the upcoming Houses issue]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:26:12 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72215/spoiler-alert-preview-of-the-best-traditional-house-from-the-upcoming-houses-issue http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72215/spoiler-alert-preview-of-the-best-traditional-house-from-the-upcoming-houses-issue Spoiler Alert! Preview of the Best Traditional House from the upcoming Houses issue Posted by ChuckB
A stone farmhouse built in the late 1700's has been restored to a modern version of its former glory ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72215/spoiler-alert-preview-of-the-best-traditional-house-from-the-upcoming-houses-issue
<![CDATA[News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks, Day 3]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:51:28 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72202/news-from-the-international-builders-show-product-picks-day-3 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72202/news-from-the-international-builders-show-product-picks-day-3 News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks, Day 3 Posted by patrick_mccombe
Even on the show's last day, there's still a bunch of cool stuff to see. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72202/news-from-the-international-builders-show-product-picks-day-3
<![CDATA[News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks, Day 2]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:19:47 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72156/news-from-the-international-builders-show-product-picks-day-2 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72156/news-from-the-international-builders-show-product-picks-day-2 News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks, Day 2 Posted by patrick_mccombe
I'm continuing my quest for best new products at the International Builders' Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72156/news-from-the-international-builders-show-product-picks-day-2
<![CDATA[News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:55:56 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72090/news-from-the-international-builders-show-product-picks http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72090/news-from-the-international-builders-show-product-picks News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks Posted by patrick_mccombe
I'm on the prowl for the best new building products. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72090/news-from-the-international-builders-show-product-picks
<![CDATA[The Story of a Stairway that Never Ends]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:38:17 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72072/the-story-of-a-stairway-that-never-ends http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72072/the-story-of-a-stairway-that-never-ends The Story of a Stairway that Never Ends Posted by DebSilber
Could the paradoxical staircase from the movie "Inception" really be built? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72072/the-story-of-a-stairway-that-never-ends
<![CDATA[News from the International Builders' Show: New Product Preview]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:59:14 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/71862/news-from-the-international-builders-show-new-product-preview http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/71862/news-from-the-international-builders-show-new-product-preview News from the International Builders' Show: New Product Preview Posted by patrick_mccombe
I'm heading to Las Vegas for the International Builders' Show. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/71862/news-from-the-international-builders-show-new-product-preview
<![CDATA[Can You Paint Ceramic Tile?]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:31:15 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34991/can-you-paint-ceramic-tile http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34991/can-you-paint-ceramic-tile Can You Paint Ceramic Tile? Posted by ChuckB
Faced with an messy demolition and potentially expensive tile, many homeowners are tempted to cover ugly tile with paint. Probably not a good idea, at least according to two experts. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34991/can-you-paint-ceramic-tile
<![CDATA[What's the Difference? Small Home vs. Tiny House]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:53:45 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/71819/whats-the-difference-small-home-vs-tiny-house http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/71819/whats-the-difference-small-home-vs-tiny-house What's the Difference? Small Home vs. Tiny House Posted by BrianP
For all the talk about square feet, size doesn't really matter. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/71819/whats-the-difference-small-home-vs-tiny-house
<![CDATA[Good-Looking Shower Drain]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:17:45 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38807/good-looking-shower-drain http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38807/good-looking-shower-drain Good-Looking Shower Drain Posted by patrick_mccombe
This attractive tile-in drain is an affordable alternative to linear shower drains. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38807/good-looking-shower-drain
<![CDATA[Wash and Flush Saves Water and Floorspace]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 09:20:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38723/wash-and-flush-saves-water-and-floorspace http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38723/wash-and-flush-saves-water-and-floorspace Wash and Flush Saves Water and Floorspace Posted by AndyEngel
Hack a sink bowl onto a toilet tank and reuse hand-wash water ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38723/wash-and-flush-saves-water-and-floorspace
<![CDATA[Book Review: The Elements of Building]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:24:14 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37958/book-review-the-elements-of-building http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37958/book-review-the-elements-of-building Book Review: The Elements of Building Posted by patrick_mccombe
Following the advice in this business book for builders will make your clients happier, your business more stable, and your life less stressful. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37958/book-review-the-elements-of-building
<![CDATA[Living in a Passivhaus]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:56:55 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37810/living-in-a-passivhaus http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37810/living-in-a-passivhaus Living in a Passivhaus Posted by JFink
Daniel Roy is one of the owners of a recently completed Passivhaus in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Designed by architect Steve Baczek, the house was featured in a series of FHB articles and videos. In this post, Dan shares his experience from the first year in a new super efficient house. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37810/living-in-a-passivhaus
<![CDATA[Fastener-free PVC Trim]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 02:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37649/fastener-free-pvc-trim http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37649/fastener-free-pvc-trim Fastener-free PVC Trim Posted by patrick_mccombe
These cellular PVC casing assemblies and trim boards have channels for siding and nailing flanges for a fastener-free look. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37649/fastener-free-pvc-trim
<![CDATA[How to Finance a New Home]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:55:48 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34610/how-to-finance-a-new-home http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34610/how-to-finance-a-new-home How to Finance a New Home Posted by FPR
Here are a few key things to know about the new world or mortgage lending. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34610/how-to-finance-a-new-home
<![CDATA[When is it illegal to call a 2x4 a 2x4? When you're in California of course.]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:51:06 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37400/when-is-it-illegal-to-call-a-2x4-a-2x4-when-youre-in-california-of-course http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37400/when-is-it-illegal-to-call-a-2x4-a-2x4-when-youre-in-california-of-course AndyEngel
Link to a story about Lowes being fined for selling 2x4s that actually measured 1 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37400/when-is-it-illegal-to-call-a-2x4-a-2x4-when-youre-in-california-of-course
<![CDATA[My Friend Michael Standish]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:16:51 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37320/my-friend-michael-standish http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37320/my-friend-michael-standish My Friend Michael Standish Posted by AndyEngel
Memorializing long time Fine Homebuilding contributor Michael Standish ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37320/my-friend-michael-standish
<![CDATA[New Rules for Large Electric Water Heaters]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:25:18 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36945/new-rules-for-large-electric-water-heaters http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36945/new-rules-for-large-electric-water-heaters New Rules for Large Electric Water Heaters Posted by patrick_mccombe
A new rule from the Department of Energy (DOE) bans electric-resistance water heaters that are 55 gal. or bigger. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36945/new-rules-for-large-electric-water-heaters
<![CDATA[Portable Table Saws: We want your feedback!]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 07:54:59 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36930/portable-table-saws-we-want-your-feedback http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36930/portable-table-saws-we-want-your-feedback Portable Table Saws: We want your feedback! Posted by patrick_mccombe
FHB is testing ultra-portable table saws and we'd like to hear about your experience with the Bosch GTS1031 and DeWalt 7490/7491. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36930/portable-table-saws-we-want-your-feedback
<![CDATA[An Affordable Production Pocket-Hole Machine]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:08:41 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36601/an-affordable-production-pocket-hole-machine http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36601/an-affordable-production-pocket-hole-machine An Affordable Production Pocket-Hole Machine Posted by patrick_mccombe
Kreg's $400 Foreman pocket-hole machine is nearly as fast and less expensive than cabinet-shop versions. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36601/an-affordable-production-pocket-hole-machine