Copyright (c) 2014 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "Editor's Notepad" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Editor's Notepad" blog entries Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:55:26 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "Editor's Notepad" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Editor's Notepad" blog entries <![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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Extended Tailgate Interview: Susan Marvin, Window Manufacturer]]> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:58:14 -0500 Extended Tailgate Interview: Susan Marvin, Window Manufacturer Posted by FHBdotcom
Editor's note: We didn't quite have room for the entire interview in the recent issue of Fine Homebuilding so we're posting it here SUSAN MARVIN, WINDOW MANUFACTURER Keeping a labor force intact was... ]]>
<![CDATA[Outdoor Projects Special Issues Available for iPad]]> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:18:55 -0500 Outdoor Projects Special Issues Available for iPad Posted by rwotzak
Download the Fine Homebuilding app to find mini magazine issues on building decks, sheds, patios, and more ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Drywall Is Done]]> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:33:52 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Drywall Is Done Posted by patrick_mccombe
After more than 90 hours finishing drywall, I'm happy to be priming and painting. ]]>