Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "Editor's Notepad" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Editor's Notepad" blog entries Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:44:53 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "Editor's Notepad" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Editor's Notepad" blog entries <![CDATA[Small Houses are a Big Deal]]> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:36:36 -0500 Small Houses are a Big Deal Posted by Matt_Higgins
While there are plenty of really big houses being built (do 2.54 people really need five bedrooms and over 3,000 sq. ft.?), there's no missing that small houses are a popular topic. Tiny dwellings... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Great Idea]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:03:54 -0500 A Great Idea Posted by patrick_mccombe
WD-40's new EZ-reach flexible straw can be contorted into nearly any position for spraying around obstacles. ]]>
<![CDATA[Ultra-Compact Framing Nailer]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:09:02 -0500 Ultra-Compact Framing Nailer Posted by patrick_mccombe
Paslode's new framing nailer specializes in small spaces. ]]>
<![CDATA[Brake Problems on Ford F150s]]> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 12:03:34 -0500 Brake Problems on Ford F150s Posted by patrick_mccombe
The federal government is looking into problems with the power brake system on 250,000 F150s built in 2011 and 2012. ]]>
<![CDATA[Off the Grid Living and the Law]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:45:30 -0500 Off the Grid Living and the Law Posted by Matt_Higgins
The idea of living off the grid might not be for everyone, but we can all relate to or at least see the appeal ]]>
<![CDATA[Insights Into the New York Jail Break]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:03:23 -0500 Insights Into the New York Jail Break Posted by patrick_mccombe
The New York Times has a boilermaker test various methods the escapees could have used to cut into a 24-in. steel pipe. ]]>
<![CDATA[All About the Hammer]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:00:03 -0500 All About the Hammer Posted by Matt_Higgins
Regardless of your specialty, from framer to fine carpenter, the one tool everyone owns is a hammer. You might use own all day or only every once in a while, but you own one. Check out these articles... ]]>
<![CDATA[Improving the Sawhorse]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:51:31 -0500 Improving the Sawhorse Posted by Matt_Higgins
The sawhorse is pretty iconic. This simple device comes in a variety of styles and materials, but unless you're buying something fancy, they're all pretty much the same. That doesn't mean you have to... ]]>
<![CDATA[The Hot Topic of Pools]]> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 16:04:00 -0500 The Hot Topic of Pools Posted by Matt_Higgins
Pools can be a breathtaking addition to a home and they can be a topic of heated debate. While most agree pools are enjoyable on a hot summer day, there are plenty of people convinced nothing makes a... ]]>
<![CDATA[The Most Amazing Table Ever!]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 09:22:12 -0500 The Most Amazing Table Ever! Posted by patrick_mccombe
This expanding table by DB Fletcher doubles its seating capacity by mechanically deploying leaves stored within the top. ]]>
<![CDATA[Behind the Scenes of There's a Better Way]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:05:00 -0500 Behind the Scenes of There's a Better Way Posted by Matt_Higgins
Sometimes work isn't work at all. That was the case when I recently got to serve as a producer for a three-day shoot of THere's a Better Way videos. These are the videos that editor-at-large Chuck... ]]>
<![CDATA[More New Tools From the National Hardware Show]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 08:14:21 -0500 More New Tools From the National Hardware Show Posted by patrick_mccombe
Today's finds include an improved gas can, a multipurpose work center, and a clamp for stabilizing extension ladders. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Tools From the National Hardware Show]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 07:58:30 -0500 New Tools From the National Hardware Show Posted by patrick_mccombe
I've already seen a lot of cool stuff, and it's only the first day. ]]>
<![CDATA[Heading to the Hardware Show]]> Sat, 02 May 2015 09:47:25 -0500 Heading to the Hardware Show Posted by patrick_mccombe
Held in Las Vegas, The National Hardware Show is one of the best places to learn about new tools and products for the home improvement industry. ]]>
<![CDATA[Bathroom Remodel Done Right]]> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:08:11 -0500 Bathroom Remodel Done Right Posted by Matt_Higgins
The vast majority of bathrooms are rather ordinary, but they certainly don't have to be. As one of the most popular rooms to remodel, many people are investing in features and design elements that... ]]>
<![CDATA[Build a Better Kitchen]]> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:10:57 -0500 Build a Better Kitchen Posted by Matt_Higgins
A "better kitchen" might mean different things to different people, but it's usually on just about every homeowner's wishlist. Smartly designed and built kitchens add quality of life and quality of... ]]>
<![CDATA[Announcing Fine Homebuilding's 2015 HOUSES Award Winners]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:44:59 -0500 Announcing Fine Homebuilding's 2015 HOUSES Award Winners Posted by DebSilber
These six homes demonstrate home building at its best. ]]>
<![CDATA[Get More Vehicle Storage]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:27:53 -0500 Get More Vehicle Storage Posted by Matt_Higgins
For many of you, your vehicle--most likely a truck--is basically just another tool. It's there to help get the job done. While I'm no connoisseur or aficionado, I'm a bit of a car guy, so I have a... ]]>
<![CDATA[Outdoor Spaces]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:05:46 -0500 Outdoor Spaces Posted by Matt_Higgins
Do you take your building and design skills outdoors? Here is some outdoor inspiration for you. This post on showcases some fun creativity. This outdoor space won Fine... ]]>
<![CDATA[Working With a Home-Building Contractor]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 09:29:46 -0500 Working With a Home-Building Contractor Posted by AndyEngel
Tips from a former builder on keeping a good relationship with your home building contractor. ]]>