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 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:47:45 -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[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
<![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