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 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:16:53 -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[Wiring a Subpanel]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:32:58 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73881/wiring-a-subpanel http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73881/wiring-a-subpanel Wiring a Subpanel Posted by AndyEngel
Discussion of installing a garage subpanel with several tips for success. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73881/wiring-a-subpanel
<![CDATA[Frozen Pipes]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:10:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73544/frozen-pipes http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73544/frozen-pipes Frozen Pipes Posted by patrick_mccombe
Learn how to deal with frozen pipes safely and how to prevent them from freezing in the future. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73544/frozen-pipes
<![CDATA[Deck Codes]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:29:53 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73431/deck-codes http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73431/deck-codes Deck Codes Posted by AndyEngel
Unlike the IRC, the alternative DCA-6 deck code provides clear construction details. And it's free. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73431/deck-codes
<![CDATA[Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting ]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 11:30:28 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72831/low-voltage-landscape-lighting http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72831/low-voltage-landscape-lighting Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting Posted by RYagid
When done incorrectly a landscape lighting system can be a household hazard. Fortunately, installing a system correctly isn’t hard. Here are the important details to consider and the one resource you must read before installing any landscape lighting system. ]]>
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<![CDATA[The Basics of Replacement Windows]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 10:59:43 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72680/the-basics-of-replacement-windows http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72680/the-basics-of-replacement-windows The Basics of Replacement Windows Posted by patrick_mccombe
Everything you want to know about installing replacement windows. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72680/the-basics-of-replacement-windows
<![CDATA[How to Become a Carpenter]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 11:58:31 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72706/how-to-become-a-carpenter http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72706/how-to-become-a-carpenter How to Become a Carpenter Posted by AndyEngel
Advice on landing that first carpentry job ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72706/how-to-become-a-carpenter
<![CDATA[Buying Cabinet-Grade Plywood]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 12:06:34 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72647/buying-cabinet-grade-plywood http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72647/buying-cabinet-grade-plywood Buying Cabinet-Grade Plywood Posted by RYagid
Understanding plywood veneer options and how they’re graded will help you decide which cabinet-grade plywood products to use for your next built-in or cabinetry project. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72647/buying-cabinet-grade-plywood
<![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. ]]>
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<![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? ]]>
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<![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[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