Copyright (c) 2014 FineHomebuilding.com en-us Fine Homebuilding - "Job Site Diaries" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Job Site Diaries" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/job-site-diaries Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:34:38 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "Job Site Diaries" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Job Site Diaries" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/job-site-diaries <![CDATA[The 4 Major Window Frame Types - Southern US recommendations ]]> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:13:02 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34053/the-4-major-window-frame-types-southern-us-recommendations http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34053/the-4-major-window-frame-types-southern-us-recommendations The 4 Major Window Frame Types - Southern US recommendations Posted by Matt Risinger
The 4 major window frame materials are Vinyl, Fiberglass/Composite, Aluminum, & Wood. In this video we will discuss the pros/cons of each type along with my recommendations for the Hot/Humid Southern US. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34053/the-4-major-window-frame-types-southern-us-recommendations
<![CDATA[Revolutionary New HVAC Equipment - A Split Dehumidifier! ]]> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:47:33 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33967/revolutionary-new-hvac-equipment-a-split-dehumidifier http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33967/revolutionary-new-hvac-equipment-a-split-dehumidifier Revolutionary New HVAC Equipment - A Split Dehumidifier!  Posted by Matt Risinger
I'd venture to guess that most houses in the Southern US aren't very comfortable. They are either too cold or too hot! The missing component in HVAC is Dehumidification. Ultra-Aire has a new Dehum that I think is a game changer. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33967/revolutionary-new-hvac-equipment-a-split-dehumidifier
<![CDATA[Temporary Job Site Power Box - Plans to build your own]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:20:43 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33940/temporary-job-site-power-box-plans-to-build-your-own http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33940/temporary-job-site-power-box-plans-to-build-your-own Temporary Job Site Power Box - Plans to build your own Posted by Matt Risinger
Have you ever been frustrated by a lack of power available at your job sites? Look no further than this custom designed Temp Power Box to handle all your needs. Including a parts list to build your own! ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33940/temporary-job-site-power-box-plans-to-build-your-own
<![CDATA[Demystifying Window Labels - SHGC? U-Factor? ]]> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 22:49:40 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33885/demystifying-window-labels-shgc-u-factor http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33885/demystifying-window-labels-shgc-u-factor Demystifying Window Labels - SHGC? U-Factor?  Posted by Matt Risinger
Learn to decipher the codes on the window labels, and know what stats to look for in a good window (and what meets current building codes). In this video I'll explain in plain english what U-Factor means (and how to relate it to R-value), as well as the meaning to SHGC. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33885/demystifying-window-labels-shgc-u-factor
<![CDATA[Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review]]> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:34:44 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33247/sticky-house-wrap-delta-vent-sa-review http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33247/sticky-house-wrap-delta-vent-sa-review Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review Posted by Matt Risinger
Sticky House Wrap? Yes, that makes perfect sense. I just completed my first job with Delta Vent SA a house wrap from German company Cosella-Dorken. Here's my impressions. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33247/sticky-house-wrap-delta-vent-sa-review
<![CDATA[Oil vs Latex Paint for Millwork (Ben Moore Aura Review)]]> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:04:11 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33127/oil-vs-latex-paint-for-millwork-ben-moore-aura-review http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33127/oil-vs-latex-paint-for-millwork-ben-moore-aura-review Oil vs Latex Paint for Millwork (Ben Moore Aura Review) Posted by Matt Risinger
Classic argument among Custom Builders: Oil or Latex for Millwork. I've been an Oil fan for years but I'm finally coming around to Latex and I think I've found the right paint for the "Crisp" paint job that I demand in my houses. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33127/oil-vs-latex-paint-for-millwork-ben-moore-aura-review
<![CDATA[Mesquite Hardwood Floor Install - Tips & tricks from a wood geek]]> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:12:04 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32985/mesquite-hardwood-floor-install-tips-tricks-from-a-wood-geek http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32985/mesquite-hardwood-floor-install-tips-tricks-from-a-wood-geek Mesquite Hardwood Floor Install - Tips & tricks from a wood geek Posted by Matt Risinger
This Mesquite Hardwood floor is stunning and this video will show you the start-to-finish process. I've included some tips from a geeky Custom Builder that you won't find anywhere else. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32985/mesquite-hardwood-floor-install-tips-tricks-from-a-wood-geek
<![CDATA[Hardware Geek - Accurate Pocket Door Hardware Review]]> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 15:39:43 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32830/hardware-geek-accurate-pocket-door-hardware-review http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32830/hardware-geek-accurate-pocket-door-hardware-review Hardware Geek - Accurate Pocket Door Hardware Review Posted by Matt Risinger
I'm a hardware geek, and I think hardware can make or break a house. Here's what I think about Accurate's full mortise pocket door hardware. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32830/hardware-geek-accurate-pocket-door-hardware-review
<![CDATA[Siga Wigluv - Air Sealing Tape Review]]> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32788/siga-wigluv-air-sealing-tape-review http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32788/siga-wigluv-air-sealing-tape-review Siga Wigluv - Air Sealing Tape Review Posted by Matt Risinger
There are 4 things every house must control (in order of importance). 1. Water 2. Air 3. Vapor 4. Thermal Codes have only started to address air control and I think many builders in the US are behind in this area. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32788/siga-wigluv-air-sealing-tape-review
<![CDATA[Cheap Trick - Recessed Dryer Box Model 425 Review]]> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:26:31 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32786/cheap-trick-recessed-dryer-box-model-425-review http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32786/cheap-trick-recessed-dryer-box-model-425-review Matt Risinger
If you've ever installed a clothes dryer you know the vent at the back is in danger of being choked & pinched the moment you push the unit into place. This little $30 part is worth it's weight in gold! ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32786/cheap-trick-recessed-dryer-box-model-425-review
<![CDATA[CREE's New Linear LED Fixture Review SL24 & SL40]]> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 17:06:48 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32745/crees-new-linear-led-fixture-review-sl24-sl40 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32745/crees-new-linear-led-fixture-review-sl24-sl40 CREE's New Linear LED Fixture Review SL24 & SL40 Posted by Matt Risinger
I think this new CREE fixture might finally signal the end of the T-5 Fluorescent Fixtures. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32745/crees-new-linear-led-fixture-review-sl24-sl40
<![CDATA[Gift Guide for Builders]]> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:42:17 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32679/gift-guide-for-builders http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32679/gift-guide-for-builders Gift Guide for Builders Posted by Matt Risinger
Here's a few gifts for the Builder on your list. $10-$$$$. All approved and used by Matt Risinger. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32679/gift-guide-for-builders
<![CDATA[Using Soss Hinges for a Concealed Door]]> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:44:36 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32328/using-soss-hinges-for-a-concealed-door http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32328/using-soss-hinges-for-a-concealed-door Using Soss Hinges for a Concealed Door Posted by Matt Risinger
Hidden Doors are super cool, but it takes some slick hardware and a skilled carpenter to pull one off successfully. See how my crew used Soss Hinges for this concealed door to a master bathroom toilet. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32328/using-soss-hinges-for-a-concealed-door
<![CDATA[Maintain your Tankless, or else!]]> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:02:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31962/maintain-your-tankless-or-else http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31962/maintain-your-tankless-or-else Maintain your Tankless, or else! Posted by Matt Risinger
Your fancy Tankless Water Heater needs maintenance, and if you neglect this annual flush you may be destained for trouble. See this 5 minute video on how to do a vinegar flush to remove calcium deposits from your tankless unit's boiler. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31962/maintain-your-tankless-or-else
<![CDATA[OSB vs Plywood Sheathing - or Both?]]> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:30:12 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31870/osb-vs-plywood-sheathing-or-both http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31870/osb-vs-plywood-sheathing-or-both OSB vs Plywood Sheathing - or Both? Posted by Matt Risinger
OSB vs Plywood Sheathing is a question that comes up often in my Custom Builders Group. In this video I'll explain why I use both, and share some secret methods to building a house that will last for generations. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31870/osb-vs-plywood-sheathing-or-both
<![CDATA[How to Insulate a Slab Foundation]]> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:35:58 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31642/how-to-insulate-a-slab-foundation http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31642/how-to-insulate-a-slab-foundation How to Insulate a Slab Foundation Posted by Matt Risinger
Have you ever wondered why Slab Foundations aren't insulated? Two reasons, your house needs to be pretty efficient first before it's necessary, then it's darn hard to accomplish without making an easy path for termites. In this video I'll show you how we used Borated Treated Perimeter foam to insulate a Texas Slab on Grade Foundation. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31642/how-to-insulate-a-slab-foundation
<![CDATA[Adding a Porte-Cochere]]> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:46:23 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12940/adding-a-porte-cochere http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12940/adding-a-porte-cochere Adding a Porte-Cochere Posted by MikeFitzpatrick
Furnituremaker and remodeler Michael Fitzpatrick shows how he built a car port to match his 19th century home using engineered lumber, decorative moldings, and heat-bent PVC arches ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12940/adding-a-porte-cochere
<![CDATA[Garage AC - Wrong Way & Right Way ]]> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:18:30 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31322/garage-ac-wrong-way-right-way http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31322/garage-ac-wrong-way-right-way Garage AC - Wrong Way & Right Way Posted by Matt Risinger
Who wouldn't love their garage to be Air Conditioned? In this video I'll show you two methods to accomplish that cool garage. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31322/garage-ac-wrong-way-right-way
<![CDATA[Hidden Giant Medicine Cabinet ]]> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:26:32 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31170/hidden-giant-medicine-cabinet http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31170/hidden-giant-medicine-cabinet Hidden Giant Medicine Cabinet Posted by Matt Risinger
Everyone loves a medicine cabinet, and this is the biggest one I've ever seen. Scott Ginder the Architect on this remodel designed this med cab with all the features; Tons of glass shelves, LED lights, and an electrical outlet for my clients toothbrush. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31170/hidden-giant-medicine-cabinet
<![CDATA[Water Heater that's also an AC! ATI66 Heat Pump Water Heater Review]]> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:35:40 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29893/water-heater-thats-also-an-ac-ati66-heat-pump-water-heater-review http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29893/water-heater-thats-also-an-ac-ati66-heat-pump-water-heater-review Water Heater that's also an AC!  ATI66 Heat Pump Water Heater Review Posted by Matt Risinger
I like Heat Pump Water Heaters, they heat water and they throw off cool & dehumidified air! Seems like the perfect product to have inside our Hot Texas homes. See my full review of the AirGenerate ATI 66 gallon HPWH. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29893/water-heater-thats-also-an-ac-ati66-heat-pump-water-heater-review