Copyright (c) 2015 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 Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:49:13 -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[Construction Site Rules]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:55:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113676/construction-site-rules http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113676/construction-site-rules Construction Site Rules Posted by Matt Risinger
These are the Construction Site Rules we post on all our job sites; we also have all our sub-contractors sign a copy of these rules as part of their agreement. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113676/construction-site-rules
<![CDATA[House Wrap for Modern Architecture]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:55:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113644/house-wrap-for-modern-architecture http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113644/house-wrap-for-modern-architecture House Wrap for Modern Architecture Posted by Matt Risinger
Choosing the correct weather resistant barrier (or house wrap) it's important to take into account the amount of exposure your walls are getting. Houses with more exposure will require a more robust waterproofing strategy. Read on for more information and my tips for choosing the right house wrap for your project. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113644/house-wrap-for-modern-architecture
<![CDATA[The Best Roof for Hot & Humid Climates]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:55:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113627/the-best-roof-for-hot-humid-climates http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113627/the-best-roof-for-hot-humid-climates The Best Roof for Hot & Humid Climates Posted by Matt Risinger
Working in Texas for over 10 years, I've learned how important it is to select materials that work well with the climate. In this video, I review the benefits of using a metal roof when you're working with in the hot and humid southern states of the US. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113627/the-best-roof-for-hot-humid-climates
<![CDATA[Tips for Building a Net Zero House]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:01:54 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113637/tips-for-building-a-net-zero-house http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113637/tips-for-building-a-net-zero-house Tips for Building a Net Zero House Posted by Matt Risinger
In this video we identify what it means to build a Net Zero house, and some of the best practices for building Net Zero houses, using one of our own projects as an example. The house we review will generate enough electricity with its Solar Array to have a Zero sum electric bill for the course of the entire year. (Some months the bill will be negative, some months they will have to pay, but overall if you sum the 12 months of the year it will be $0.) Learn more by watching the video below! ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113637/tips-for-building-a-net-zero-house
<![CDATA[Ultimate Electric Hot Water Setup]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:29:24 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113560/ultimate-electric-hot-water-setup http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113560/ultimate-electric-hot-water-setup Ultimate Electric Hot Water Setup Posted by Matt Risinger
Gas has been the traditional king of hot water in the US. With the advent of the Heat Pump water heater I think that tide will change. Here's how I'm solving the capacity issue... ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113560/ultimate-electric-hot-water-setup
<![CDATA[Fixing Concrete Cracks - Basement Slab Repair ]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:35:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73826/fixing-concrete-cracks-basement-slab-repair http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73826/fixing-concrete-cracks-basement-slab-repair Fixing Concrete Cracks - Basement Slab Repair Posted by Matt Risinger
I found a product that's specifically designed for fixing cosmetic cracks in concrete and I thought it worked fantastically well! ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73826/fixing-concrete-cracks-basement-slab-repair
<![CDATA[How do you deal with Ice Dams?]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:06:11 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73591/how-do-you-deal-with-ice-dams http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73591/how-do-you-deal-with-ice-dams How do you deal with Ice Dams? Posted by Mike_Guertin
Homes in several parts of the country are plagued with ice dams. What do you do to deal with them? Melt, chip, cut, ignore or ???? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73591/how-do-you-deal-with-ice-dams
<![CDATA[Stucco - Best Practice Method using Delta Dry Stucco & Stone]]> Sat, 01 Nov 2014 14:22:45 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37817/stucco-best-practice-method-using-delta-dry-stucco-stone http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37817/stucco-best-practice-method-using-delta-dry-stucco-stone Stucco - Best Practice Method using Delta Dry Stucco & Stone Posted by Matt Risinger
Stucco is one of the dominate materials used in the South & SouthWest, and I see a lot of installs that look like future issues waiting to happen. Here's a video on a Best Practice method that will give your Stucco facade a fighting chance at draining & drying without getting your building wet. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37817/stucco-best-practice-method-using-delta-dry-stucco-stone
<![CDATA[Quiet Plumbing Pipes ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:31:13 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36356/quiet-plumbing-pipes http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36356/quiet-plumbing-pipes Quiet Plumbing Pipes  Posted by Matt Risinger
Have you ever heard the embarrassing sound of a toilet fish in the middle of a dinner party? Here's the way to eliminate that! ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36356/quiet-plumbing-pipes
<![CDATA[How Quiet is a Mitsubishi VRF AC Compressor? ]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:59:30 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35268/how-quiet-is-a-mitsubishi-vrf-ac-compressor http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35268/how-quiet-is-a-mitsubishi-vrf-ac-compressor How Quiet is a Mitsubishi VRF AC Compressor?  Posted by Matt Risinger
Has a noisy AC Compressor outside a bedroom window ever bothered you? Mitsubishi claims to make the quietest AC Compressor on the market. Let's test and see if their claim is true! ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35268/how-quiet-is-a-mitsubishi-vrf-ac-compressor
<![CDATA[Squeak Free Floors - 3 Tips for Strong Sub Floors]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:30:15 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35139/squeak-free-floors-3-tips-for-strong-sub-floors http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35139/squeak-free-floors-3-tips-for-strong-sub-floors Squeak Free Floors - 3 Tips for Strong Sub Floors Posted by Matt Risinger
Have you ever walked by a china cabinet and the contents rattled? Or does your house have an annoying squeak in the floor as you walk down the hallway to your baby's bedroom? In this video I’ll give you three tips for framing a sub-floor that’s beefy and squeak-free! ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35139/squeak-free-floors-3-tips-for-strong-sub-floors
<![CDATA[PL400 vs DAP SmartBond SubFloor Glue Strength Test]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 09:59:41 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34886/pl400-vs-dap-smartbond-subfloor-glue-strength-test http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34886/pl400-vs-dap-smartbond-subfloor-glue-strength-test PL400 vs DAP SmartBond SubFloor Glue Strength Test Posted by Matt Risinger
PL400 has been the gold standard in SubFloor glue for years, but is it the best choice for Advantech Decking? Watch me put these two glues to the test. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34886/pl400-vs-dap-smartbond-subfloor-glue-strength-test
<![CDATA[Joe Lstiburek's "Perfect Wall" explained - The 500 Year House]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 21:34:39 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34719/joe-lstibureks-perfect-wall-explained-the-500-year-house http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34719/joe-lstibureks-perfect-wall-explained-the-500-year-house Joe Lstiburek's Posted by Matt Risinger
I'm a huge fan of Building Science teacher Joe Lstiburek and I'm finally building my first house with his "Perfect Wall" concept. Join me as I explain this theory for extreme durability and efficiency (and show off a house I'm building in Austin). ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34719/joe-lstibureks-perfect-wall-explained-the-500-year-house
<![CDATA[Simple Recessed Medicine Cabinet ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:00:06 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34306/simple-recessed-medicine-cabinet http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34306/simple-recessed-medicine-cabinet Simple Recessed Medicine Cabinet Posted by Matt Risinger
This simple medicine cabinet is recessed flush into the wall. Simple, yes but it takes a Craftsmen to pull off crisp details. Watch this video for some tips for your bathroom remodel project. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34306/simple-recessed-medicine-cabinet
<![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