Copyright (c) 2014 FineHomebuilding.com en-us Fine Homebuilding - "The Daily Fix" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "The Daily Fix" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/the-daily-fix Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:33:58 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "The Daily Fix" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "The Daily Fix" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/the-daily-fix <![CDATA[Energy-efficient framing practices for hurricane and tornado country]]> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:45:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17009/energy-efficient-framing-practices-for-hurricane-and-tornado-country http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17009/energy-efficient-framing-practices-for-hurricane-and-tornado-country Energy-efficient framing practices for hurricane and tornado country Posted by MChandler
Builders have been slow to adopt 24" OC 2x6 optimum value framing due to concerns about the strength of the structure. We have adopted several framing techniques that work with OVE to improve storm survivability while also maintaining good energy efficiency and stiffness. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17009/energy-efficient-framing-practices-for-hurricane-and-tornado-country
<![CDATA[2012 IRC Codifies Window and Door Pan Flashings]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 08:10:42 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/19895/2012-irc-codifies-window-and-door-pan-flashings http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/19895/2012-irc-codifies-window-and-door-pan-flashings 2012 IRC Codifies Window and Door Pan Flashings Posted by MikeGuertin
Window and door flashing best-practices are now code-minimum practices in the 2012 IRC ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/19895/2012-irc-codifies-window-and-door-pan-flashings
<![CDATA[Step Flashings - Code calls for 4 in. legs]]> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 16:20:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/19884/step-flashings-code-calls-for-4-in-legs http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/19884/step-flashings-code-calls-for-4-in-legs Step Flashings - Code calls for 4 in. legs Posted by MikeGuertin
The 2009 IRC now has prescriptive step flashing size requirements. They're still puny and don't meet my sniff test but it's a step in the right direction. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/19884/step-flashings-code-calls-for-4-in-legs
<![CDATA[Indoor Airflow - Perfect Balance vs. Door Undercut]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2011 20:10:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17932/indoor-airflow-perfect-balance-vs-door-undercut http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17932/indoor-airflow-perfect-balance-vs-door-undercut Indoor Airflow - Perfect Balance vs. Door Undercut Posted by MikeGuertin
Unbalanced indoor air movement diminishes HVAC comfort and can lead to increased energy bills. Testing identifies problems and two door treatments can solve them. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17932/indoor-airflow-perfect-balance-vs-door-undercut
<![CDATA[Choosing a Chimney Flue-Top Damper]]> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/4678/choosing-a-chimney-flue-top-damper http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/4678/choosing-a-chimney-flue-top-damper Choosing a Chimney Flue-Top Damper Posted by MikeGuertin
Pop-up dampers and hinged dampers install and operate similarly. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/4678/choosing-a-chimney-flue-top-damper
<![CDATA[Another Take on Framing a Bell Curve]]> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:27:11 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15980/another-take-on-framing-a-bell-curve http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15980/another-take-on-framing-a-bell-curve Another Take on Framing a Bell Curve Posted by DanMorrison
I always find articles of interest in Homebuilding each issue, but your March 2011 had an article that really grabbed my attention— “Framing the bell curve” by Noah Woodruff. Imagine! Someone else with the same project I am currently completing. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15980/another-take-on-framing-a-bell-curve
<![CDATA[Inswing or Outswing Doors?]]> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 02:47:17 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15212/inswing-or-outswing-doors http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15212/inswing-or-outswing-doors Inswing or Outswing Doors? Posted by MikeGuertin
Hinged entry doors can swing in or swing out. Which style is best for sealing out weather and thwarting would be thieves? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15212/inswing-or-outswing-doors
<![CDATA[How to Make a Stealth Soffit Vent ]]> Sat, 09 Oct 2010 17:20:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/8676/how-to-make-a-stealth-soffit-vent http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/8676/how-to-make-a-stealth-soffit-vent How to Make a Stealth Soffit Vent Posted by Ron_Trebbi
 A carport expanding to a two car garage causes us to consider soffit venting for this addition to a heavy timber 1950's home in Fort Lauderdale.         Don’t you have anything else to do or write about?       The Construction market is on fire here in South Florida, especially in the... ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/8676/how-to-make-a-stealth-soffit-vent
<![CDATA[How to Repair a Roof Flashing Boot (in a Flash)]]> Sat, 09 Oct 2010 00:33:50 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13604/how-to-repair-a-roof-flashing-boot-in-a-flash http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13604/how-to-repair-a-roof-flashing-boot-in-a-flash How to Repair a Roof Flashing Boot (in a Flash) Posted by TheTimberTailor
Here's a quick and trouble free way to repair a vent pipe roof flashing when the rubber seal part has failed from UV damage. Sure beats tearing out the whole flashing! ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13604/how-to-repair-a-roof-flashing-boot-in-a-flash
<![CDATA[Pre-assembled Woven Shingle Corners by Maibec]]> Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:07:32 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13234/pre-assembled-woven-shingle-corners-by-maibec http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13234/pre-assembled-woven-shingle-corners-by-maibec Pre-assembled Woven Shingle Corners by Maibec Posted by MikeGuertin
Pre-cut white cedar shingles from Maibec for inside and outside woven corners will speed installation without sacrificing quality. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13234/pre-assembled-woven-shingle-corners-by-maibec
<![CDATA[Simple Screen Gutter Guards Better Than Pro-Installed Systems (and way cheaper)]]> Tue, 17 Aug 2010 09:37:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13149/simple-screen-gutter-guards-better-than-pro-installed-systems-and-way-cheaper http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13149/simple-screen-gutter-guards-better-than-pro-installed-systems-and-way-cheaper Simple Screen Gutter Guards Better Than Pro-Installed Systems (and way cheaper) Posted by MikeGuertin
Consumer Reports evaluation of leaf guards confirm my suspicion, solid gutter caps don't perform as wells as humble gutter screens. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13149/simple-screen-gutter-guards-better-than-pro-installed-systems-and-way-cheaper
<![CDATA[Bookcase for a Not So Big Office]]> Sat, 17 Apr 2010 17:28:10 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12034/bookcase-for-a-not-so-big-office http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12034/bookcase-for-a-not-so-big-office Bookcase for a Not So Big Office Posted by basswood
For a very small office, I installed a horizontal bookcase at the top of the wall to provide more usable space. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12034/bookcase-for-a-not-so-big-office
<![CDATA[Should Your Old Wood Windows Be Saved?]]> Tue, 13 Apr 2010 13:40:03 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11916/should-your-old-wood-windows-be-saved http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11916/should-your-old-wood-windows-be-saved Should Your Old Wood Windows Be Saved? Posted by reeni
To repair or replace the windows on your antique home? Before you make your final decision, read the article by Rob Yagid. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11916/should-your-old-wood-windows-be-saved
<![CDATA[FHB Tip Jumpstarts Haiti Relief Effort]]> Sat, 10 Apr 2010 16:17:37 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11813/fhb-tip-jumpstarts-haiti-relief-effort http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11813/fhb-tip-jumpstarts-haiti-relief-effort FHB Tip Jumpstarts Haiti Relief Effort Posted by basswood
Problems in Haiti have been highlighted by the start of the rainy season there. The temporary camps are becoming a muddy mess of slippery paths and "housing" is even less adequate as the storms arrive. I hope to provide solutions to the problems of muddy paths, lack of good temporary housing, and lack of jobs too. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11813/fhb-tip-jumpstarts-haiti-relief-effort
<![CDATA[Postcard from Providence]]> Mon, 29 Mar 2010 09:55:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11444/postcard-from-providence http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11444/postcard-from-providence Postcard from Providence Posted by ChuckB
Notes from the 2010 JLC Live show in Providence, Rhode Island ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11444/postcard-from-providence
<![CDATA[Pocket Door Hardware Tricks, Jigs, and Trim Bending]]> Sat, 27 Mar 2010 13:40:57 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11658/pocket-door-hardware-tricks-jigs-and-trim-bending http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11658/pocket-door-hardware-tricks-jigs-and-trim-bending Pocket Door Hardware Tricks, Jigs, and Trim Bending Posted by basswood
Pocket Door Hardware modifications, a simple jig, and curved stop molding. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11658/pocket-door-hardware-tricks-jigs-and-trim-bending
<![CDATA[Restorer to the rescue]]> Fri, 12 Mar 2010 15:13:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11553/restorer-to-the-rescue http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11553/restorer-to-the-rescue Restorer to the rescue Posted by ChuckB
Cabinetmaker's renovation brings a kitchen back better than it ever was. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11553/restorer-to-the-rescue
<![CDATA[Cutting Corners: Arches and Pocket Doors]]> Tue, 02 Mar 2010 12:17:07 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11451/cutting-corners-arches-and-pocket-doors http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11451/cutting-corners-arches-and-pocket-doors Cutting Corners: Arches and Pocket Doors Posted by basswood
Carpentry Techniques for Building Tight Radius or Elliptical Arches and Arched Pocket Doors. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11451/cutting-corners-arches-and-pocket-doors
<![CDATA[Gas Fireplaces: Direct Vent vs. Vent-Free]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2009 09:32:18 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/9546/gas-fireplaces-direct-vent-vs-vent-free http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/9546/gas-fireplaces-direct-vent-vs-vent-free Gas Fireplaces: Direct Vent vs. Vent-Free Posted by JFink
If you don't have a chimney through which to route the flue for a gas fireplace, you have two options: direct vent, and vent-free. But the choice is more fiercely debated than it seems. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/9546/gas-fireplaces-direct-vent-vs-vent-free
<![CDATA[Set Tile Without Mastic or Thinset]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2009 16:40:07 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/8347/set-tile-without-mastic-or-thinset http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/8347/set-tile-without-mastic-or-thinset Set Tile Without Mastic or Thinset Posted by MikeGuertin
Skip the mess and stick ceramic tile right to the wall using a new peel and stick mat. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/8347/set-tile-without-mastic-or-thinset