Copyright (c) 2014 FineHomebuilding.com en-us Fine Homebuilding - Matt Risinger's posts Fine Homebuilding - Matt Risinger's posts http://www.finehomebuilding.com/profile/Matt Risinger Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:18:03 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - Matt Risinger's posts Fine Homebuilding - Matt Risinger's posts http://www.finehomebuilding.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.finehomebuilding.com/profile/Matt Risinger <![CDATA[Wood Walls - 3 Tips]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:25:45 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36504/wood-walls-3-tips http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36504/wood-walls-3-tips Wood Walls - 3 Tips Posted by Matt Risinger
Everyone loves wood interior walls! In this video I'll show you three tips to ensuring your wood walls look great after installation. The wood in this video is reclaimed from the 30's house we were remodeling and was used originally as a wallpaper backer. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36504/wood-walls-3-tips
<![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[Cheap Housewrap Challenge - Should I pay for a premium product? ]]> Fri, 09 May 2014 14:40:48 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34565/cheap-housewrap-challenge-should-i-pay-for-a-premium-product http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34565/cheap-housewrap-challenge-should-i-pay-for-a-premium-product Cheap Housewrap Challenge - Should I pay for a premium product?  Posted by Matt Risinger
We've all been in this situation... two identical looking products on the shelf, but different prices. Which should I choose? Well, when it comes to housewraps not all are alike, nor will they perform the same. Have a look at this test that will give you an idea how these two white rolls will perform on YOUR house. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34565/cheap-housewrap-challenge-should-i-pay-for-a-premium-product
<![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
<![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[How to Use Spray Foam to Meet New Energy Codes in Warm Climates]]> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 16:31:57 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32557/how-to-use-spray-foam-to-meet-new-energy-codes-in-warm-climates http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32557/how-to-use-spray-foam-to-meet-new-energy-codes-in-warm-climates How to Use Spray Foam to Meet New Energy Codes in Warm Climates Posted by Matt Risinger
As a builder in the hot and humid South, I regularly use spray foam in my houses. Spray foam makes it much easier to encapsulate my attic (where most HVAC systems in Texas live) so that my ducts are inside the thermal envelope. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32557/how-to-use-spray-foam-to-meet-new-energy-codes-in-warm-climates
<![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[Hidden Door House ]]> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:29:49 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32031/hidden-door-house http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32031/hidden-door-house Hidden Door House Posted by Matt Risinger
I love hidden doors and this house has 4 really cool ones. This is a 1930's whole house remodel my company did with Austin Architect Hugh Jefferson Randolph. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32031/hidden-door-house
<![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[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[3 Best Practice Deck Building Tips ]]> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:23:36 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30198/3-best-practice-deck-building-tips http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30198/3-best-practice-deck-building-tips 3 Best Practice Deck Building Tips Posted by Matt Risinger
Here are my three top tips to double the lifespan of your new deck! Hint: They all deal with water and rot issues. -Matt Risinger ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30198/3-best-practice-deck-building-tips
<![CDATA[CREE CR6 LED Recessed Light Review - 2 years later]]> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:41:38 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30058/cree-cr6-led-recessed-light-review-2-years-later http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30058/cree-cr6-led-recessed-light-review-2-years-later CREE CR6 LED Recessed Light Review - 2 years later Posted by Matt Risinger
We installed a house full of these CREE CR6 LED bulbs 2 years ago and I had a chance to interview the Architect/Client about his experience. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30058/cree-cr6-led-recessed-light-review-2-years-later
<![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
<![CDATA[Tankless vs Tank vs HPWH - 10 Year Costs Estimates - Large Custom Home]]> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:10:11 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29646/tankless-vs-tank-vs-hpwh-10-year-costs-estimates-large-custom-home http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29646/tankless-vs-tank-vs-hpwh-10-year-costs-estimates-large-custom-home Tankless vs Tank vs HPWH - 10 Year Costs Estimates - Large Custom Home Posted by Matt Risinger
Most large custom homes that I've seen are relatively in-efficient in their hot water strategy. Many homes above 5000sf have 2+ 75 gal tank water heaters with a circulation pump. I thought this 7000sf home I'm about to break ground on would be a good case study on what some more efficient water heaters might cost over a 10 year period. This is some geeky stuffy...Enjoy! -Matt Risinger ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29646/tankless-vs-tank-vs-hpwh-10-year-costs-estimates-large-custom-home
<![CDATA[The "Lexus" HVAC system - Variable Refrigerant Flow Technology]]> Tue, 14 May 2013 13:24:40 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29059/the-lexus-hvac-system-variable-refrigerant-flow-technology http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29059/the-lexus-hvac-system-variable-refrigerant-flow-technology The Posted by Matt Risinger
Air Conditioners are sized for the Hottest day of the year. This results in rather uncomfortable AC about 70% of the time, as well as electric bills that are needlessly high. Enter Variable Refrigerant Flow Technology. This allows your AC to run at any capacity from 15% up to 100%. Join me for a system overview ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29059/the-lexus-hvac-system-variable-refrigerant-flow-technology
<![CDATA[Southern HVAC Best Practice Videos]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 16:26:17 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28905/southern-hvac-best-practice-videos http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28905/southern-hvac-best-practice-videos Southern HVAC Best Practice Videos Posted by Matt Risinger
This is my collection of my 9 best HVAC related videos. Most will be relevant no matter your climate but many speak specifically to best practice for the Southern US. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28905/southern-hvac-best-practice-videos
<![CDATA[Ventilation Strategies for Houses in the Hot-Humid South: Good/Better/Best]]> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:22:27 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28603/ventilation-strategies-for-houses-in-the-hot-humid-south-goodbetterbest http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28603/ventilation-strategies-for-houses-in-the-hot-humid-south-goodbetterbest Ventilation Strategies for Houses in the Hot-Humid South: Good/Better/Best Posted by Matt Risinger
Build tight, ventilate right. I learned that from building science guru Mark LaLiberte. But what is the right way to ventilate a house in Texas (or anywhere in the hot/humid South)? I'll give you my recommendations for three strategies. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28603/ventilation-strategies-for-houses-in-the-hot-humid-south-goodbetterbest
<![CDATA[Indoor-Air Quality and Ventilation for Homes in Hot-Humid Climates]]> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 15:07:27 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28465/indoor-air-quality-and-ventilation-for-homes-in-hot-humid-climates http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28465/indoor-air-quality-and-ventilation-for-homes-in-hot-humid-climates Indoor-Air Quality and Ventilation for Homes in Hot-Humid Climates Posted by Matt Risinger
The weather in the Southern United States poses a unique challenge to the issues of ventilation and indoor-air quality. Here are my opinions and suggestions on how to address these issues if you are building or remodeling in the South. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28465/indoor-air-quality-and-ventilation-for-homes-in-hot-humid-climates
<![CDATA[Nest Review - Builder Perspective ]]> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 16:16:14 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28354/nest-review-builder-perspective http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28354/nest-review-builder-perspective Nest Review - Builder Perspective Posted by Matt Risinger
The Nest thermostat has a ton of buzz, but is it worth the price? In this review you'll hear my perspective as a builder. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28354/nest-review-builder-perspective
<![CDATA[Best Practices: Methods for Installing Brick or Stone Veneer]]> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 16:45:50 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28178/best-practices-methods-for-installing-brick-or-stone-veneer http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28178/best-practices-methods-for-installing-brick-or-stone-veneer Best Practices: Methods for Installing Brick or Stone Veneer Posted by Matt Risinger
Brick is a wonderful building veneer and is the original "Rain Screen" method of separating your cladding from your building with an air gap. Rock on the other hand is often devoid of that air gap here in the South and can lead to building failures. In this post I'll show you a Best Practice Rock veneer approach with a vented air gap. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28178/best-practices-methods-for-installing-brick-or-stone-veneer
<![CDATA[High-Performance Homes Dos & Don'ts: Mark LaLiberte Seminar Notes]]> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 17:06:30 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28104/high-performance-homes-dos-donts-mark-laliberte-seminar-notes http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28104/high-performance-homes-dos-donts-mark-laliberte-seminar-notes High-Performance Homes Dos & Don'ts: Mark LaLiberte Seminar Notes Posted by Matt Risinger
Mark LaLiberte is an amazing building-science teacher. Read my blogging notes from his seminar titled "Building High-Performance Homes Dos & Don'ts," which I attended in Austin, Texas. Remember that this is focused on Texas construction, but there is plenty to learn here for anyone in the U.S. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28104/high-performance-homes-dos-donts-mark-laliberte-seminar-notes
<![CDATA[Kohler's New Musical Shower Head]]> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:12:16 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/27917/kohlers-new-musical-shower-head http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/27917/kohlers-new-musical-shower-head Kohler's New Musical Shower Head Posted by Matt Risinger
I attended a builder luncheon the other day and was blown away by this cool new shower head called the Kohler Moxie. It has a magnetic bluetooth speaker that magnet holds into a standard shower head. The sound was fantastic and I love the idea. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/27917/kohlers-new-musical-shower-head
<![CDATA[Modern Hardie Siding Details w/ Exterior Rigid Foam]]> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:43:18 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/27598/modern-hardie-siding-details-w-exterior-rigid-foam http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/27598/modern-hardie-siding-details-w-exterior-rigid-foam Modern Hardie Siding Details w/ Exterior Rigid Foam Posted by Matt Risinger
In this video I'll show you some modern hardie siding details we used to overcome the issues encountered with exterior rigid foam installation. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/27598/modern-hardie-siding-details-w-exterior-rigid-foam
<![CDATA[Drying Wet Framing Lumber ]]> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:28:04 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/27129/drying-wet-framing-lumber http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/27129/drying-wet-framing-lumber Drying Wet Framing Lumber Posted by Matt Risinger
It's not unusual for a house to get wet during construction before it's "dried in". In this post I'll share some techniques I've used to dry my houses prior to sheetrock. This is a follow up to my last post about using a Moisture Meter. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/27129/drying-wet-framing-lumber
<![CDATA[What Happens if your Framing Gets Rained on? (Learn to use a Moisture Meter)]]> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:59:21 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26842/what-happens-if-your-framing-gets-rained-on-learn-to-use-a-moisture-meter http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26842/what-happens-if-your-framing-gets-rained-on-learn-to-use-a-moisture-meter What Happens if your Framing Gets Rained on?  (Learn to use a Moisture Meter) Posted by Matt Risinger
Rain during framing is hard to avoid, so how do you know the house is dry enough to move ahead with construction? We've all experienced "settlement" cracks in new houses. While cracks and gaps may not be completely avoidable, checking your framing with a moisture meter will te you if the house is "dry" and ready for insulation and drywall. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26842/what-happens-if-your-framing-gets-rained-on-learn-to-use-a-moisture-meter
<![CDATA[Hidden Doors, Secret Rooms, and the Hardware that makes it possible! ]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:49:24 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26779/hidden-doors-secret-rooms-and-the-hardware-that-makes-it-possible http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26779/hidden-doors-secret-rooms-and-the-hardware-that-makes-it-possible Hidden Doors, Secret Rooms, and the Hardware that makes it possible!  Posted by Matt Risinger
Everyone loves a house with hidden door or secret rooms, but these are tricky details to pull off successfully. Here are a few of my recent projects with hidden doors and my favorite hardware to accomplish these works of craftsmanship. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26779/hidden-doors-secret-rooms-and-the-hardware-that-makes-it-possible
<![CDATA[Insulating an Advanced-Framed House - A Hybrid Approach]]> Tue, 01 Jan 2013 00:26:22 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26331/insulating-an-advanced-framed-house-a-hybrid-approach http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26331/insulating-an-advanced-framed-house-a-hybrid-approach Insulating an Advanced-Framed House - A Hybrid Approach Posted by Matt Risinger
Insulation advertisements would lead you to believe there products are perfect for every situation. In fact a hybrid approach is more likely to yield the high performance home I'm after. See this video to see how I used three types of insulation on this new Advanced Framed House I'm building in Austin Texas. -Matt Risinger ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26331/insulating-an-advanced-framed-house-a-hybrid-approach
<![CDATA[Bargain ERV for Hot Climates - Panasonic's Whisper Comfort Review]]> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:41:26 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26226/bargain-erv-for-hot-climates-panasonics-whisper-comfort-review http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26226/bargain-erv-for-hot-climates-panasonics-whisper-comfort-review Bargain ERV for Hot Climates - Panasonic's Whisper Comfort Review Posted by Matt Risinger
In our Hot Humid Texas climate an ERV does a great job of bringing in Fresh Air but rejecting the humidity (Energy) that typically comes with that air. Panasonic's bargain priced ERV is a great choice for fresh air in our climate. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26226/bargain-erv-for-hot-climates-panasonics-whisper-comfort-review
<![CDATA[Advanced vs Traditional Framing ]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 21:54:38 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26148/advanced-vs-traditional-framing http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26148/advanced-vs-traditional-framing Advanced vs Traditional Framing Posted by Matt Risinger
Advanced Framing isn't all that difficult and the benefits can be tremendous. In this video I'll show you a traditionally framed house and compare that to an Advanced Framed house. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26148/advanced-vs-traditional-framing
<![CDATA[3 Reasons to Choose Spray Foam Insulation for a Remodel]]> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 14:30:23 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25878/3-reasons-to-choose-spray-foam-insulation-for-a-remodel http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25878/3-reasons-to-choose-spray-foam-insulation-for-a-remodel 3 Reasons to Choose Spray Foam Insulation for a Remodel Posted by Matt Risinger
Remodeling presents special challenges for the insulation choices. In this 1 minute video I'll show you the three reason's I almost always choose spray foam insulation for my remodel projects. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25878/3-reasons-to-choose-spray-foam-insulation-for-a-remodel
<![CDATA[Texas Deep-Energy Retrofit Remodel]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:38:25 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25792/texas-deep-energy-retrofit-remodel http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25792/texas-deep-energy-retrofit-remodel Texas Deep-Energy Retrofit Remodel Posted by Matt Risinger
When you hear about a deep energy retrofit project most people think of the snowy North Eastern US. I can tell you that the strategy for a Northern remodel with energy efficiency in mind is very different that our strategy for Hot/Humid Texas. In this video I'll show you 6 things we are doing to making a dramatic difference in this 1950's slab on grade house's energy bills. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25792/texas-deep-energy-retrofit-remodel
<![CDATA[Flashing A Recessed Window using Liquid Tyvek]]> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 14:42:47 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25672/flashing-a-recessed-window-using-liquid-tyvek http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25672/flashing-a-recessed-window-using-liquid-tyvek Flashing A Recessed Window using Liquid Tyvek Posted by Matt Risinger
Flashing a recessed window is tricky, this new product from DuPont Tyvek called Fluid Applied (Liquid Tyvek!) makes the process much simpler. In this jobsite video we will take you through the steps to form a water tight, air tight, and vapor permeable window install. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25672/flashing-a-recessed-window-using-liquid-tyvek
<![CDATA[Hot Water Without Wasting Cold - Metlund D'Mand Pump]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:57:34 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25486/hot-water-without-wasting-cold-metlund-dmand-pump http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25486/hot-water-without-wasting-cold-metlund-dmand-pump Hot Water Without Wasting Cold - Metlund D'Mand Pump Posted by Matt Risinger
How long does it take for your faucet to get hot water? As you wait for that hot water a typical faucet might dump 1-2 gallons of water down the drain. The solution for this problem is a smart circulation pump. Metlund makes a great system to deliver how water to your faucets without waste. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25486/hot-water-without-wasting-cold-metlund-dmand-pump
<![CDATA[How To Work With TimberStrand Headers]]> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 14:43:50 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25349/how-to-work-with-timberstrand-headers http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25349/how-to-work-with-timberstrand-headers How To Work With TimberStrand Headers Posted by Matt Risinger
Window & door headers are typically a large source of thermal bridging. In this video I'll show you how to frame with TimberStrand engineered headers and easily achieve a well-insulated & very strong header. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25349/how-to-work-with-timberstrand-headers
<![CDATA[How To Prevent Termite Infestion - Using Stainless Steel]]> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:02:53 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25229/how-to-prevent-termite-infestion-using-stainless-steel http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25229/how-to-prevent-termite-infestion-using-stainless-steel How To Prevent Termite Infestion - Using Stainless Steel Posted by Matt Risinger
Stainless Steel, what builder doesn't love using SS? Check out this video on how to use SS Termite Barriers for a lifetime of protection for Slab Foundations. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25229/how-to-prevent-termite-infestion-using-stainless-steel
<![CDATA["I can't install this" - Poka-Yoke on the job site]]> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 15:48:04 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25187/i-cant-install-this-poka-yoke-on-the-job-site http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25187/i-cant-install-this-poka-yoke-on-the-job-site Posted by Matt Risinger
How do you prevent job site mistakes? The Japanese Management Technique of Poka-Yoke of course! See how I use this principle on my jobs to ensure we don't cover up a mistake that could cause problems years down the line. -Matt Risinger ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25187/i-cant-install-this-poka-yoke-on-the-job-site
<![CDATA[Building A Modern Craftsman Staircase]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 15:31:16 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25094/building-a-modern-craftsman-staircase http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25094/building-a-modern-craftsman-staircase Building A Modern Craftsman Staircase Posted by Matt Risinger
Building an exposed stringer staircase with reclaimed Long Leaf Pine is the job for a Master Carpenter. See my carpenter Darryl build this modern detailed staircase in a 1920's house my company remodeled. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25094/building-a-modern-craftsman-staircase
<![CDATA[Douglas Fir Stained Siding - How To Details For Enduring Beauty]]> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 10:29:49 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25035/douglas-fir-stained-siding-how-to-details-for-enduring-beauty http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25035/douglas-fir-stained-siding-how-to-details-for-enduring-beauty Douglas Fir Stained Siding - How To Details For Enduring Beauty Posted by Matt Risinger
I was back to do a one year service call on this guest house my company built a year ago, and I was struck by the beauty of the Doug Fir Siding. It looked as good as the day we installed it. In this video I'll tell you the How To tips to ensure your wood stained siding has beauty that endures. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25035/douglas-fir-stained-siding-how-to-details-for-enduring-beauty
<![CDATA[Cheap Tricks for Soundproofing ]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:02:16 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/24359/cheap-tricks-for-soundproofing http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/24359/cheap-tricks-for-soundproofing Cheap Tricks for Soundproofing Posted by Matt Risinger
Soundproofing can be a very expensive addition to the price of construction, but there are some cheap tricks that will make a huge difference for not much cost. In this video I'll review 5/8" vs 1/2" drywall, the use of QuietPutty pads over outlets, double sheetrock, and Cast Iron drain pipes. These solutions can be much less expensive than using soundproofing drywall everywhere, but still make a tremendous difference towards achieving a quiet/peaceful house. -Matt Risinger ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/24359/cheap-tricks-for-soundproofing
<![CDATA[Wood Siding - Best Practice Installation Method]]> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 07:23:15 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23991/wood-siding-best-practice-installation-method http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23991/wood-siding-best-practice-installation-method Wood Siding - Best Practice Installation Method Posted by Matt Risinger
You don't see much real wood siding on houses anymore, but wood can be a durable (and beautiful) option if we take the care to install it correctly. In this video I'll show you the tricks to a wood siding installation that will set you up for decades of beauty for your home. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23991/wood-siding-best-practice-installation-method
<![CDATA[Smart Design Advice for Hot & Humid Climates (i.e. The South)]]> Fri, 18 May 2012 11:19:17 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23584/smart-design-advice-for-hot-humid-climates-ie-the-south http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23584/smart-design-advice-for-hot-humid-climates-ie-the-south Smart Design Advice for Hot & Humid Climates (i.e. The South) Posted by Matt Risinger
Architect Peter Pfeiffer talks about how to utilize smart design for a house in a hot climate zone. His green building advice is practical and following his advice will result in a house that's well designed for the rigors of a hot climate. If you want a comfortable, efficient, durable house and you live in the South then this video will give you tons to think about. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23584/smart-design-advice-for-hot-humid-climates-ie-the-south
<![CDATA[HVAC Ducting: Rigid Metal vs. Flex ]]> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 15:25:16 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23334/hvac-ducting-rigid-metal-vs-flex http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23334/hvac-ducting-rigid-metal-vs-flex HVAC Ducting: Rigid Metal vs. Flex Posted by Matt Risinger
In our Texas climate a well installed HVAC system is a must for a new home. I'm surprised by how few builders are using Rigid Metal ducting anymore. Come see how my crew uses both Rigid Metal & Flex for great air distribution in the homes I build. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23334/hvac-ducting-rigid-metal-vs-flex
<![CDATA[Building Wood Windows On The Job Site]]> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 14:24:51 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22836/building-wood-windows-on-the-job-site http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22836/building-wood-windows-on-the-job-site Building Wood Windows On The Job Site Posted by Matt Risinger
Nothing says Fine Craftsmanship like a site built wood window. In this video see how my carpentry crew build 5 large windows from Oak, African Mahogany, & Poplar. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22836/building-wood-windows-on-the-job-site
<![CDATA[Installing Commercial Windows In A Residence - Best Practice]]> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 14:19:28 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22453/installing-commercial-windows-in-a-residence-best-practice http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22453/installing-commercial-windows-in-a-residence-best-practice Installing Commercial Windows In A Residence - Best Practice Posted by Matt Risinger
I love the look of Modern Architecture, but these modern details involving no overhangs & commercial windows require a lot of fore thought on the part of the builder. In this video I'll show you the Best Practice Install for Commercial Windows in Residential Construction. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22453/installing-commercial-windows-in-a-residence-best-practice
<![CDATA[Pier & Beam vs Slab Foundations ]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 14:56:23 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22122/pier-beam-vs-slab-foundations http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22122/pier-beam-vs-slab-foundations Pier & Beam vs Slab Foundations Posted by Matt Risinger
In the South there are two main foundation types. Concrete Piers with Wooden beams that elevate the house above the ground, and concrete slab foundations that sit on the ground. In this video I'm discussion the merits of these two options with Building Science expert Mark LaLiberte. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22122/pier-beam-vs-slab-foundations
<![CDATA[Using Pivot Hinges for a Master Bedroom Closet]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 14:25:36 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21945/using-pivot-hinges-for-a-master-bedroom-closet http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21945/using-pivot-hinges-for-a-master-bedroom-closet Using Pivot Hinges for a Master Bedroom Closet Posted by Matt Risinger
Pivot hinges make a bold statement in these floor to ceiling veneered closet doors, see how we used them in the Master Bedroom of a 60's remodeled house. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21945/using-pivot-hinges-for-a-master-bedroom-closet
<![CDATA[Maintaining & Flushing a Tankless Water Heater]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2011 16:35:05 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21238/maintaining-flushing-a-tankless-water-heater http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21238/maintaining-flushing-a-tankless-water-heater Maintaining & Flushing a Tankless Water Heater Posted by Matt Risinger
Tankless water heaters need an annual service to get the maximum life out of your unit. This is a simple process of de-scaling using vinegar and cleaning your in-line filter. This video will show you how to do it. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21238/maintaining-flushing-a-tankless-water-heater
<![CDATA[Best Attic for Hot/Humid Climates]]> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 09:19:48 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20828/best-attic-for-hothumid-climates http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20828/best-attic-for-hothumid-climates Best Attic for Hot/Humid Climates Posted by Matt Risinger
Most houses in Hot/Humid climates don't have basements so that means that most ductwork in Southern house runs through super hot attic spaces. In this video I'll show you a rather civilized attic space that really makes for a comfortable & efficient house! ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20828/best-attic-for-hothumid-climates
<![CDATA[How to Prevent Termites: Pretreat Without Harsh Chemicals]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 11:44:58 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20669/how-to-prevent-termites-pretreat-without-harsh-chemicals http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20669/how-to-prevent-termites-pretreat-without-harsh-chemicals How to Prevent Termites: Pretreat Without Harsh Chemicals Posted by Matt Risinger
The old school way to prevent termites from eating your house was to dump noxious chemicals on the ground around your house. The green way to do it is to use a borate treatment on your framing lumber. In this video I'll show you the right way to prevent infestations. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20669/how-to-prevent-termites-pretreat-without-harsh-chemicals
<![CDATA[Window Flashing - New-Construction Best-Practice Tyvek Method]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 08:26:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20416/window-flashing-new-construction-best-practice-tyvek-method http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20416/window-flashing-new-construction-best-practice-tyvek-method Window Flashing - New-Construction Best-Practice Tyvek Method Posted by Matt Risinger
In this video you'll see my carpenters setting an Andersen 100 series window utilizing DuPont Tyvek products. I consider this the best practice method for setting a window in new construction. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20416/window-flashing-new-construction-best-practice-tyvek-method
<![CDATA[How to Soundproof a Bedroom using Green Glue & Double Sheetrock]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 13:15:16 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16700/how-to-soundproof-a-bedroom-using-green-glue-double-sheetrock http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16700/how-to-soundproof-a-bedroom-using-green-glue-double-sheetrock How to Soundproof a Bedroom using Green Glue & Double Sheetrock Posted by Matt Risinger
Almost every project I build has some sound proofing needed. Media Rooms, Master Bedrooms, Meditation Rooms, Home offices... these can all benefit from some careful planning & sound abatement techniques. In this video I'll show you how we used Green Glue between two layers of 5/8" drywall to provide soundproofing between a Master Bedroom and an adjacent kids bedroom. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16700/how-to-soundproof-a-bedroom-using-green-glue-double-sheetrock
<![CDATA[Air Sealing with Owens Corning's new Energy Complete system]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 10:48:18 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16361/air-sealing-with-owens-cornings-new-energy-complete-system http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16361/air-sealing-with-owens-cornings-new-energy-complete-system Air Sealing with Owens Corning's new Energy Complete system Posted by Matt Risinger
I'm a huge believer in Spray Foam for air sealing, but foam will only air seal the cavity that it's sprayed into. Here's where Owens Corning's new Energy Complete has a leg up on Foam. In this video you'll see how their system does an excellent job of air sealing so that their total-fill fiberglass system doesn't have any air flow issues to deal with. -Matt Risinger ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16361/air-sealing-with-owens-cornings-new-energy-complete-system
<![CDATA[How to Soundproof a Wall Separating a Bedroom From a Family Room]]> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 07:54:44 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16226/how-to-soundproof-a-wall-separating-a-bedroom-from-a-family-room http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16226/how-to-soundproof-a-wall-separating-a-bedroom-from-a-family-room How to Soundproof a Wall Separating a Bedroom From a Family Room Posted by Matt Risinger
In this video you'll learn some easy techniques for Soundproofing a bedroom from a noisy Family Room next door. We're using Quietrock which is a specialized drywall made for reducing noise transmission along with Hilti Putty Pads for air sealing outlets and Acoustical Sealant. These simple techniques make for a very quiet bedroom. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16226/how-to-soundproof-a-wall-separating-a-bedroom-from-a-family-room
<![CDATA[Stealth Door With Heavy-Duty Hidden Hinges]]> Mon, 07 Feb 2011 12:20:15 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15880/stealth-door-with-heavy-duty-hidden-hinges http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15880/stealth-door-with-heavy-duty-hidden-hinges Stealth Door With Heavy-Duty Hidden Hinges Posted by Matt Risinger
Have you ever picked up a piece of nice hardware and smiled? If so, then you're an official hardware geek like me! Check out this amazing Hidden Hinge from Sugatsune we used in a door install we like to call our "James Bond" door. -Matt Risinger ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15880/stealth-door-with-heavy-duty-hidden-hinges
<![CDATA[Flashing for Hose Bibs - QuickFlash Review]]> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 16:16:12 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15786/flashing-for-hose-bibs-quickflash-review http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15786/flashing-for-hose-bibs-quickflash-review Flashing for Hose Bibs - QuickFlash Review Posted by Matt Risinger
We as builders are so diligent about using flashing boots on our roofs but when it comes to wall penetrations we're so lax about holes! In this video we'll show you how we use QuickFlash boots to correctly seal the water out of our walls. -Matt Risinger ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15786/flashing-for-hose-bibs-quickflash-review
<![CDATA[Radiant Barriers for Exterior Walls]]> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:43:23 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15427/radiant-barriers-for-exterior-walls http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15427/radiant-barriers-for-exterior-walls Matt Risinger
You always hear about radiant barriers for roofs but why not treat your walls the same way? In this video you'll see how we're using a foil facing on our South & West facing unshaded masonry walls. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15427/radiant-barriers-for-exterior-walls
<![CDATA[Framing Super Straight Walls With LSL Studs]]> Sat, 20 Nov 2010 09:30:26 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14482/framing-super-straight-walls-with-lsl-studs http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14482/framing-super-straight-walls-with-lsl-studs Matt Risinger
No one will notice if you frame your houses with straight walls, but your clients will definitely notice if they are wavy. This LSL stud makes a super straight wall for your kitchens, baths, and tall walls. They are more expensive than pine or fir studs but there is no cull and you will eliminate surprises. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14482/framing-super-straight-walls-with-lsl-studs
<![CDATA[How to Retrofit A Radiant Barrier: Paint it On]]> Sat, 09 Oct 2010 21:34:20 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13874/how-to-retrofit-a-radiant-barrier-paint-it-on http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13874/how-to-retrofit-a-radiant-barrier-paint-it-on How to Retrofit A Radiant Barrier: Paint it On Posted by Matt Risinger
This 10 year old house didn't have a radiant barrier on the roof and replacing the plywood wasn't an option. We sprayed on Sherwin William E Barrier paint for an easy retrofit that should easily pay for itself with lower attic temperatures. Simple, affordable, easy. Pretty nice. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13874/how-to-retrofit-a-radiant-barrier-paint-it-on
<![CDATA[Roof Top Rigid Foam - Taking Efficiency Through The Roof]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2010 18:19:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13655/roof-top-rigid-foam-taking-efficiency-through-the-roof http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13655/roof-top-rigid-foam-taking-efficiency-through-the-roof Roof Top Rigid Foam - Taking Efficiency Through The Roof Posted by Matt Risinger
Over the last year I've really been working on how to get my houses to the next level of greater energy efficiency and this video will show you my latest secret. We're laying down a thick layer of rigid ISO foam boards on top of the roof. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13655/roof-top-rigid-foam-taking-efficiency-through-the-roof
<![CDATA[Blower Door Testing Prior To Remodeling]]> Sat, 04 Sep 2010 10:57:36 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13365/blower-door-testing-prior-to-remodeling http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13365/blower-door-testing-prior-to-remodeling Blower Door Testing Prior To Remodeling Posted by Matt Risinger
Blower Door testing is a way to measure how "tightly" your house was built. You're heard me preach about Build Tight, Ventilate Right. Well, this is the way we ensure that we've Built Tight. This essential test is required if we have any hope to tighten the building envelope while remodeling. In this video you'll see how it's performed and what can be learned. -Matt Risinger ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13365/blower-door-testing-prior-to-remodeling
<![CDATA[Make Up Air For Commercial Exhaust Fans in Homes ]]> Fri, 20 Aug 2010 17:32:07 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13188/make-up-air-for-commercial-exhaust-fans-in-homes http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13188/make-up-air-for-commercial-exhaust-fans-in-homes Make Up Air For Commercial Exhaust Fans in Homes  Posted by Matt Risinger
My clients specified a huge gas commercial range with a high CFM exhaust fan. I was worried that this fan wouldn't exhaust properly with a fully spray foamed tight shell. In this video I'll show you how we provided make-up air so that the exhaust fan would have enough air coming in to exhaust. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Reclaimed Pine Boards Milled Onsite Into Flooring]]> Thu, 12 Aug 2010 17:34:54 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13121/reclaimed-pine-boards-milled-onsite-into-flooring http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13121/reclaimed-pine-boards-milled-onsite-into-flooring Reclaimed Pine Boards Milled Onsite Into Flooring Posted by Matt Risinger
In this video my finish carpenter uses a table saw and router table to mill some reclaimed pine boards into hardwood flooring. ]]>
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