Copyright (c) 2014 en-us Fine Homebuilding - Patrick_mccombe's posts Fine Homebuilding - Patrick_mccombe's posts Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:55:40 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - Patrick_mccombe's posts Fine Homebuilding - Patrick_mccombe's posts <![CDATA[Good-Looking Shower Drain]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:17:45 -0500 Good-Looking Shower Drain Posted by patrick_mccombe
This attractive tile-in drain is an affordable alternative to linear shower drains. ]]>
<![CDATA[Smart Bath-Fan Switch]]> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 13:00:33 -0500 Smart Bath-Fan Switch Posted by patrick_mccombe
A new bath-fan control from Panasonic makes it easier to keep indoor pollutants and humidity under control. ]]>
<![CDATA[Build a High-Performance Door]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Build a High-Performance Door Posted by patrick_mccombe
Download the SketchUp model to help you build your own high-performance hardwood door. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Better Permanent Marker]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 08:46:54 -0500 A Better Permanent Marker Posted by patrick_mccombe
Milwaukee's new permanent marker has replaced my old favorite. ]]>
<![CDATA[Book Review: The Elements of Building]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:24:14 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fastener-free PVC Trim]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 02:00:00 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Rules for Large Electric Water Heaters]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:25:18 -0500 New Rules for Large Electric Water Heaters Posted by patrick_mccombe
A new rule from the Department of Energy (DOE) bans electric-resistance water heaters that are 55 gal. or bigger. ]]>
<![CDATA[Portable Table Saws: We want your feedback!]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 07:54:59 -0500 Portable Table Saws: We want your feedback! Posted by patrick_mccombe
FHB is testing ultra-portable table saws and we'd like to hear about your experience with the Bosch GTS1031 and DeWalt 7490/7491. ]]>
<![CDATA[An Affordable Production Pocket-Hole Machine]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:08:41 -0500 An Affordable Production Pocket-Hole Machine Posted by patrick_mccombe
Kreg's $400 Foreman pocket-hole machine is nearly as fast and less expensive than cabinet-shop versions. ]]>
<![CDATA[Porter-Cable Recalls Routers]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:06:55 -0500 Porter-Cable Recalls Routers Posted by patrick_mccombe
This popular monster-sized router can shock users because the handles are uninsulated ]]>
<![CDATA[Install a Prehung Exterior Door]]> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:16:08 -0500 Install a Prehung Exterior Door Posted by patrick_mccombe
Installing an exterior door so it works and looks great is an essential building skill. Carpenter Andy Engel is going to show us how to do it. ]]>
<![CDATA[Blower-Door Testing]]> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 10:51:53 -0500 Blower-Door Testing Posted by patrick_mccombe
Learn how to set up a blower door and run an airtightness test. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Framing a Deck]]> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 09:54:10 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Framing a Deck Posted by patrick_mccombe
Building a porch on the back is one of the barn's last big projects. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Blower-Door Testing]]> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:47:44 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Blower-Door Testing Posted by patrick_mccombe
With training from FHB author Larry Armanda, I test the airtightness of our barn with a blower door. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Drywall Is Done]]> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:33:52 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Drywall Is Done Posted by patrick_mccombe
After more than 90 hours finishing drywall, I'm happy to be priming and painting. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Budget and Costs]]> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 10:39:39 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Budget and Costs Posted by patrick_mccombe
With the barn moving toward completion, it's time to open the books. ]]>
<![CDATA[Homes Can Survive Tornadoes]]> Thu, 23 May 2013 12:52:15 -0500 Homes Can Survive Tornadoes Posted by patrick_mccombe
A researcher says that for only $600, the average new home can be built to survive all but the biggest tornadoes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Taping Drywall]]> Wed, 15 May 2013 10:23:18 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Taping Drywall Posted by patrick_mccombe
A few tips from drywall pros have really improved my finishing. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Drywall Is Hung]]> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:36:07 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Drywall Is Hung Posted by patrick_mccombe
Seventy sheets later, the drywall is up and ready for finishing. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Heat, Light, and Internet]]> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:11:42 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Heat, Light, and Internet Posted by patrick_mccombe
Heat, light, and an internet connection make a barn a lot more liveable. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Sharpen a Block Plane]]> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:58:04 -0500 How to Sharpen a Block Plane Posted by patrick_mccombe
Associate editor Patrick McCombe shows how he tunes up an old plane or preps a new plane for its first use ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Customizing a Drywall Lift]]> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:50:27 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Customizing a Drywall Lift Posted by patrick_mccombe
A simple modification allows me to hang the lowest sheets on a sloped ceiling. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: That's definitely not OSHA approved]]> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:24:14 -0500 Patrick's Barn: That's definitely not OSHA approved Posted by patrick_mccombe
My wife eloquently describes my rig for hanging drywall above the barn's stairs. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Time for Drywall]]> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:16:12 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Time for Drywall Posted by patrick_mccombe
With the rough electric finished, installing the drywall is next. ]]>
<![CDATA[Energy Nerd Recognized by Fellow Blogger]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:56:44 -0500 Energy Nerd Recognized by Fellow Blogger Posted by patrick_mccombe
Taunton's Martin Holladay gets high praise for his Musings of an Energy Nerd blog on GBA. ]]>
<![CDATA[How To Install an Exterior Doorknob in a New Door]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:22:24 -0500 How To Install an Exterior Doorknob in a New Door Posted by patrick_mccombe
You may be nervous about drilling the proper holes for that new lock set or door handle, but it's not as difficult as it looks ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Tying Up Loose Ends]]> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:17:11 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Tying Up Loose Ends Posted by patrick_mccombe
We're just starting the rain garden, but at least the painting is done. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Painting a Big Building--Fast]]> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 12:58:56 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Painting a Big Building--Fast Posted by patrick_mccombe
Nothing improves the look of a building more than a fresh coat of paint. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Two Big Doors Make a Big Difference]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 15:01:35 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Two Big Doors Make a Big Difference Posted by patrick_mccombe
Two pairs of homemade doors make the front of our barn look a whole lot better. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Building Basic Stairs ]]> Wed, 30 May 2012 09:25:36 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Building Basic Stairs Posted by patrick_mccombe
Few things are as satisfying as building a set of utility stairs. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Insulating With Garbage]]> Mon, 07 May 2012 13:39:36 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Insulating With Garbage Posted by patrick_mccombe
Salvaged insulation is both our project's greatest attribute and its greatest headache. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Choose and Mix Setting Type Joint Compound]]> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 11:37:44 -0500 How to Choose and Mix Setting Type Joint Compound Posted by patrick_mccombe
If you need to get a drywall-taping job done quickly, this is the compound for you ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: It's Not Just a Barn, It's a Hands-on Lifestyle]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 11:46:46 -0500 Patrick's Barn: It's Not Just a Barn, It's a Hands-on Lifestyle Posted by patrick_mccombe
With spring upon us, a new garden takes priority. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Choose and Mix Ready Mix Joint Compound]]> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:51:23 -0500 How to Choose and Mix Ready Mix Joint Compound Posted by patrick_mccombe
Ready mix Joint Compound comes in a variety of formulas including all purpose, lightweight and with dust control.In this Building Skill we're going to talk about ready mix mud and I'll show you how... ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Wrapping Up the Exterior]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:40:14 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Wrapping Up the Exterior Posted by patrick_mccombe
It took a little longer than expected, but the barn's shell is nearly finished. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: The Dirt-Cheap, High-R Building]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 11:11:58 -0500 Patrick's Barn: The Dirt-Cheap, High-R Building Posted by patrick_mccombe
Salvaged polyiso and a prograde foam gun make a supercheap, energy-efficient wall. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cool Stuff from the Builders' Show: Day 2]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 17:00:57 -0500 Cool Stuff from the Builders' Show: Day 2 Posted by patrick_mccombe
I’m continuing my quest for the best new stuff at IBS 2012. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Paint Fiber-Cement Siding]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 07:00:00 -0500 How to Paint Fiber-Cement Siding Posted by patrick_mccombe
Painter Jim Lacey shares some tips for caulking and painting fiber-cement siding. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cool Stuff from the Builders' Show: Day 1]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 08:50:19 -0500 Cool Stuff from the Builders' Show: Day 1 Posted by patrick_mccombe
Walking the show floor reveals some clever new products. ]]>
<![CDATA[DeWalt Debuts Brushless Motors]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 09:12:34 -0500 DeWalt Debuts Brushless Motors Posted by patrick_mccombe
DeWalt shows off some cool new tools at a press event timed to coincide with the International Builders' Show. ]]>
<![CDATA[It's Show Time!]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 11:09:26 -0500 It's Show Time! Posted by patrick_mccombe
I'm heading to the Super Bowl of building products. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Learning to Love Vinyl Siding]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 15:53:17 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Learning to Love Vinyl Siding Posted by patrick_mccombe
Encouraged by a super-tight budget, we decided to finish the exterior with vinyl. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: A Perfect Place for a Party]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:58:10 -0500 Patrick's Barn: A Perfect Place for a Party Posted by patrick_mccombe
My son's sixth birthday party was the first use of our new space. ]]>
<![CDATA[How To Fill Nail Holes and Paint PVC Trim]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 13:52:37 -0500 How To Fill Nail Holes and Paint PVC Trim Posted by patrick_mccombe
Painter Jim Lacey shares some tips for filling nail holes and painting exterior PVC trim. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Siding for the Holidays]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 16:19:58 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Siding for the Holidays Posted by patrick_mccombe
With some extra days off, we put up a lot of siding. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Merry Christmas to Us]]> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 10:59:34 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Merry Christmas to Us Posted by patrick_mccombe
When my mom asked what we wanted for Christmas, we came up with the perfect gift. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Siding Is Just Around the Corner]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 20:45:29 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Siding Is Just Around the Corner Posted by patrick_mccombe
With the insulation and felt paper in place, we hope to start siding soon. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Wow! It's starting to look like something]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 11:43:04 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Wow! It's starting to look like something Posted by patrick_mccombe
With insulation defining the space, the barn frame is starting to look like a building. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Installing Windows]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 15:20:55 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Installing Windows Posted by patrick_mccombe
When a carpenter friend offers his help, we decide to hold off insulating and install windows. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Oh Boy! Mountains of Polyiso Insulation ]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 14:55:29 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Oh Boy! Mountains of Polyiso Insulation Posted by patrick_mccombe
We're wrapping up some loose ends and getting ready for wall insulation. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: The Hydrangea Is on Life Support]]> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 15:47:15 -0500 Patrick's Barn: The Hydrangea Is on Life Support Posted by patrick_mccombe
A freak early-season storm leaves our town and landscape in turmoil. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Priming Siding]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 10:34:56 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Priming Siding Posted by patrick_mccombe
Back-priming wood siding makes the paint job and the wood last longer. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Making Siding]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 14:26:49 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Making Siding Posted by patrick_mccombe
Yes, it would be faster and easier to buy something from the lumberyard, but what fun would that be? ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: We have a roof!]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:28:16 -0500 Patrick's Barn: We have a roof! Posted by patrick_mccombe
With the roof done, it's time to start siding. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Weathering the Storm ]]> Wed, 07 Sep 2011 15:40:03 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Weathering the Storm Posted by patrick_mccombe
Hurricane Irene spared our house and new barn, but some of our neighbors weren't so lucky. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: The Inevitable Slowdown]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:35:01 -0500 Patrick's Barn: The Inevitable Slowdown Posted by patrick_mccombe
It would be great to spend more time building, but sometimes work and family come first. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Roof Framing]]> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 09:22:38 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Roof Framing Posted by patrick_mccombe
Framing a steep roof is both tiring and a rush. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Framing Continues]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:08:12 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Framing Continues Posted by patrick_mccombe
With the walls of the main barn nearing completion, it's time to start the roof. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Raising the Frame]]> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 10:46:44 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Raising the Frame Posted by patrick_mccombe
A long holiday weekend means extra time for building. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: What Will It Look Like?]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 15:24:34 -0500 Patrick's Barn: What Will It Look Like? Posted by patrick_mccombe
A post-frame building is cheap and easy to build, but it also poses some challenges. ]]>
<![CDATA[Disposing of Spent Spray-Foam Canisters]]> Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:10:00 -0500 Disposing of Spent Spray-Foam Canisters Posted by patrick_mccombe
Disposable spray foam kits are effective and convenient, but how do you get rid of the tanks and hoses. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Rookie Mistake]]> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 14:09:45 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Rookie Mistake Posted by patrick_mccombe
Success with concrete starts with having enough to do the job. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: Underslab Insulation]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 14:46:23 -0500 Patrick's Barn: Underslab Insulation Posted by patrick_mccombe
This past weekend we leveled the gravel with a site-built jig and put down a layer of rigid foam. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cool Owner-Built Home in Georgia]]> Thu, 26 May 2011 09:39:05 -0500 Cool Owner-Built Home in Georgia Posted by patrick_mccombe
A former Georgia state congressman and aide to Jimmy Carter has a pretty cool house that uses boats, aircraft, and an ancient oak tree for living space. ]]>
<![CDATA[Almost out of the Ground]]> Mon, 23 May 2011 14:36:10 -0500 Almost out of the Ground Posted by patrick_mccombe
With the foundation done and water and power lines run to the site, the fun part is about to begin. ]]>
<![CDATA[UPDATE: Mike Rowe testifies before Senate ]]> Thu, 12 May 2011 09:31:38 -0500 UPDATE: Mike Rowe testifies before Senate Posted by patrick_mccombe
Workingman hero and Discovery channel TV star, Mike Rowe tells the Senate, people who make civilized society possible deserve more respect. ]]>
<![CDATA[Festool Postpones New Jigsaw]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 13:33:31 -0500 Festool Postpones New Jigsaw Posted by patrick_mccombe
The latest round of testing reveals the Carvex jigsaw isn't ready for the North American market. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Chance to Win Free Systainers]]> Thu, 07 Apr 2011 07:50:59 -0500 A Chance to Win Free Systainers Posted by patrick_mccombe
Home Fixated a tool and home improvement website is giving away a set of five Festool tool and parts organizers. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Sharpen A Chisel With Diamond Hones and a Honing Guide]]> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 16:44:21 -0500 How to Sharpen A Chisel With Diamond Hones and a Honing Guide Posted by patrick_mccombe
Fine Homebuilding editor Patrick McCombe shows step-by-step how to get your woodworking tools super sharp. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Jacket Has Heating Element]]> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 08:52:48 -0500 New Jacket Has Heating Element Posted by patrick_mccombe
Milwaukee's M12 Jacket uses an M12 battery to stay warm for up to six hours. ]]>
<![CDATA[Time to give up CAD (Cardboard Aided Design).]]> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 08:39:00 -0500 Time to give up CAD (Cardboard Aided Design). Posted by patrick_mccombe
With help from a friend, I've decided to learn SketchUp and enter the 21st century. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Place for Everything]]> Wed, 01 Dec 2010 10:00:06 -0500 A Place for Everything Posted by patrick_mccombe
I finally did something to organize my collection of long-handled tools. ]]>
<![CDATA[What Have I Gotten Myself Into?]]> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 13:58:09 -0500 What Have I Gotten Myself Into? Posted by patrick_mccombe
Our new project space has turned into a bigger project than anticipated. ]]>
<![CDATA[Problems with Nissan Frontier Pickups]]> Fri, 12 Nov 2010 08:50:36 -0500 Problems with Nissan Frontier Pickups Posted by patrick_mccombe
Nissan is recalling 303,000 Frontier pickup trucks for steering problems. The recall also affects Xterra SUVs. ]]>
<![CDATA[Timeless Beauty]]> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 11:28:35 -0500 Timeless Beauty Posted by patrick_mccombe
The Shakers' brief heyday has created a lasting legacy. ]]>
<![CDATA[My New Favorite Power Tool]]> Mon, 04 Oct 2010 12:21:39 -0500 My New Favorite Power Tool Posted by patrick_mccombe
After struggling with a consumer-grade chainsaw for years, I finally bucked up for the real deal. ]]>