Recent comments

Re: Poupou the cabinetmaker

MAN who is kidding who?

Re: Are Replacement Windows a Waste of Money?

Windows should be replaced for numerous reasons, Including but not limited to adding R-value for energy savings.
1. Changing/modifying the architectural look of a home.
2. Energy efficiency.
3. Replacing damaged, worn out windows.
4. Creating uniformity at an addition to the home where original design and construction of the windows can not be matched. (with so many custom window manufactures/Restorers available, this should not be a factor)
#1 The old aluminum framed single pane windows we routinely see in California Track homes of the 50s, through the late 70's here on the west coast are ugly and inefficient. Changing the architectural look of the house along with improving the efficiency of the windows thus improving the Cub appeal of the house can be a great incentive to swallow the costs of the changes. Maintenance of new wood windows is greatly diminished by purchasing and installing Aluminum clad windows
#s2 &3. IF you currently have wooden windows, and the exterior architecture should not or cannot be altered, such as with historically significant/protected homes, replacement sashes and components with new weatherstripping and multi-pane glass is the way to go, even if it is done one or two at a time due to budget reasons.
#4. It's common to roll up the costs of this type of work in the remodel/additions budget. Again I emphasize custom window builders are abundant in the industry, and can be found with a little effort

I am not a fan of VINYL windows/doors, siding or any other building product under any conditions. I am a student of the Vinyl siding craze we saw during the 60's & 70's. Given the improvements in durability of the materials during recent years, I am still not convinced. I was involved in plastics industry for a number of years, and do not believe the benefits/durability out-weigh the affects from manufacturing on the environment.
Just because there are federal an state tax incentives available for replacement of inefficient windows & doors, I think it irresponsible to use that as the main criteria for replacement. If it is worth doing, it's worth doing right...................Do your homework, get all the facts and make an informed decision.

Re: Timber-Frame Challenge: We Have Our Winner

I would love to see the details on the construction of the joints on this. Is there any way we can see published details of these joints..................Outstanding work.

Re: Play Fine Homebuilding's Game "The Inspector"

Dumb Luck and a good hint on the last two items. The register to keep pipes from freezing was way too obvious, but it is something I could expect from home grown solutions or Quick Fixes often seen. At least this was not a fire hazard. The uninsulated pipes were something I do not run into much on the west coast.

Re: Saying Goodbye to Norm Abram and his New Yankee Workshop

Norm has been a great source of inspiration tome as a woodworker for many years. Unfortunately I was not able to receive his show on PBS for many years due to local programming issues but those I had succeeded in taping became my own library of projects. We no longer have wood shop in many of our high schools, and as a result there are fewer teachers that exemplify the love of craft and understanding of how to teach that craft. Norm was that teacher, mentor, friend................. With this closing of "school", we will loose another of our prized "High School Shop Teachers", one who went far beyond a single classroom to teach us all. I will miss him greatly.
Please keep his shows available for down load so his legacy can be passed on for years to come.