Podcast Episode 86 — “Build On, Baby!”
Bed molding versus crown molding, busted gate valves, cornices, ceiling paint, and when to jump into a project when your skills are not quite up to par.
In this episode, Matt, Brian, and Rob give Justin a break as he works on the mantel article mentioned last episode. You came for the home building, stay for the jokes about Justin. And speaking of mantels, the mantel in question is Matt’s … that’s Matt Millham, our new associate editor at Fine Homebuilding, and Justin’s article is about installing a mantel into the house Matt moved into about five months ago. Look for that article in a future issue of Fine Homebuilding magazine.
The guys also talk about the windows in Matt’s new house and a brick and tile hearth that Matt has made. And Brian and Rob have a couple commuting horror stories, slightly off topic, but both amusing and harrowing.
However, most of today’s podcast focuses on listener questions. That starts off with Troy, who wants the guys to do a whole show about ceilings. Well, maybe not a whole episode, but Rob has some thoughts about ceiling design, especially on the lower ceilings he has in his house. Specifically, Rob has a bit of cathedral-ceiling envy, which he hides by pretending that they are really cavernous and not that nice after all. Brian has a smaller house with 7.5-ft. ceilings, to which he has added skylights and a bit of a raised ceiling. Plus, the guys have opinions on ceiling paint and color.
Jim from North Carolina asks about insulation in his relatively dry, relatively warm, “unconditioned,” 2,700-sq.-ft. basement that he is converting to a workshop.
Todd has a 1950s ranch in Upstate New York with a busted shutoff … but he’s no plumber. Matt and Rob jump in with gate-valve advice. Repair or replace? There are good options for both approaches.
That leads into a neat discussion about how cautious you should be when doing jobs using skills, like say plumbing or solar roof installation, that you are still figuring out. First priority, safety. Second priority, time and budget. Third priority, expectations. After all that, go for it! Here’s Rob:
“I don’t necessarily have the skills to knock out a library or an office in stain-grade mahogany, so I won’t put that upon myself. But so long as you are okay with the expectations you set, OK, go ahead!”
Or in the concluding words of guest host Brian Pontolilo, “Build On, Baby!”
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- Articles that Matt Millham has written for FHB.
- Articles about ceiling design.
- Jessica Helgerson Interior Design.
- Shutoff Valves: Ball, Gate, and Globe.
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