Podcast Episode 88 — “The Best Home-Building Show Around!”
Fine carpentry and hand planes, condensation in an attic, and the overwhelming options for fasteners these days.
At the top of this episode, podcast host and FHB editor Justin Fink skips his usual intro so that he can boast about how great this show is. Which it is, sure, but come on, a little humility? Then Brian talked trash about some poor guy who was trying to give construction advice on a morning radio shock-jock show. Seems that the radio hosts kept interrupting the guy, so the advice was not top-notch. That proves we’re the best home building podcast out there, somehow, and relatedly, Brian was in a band once. Enjoy!
Also, the guys talk about a ringtone that show producer Jeff once made. That’ll get posted here some time, once your humble show notes compiler gets the audio file and figures out how to link it online. Jan. 2, 2017 update: Here’s a link for that ringtone!
Then Rob reins things in and brings the episode back to the nuts and bolts of the podcast. There’s a passionate discussion of fine carpentry and hand planes. Justin’s advice, based on his own misadventures: don’t skimp on shoddy hand tools.
The first listener question, from John, concerns condensation in his attic. Brian explains that probably existing water vapor in the attic is condensing on cold nails; it is probably not a leaky roof. One likely solution is to find and fix sources of wet air, such as a bath vent fan or an air leak from the living area or from the hatch or door into the attic or from can lights. The guys also talk about how to air-seal attics, especially around the chimney, the entry door/hatch, and ducts.
The second question, from Sandra, is about the overwhelming options for fasteners these days. The guys really dive into the nitty gritty on this topic, beyond the ability of your humble show notes compiler to summarize. Go take a listen, if you have not already!
As Justin mentioned, the holidays are upon us, so invest in your craft by getting higher quality tools. And of course, we hope you will take advantage of two great offers for our podcast listeners: A special 20% off discounted rate to subscribe to the Fine Homebuilding print magazine. That link goes to finehomebuilding.com/podoffer.
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Here are a few great Mike Guertin articles on air-sealing and insulating attics:
- Roof Underlayment Over Zip.
- Air-sealing at Every Stage.
- Installing MemBrain.
- Attic Ventilation Channels.
- Insulation Ramp in Attic.
Three links from legendary framing expert Larry Haun:
- Larry’s classic article on how to nail with a hammer.
- A video of Larry raising a wall.
- The story of his life, told by Larry himself.
Here are a few more links related to this podcast:
- Enjoy another video of “Grooved Pavement,” Brian’s old band.
- The Mike Pekovich episode of the FHB podcast that Justin mentioned.
- The Lie Nielsen Low-Angle Jack Plane.
- The Brazilian Rosewood Shortage: Background Info and a Newer Update.
- Use coupon code GIFT20 at the Taunton Online Store.
- All FHB podcast show notes: FineHomebuilding.com/podcast.
- #KeepCraftAlive tee-shirts make great holiday gifts, and the proceeds support scholarships for building trades students. So go order some shirts at KeepCraftAlive.org.