Podcast Episode 89 — Gross Stories
Atmospheric water generators, working soapstone, basement flooring, ductless minisplits, glue where you just do not want it, drinking bad water, and dead mice.
There are two chances to hear editor Justin Fink’s dulcet tones this week: in our usual Fine Homebuilding podcast and as a guest in sister publication Fine Woodworking’s Shop Talk Live podcast. So follow this link and check out Episode 153.
(By the way, mad props to show producer Jeff Roos for the sweet sound effects in today’s episode!)
In this podcast, Justin is joined by design editor Brian Pontolilo and editorial director Rob Yagid as they tackle listener feedback and questions.
We just can’t seem to stop talking about drinking the condensate water from a dehumidifier or heat-pump water heater. Listener Kate mentions that there is an actual machine designed to extract water from humid air, so if you hate your tap water (because, say, you live in Florida) maybe you need an atmospheric water generator. On top of that, listener Alan suggests that just because water looks crystal-clear, it is not necessarily safe to drink. Alan has a story about drinking seemingly safe water, actually … a story that is just too gross to detail.
Listener Chris confirms something the guys discussed in a prior episode … that using mouse poison in a house is a bad idea because dead mice in walls smell gross. Chris says, “Great work on the podcast, guys. Love all the info, even if I get it too late!” That inspires Justin to talk about things that smell like dead bodies. Brian has a story about glue traps; his dad worked for a company that made them. Then a customer sent the company something in the mail … Well, suffice to say, if your humble show notes compiler balked at the bad drinking-water story, well, we’ll draw a curtain over the mouse glue-trap story with the sincere hope that you are not listening to today’s podcast while having lunch.
Justin has a story about a fireplace surround he made out of soapstone. Turns out cutting and smoothing the stone, and collecting the dust safely, is a challenge. Justin used PL glue in the project, and that brings us back to the theme of this show with a mention of what it’s like to get PL glue in your leg hair. Ow! Also, gross!
Listener Adam’s basement remodel needs a floor: glue-down or float engineered? If you choose the glue option, Adam, just make sure you wear long pants and socks to avoid that glue-leg-hair problem!
Listener Wade has a question about using trim or foam to close an unfinished gap:
Hey, that looks familiar! Actually, your humble show notes compiler has a gap like that. The guys say it’s a fire hazard, so that’s something to put on the to-do list. Also, speaking of gross stories from life experience with rodents, mice love it in gaps like that.
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- A slew of great flooring articles by Charlie Peterson.
- Justin on Fine Woodworking’s Shop Talk Live podcast #153.
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- All FHB podcast show notes: FineHomebuilding.com/podcast.
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