Podcast Episode 108 — Restoring a Historic Craftsman
Stud finders, fiberglass batts, energy efficiency, cedar siding, rafters, and storm windows.
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In this episode, Fine Homebuilding magazine editor Justin Fink is joined by editorial director Rob Yagid and associate editor Matt Millham. Rob reports in on the fiberglass insulation he is installing in his home, and his prep for putting in drywall. He explains why he’s using fiberglass batts instead of spray-foam, cellulose, or mineral wool.
Matt recently hung a shelf in his house, and he’s found that all his studs are off everywhere. He’s been putting his Franklin Sensor stud finder to good use. Matt is also planning to take down a wall to make a bigger space, and he’s going to have issues joining floors.
Due to a technical snafu, we don’t have video of the guys for this podcast, but we do have a video question from listener Dayton. He has a historic house, with old windows and solid plaster walls that he wants to keep, but he wants to make the structure more energy efficient. Take a look:
Listener Barry has a question about storm windows, especially triple tracks.
Listener Barbara has a question about live loads and roof renovations. She asks the guys, “How are you all so zen about popsicle-stick roof framing?” Rob says that rafter ties and collar ties are part of the answer.
Finally, Justin mentions a couple trade events to check out:
- Pacific Coast Builders Conference (aka PCBC) in San Francisco, June 27-28.
- SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 25-29.
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Links related to this episode:
- Doghouse Dormers: Framing from the Ground Up.
- How to Find Wall Studs Without a Stud Finder.
- Should Your Old Wood Windows Be Saved?
- SpencerWorks.com storm windows.
- Two Track vs. Triple Track Storm Windows.
- All FHB podcast show notes: FineHomebuilding.com/podcast.
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