Podcast Episode 113 — Bringing Back Oakum
Radiator covers, mantels, brick walls, trimwork, whole-house design, and the Solar Decathlon.
This episode features our regular podcasters, Justin Fink, Rob Yagid, and Brian Pontolilo. Brian wants an update on Rob’s radiator cover project — should he make his own or go with a package? The jury is still out — so more on that in a future episode, with photos. Then on to questions!
Listener Tom has a trim question. He wants to build a new mantel for a fireplace. This fireplace:
Listener Jack asks about installing a replacement window in a brick opening. This is a solid brick wall, not brick veneer, and it’s not a sash replacement, but rather a full window with no nailing flange. Jack asks, “How does one go about sealing that from the elements? Should I be flashing the actual bricks then sliding the window into the opening, securing it, and then caulking the gap?”
It’s time for our new segment, in which we feature gems published in the past …
Favorites From the FHB Vault: Whole House Design
Brian loves this house: Better Than Average.
Justin’s choice was the winner of the HOUSES Best New Home of 2016: The Architecture of Simplicity.
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Links related to this episode:
- Master Carpenter: Building a Modern Mantel.
- Design a classic fireplace mantel.
- The guys talked about mantels in Episode 85.
- Great Tips for Building a Mantel.
- Video Series: How To Install and Airseal a New Window in an Old Brick Wall.
- Video Extra: Moving an Opening in a Brick Wall.
- VIDEO SERIES: Install a Full-Frame Replacement Window in a Brick Wall.
- Wikipedia’s article on Oakum.
- Prisoners, Poverty and Picking Oakum.
- Chalkstone Woodworking on Instagram.
- Caulk This Way.
- Solar Decathlon.
- All FHB podcast show notes: FineHomebuilding.com/podcast.
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