Podcast Episode 117 — Master Carpentry
Solar energy, replacement windows, air-sealing, vinyl siding, porches, posts, roof eaves, and historic renovation.
This episode features our host, FHB editor Justin Fink, as well as design editor Brian Pontolilo and associate editor Matt Milham. Rob is out installing a floor, which inspires the guys to talk about installing hardwood flooring in a couple of hallways. Justin suggests that the best order for summertime product installation is: (1) air conditioning, then (2) minifridge, and then (3) flooring.
We have some feedback on Episode 112, regarding solar power. A listener writes in to comment on the real lifetime value of PV panels, suggesting that although the manufacturer’s lifespan for the product may be 25 years, in fact panels may last another 20 years after that. Here’s the link to the PDF mentioned in the podcast.
Listener Jim wants advice on how to replace vinyl windows while making the house as tight as possible. Replacement windows and air-sealing are the topics under discussion here.
Listener Matt has a question about rotten porch posts and a sagging roof. In planning to replace them, he’s trying to figure out the new best roof-eave level. Take a look:
A listener named Vin asks about restoring rotten porch supports on a historic home. To see the photos, click on the Launch Gallery button below.
It’s time for our new segment, in which we feature gems published in the past …
Favorites From the FHB Vault: A best “Master Carpenter” magazine department or feature article.
A listener named Greg asks about putting a minisplit system in unconditioned attic space. He asks about making a part of the space above conditioned. Or, raising the air barrier to the attic roof.
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Links related to this episode:
- All About Embodied Energy.
- All FHB podcast show notes: FineHomebuilding.com/podcast.
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Click the Launch Gallery button below to see photos of Vin’s porch pillar project.