Podcast Episode 118 — Inches and Feet
More on the metric system, paint, humidity, sheds, and foundation work. Plus, when is it okay to work on your roof without shoes?
In this episode, Justin Fink, Brian Pontolilo, and Rob Yagid tackle the metric vs. imperial debate again (see episode 116), and then move to reader questions. We had asked listeners to weigh in, especially if they are using inches or metric measures. We got some great comments from a listener in Canada and in Great Britain, including this photo of a tape measure showing both inches and centimeters:
The guys also talked about Rob’s five-day push on his home remodel. He put in some serious work on his flooring, doors, trim, paint, and baseboards. Meanwhile, Brian was up on his roof clearing leaves out of his gutters … in bare feet:
Brian says, in his own defense, “Bare feet are naturally slip resistant. I was sticking to my roof like spiderman with my bare feet, even though it was slightly wet that morning. Anyway, we should probably move on to something a little more practical.”
Listener Jared asks about his detached unconditioned garage, which is too humid. Fresh slab, just mudded — Justin says, let it dry completely, and it will be fine. Optionally, run a dehumidifier to help it along.
Listener Scott wants advice on how to kid-proof his house after renovating and painting. He wants to prevent sticks, balls, and bodies from destroying the walls, trim, and even the ceiling. First, no flat paint. Even a satin is good, and some gloss is even better. There are also dent- and impact-resistant drywall that you can use. Brian sees this as a parenting question rather than a building question. “Scott,” says Brian, “If the worst your three rambunctious boys do over the years is mark up your walls a little bit, you’re doing great! Get on with your life, and fix it up when they move out!”
It’s time for our new segment, in which we feature gems published in the past …
Favorites From the FHB Vault: Best tip you ever got from our Tips and Techniques column.
Brian’s pick is Plywood sheet-metal brake.
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A listener is building a shed on a slope. How does he make it work with a 22-in. difference in height from one side of the project to the other?
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