Podcast Episode 119 — Great Moments and Safety
Truss roof framing, skylights, upgrading electrical outlets, breaking up and removing concrete, jointers, and built-ins over outlets.
In this episode, Fine Homebuilding editor Justin Fink, design editor Brian Pontolilo, and editorial director Rob Yagid start off with a mention of a great feature we used to print in the back of our magazine, “Great Moments.” I’ve been working here for almost two years, but this is the first *I* ever heard of it! For podcast fans who, like me, are relatively new to Fine Homebuilding, here are a sample of Great Moments from the Fine Homebuilding Vault. PS: None of these are member-only articles, so everybody can enjoy.
- Trimming the Tree (by Justin)
- A Little Wiggle Room (by Myron Ferguson)
- The Patient in the Basement
- What Oval Vent?
- To Larry
- The Big Gulp
- See Spot Run
- Hidden Treasure
- The Airborne Advantage
- Mrs. Fremont’s Special Beeswax Formula
- Even more Great Moments from the FHB Vault
The guys also got into a discussion of jointers, and especially how dangerous they are. For more on that topic, check out this video on our sister site, Fine Woodworking, called, Safety Week: Beware of Jointer Dangers. By the way, Fine Woodworking is a great site. with TONS of member-only content. But that video is available to everybody, so do go check it out to see a jointer in action.
Speaking of workplace dangers, Justin also told the story of video shoot for a window flashing how-to; we built a mock wall with an opening for the window, with the camera positioned for the shoot. Then the mock wall fell, but the camera was exactly set so that the window opening fell perfectly over the camera, No equipment was harmed in the making of that video.
Listener John asks about adding skylights to roof framed with trusses. That leads to a discussion of modifying trusses and mixing stick framing with trusses. That reminds Justin of an upcoming FHB magazine article featuring an amazing treatment of a load-bearing wall. Check it out:
Shelly wants advice on converting two-prong outlets to three-prong.
Listener Peter writes: “What tools and methods have you found most successful for breaking up and removing concrete?” The guys talk about “maul and haul,” rebar, jackhammers, and liquid expanders, like Dexpan.
Carl and his wife are planning a pair of built-in bookcases with a bench seat between them. What are their options for the pair of outlets and the heat/ac register in the floor that will be covered up?
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Links for this episode:
- Retrofitting Skylights in a Truss Roof, Mike Guertin Style.
- Dramatic Skylight.
- Upgrading two-prong outlets.
- Two-Wire and Three-Wire Plugs.
- How to Break Up Concrete.
- Bookcase over baseboard heat?
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