Podcast Episode 123 — When Your Neighbor Hates the Mess in Your Yard
Fireplace surrounds, porch hardware, door frame rot, and when the neighbors have let things get "out of hand."
This is the usual Friday morning episode of the FHB podcast, number 123, and last week was 120. That jump is because episodes 121 and 122 were trade show specials, broadcast live from the floor at the Pacific Coast Builder Conference (PCBC 2018). For easy reference, here are links to the show notes for those episodes:
For a lot more industry event news this week from the FHB team, scroll down to the links at the bottom of this page.
Anyway, for today’s new episode, recorded before this busy week began, Justin, Rob, and Brian tackle listener questions from the peaceful, quiet shelter of the Taunton Podcast Studio here at the home office in Newtown, Conn.
But first, Rob wants to ask when it’s okay for a neighbor to complain about the state of your yard. Brian starts off as a property-rights advocate, but he draws the line at leaving refrigerators lying on the lawn. Justin and Rob cannot imagine knocking on a neighbor’s door to suggest a tidying … unless things get “out of hand.” Brian admits he has had a problem with a barking dog. They guys end up talking about how to be just plain neighborly.
On to questions … starting with a good one from listener KJ. The issue is rotten exterior trim, with the rot extending to the bottom of a doorway. The guys say it depends on what’s rotten: the sill along the bottom, the jambs that the door leans against, or the casing, or trim, that spans the gap where the door meets the house. Step one: figure out why there is rot.
Aaron asks for advice on porch hardware. “We’re currently working on a wraparound porch for our RV ‘tiny house’ in sunny southwestern New Mexico. … What would you guys recommend for attaching the king, hip, and jack rafters?”
Listener Jeff wants to replace an existing fireplace mantle shelf with a fireplace surround. He sends in three photos, and you can check those out in a slide show by clicking the button at the bottom of this post.
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Links for this episode:
- NEWS: FHB Presents $70K in KCA Scholarships.
- NEWS: SkillsUSA National Championships 2018.
- NEWS: Scenes and Sounds from 2018 PCBC.
- NEWS: Fundraiser Kicks Off Next Year’s Scholarships.
- Andy Engel’s Repairing Rot with Epoxy.
- Fireplace Surrounds.
- Justin’s Easy, Elegant Mantel.
- Master Carpenter Video Series: Building a Modern Mantel.
- Great Tips for Building a Mantel.
- All FHB podcast show notes: FineHomebuilding.com/podcast.
- #KeepCraftAlive tee-shirts support scholarships for building trades students. So go order some shirts at KeepCraftAlive.org.
- The direct link to the online store is here.
And don’t forget to click the Launch Gallery button below to see listener Jeff’s fireplace project.
Listener Jeff wants advice on how best to replace the mantel shelf with a surround.
Jeff writes: "The issue lies in the bricks protruding out from the fireplace and how to build the surround around them while making the surround look good. I am NOT looking to grind the bricks way as that would cause a huge mess and issues with upper management, a.k.a. the wife."
The existing mantel is 8"deep, 5" high, including crown. Seems to be built on 2x4s or 2x6s. The distance between the top of the firebox opening and the existing mantel is 20". The width of fireplace, not fire box, is 68". Protruding brings extend out 3", 2", and 1", respectively. The height of stacked protruding bricks is 8". And the distance between top of firebox and lowest protruding brick is 12".