Podcast 330: Anniversary Edition Interview With Patrick McCombe
As part of FHB’s 40th Anniversary, regular listener Jonathan interviews regular podcast host Patrick McCombe.
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In this special episode, Patrick flips the script and lets one of our regular podcast listeners run the show. Jonathan from Silver Spring, MD, who has had a few of his emails answered live on the show over the years, joins us and asks Patrick what it’s like behind the scenes at FHB, and asks for his insights into tools, DIY projects, the state of the construction industry, and more.
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Jonathan’s questions for Patrick:
Question 1: We both are what you can describe as frugal men, how do you decide it’s time to replace a tool that isn’t broken? Have you repaired any of your power tools?
Question 2: My wife is going to love this question: How many unfinished projects do you have at any given time? How do you decide which to tackle first?
Question 3: What parts of the home building code are lacking? Do you think any parts of the code force builders to over-engineer or unnecessarily drive up costs?
Question 4: What workplace accidents or close calls have you seen that still impact how you take your safety precautions?
Question 5: What was your first memory of Fine Homebuilding magazine?
Question 6: I’d like to learn more about your career progression. The podcast often talks about steps aspiring contractors can take, but what about the aspiring publisher or editor?
Question 7: What parts of your current job would surprise people that an editor has to deal with? (Do you plan events, take angry calls from subscribers, take turns cleaning the bathroom?)
Question 8: You led Habitat for Humanity crews, you wrote articles professionally, and you’re an editor of the premier building and remodeling magazine. What stands out as one of your proudest achievements?
Question 9: What are some of your more memorable photoshoots, or were any complete disasters?
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Question 10: If you could tell your 20-year-old self one piece of home building advice what would it be?
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