Issue 302 – October 2021
High-Tech Heating and Cooling Systems
A new generation of variable-capacity heat pumps and air conditioners promise quieter operation, increased efficiency, and greater comfort.
The Fine Homebuilding Interview: Chris Magwood
This Ontario builder and designer inspires us to see that our homes don't have to be at the expense of the planet.
Earning a DOE Zero-Energy Ready Certification
Starting with stock plans, a builder prioritized his home's envelope details and made modifications to fit his family and their future.
Moving a House
Transporting a home to a new location requires careful planning and some heavy lifting by professional house-movers.
Simple Air-Sealed Ceiling for a High-Performance Home
Building an airtight box before adding a roof creates a conditioned mechanical cavity, a safe work surface, and a platform for deep insulation.
Fine Homebuilding Issue #302 Online Highlights
Here are the digital extras from Fine Homebuilding’s October 2021, Issue #302: On page 8 of issue #302, we featured a number of online extras and urged readers to check…
Portable Landscape-Light Tester
Use cordless-tool batteries to test low-voltage landscape light fixtures and reveal poor electrical connections before the cables are installed.
Keep Your Field Crew Up to Date
Give the whole crew access to important information on any project or job site by using QR codes.
When there's no backup camera, a makeshift tire stop makes it easy to mount a trailer hitch.
Make a Plumbing Job Easier with a Third Hand
Use a quick-adjusting bar clamp to position and install a sink in a rough opening.
Less-Mess Toilet Removal
This quick method of pumping the water out of a toilet before removal ensures less mess during the process.
Building a deck with doubled-up joists means the planks can stretch out, there are no ends over a joist, and there is no doubling up on nailing.
Tips & Techniques
The Science of Simple Spans
How the various code provisions for joist span, blocking, notching, and bearing lengths work together to prevent floors from deflecting.
Know the Code
Air-Powered Sealant Sprayer
Though it comes with a fair learning curve, the Aerofixx Visconn dispenser is particularly useful for air-sealing hard-to-reach areas.
Mark Holes for Anchor Bolts Fast
Carpenters used to make bolt-hole markers from job-site scraps, but the commercially produced version from Big Foot Tools has been a favorite with framers for over a decade.
Compact Stackable Compressor
Rolair's Airstak compressor is built into a convenient Systainer box, making it easy to stack in your truck and carry onto the job site.
Tools & Gear
Lightening Up a Tudor With Steel and Glass
Replacing heavy plaster walls with steel beams and open bookshelves adds a contemporary feel to this venerable brick home.
Restoring a Historical Cabin
This new build incorporates an 1800s log cabin that was painstakingly restored to resemble the original structure.
HOUSES by Design
Better Decks Over Brick Walls
DeckStruc provides a way to meet stringent building codes for framing over masonry veneer while making the construction process much simpler.
Latitude Exterior Acrylic Latex Paint
ClimateFlex technology from Sherwin Williams enables you to paint longer into both the hot and cold seasons.
Up Your Grill Game
The circular EVO Flattop Grill is a versatile cooktop that would make a great centerpiece for any custom outdoor kitchen or patio.
The Standard of Enduring Work
A former remodeler describes how a lifetime of work in the building industry has led him to measure the quality of work by its long-term impact on the planet.
Aaron Agosto, Trim Carpenter
A trim carpenter and professional photographer, this crafstman has forged a reputation for careful and exacting finish work.