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The Fine Homebuilding Podcast

The Fine Homebuilding Podcast embodies Fine Homebuilding magazine's commitment to the preservation of craftsmanship and the advancement of home performance in residential construction. Hosted by the magazine's editors, The FHB Podcast is an informal but vigorous show about the techniques and principles that allow listeners to master their design and building challenges.
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Now displaying: 2022
Sep 30, 2022

Andrew, Patrick, Travis Brungardt, and Joe Cook share what they’ve learned and discuss why you should go to one of this year’s remaining Building Science Symposiums in Chattanooga or Austin, before taking questions from attendees about things they heard or learned at the show.

Sep 27, 2022

Patrick talks to Karalynn Cromeens, an attorney who specializes in work for construction firms, about the importance of good contracts, the new bargaining power of subcontractors, and the value of trusting your gut.

Sep 27, 2022

Patrick talks to Karalynn Cromeens, an attorney who specializes in work for construction firms, about the importance of good contracts, the new bargaining power of subcontractors, and the value of trusting your gut.

Sep 23, 2022

Ian, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about salvaged wood flooring, going all-electric, and protecting a foundation during a prolonged build before taking questions about energy improvements for an old Victorian, fixing shaky walls from slamming doors, and sealing holes left by roofing nails.

Sep 20, 2022

Patrick, Dave and Mark talk about the evolution of structural fasteners, how fasteners are tested to ensure they work as intended, and common mistakes when using them.

Sep 16, 2022

Andrew, Ian and Patrick hear from listeners about radon and excavation contracting before taking questions about fixing the floor in an Eisenhower-era bathroom, vapor control for a small shop in Manitoba, and water pouring from this home’s electrical service entrance.

Sep 13, 2022

Patrick talks to Dave Cooper, a construction-media content creator and YouTube presenter who advocates for panelized and modular construction methods, about the advantages of off-site construction and ways it can speed the building process and help solve the affordability crisis.

Sep 9, 2022

Andrew, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about porch conversions, sawing your own lumber, and pandemic remodeling before taking listener questions about noticeable settlement, multihead minisplits, and repairing a stone foundation.

Sep 6, 2022

Patrick and Tara talk about how contractors can better track their financials, what bookkeeping information they should be able to produce in a few keystrokes, and what to do when your business has you feeling overwhelmed.

Sep 2, 2022

Andrew, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about building your own house and the cost of electrical work, before taking questions about above-garage living spaces, using paper-faced insulation behind siding, and leveling a sawn-lumber floor system.

Aug 30, 2022

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to epoxy floor finish contractor Kevin Smith about decorative epoxy floor finishes and a lifetime spent working on houses.

Aug 28, 2022

A part time gig as a bookkeeper at an insulation company lead to a passion for building science and eventually, becoming the owner of Insulation Unlimited in Chattanooga, TN. Nathan Shirai is passionate about using insulation to help buildings perform better, and he’s also a founder of Chattanooga’s BS and Beer chapter.

Head to bsandbeerkc.org to register for the Southeast Building Science Symposium, October 12-13, at The Bode, in beautiful downtown Chattanooga, TN. And keep up with Nathan on Instagram @insulation_unlimited.

Aug 26, 2022

Andrew, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about one- vs. two-story builds and thermodynamics before taking questions about detailing garage-separation walls, building a new house in stages, and the risks of a root cellar with radon.

Aug 23, 2022

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to builder and remodeler Andy Steele about finding your niche as a contractor and what you can do to prepare for possible lean times ahead.

Aug 21, 2022

After 11 years as a middle school and high school teacher, Carly Carey wanted to do something new. Fond of HGTV and This Old House, her partner encouraged her to think about the trades. She contacted a bunch of plumbers in the Twin Cities, and one emailed her back. Three years later, she’s on the way to becoming a journey-level plumber with Eric Nelson Plumbing.

Aug 19, 2022

Travis, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about wet versus dry air, micro toppings for concrete, and good fences before taking questions about vapor retarders for a cedar closet, heating and cooling a woodshop, and regional differences in construction terms.

Aug 16, 2022

Patrick and Mason talk about an event they hope will encourage more people to consider trade work and enjoy satisfaction that goes with it.

Aug 14, 2022

Ian Schwandt found the trades after deciding college wasn’t for him. Trained by the carpenter’s union, he’s worked on all kinds of projects both in the midwest and on the east coast. At the start of the pandemic, he and his wife moved back to his family farmstead in Wisconsin to build their own home. Today, he’s working on being a leader and manager, keeping a tab on costs TDS Custom Construction and helping folks find their footing in the trades.

Aug 12, 2022

Brian Pontolilo, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about hygric buoyancy and wet basement floors before taking listener questions about air-sealing the floor of a vintage mobile home, taking building tests, and the right mortar for ready-to-tile shower pans.

Aug 9, 2022

Patrick and Paula talk about how colors make us feel, how to test colors before fully committing, and staging a property so people want to buy it.

Aug 7, 2022

Jesse Neumann loves trees. He’s a certified arborist and works for the city of Austin, TX. In this episode of Keep Craft Alive, he talks about the challenges of the industry, keeping trees alive in Texas, and the importance of taking good care of the tree canopy.

Aug 5, 2022

In this special edition of the Fine Homebuilding Podcast, Patrick talks to engineer Neil Freidberg and builder Kyle Stumpenhorst about creating effective building envelopes.

Aug 5, 2022

Andrew, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about HVAC myths and mapping electrical systems, before taking questions about recalled electrical panels, finishing basement ceilings, and water management behind brick.

Aug 2, 2022

Bob and Patrick talk about how towns assess taxes when you add-on or change your property, the pain and joy of working with your hands, and rescuing a foreclosed disaster of a house. 

Aug 2, 2022

Bob and Patrick talk about how towns assess taxes when you add-on or change your property, the pain and joy of working with your hands, and rescuing a foreclosed disaster of a house. 

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