Kate Hersey, executive director of the Minnesota Tool Library is passionate about getting tools into the hands of more folks. Through her work at the non-profit tool lending library, she and her community of volunteers introduce hands-on tool skills to their members.
Andrew, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about HVAC training, wood pellets, and minisplits before taking questions about thermal breaks for slabs, split-style heat-pump water heaters, and doing your own dense-pack cellulose insulation.
Miquel, David, and Patrick talk about starting a painting and remodeling business, getting customers to think outside the box, and the creative and financial rewards of being a contractor.
Beth Pointer is celebrating five years in business as a contractor, through it’s been a long journey to get there, with a path that leads from an English major, to ironworking and labor organizing. Her remodeling business, Done Construction, now focuses on kitchens and baths.
Ian, Andrew, and Patrick hear from listeners about heat flow and population density by climate zone before taking questions on one-story vs. two-story construction costs, controlling vapor through a slab, and the best brand of DIY spray foam.
Mike and Patrick talk about the craft of low-voltage wiring, how to futureproof homes for technology upgrades, and why trade workers need to understand building science.
Learn more about the upcoming Midwest Building Science Symposium and why it’s important to grow in your trade.
Kiley, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about climate control for sheds, energy audits, and water-heater condensate before taking questions about air-sealing electrical boxes, building with 2x3s, and keeping pipes warm with insulation.
Patrick talks to Caleb Carpenter, owner of Rad Wood Works, a contracting firm near Albany, N.Y., about starting a carpentry business, why it’s tough to find good tradespeople, and what it’s like buying a starter home right now.
Randy Williams gets to do a little bit of everything in his market, and that variety is key to a fulfilling career
Andrew, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about exposed sheathing and setting up for a blower-door test before taking listener questions about delivery subcontractors, how to make a head flashing, and sealing a post-frame building at grade.
In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Morgan Thomas, production manager for Leff Construction, a design/build firm in Sebastopol, Calif., about managing client expectations, the challenges of building in California, and affordable housing for trade workers.
From rock and roll to building science, the career trajectory for Ryan wasn’t necessarily a straight line, but he’s found a true calling.
In this episode, Rob introduces Andrew Zoellner, current Editorial Director of Fine Homebuilding and Green Building Advisor, as the new Executive Director of Keep Craft Alive.
Ian, Andrew, and Patrick hear from listeners about design software and building costs before taking questions about heat flow, removing a chimney, and the right nails for sheathing.