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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: August, 2022
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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