The editors discuss straw-bale construction, corded vs. cordless tools, gas space heaters, repairing shrinking molding, and much more in these clips from episodes 150-154.
Patrick talks to Karalynn Cromeens, an attorney who specializes in work for construction firms, about the ways contractors can improve their chance of getting paid, as well as important clauses that should be in their contracts.
Andrew, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about low decks and landslides, before taking questions about converting a deck to a screened porch, insulating the floor of a raised addition, and detailing exterior foam insulation.
Keith and Patrick talk about affordable high-performance homes, easy ways to boost home efficiency, and the low-load house Keith built for himself.
Kiley, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about carbon footprints and battery-powered riding mowers before taking questions about drippy attic hatches, right-sizing a heat pump, and detailing a crawlspace vapor barrier.
Patrick talks to Bob Behnke, technical service manager for Franklin International about how to get stronger glue joints, picking the right glue for the job, and advances in construction adhesives.
Andrew, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about blower-door bargains and ground-source heat pumps before taking listener questions about water moving through concrete block, close-to-grade decks, and custom spreadsheets for estimating.
As one of the founders of the Pretty Good House movement, Dan talks about his shift into building science and why PGH is accessible to everyone from homeowners to builders.
Patrick talks to Cody Finke, CEO of Brimstone Energy, a startup working toward the production of carbon-neutral Portland cement about the amount of concrete we use globally, why it’s a significant source of carbon emissions, and how to make it less polluting.
Andrew, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about industry trade shows and retrofit calculators before taking questions on building with native lumber, saving a masonry building, and insulating an old Cape.
Patrick talks to Greg Palese, vice president of marketing at Klein Tools about the history of Klein, why it’s important to make tools in the United States, and what it’s like working for a family-owned company.
Andrew, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about construction costs, SIP panels, and sliding doors before taking questions about monitoring humidity levels, pine paneling in an unheated outbuilding, and noisy pipes.
In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Keith Bohling about affordable high-performance homes, using state resources to train workers, and easy ways to boost home efficiency.
Andrew, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about supply chains and music on the job before taking questions about finishing a wet basement, ground-source heat pumps, and squeaky floors.
In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to the president of the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association about the history of forest products in the Northeast, why lumber prices are so high, and sustainable forest management.
Ian, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about hydro air and rustic decks before taking listener questions about ventilation under asphalt shingles, vapor barriers under concrete footings, and keeping cool with a whole-house fan.
In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks Thor Matteson, an engineer who works on seismic retrofits, about the methods and challenges of seismic reinforcement in the Bay Area of California.
Andrew, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about tightening a leaky house and protecting an add-a-level during construction before taking listener questions about improving the draft of combustion appliances, drips from an SIP roof, and an inexpensive way to hide exterior mounted line sets.
In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Todd London and Mike Glowacki of Sherwood Lumber in Melville, N.Y. about supply-chain disruptions, high building-materials costs, and changes in the lumber business.
Andrew, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about zoning and photovoltaic windows, before taking listener questions about push-on wire connectors, insulating a sauna, and warming a cold floor.
Patrick talks to remodeling contractor Andy Grace about the challenges of contracting, how the pandemic has affected residential construction, and what it’s like to build a post-frame building for your business.
Ian, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about heat pumps and spreadsheets before taking questions on wall assemblies for a complete remodel, hardwood flooring on a concrete slab, and home soil testing.
With a focus on net-zero homes, Elizabeth talks about how she got into sustainable architecture, working with open-minded contractors, and providing a more affordable net-zero option with prefab homes.
Patrick talks to Rick Lavoie, general manager for Central Cooling and Heating, about opportunities in the heating and cooling industry, the importance of system design and equipment selection, and the ongoing consolidation of HVAC companies.
Andrew, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about hanging cabinets on steel studs and heating workshops before taking listener questions about screws versus nails, insulating a brick house with board sheathing, and construction details for a new build.