In this episode of the podcast, Rob, Brian, and Justin answer several listener questions, including one about using metric measures. Plus, pre-stain conditioner, drywall, lally columns, passive houses, and the pros and cons of stairs that are both pretty and dangerous.
I’m a 34 year old GC trying to make it delivering high performance homes in Flagstaff, AZ. (34=green)
Couple of things re this episode:
- I’ve got a tile setter who operates in metric only. He slows down and has to convert when I throw inches/feet at him. (He’s not an immigrant if you’re wondering about that. Ex-physics Professor I believe).
- how about using decimal measurements and converting back to feet/inches. I do this all the time. Using the accuracy level you want (1/4”, 1/8”, 1/16”...), it’s easy to covert from the decimal form to the fractional accuracy you want. (Obliviously on a calculator here, but just a simple calculator, not a construction specific machine)
- drywall – orange peel is just a fine texture spray. Knock down is when the texture is sprayed thicker and then knocked down with a special flexible knife. Some sanding might be necessary, but good guys can knock down without leaving lines. Priming is necessary after the texture. Our compound comes in boxes. Recycle the cardboard, then trash the bag.
With that, I got to get out of the truck and get back at it.