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The Fine Homebuilding Podcast

English, Design, 1 season, 667 episodes, 2 days, 22 hours, 17 minutes
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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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#636: Attic Insulation, Slab Additions, and Code-Compliant Decks

Listeners write in about wonky doors and hacking water heaters and ask questions about insulating a four square’s attic, adding on to an existing foundation, and deck construction.
6/14/202459 minutes, 6 seconds
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#635: Installing T&G Siding, Mass Timber, and Moldy Minisplits

Listeners write in about keeping pipes from freezing, and wood species for porch railings. They ask questions about tongue-and-groove siding, mass timber construction, and moldy minisplits.
6/7/202451 minutes, 19 seconds
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#634: Natural Ventilation, Attic Conversions, and Insulating Girder Trusses

Listeners write in about endangered overhangs, mass timber, and DIY sawmills. They ask questions about opening windows in a Pretty Good House, insulating 2x6 rafters, and insulating trusses.
5/31/202452 minutes, 40 seconds
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#633: Window Leaks, Heated Footings, and Minimalist Builds

Listeners write in about skinny houses, green-building upgrades, and leak detectors. They ask questions about flashing windows, protecting footings from frost, and back-to-basics home builds.  
5/24/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 37 seconds
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#632: DIY Dense-Pack, Wonky Doors, and Airtight Envelope Penetrations

Listeners write in about landscape lighting, airsealing porch ceilings, and foregoing inspections, and ask questions about DIY dense-pack insulation, fixing a wonky door, and detailing envelope penetrations.
5/17/202457 minutes, 37 seconds
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#631: HVAC Systems, Foundation Footings, and Sinking Garages

Listeners write in about ADUs, data-hogging washers, and foregoing inspections. They ask questions about replacing functioning HVAC systems, reinforcement for footings, and repairing a garage built on fill.
5/10/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 40 seconds
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#630: Conversation with HVAC experts Eric Weiss and Cristi Pedotto

The FHB Podcast discusses refrigerants, the HVAC industry, and HVAC worker training.
5/3/202455 minutes, 11 seconds
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#629: With Building Scientist Monica Rokicki

Listeners write in about outdoor showers, a Philadelphia carpentry teacher, and the science of hail damage. We ask building scientist Monica Rokicki-Guajardo questions about building performance, HVAC systems, and indoor air quality.
4/26/20241 hour, 1 minute, 1 second
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#628: Porch Railings, Porch Flooring, and Japanese Footings

Listeners write in about shade structures, metaphors for air-sealing, and the HVAC industry and ask questions about porch railings, porch flooring, and Japanese footings.
4/19/202457 minutes, 27 seconds
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#627: Leaky Doors, Flashing, and Kneewalls

Listeners write in about off-site construction, displaying old walls, and building outbuildings and ask questions about leaky doors, missing flashing, and insulating kneewalls.
4/12/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 8 seconds
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#626: Walls with Fiber Sheathing, Optional Building Inspections, and Heat Pump Water Heaters

Listeners write in about high water bills, soggy straw bales, and house fires and ask questions about tightening wood-fiber walls, places without inspections, and heat pump water heaters.
4/5/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 36 seconds
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#625: Roof Insulation, Band Joists, and Small Houses

Listeners write in about EVs, sources of CO, and structural engineering and ask questions about roof insulation, rim joists, and shrinking houses.
3/29/202452 minutes, 12 seconds
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#624: Good Builders, Roof Insulation, and Ice Dams

Listeners write in about water conservation, useful books, and work trucks. Questions include builders in Oklahoma, roof insulation, and fixing ice dams.
3/22/202458 minutes, 48 seconds
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#623: Condensation on Windows, HVAC Registers, and Water Heating

Listeners write in about the value of FHB and ask questions about basement flooring, condensation on windows, HVAC register locations, and heat-pump water heaters.
3/15/20241 hour, 42 seconds
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#622: Wood-Slab Walls, Sealing a Crawlspace, and Pipes that Don’t Drain

Listeners write in about off-site construction and ask questions about board-framed walls, sealed crawlspaces, and overflowing laundry standpipes.
3/8/202459 minutes, 54 seconds
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#Podcast 621: Building Inside a Barn, Porch-Roof Flashing, and Treated-Lumber Longevity

Listeners write in about Super Insulated Houses and water pipes and ask questions about building a house inside a barn, sidewall flashing, and chimney dampers.
3/1/20241 hour, 6 seconds
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#620: Witnessing Bad Work, Semi-Conditioned Spaces, and Extra Minisplits

Listeners write in about high-performance builds, wall insulation, and EV vans and ask questions about bad building, insulating a lean-to, and minisplit air distribution.
2/23/202459 minutes, 14 seconds
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#619: Old-House Construction, Sizing Lumber Beams, and Window Restoration

Listeners write in about handyman businesses, NASA’s stuck screws, and leak detectors and ask questions about old houses, sizing beams, and restoring windows.
2/16/202459 minutes, 51 seconds
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#618: Heather Clark of the White House Climate Policy Office

A talk with Heather Clark Director of Building Emissions for the White House Climate Policy Office and feedback on missing water, Bay Area renovations, and pex manifolds.
2/9/202458 minutes
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#617: Venting Metal Roofs, Air-Sealing, and Foundation Drainage

Listeners write in about choosing pipe material, finding a good contractor, charred timbers, and PV utility costs, and ask questions about venting metal roofing, air-sealing, and foundation drainage.
2/2/202456 minutes, 39 seconds
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#616: Short Extension Jambs, Charred Timbers, and Hardwood on Concrete

Listeners write in about work vehicles and faulty LEDs and ask about extension jambs, charred timber frames, and wood flooring on concrete.
1/26/202456 minutes, 1 second
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#615: Spray-on WRBs, Wall Insulation, and IV Drips for Mold

Listeners write in about producer Jeff and moving heavy things and ask questions about WRBs, cavity insulation without sheathing, and IV drips for mold.
1/19/202451 minutes, 13 seconds
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#614: Structural Lath and Plaster, Coaching your Builder, and Shoes for Roofing

Listeners write in about HVAC design, missing water, and a young builder and ask questions about rotted sills, builders and their comfort zone, and roofing shoes.
1/12/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 34 seconds
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#613: Soil Against Stucco, Finding the Right Build Team, and Building Product Warranties

Listeners write in about home-repair businesses, vertical siding, and click-together flooring and ask about stucco, build teams and building product warranties.
1/5/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 3 seconds
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#612: Water Pipes, Attic Air-Sealing, and the Durability of AeroBarrier

Peter is navigating the Massachusetts stretch building code. Jim needs help choosing a domestic water pipe system. Wayne wants to tighten his attic. Adam asks about long-term tests of AeroBarrier.
12/29/20231 hour, 1 minute, 9 seconds
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#611: With Bill Beleck: Shou Sugi Ban, Surplus Building Products, and Air-Sealing Overhanging Joists

The crew hears from listeners about contracting in high-end zip codes and the economy of electric cars. Discussion questions include installing shou sugi ban forest products, saving leftover material, and how to air-seal a floor system that overhangs the foundation.
12/22/20231 hour, 1 minute, 20 seconds
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#610: The Best of the Fine Homebuilding Podcast, Volume 6

The editors discuss widening an existing deck, modern timber-frame buildings, inexpensive building products, work vehicles, and installing a vented bath fan in this best-of compilation.
12/15/202359 minutes, 36 seconds
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#Podcast 609: Flashing a Metal Building, Energy Retrofits, and Siting a House

Peter’s DIY addition appears on Google Street View. Ed shares a chart of common house problems. A listener says ethernet cables are not for lighting. Evan asks for help flashing the bottom of a metal building.  Listeners email about energy retrofits and siting new houses.
12/8/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 58 seconds
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#608: Roofs with Self-adhered Membranes, Heating and Cooling Loads, and Introducing People to Trade Work

The crew hears from listeners about protecting buried posts, hydronic HVAC, and building affordable houses. Discussion questions include small low-slope roofs, calculating heating and cooling loads, and encouraging the next generation of trade workers.
12/1/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 2 seconds
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#607: Wood Foundations for Winter Builds, Adding Headroom, and Aeroseal for Leaky Ducts

The crew hears from listeners about housewrap, replacing windows in brick openings, and managing heavy beams. Discussion questions include wood foundations, raising a ceiling in a ranch, and sealing up panned joist returns.
11/24/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 53 seconds
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#606: Foam Slabs, Gaps in Click Flooring, and Board-and-Batten Rainscreens

The crew hears from listeners about tight-fitting batt insulation, integrating HVAC equipment, and housing affordability. Discussion questions include foam insulation instead of a concrete slab, closing gaps in laminate flooring, and rainscreens under board siding.
11/17/20231 hour, 1 minute
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#605: Buying Rental Property, Venting an Attic in a Triplex, and Bonfig Brick Walls

The crew hears from listeners about stair design, broken tool batteries, and toilets from the box store. Discussion questions include buying rental property, attic venting, and modified Bonfig walls.
11/10/20231 hour, 1 minute, 11 seconds
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#604: Conversation and Questions with Engineer Marc Rosenbaum

Consulting engineer and self-described compulsive measurer Marc Rosenbaum talks to Brian and Patrick about improving the comfort and efficiency of residential buildings.
11/3/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 10 seconds
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#603: Flashing Masonry Openings, Protecting Fence Posts, and Making Hot Water

The crew hears from listeners about ceramic paint, prefinished siding, and tiny houses in Texas. Discussion questions include flashing windows in masonry walls, protecting buried fence posts from rot, and using boilers for domestic hot water.
10/27/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 54 seconds
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#602: Customer Communication, Foundation Insulation, and Competent HVAC Design

The crew hears from listeners about EV charging, aging in place, and dowsing. Discussion questions include customer communication, covering exposed foundation insulation, and HVAC design.
10/20/20231 hour, 20 seconds
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#601: Envelope Leaks, Rebuilding a Cabin, and Adding Water to Hydronic Heat

The crew hears from listeners about ICFs, remodeling a small kitchen, and affordable net-zero and then takes questions on rebuilding a cabin, leaks from wind-driven rain, and refilling hydronic heating systems.
10/13/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 17 seconds
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#600: Humidity Control, Pergola Footing, and Primer for New Drywall

Nic and Carson have thoughts on LEDs. Phil asks about self-stick underlayment on Zip System roof sheathing. Buzz wants to add a shade structure over his paver patio. Knot Painter asks about priming new drywall. Mark is trying to lower his home’s humidity.
10/6/20231 hour, 1 minute, 11 seconds
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#599: Trees Moving Buildings, Epic Thermal Bypasses, and Supplemental Dehumidification

The crew hears from listeners about gas stoves, screw-pile lighthouses, and LEDs. Discussion questions include roots lifting a garage, leaky porch ceilings, and central dehumidifiers.
9/29/20231 hour, 54 seconds
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#598: Stone Foundations, Failing Stucco, and Comfortable Garages

The crew hears from listeners about WRBs, Brian’s porch piers, and hidden costs of construction. Discussion questions include tightening a stone foundation, stucco on straw bales, and low-buck energy upgrades.
9/22/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 9 seconds
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#597: Fish-Mouthed Sheathing Tape, Window Installation, and Flashing a Bay Window

The crew hears from listeners about manufactured houses and DIY lighting with LEDs. Discussion questions include unstuck flashing tape, sealing the bottom of new windows, and EV chargers.
9/15/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 29 seconds
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#596: Broken Trusses, Frost-Protected Foundations, and Air-Control Methods

The crew hears from listeners about affordable net-zero, roofing underlayment, and garage separation. Discussion questions include fixing trusses, frost-protected foundations, and air-control strategies.
9/8/20231 hour, 1 minute, 56 seconds
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#595: Raised Floor Systems, Carriage House Conversion, and LED Strip Lighting

Listeners share thoughts on condensate drains, fake shutters, and silicosis. The crew takes questions on insulating a floor system, converting a former storage building to living space, and how to use LED strip lighting.
9/1/202358 minutes, 1 second
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#594: PRO TALK with Contractor Andy Steele and Student Jude Griffin

In the final episode of Pro Talk, Ian, Andy, and Jude talk about engaging with young adults to foster an interest in the building trades from the perspectives of the contractor and of the apprentice.
8/29/202337 minutes, 35 seconds
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#593: Steamy Bedrooms, Windows and WRBs, and Weird Weatherstripping

The crew hears from listeners about sound attenuation, plumbing, and LED lighting. Discussion questions include high-humidity spaces, best building practices, and garage-door weatherstripping.
8/25/202358 minutes, 47 seconds
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#592: PRO TALK With Insurance Adjuster Josh Zoller

Ian and Josh talk about managing risk in the built environment and how Josh’s vocation as an insurance adjuster has influenced the design of the home he is building for his family.
8/22/202339 minutes, 19 seconds
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#591: Tightening a Shop, Dealing with Popcorn Ceilings, and Problems with Modular Homes

Listeners share their thoughts on storm shutters, LED light solutions, ERVs vs. HRVs, and contractor licensing. The crew takes questions on writing good contracts, testing DWV systems, and common problems with modular homes.
8/18/202358 minutes, 39 seconds
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#590: PRO TALK With Operating Engineer Trainer John Klabacka

Ian talks to John Klabacka of Associated Training Services in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin about training the next generation of crane and heavy-equipment operators, and jobsite safety. 
8/15/202340 minutes, 50 seconds
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#589: Metal-Roof Upgrade, Attic Conversions, and Construction Trade Shows

Dan Kolbert shares his thoughts on cordless power tools and batteries. Jeff suggests curbside pickup. Chris shows us a good-looking drop ceiling. Bill is contemplating a roof and insulation upgrade. Evan is considering an attic-to-living-space conversion. Felix asks about pocket screws for framing. Wade wants to know which construction trade shows he should visit. 
8/11/20231 hour, 1 minute, 2 seconds
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#588: PRO TALK With FHB House 2023 Builder Jon Beer

Ian talks to builder and remodeler Jon Beer about building your own home as a construction professional and how to improve your business by defining processes and developing procedures. 
8/8/202343 minutes, 9 seconds
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#587: Net-Zero with $250k, Owner-Supplied Material, and Garage Separation Walls

 Peel-and-stick membrane, shallow frost-protected foundations, affordable net-zero, scavenged building products, and keeping garage pollutants out of the house.
8/4/20231 hour, 40 seconds
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#586: PRO TALK With Timber Framer Will Gusakov

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Ian talks to Will Gusakov of Goosewing Timberworks about Will’s work with Carpenters Without Borders, timber framing, and the solidarity economy.
8/1/202338 minutes, 42 seconds
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#585: The Best of the Fine Homebuilding Podcast, Volume 5

The editors discuss chimney airtightness, sealing end cuts, dormer additions, damp basements, and starting a construction business in this best-of compilation.
7/28/202353 minutes, 44 seconds
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#584: PRO TALK With Consultants John Lenker and Assaf Arie, Part 2

In this ProTalk Podcast Ian continues his talk with business consultants John Lenker and Assaf Arie about how to overcome the challenges associated with growing a construction business.
7/25/202335 minutes, 8 seconds
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#583: Dehumidification vs. Ventilation, Downsides of Advanced Framing, and Ducting Heat-Pump Water Heaters

Gas stoves, tool batteries, material prices, controlling humidity in efficient homes, advanced framing, and ducted heat-pump water heaters.
7/21/202357 minutes, 28 seconds
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#582: PRO TALK With Consultants John Lenker and Assaf Arie, Part 1

Ian, John and Assaf discuss the importance of marketing and management training for the success of a construction company.
7/18/202329 minutes, 39 seconds
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#581: Van-to-RV Conversions, Window Shutters, and Highway Noise

Ethan has thoughts on climbable railing and code. Ben and James question our conversation about washing machines. Neil needs to make comfy RVs. Ben notices bad shutters. Sam’s apartment is too noisy. David shows us how heat pumps work.
7/14/20231 hour, 15 seconds
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#580: PRO TALK With Madison College Carpentry Student Jon Moore

In this episode, Ian talks to Madison College carpentry student Jon Moore about changing career paths early in life and how formal education can be applied to the building trades.
7/11/202332 minutes, 3 seconds
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#579: Wind-Resistant Framing, Screen Porch Conversions, and Kitchen Remodels

Keeping craft alive, FHB and GBA combo memberships, stud-to-top-plate connectors, screen porch conversion, squaring mudsills, kitchen remodels, and moving plumbing.
7/7/20231 hour, 11 seconds
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#578: PRO TALK With Lighting Designer David Warfel

Ian talks to David about new ways to think about lighting your spaces, when to hire a lighting designer and David gives some basic tips for better lighting in the home.
7/4/202338 minutes, 27 seconds
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#577: Lap Siding Over Vertical Siding, Concrete-Free Slabs, and Expansion Tanks

Jim reminds us to consider a deck’s lateral loads. Evan shows us a more airtight garage-door system. Chris and Jeremy share their experience with bath-fan installation. Ted asks about installing lap siding over vertical siding. Jake is contemplating foundation options. James wonders if he really needs an expansion tank.
6/30/20231 hour, 22 seconds
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#576: PRO TALK With Project Manager Adrianna Gretz

In this ProTalk Podcast, Ian talks to Adrianna Gretz, residential project manager at LEFF Design Build, about the similarities and differences between commercial and residential project management.
6/27/202332 minutes, 8 seconds
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#575: Costs of Custom Homes, Damp-Spray vs. Dense-Pack Cellulose, and Contractor Licensing

Improving the electric grid, tool batteries, making your own windows, value-engineering a new build, cellulose insulation, and contractor licensing.
6/23/20231 hour, 42 seconds
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#574: PRO TALK With Contractor Joe Garvilla

In this ProTalk Podcast, Ian talks to contractor and educator Joe Garvilla about his experiences as an educator and builder, and the positive side of regulating contractors.
6/20/202334 minutes, 20 seconds
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#573: Vibrating Washers, Rot Behind Deck Ledgers, and Tightening Vented Crawlspaces

Soul-bashing work, spray-foam problems, floors for front-loading washers, attaching decks to cantilevered joists, and vented crawlspaces.
6/16/202358 minutes, 23 seconds
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#572: PRO TALK With Project Manager Jeremy Hess, Part 2

Patrick talks to Jeremy Hess, project manager for C&Z Construction, about insurance work; installing helical piles on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska; and the time it takes to build your own house.
6/13/202331 minutes, 21 seconds
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#571: Pooling on Flat Roofs, Irrigation Timers, and Single-Pane Windows

Andy says beer helps keep craft alive. Evan suggests getting a good respirator. Adam and Hlynur are familiar with Icelandic heat pumps. Mark asks how to redo his flat roof. Pete needs a better irrigation timer. Will wants new windows.
6/9/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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#570: PRO TALK With Project Manager Jeremy Hess, Part 1

Patrick talks to Jeremy Hess, project manager for C&Z Construction, about insurance work; installing helical piles on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska; and the time it takes to build your own house.
6/6/202328 minutes, 38 seconds
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#569: Bath Fan Installs, Sunroom Trim, and Basement Control Layers

Induction cooking, battery pack adapters, HVAC in the attic, bath fans, exterior trim, health benefits of fireplaces, and basement air- and water-management.
6/2/20231 hour, 33 seconds
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#568: PRO TALK With VPs of Product Development Tyson Apfelbeck and Andrew Lentz

Ian, Tyson, and Andrew discuss how Milwaukee Tool is pushing the limits of cordless tools by designing and engineering batteries, motors, and onboard electronics that work together as a system.
5/30/202346 minutes, 14 seconds
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#567: Soundproofing, Garage Doors, and Rotted Balconies

Row homes, wealthy clients, quiet walls, garage-door airtightness, rotted balconies, and foundation improvements.
5/26/20231 hour, 1 minute, 7 seconds
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#566: PRO TALK With Builder Jared Gossett

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Ian talks to custom home builder Jared Gossett about the economics of custom building, construction media, and using a systems-based approach to achieve success as a builder.
5/23/202351 minutes, 57 seconds
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#565: Honeycombed Concrete, Owner-Built Cabin, and Keeping Craft Alive During Soul-Bashing Work

Adhesive roof underlayments, air-sealing band joists, brick veneer, Patrick’s rants, problem concrete, cabin foundation options, and challenging construction work.
5/19/202358 minutes, 58 seconds
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#564: PRO TALK With Leadership Consultant George Hodges-Fulton

In this Pro-Talk podcast Ian talks to George Hodges-Fulton of Pinnacle Business Guides about business operating systems, developing a leadership team within construction companies, and teaching business skills to tradespeople.
5/16/202346 minutes, 28 seconds
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#563: Caulking Old Siding, Tearing Into Leaky Walls, and HVAC in Unconditioned Attics

Universal batteries, gas light fixtures, caulking wood siding, opening up walls, and plaster repairs.
5/12/20231 hour, 1 minute, 27 seconds
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#562: PRO TALK With Builder and Author Dan Kolbert

Ian talks to builder Dan Kolbert, one of the authors of the Pretty Good House book, about how all builders, regardless of their business size, can incorporate energy-saving, low-carbon building techniques into their systems.
5/9/202353 minutes, 18 seconds
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#561: Bungalow Basements, Unfamiliar Subflooring, and Making Your Own Windows

Doug says to stick to basics in bath fixtures. Kyle prefers induction cooking. Jim makes the case for central heating and cooling equipment. Kurt wants to improve his bungalow crawlspace. Andrew found weird subflooring in his house. Justin is considering making his own windows.
5/5/202359 minutes, 11 seconds
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#560: PRO TALK With HVAC Designer Keith Ouimette

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Ian talks to Keith Ouimette, HVAC operations manager at Cardinal Heating & Air Conditioning, about the future of residential mechanical systems, choosing the right system and contractor, and training mechanical tradespeople.
5/2/202344 minutes, 56 seconds
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#559: Contractor Charges in High-Income Areas, Electric Fireplaces, and Problem Brick Veneer

The crew hears about tool batteries and Canadian air barriers and answers questions about working in high-end neighborhoods, electric fireplace and brick veneer.
4/28/202358 minutes, 40 seconds
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#558: PRO TALK With Civil Engineer Zachary Kuegler

Patrick talks to Zachary Kuegler, an expert in water supply and distribution, about updating municipal water systems, the bad things that can be in your water, and what it takes to be a civil engineer.
4/25/202340 minutes, 50 seconds
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#557: Living Space Under Decks, Attic Insulation, and Sinking Concrete

The crew talks about hydronic floors, old-house features, underdeck living space, insulation, brick fireblocking, and problem basement floors.
4/21/202349 minutes, 39 seconds
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#556: PRO TALK With Mold Expert Evan Bache Wiig

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Evan Bache Wiig, a mold-assessment consultant, about construction in Dallas, Texas, why buildings have mold problems, and the tools required by a mold-assessment consultant.
4/18/202352 minutes, 18 seconds
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#555: New-Build Questions, Low-Down Lasers, and Drying Behind Tile

The crew talks about concrete used in renewable energy, designing your own home, lasers for low spaces, and drying behind tile.
4/14/202354 minutes, 53 seconds
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#554: PRO TALK With Director of Good Things Keegan McAuliffe

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Ian talks to Keegan McAuliffe, Owner and Director of Good Things at Capra Home Concepts in Naples, Idaho about building your own home, working in a booming but remote area and high-performance building on a budget.
4/11/202340 minutes, 28 seconds
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#553: Live from JLC Live in Providence, R.I.

Patrick and Andrew talk with builder Jon Beer and the president of Duration Molding and Millwork products, Keith Coleman, about the great learning opportunities at JLC Live and all the cool stuff on the Expo Floor.
4/7/202331 minutes, 30 seconds
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#552: PRO TALK With Architect and Builder Marcos Santa Ana

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Ian talks to architect Marcos Santa Ana about Passive House, the benefits of having a team with diverse backgrounds, and producing well-designed homes.
4/4/202341 minutes, 19 seconds
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#551: Power Tool Batteries, Building as a Third Career, and High DIY

Ben says to check your library for Taunton titles. Jonathan shows us how U.S. homes are heated. Marc likes linoleum. Paul wants universal tool batteries. Roger wonders about insulating a steel-frame building. Andrew asks about safely doing high work. Kevin is building carriage doors for his shop.
3/31/202354 minutes, 51 seconds
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#550: PRO TALK With Carpentry Program Instructor Sandy Thistle and Graduate David Abreu

Ian, Sandy, and David discuss teaching the carpentry trade in a classroom environment, recruiting students from nontraditional backgrounds, and ways contractors can build a relationship with local trade schools.
3/28/202348 minutes, 8 seconds
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#549: Energy Upgrades, Chimney Inspections, and Questions About a Home You Might Buy

Mike has advice about anvils. Domas clarifies Canadian code on interior poly sheeting. Nicky asks about improving airtightness. Sam asks if a chimney cleaning is the same as a chimney inspection. A prospective homebuyers wonders what questions to ask sellers about a home you’re considering buying. The crew contemplates old-house features.
3/24/202358 minutes, 28 seconds
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#548: PRO TALK With Design/Build Operations Manager Jessica Bishop-Smyser

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Ian talks to Jessica Bishop-Smyser, Operations Manager at Silent Rivers Design+Build, about the challenges of producing a wide variety of projects and keeping them on budget.
3/21/202343 minutes, 35 seconds
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#547: Basement Insulation, Historic Preservation Resources, and Shipping Container ADUs

Mike, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about construction productivity and kitchen remodels with FHB’s help, before taking questions about insulating a basement, resources to teach historic preservation, and making an ADU from a steel shipping container.
3/17/202357 minutes, 19 seconds
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#546: PRO TALK With Architect and Builder Jason Langkammerer

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Ian talks to Jason Langkammerer of AT6 Architecture + Design Build about growing up with a builder for a father, starting your own business, and the challenges of working in the Bay Area.
3/14/202342 minutes, 25 seconds
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#545: Mystery Fasteners, Basement-Ceiling Insulation, and Mixed-Use Malls

The crew hears from listeners about Bonfiglioli walls and ready-mix concrete before taking listener questions about weird screws, insulating a basement ceiling, and suburban mall redevelopment.
3/10/20231 hour, 1 minute, 45 seconds
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#544: PRO TALK With HVAC Product Rep Maria Lauber

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Ian talks to Maria Lauber of Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC about the Inflation Reduction Act, heat pumps, and contractor training programs.
3/7/202341 minutes, 58 seconds
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#543: Affordable Flooring, Replacing Replacement Windows, and Low-Flow Fans

The crew hears from listeners about galvanic corrosion and the satisfaction that comes from tradework before taking listener questions about durable low-cost flooring, replacing previously replaced windows, and diagnosing a poorly performing bath fan.
3/3/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 3 seconds
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#542: PRO TALK With Building Apprentice Zac Strauss

Patrick talks to Zac Strauss, a home-building apprentice in New Zealand, about how homes are built in New Zealand, how tradespeople have higher social status, and how exposing kids and adults to trade craft is good for them and society. 
2/28/202347 minutes, 29 seconds
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#541: Small-Project Discrimination, Control Layers, and Air-Quality Monitors

The crew hears from listeners about ridge vents and sand separators before taking listener questions about finding a contractor to remodel a small kitchen, locating air- and water-control layers, and monitoring indoor-air quality.
2/24/20231 hour, 1 minute, 33 seconds
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#540: PRO TALK With Production Manager Dan Purnell

In this Pro-Talk podcast, FHB Contributor Ian Schwandt talks to Dan Purnell, production manager at Alloy Workshop, about working with in-house architects, building architecturally driven projects, and having a career background from outside the construction industry.
2/21/202336 minutes, 56 seconds
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#539: Seasonal Gaps in Flooring, AeroBarrier for Existing Homes, and Wood Foundations

The crew hears from listeners about LED lights and DIY solar before taking questions about seasonal movement of softwood flooring, tightening an 1850s house, and a permanent-wood foundation for a new build.
2/17/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 47 seconds
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#538: PRO TALK With Painting Contractor Luke DiBlasi

In this Pro-Talk podcast FHB Contributor Ian Schwandt talks to painting contractor Luke DiBlasi, of DiBlasi Painting, about high end paint finishes, operating a family business, and the importance of prep work and employee training.
2/14/202350 minutes, 59 seconds
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#537: Bowed Block Walls, Air-Sealing a Post-Frame Shop, and a Rotten Door Jamb Fix

The crew hears from listeners about Vancouver Special houses and wind-blown trash before taking questions about a bowed foundation wall, air-sealing and insulating a new shop, and fixing a door jamb with Bondo.
2/10/20231 hour, 44 seconds
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#536: PRO TALK With Electrical Engineer Justin Czok

Patrick talks to Justin Czok, an electrical engineer who helped develop cordless power tools for Milwaukee about cordless power tools, tool batteries, and how engineers see the world.
2/7/202342 minutes, 28 seconds
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#535: Air-Sealing Cape Houses, Smart Watches for Builders, and Repairing Spalling Concrete

The crew hears about extra time for DIY and minivans for work before taking questions about boosting the comfort and efficiency of Cape houses and fixing a spalling foundation.
2/3/20231 hour, 1 second
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#534: PRO TALK With Build Director Steve Inch

In this Pro-Talk podcast, FHB contributor Ian Schwandt talks to Steve Inch, Director of Build at TriVistaUSA, about working on homes in the nation’s capital, managing teams, and working with in-house designers.
1/31/202334 minutes, 34 seconds
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#533: Missing-Middle Housing, Collateral Damage From Demo, and Midwest BS Symposium

The crew hear from listeners about good construction screws and Chicago building codes before taking questions about improving a row house and fixing tile substrates.
1/27/20231 hour, 1 minute, 9 seconds
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#532: PRO TALK With Engineer Stephen MacDougall

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to structural engineer Stephen MacDougall about building collapses, how engineers are made, and what engineers look for when house shopping.
1/24/202346 minutes, 37 seconds
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#531: Fixing Old Felt, Outsulation Penetrations, and Demolition by Neglect

The crew hears about carbon and workwear for women before taking questions about repairing asphalt felt, vent terminations, and demolition by neglect.
1/20/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 43 seconds
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#530: PRO TALK With Architecture Student Phillip Schladweiler

Ian and Phillip discuss technical college programs in carpentry and architecture, learning on the job, and why you should give a career in the building trades a chance.
1/17/202333 minutes, 27 seconds
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#529: Cold Floors, Galvanic Corrosion, and Siding Over Board Sheathing

The crew hear from listeners about cold-weather gear and smart watches before taking questions about warming a cold house, using galvanized fasteners with aluminum flashing, and siding over board sheathing.
1/13/20231 hour, 1 minute, 3 seconds
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#528: PRO TALK With Construction Director Scott Fridrych

FHB Contributor Ian Schwandt and Scott Fridrych, Director of Construction at LivCo in Chicago, discuss how a remodeling company can provide a higher level of customer service to their clients and how managing a remodeling company compares to production home building.
1/10/202337 minutes, 7 seconds
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#527: Sloping Decks, Brick-Filled Framing, and Skylights

The crew hear from listeners about codes and tube skylights, before taking questions about significantly-sloped decks, masonry-filled stud bays and installing skylights in a cathedral ceiling.
1/6/20231 hour, 1 minute, 6 seconds
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#526: PRO TALK With Remodeling-Business Expert Victoria Downing

In this Pro-Talk podcast, FHB contributor Ian Schwandt talks to Victoria Downing, president of Remodeler’s Advantage, about understanding business financials and the importance of learning from your peers.
1/3/202338 minutes, 54 seconds
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#525: Low-Budget Builds, Artificial Intelligence, and Trade School Curriculum

The crew answers questions about affordable new-house builds, AI in construction, and trade school education. Brendan shows us a house where all the framing is visible on cold mornings. Justin explains power tool batteries. Doug Horgan has thoughts on fireplace doors and roofs. 
12/30/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 22 seconds
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#524: PRO TALK With Design Department Manager Candice Rania

In this Pro-Talk podcast, FHB Contributor Ian Schwandt talks to Candice Rania, Design Department Manager at Leff Design Build, about moving into management roles, using the EOS model, and managing creative people.
12/27/202241 minutes, 23 seconds
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#523: Digital Shower Valves, DIY Foam Outsulation, and Air-Sealing Stem Walls

The crew hear from listeners about DIY foam outsulation and chemical sensitivity before taking questions about digital shower valves, wonky concrete floors, and insulating stem walls.
12/23/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 11 seconds
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#522: PRO TALK With Contractors Heather Thompson & Mark Pollard

In this Pro-Talk podcast FHB contributor Ian Schwandt talks to Heather Thompson and Mark Pollard, Owners of Juniper Design Build, about working on an island, high performance building and the design build process.
12/20/202240 minutes, 35 seconds
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#521: Missed Opportunities, Lax Airtightness Testing, and Low-Slope Roofs Under Solar

The crew hear from listeners about insulation and getting kids into trade work before taking questions on bad rehabs, poor enforcement of airtightness rules and what’s the best low-slope roof.
12/16/202253 minutes, 46 seconds
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#520: PRO TALK With Construction Attorney Tyler Berding

Patrick and Tyler talk about common construction defects, what contractors can do to prevent defect lawsuits, and what’s going on with the Millennium Tower.
12/13/202236 minutes, 2 seconds
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#519: Budget-Minded Designers, Insulating Paint, and Roof Details

The crew hear from listeners about radon, termites and home workshops, before taking questions about finding a good designer, insulating paint, and fan-supplied fireplaces.
12/9/20221 hour, 1 minute, 46 seconds
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#518: PRO TALK With Embodied Carbon Researcher Chris Magwood

FHB Contributor Ian Schwandt talks to Chris Magwood, Director of Research at Builders for Climate Action, about tools for measuring the embodied carbon of building materials and how to build using carbon-storing materials.
12/6/202235 minutes, 1 second
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#517: Sizing Stringers for Wet Wood, Odd Foundations, and Concrete Domes

The crew hears about indoor-air quality and reclaiming flooring before taking questions about stair stringers, mudsill details, and building a concrete dome.
12/2/202255 minutes, 34 seconds
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#516: PRO TALK With Carpenter Antonio Lama

In this Pro-Talk podcast, FHB contributor Ian Schwandt talks to lead carpenter Antonio Lama about being a lead carpenter with an economics degree, becoming interested in high-performance building, and career opportunities for tradespeople.
11/29/202233 minutes, 47 seconds
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#515: The Best of the Fine Homebuilding Podcast, Volume 4

Listen and laugh as the crew navigate the trials and tribulations of residential building, design, and remodeling in some of our favorite clips from episodes 155 to 200.
11/25/202251 minutes, 8 seconds
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#514: PRO TALK With Carpenter Leah Stargardter

Fine Homebuilding Contributor Ian Schwandt talks to carpentry-program graduate Leah Stargardter about the Madison College Remodeling Carpentry Program, working in urban environments, and construction workforce diversity.
11/22/202240 minutes, 27 seconds
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#513: Trusses in a Fire, Roof Outsulation, and Problems With Spray Foam

The crew hears from listeners about tilt-turn windows and roof sheathing before taking listener questions about trusses, rigid insulation on the roof, and spray foam.
11/18/20221 hour, 21 seconds
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#512: PRO TALK With Water-Heater Expert Spencer Pope

Patrick talks to Spencer Pope of Bradford White, water-heater manufacturer, about making your water heater last longer, the breakdown of how Americans heat domestic hot water, and the strange calls that come into customer service.
11/15/202236 minutes, 39 seconds
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#511: Floor-to-Ceiling Windows, Spray-Foaming Stone Foundations, and Supporting Cast-Iron Waste Lines (site)

Mike, Ian, and Patrick hear from a listener about patience versus experience, before taking questions about tall windows, insulating stone foundations, and holding up cast-iron waste and vent stacks.
11/11/202258 minutes, 9 seconds
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#510: PRO TALK With Engineer Steve Rogers

Patrick talks to Steve Rogers, president of The Energy Conservatory, about the tools of building science, what it’s like to have a niche business, and the integration of building science into HVAC work.
11/8/202243 minutes, 15 seconds
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#509: Fiberboard Sheathing, Big Holes in Concrete, and Makeup Air for Crawlspaces

Ian, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about holey sheathing and making the most of an existing home, before taking questions on wall stack-ups, drilling holes in concrete foundations, and HVAC systems in a mixed climate.
11/4/202258 minutes, 15 seconds
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#508: PRO TALK With Code Council VP Ryan Colker

Patrick talks to Ryan Colker, Vice President of Innovation at the International Code Council, about off-site construction as a way to address multiple societal and industry challenges including affordability, resilience, and workforce availability.
11/1/202231 minutes, 53 seconds
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#507: Live From the Southeast Building Science Symposium

In this live recording from the last day of the show, Patrick, Andrew, Nathan Shirai, and Andy Steele talk about what they learned at the first Southeast Building Science Symposium and the challenges of building in the southeast.
10/28/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 13 seconds
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#506: PRO TALK With Tile-Installation Systems Expert Chris Hossler

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Schluter sales rep Chris Hossler about how to achieve a high-quality tile installation and why so many building-products companies do such a poor job of training and support for their products.
10/25/202234 minutes, 45 seconds
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#505: Dirty Band Joists, Taping Roof Sheathing, and Affordable High-Performance Windows

The crew hear from listeners about winterizing foundations and lazy additions before taking questions about air-sealing band joists, sheathing tape, and good windows at a reasonable price.
10/21/202257 minutes, 31 seconds
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#504: PRO TALK With Contractor Charlie Stewart

Patrick talks to Charlie Stewart, a contractor in Altamont, N.Y., about what it’s like to work on old houses, sacrifices to please good customers, and renovating Charlie's historic home.
10/18/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 6 seconds
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#503: Not Quite a Scrape-Off, Too Tight for Insulation, and Weather-Beaten Felt Paper

Andrew, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about stopping sound between floors and the world’s worst drywall finishing, before taking questions about leaving small parts of homes standing, insulating inaccessible attic spaces, and leaving felt underlayment exposed.
10/14/202259 minutes, 40 seconds
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#502: PRO TALK With Lumberyard Manager Cesar Gonzalez

Patrick talks to Cesar Gonzalez, store manager at 84 Lumber, about the lumber business, building-material customers, and what it’s like to run a busy lumberyard.
10/11/202231 minutes, 13 seconds
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#501: Unventing an Attic, Holey Roof Sheathing, and the Cost of New Builds

Andrew, Mike Guertin and Patrick hear from listeners about lead times for windows, the right grout for the job, and being an owner-builder, before taking questions about plugging the vents in a low-slope roof, the condition of sheathing after multiple reroofs, and how to contain costs for new builds.
10/7/20221 hour, 1 minute
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#500: PRO TALK With Designer Marianne Cusato

Patrick talks to Marianne Cusato about the things we’re getting right and wrong with current American architecture and why people who already have a home should worry about affordable housing.
10/4/202244 minutes, 58 seconds
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#499: Live from the Midwest Building Science Symposium

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.
9/30/202235 minutes, 11 seconds
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#498: PRO TALK With Attorney Karalynn Cromeens

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.
9/27/202225 minutes, 10 seconds
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#498: PRO TALK With Attorney Karalynn Cromeens

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.
9/27/20220
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#497: Spray-Foaming a Roof, Rattly Walls, and Sealing Nail Holes

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.
9/23/202258 minutes, 27 seconds
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#496: PRO TALK With Construction-Fastener Experts Dave Ellis and Mark Guthrie

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.
9/20/202246 minutes, 29 seconds
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#495: Cracked Floor Tile, Vapor Control in Cold Climates, and a Very Soggy Meter Socket

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.
9/16/202257 minutes, 28 seconds
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#494: PRO TALK With Off-Site Construction Advocate Dave Cooper

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.
9/13/202235 minutes, 30 seconds
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#493: Settling Beams, Multizone Minisplits, and Fixing Stone Foundations

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.
9/9/202257 minutes, 9 seconds
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#492: PRO TALK With Bookkeeper Tara Johnson

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.
9/6/202226 minutes, 48 seconds
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#491: Above-Garage ADUs, Paper-Faced Polyiso, and Leveling Floor Joists

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.
9/2/202258 minutes, 29 seconds
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#490: PRO TALK With Coatings Contractor Kevin Smith

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.
8/30/202240 minutes, 57 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Episode 22, Nathan Shirai, Insulation Unlimited

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.
8/28/202238 minutes, 33 seconds
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#489: Garage Walls, Builds That Take a Long Time, and Radon in the Root Cellar

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.
8/26/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 27 seconds
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#488: PRO TALK With Builder and Remodeler Andy Steele

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.
8/23/202230 minutes, 58 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Episode 21, Carly Carey, Plumber

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.
8/21/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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#487: Cedar Closets, Conditioning a Woodshop, and Regional Construction Jargon

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.
8/19/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 33 seconds
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#486: PRO TALK With Builder and Remodeler Mason Lord of HVP in Kent, CT

Patrick and Mason talk about an event they hope will encourage more people to consider trade work and enjoy satisfaction that goes with it.
8/16/202235 minutes, 50 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Episode 20, Ian Schwandt, TDS Custom Construction

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.
8/14/20220
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#485: Air-Sealing a Mobile Home, Owner/Builder Tests, and Ready-to-Tile Shower Bases

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.
8/12/202259 minutes, 34 seconds
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#484: PRO TALK With Color Consultant Paula Gaull

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.
8/9/202236 minutes, 3 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Episode 19, Jesse Neumann, Arborist

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.
8/7/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 3 seconds
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FHB Podcast: Special Edition With Neil Freidberg of Louisiana Pacific and Kyle Stumpenhorst of RR Buildings

In this special edition of the Fine Homebuilding Podcast, Patrick talks to engineer Neil Freidberg and builder Kyle Stumpenhorst about creating effective building envelopes.
8/5/202236 minutes, 27 seconds
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#483: Recalled Electrical Panels, Drainage Behind Brick, and Lazy Additions

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.
8/5/202259 minutes
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#482: PRO TALK With Town Lister Bob Goodfellow

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. 
8/2/20220
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#482: PRO TALK With Town Lister Bob Goodfellow

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. 
8/2/202243 minutes, 35 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Episode 18, Kate Hersey and the Minnesota Tool Library

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.
7/31/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 48 seconds
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#481: Detailing a Slab, High-Performance Water Heaters, and DIY Dense-Pack

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.
7/29/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 56 seconds
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#480: PRO TALK With Painter-Remodelers Miquel and David McCarley

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.
7/26/202237 minutes, 13 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Episode 17, Beth Pointer, Done Construction

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.
7/25/202234 minutes, 43 seconds
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#479: One Story or Two, Basement Bunkers, and the Best DIY Spray Foam

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.
7/22/202259 minutes, 36 seconds
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#478: PRO TALK With Home-Technology Expert Mike Bennett

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.
7/19/20221 hour, 1 minute, 55 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Episode 16, Joe Cook and Travis Brungardt, Midwest Building Science Symposium

Learn more about the upcoming Midwest Building Science Symposium and why it’s important to grow in your trade.
7/18/202246 minutes, 31 seconds
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#477: Air-Sealing Electrical Boxes, 2x3s for a Shed, and Keeping Pipes From Freezing

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.
7/15/202259 minutes, 27 seconds
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#476: PRO TALK With Carpenter Caleb Carpenter

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.
7/12/202247 minutes, 8 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Episode 15, Randy Williams, Northern Built

Randy Williams gets to do a little bit of everything in his market, and that variety is key to a fulfilling career
7/11/202237 minutes, 17 seconds
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#475: Material Delivery, End Dams on Head Flashing, and Sealing Barbara’s Barn

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.
7/8/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 38 seconds
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#474: PRO TALK With Production Manager Morgan Thomas

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.
7/5/202232 minutes, 4 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Episode 14, Ryan Shanahan, Birdsmouth Design-Build

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.
7/3/202234 minutes, 25 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast, Episode 13: Andrew Zoellner, New KCA Executive Director

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. 
7/1/202228 minutes, 51 seconds
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#473: Heat Rising, Removing Chimneys, and Undersized Nailer Nails

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.  
7/1/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 54 seconds
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#472: PRO TALK With Architects Lindsey Love and Lindsay Schack

Patrick, Lindsay, and Lindsey talk about the challenges of building in the Mountain West, the difficulties in assembling the right team for a high-performance build, and the rewards of creating functional and beautiful spaces.
6/28/202248 minutes, 34 seconds
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#471: Adding Outsulation, Sealing Leaky Bump-Outs, and HVAC for a Shed Office

Andrew, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about shingle colors and Google’s new office building before taking questions on installing foam insulation over T1-11, improving the comfort and thermal performance of overhanging bump-outs, and the best way to heat and cool a shed office.
6/24/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 6 seconds
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#470: PRO TALK With Builder Mike Knoche

Patrick and Mike talk about the complications of building in interior Alaska, learning the business of contracting, and how to earn more while working less.
6/21/202245 minutes, 56 seconds
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#469: Blue Goo on Framing, Painting Open Soffits, and Whole-House Dehumidifiers

Andrew, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about electric water heaters and the future of home building before taking questions about blue stuff on framing, painting open soffits, and whole-house dehumidification in wet climates.
6/17/202256 minutes, 29 seconds
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#468: PRO TALK With Shutter Manufacturer Rick Skidmore

Patrick talks to Rick Skidmore, founder and CEO of Timberlane, a shutter and garage-door manufacturer, about the utility and beauty of real exterior shutters and what drives someone to entrepreneurship.
6/14/202239 minutes, 25 seconds
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#467: Crawlspace Ductwork, Heat-Pump Hydronic Heating, and Unconditioned Basement Rooms

Andrew, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about termites and heat pumps before taking questions about hot attic living space, using fiberglass reinforced panels (FRP) for sheathing, and bringing underporch rooms into the thermal envelope.
6/10/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 29 seconds
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#466: PRO TALK With Construction Supervisor Aron Jones

Patrick and Aron talk about the challenges of building on a small island, making the switch from business owner to employee, and training the next generation of builders.
6/7/202251 minutes, 13 seconds
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#465: Design Software, Siding Nails, and Basement Insulation

Andrew, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about ground-source heat pumps and air leaks before taking questions about design software, installing pine siding on a tiny house, and the right nails for cedar lap siding.
6/3/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 3 seconds
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#464: PRO TALK With Josh Orman of 3M

Patrick talks to Josh Orman, director of marketing and strategy at 3M, about advancements in roofing shingles and how granules are produced, sold, and tested.
5/31/202234 minutes, 2 seconds
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#463: The Best of the Fine Homebuilding Podcast, Volume 3

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.
5/27/202245 minutes, 9 seconds
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#462: PRO TALK With Construction Attorney Karalynn Cromeens

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.
5/24/202226 minutes, 3 seconds
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#461: Adding a Screened Porch, Insulating a Raised Addition, and Preventing Termites in Exterior Foam

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.
5/20/20221 hour, 1 minute, 26 seconds
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#460: PRO TALK With Builder Keith Bohling

Keith and Patrick talk about affordable high-performance homes, easy ways to boost home efficiency, and the low-load house Keith built for himself.
5/17/202248 minutes, 31 seconds
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#459: Leaky Attic Stairs, Right-Sizing Heat Pumps, and Vapor Barriers in Dirt Crawlspaces

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.
5/13/202259 minutes, 28 seconds
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#458: PRO TALK With Glue Expert Bob Behnke

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.
5/10/202248 minutes, 8 seconds
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#457: Water Vapor Through Concrete Block, Low-Slung Decks, and Estimating Spreadsheets

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.
5/6/202258 minutes, 45 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Episode 12, Dan Kolbert, Pretty Good House

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.
5/4/202238 minutes, 8 seconds
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#456: PRO TALK With Cody Finke of Brimstone Energy

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.
5/3/202231 minutes, 3 seconds
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#455: Native Lumber, Saving Old Masonry, and Insulating Behind Board Sheathing

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.
4/29/20221 hour, 37 seconds
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#454: PRO TALK With Greg Palese of Klein Tools

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.
4/26/202227 minutes, 2 seconds
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#453: DIY Data Logging, Native Pine Paneling in an Unheated Space, and Gurgling Pipes

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.
4/22/202255 minutes, 59 seconds
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#452: PRO TALK With Keith Bohling of The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

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.
4/19/202231 minutes, 19 seconds
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#451: Finishing a Wet Basement, Ground-Source Heat Pumps, and Basement Garages

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.
4/15/202256 minutes, 26 seconds
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#450: PRO TALK With NELMA President Jeff Easterling

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.
4/12/202235 minutes, 41 seconds
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#449: Venting Under Shingles, Subslab Vapor Retarders, and Whole-House Fans

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.
4/8/202256 minutes, 41 seconds
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#448: PRO TALK With Engineer Thor Matteson

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.
4/5/202240 minutes, 54 seconds
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#447: Combustion Safety, Drippy SIP Roofs, and Hiding AC Line Sets

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.
4/1/20221 hour, 31 seconds
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#446: PRO TALK With Lumber Wholesalers Todd London and Mike Glowacki

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.
3/29/202236 minutes, 28 seconds
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#445: Wire Splices, Sauna Details, and Air-Sealing a Room on Piers

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.
3/25/202258 minutes, 7 seconds
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#444: PRO TALK With Builder Andrew Grace

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.
3/22/202231 minutes, 44 seconds
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#443: Rotproof Walls, Hardwood Flooring on Concrete, and the Future of Home Building

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.
3/18/20221 hour, 1 minute, 54 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Ep.11, Elizabeth Disalvo, Net-Zero Architect

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.
3/15/202237 minutes, 41 seconds
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#442: PRO TALK With HVAC Expert Rich Lavoie

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.
3/15/202245 minutes, 18 seconds
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#441: Screws vs. Nails, Insulation Behind Board Sheathing, and Details for a New Build

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.
3/11/20221 hour, 1 minute, 21 seconds
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#440: PRO TALK With Ali Kronebusch and Tami York of Reconstruction Experts

Patrick talks to chief sales officer Ali Kronebusch and VP of administration and general counsel Tami York, both of Reconstruction Experts, a large construction company specializing in construction defects.
3/8/202241 minutes, 31 seconds
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#439: Crawlspace Ventilation, Settling Foundations, and Getting High-Value Appraisals

Kiley, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about ancient building codes and leaky copper pipes before taking questions about sealing a crawlspace, warming a cold bonus room, and fixing a bath damaged by settlement.
3/4/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 36 seconds
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#438: PRO TALK With Zachary Mannheimer of Alquist 3D

Patrick talks to Zachary Mannheimer, founder and CEO of Alquist 3D, a concrete home producer that uses 3D printing for construction about the challenges of new technology, and how printed concrete homes can help make houses more affordable.  
3/1/202243 minutes, 24 seconds
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#437: Design Second Thoughts, Heating a Small Shop, and Cabinets on Steel Studs

Andrew, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about opportunity costs, ballooning project budgets, and redoing a bath in a one-bathroom house before taking listener questions about second thoughts on design, heating a small woodshop, and fastening heavy things to light-gauge steel studs.
2/25/20221 hour, 35 seconds
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FHB Podcast: HVAC Expert Chad Gillespie of Mitsubishi Electric

2/24/202233 minutes, 13 seconds
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#436: PRO TALK With Leila Banijamali, Cofounder and CEO of Symbium

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Leila Banijamali, cofounder and CEO of Symbium, a start-up technology company that offers a free portal to help folks navigate regulations and permitting for accessory dwelling units.
2/22/202230 minutes, 35 seconds
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#435: Insulating Block Walls, Stucco Without a Drainage Space, and Mystery Floor Drains

Patrick, Ian, and Kiley hear from listeners about well water, radiant heat, and humps in the floor before taking questions about insulating and finishing block walls, Southwest stucco, and where the floor drain goes.
2/18/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 48 seconds
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#434: PRO TALK With Electrician JP Shipp

Patrick talks to electrician and generator expert JP Shipp, whose company services hundreds of generators annually, about the ins and outs of standby-generator installation, how to make a house generator-ready, and the rising demand for installations.
2/15/202240 minutes, 18 seconds
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#433 Waterproofing Concrete Roofs, Net-Zero in a Cooling Climate, and Don’t Forget Degree Days

Ian, Colin, and Patrick hear from listeners about arc-fault breakers and sizing electric cable and services before taking listener questions about waterproofing a concrete overhang, getting to net-zero in a cooling climate, and using degree days to quantify energy improvements.
2/11/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 12 seconds
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#432: Live From the International Builders’ Show: Emily Mottram, Steve Baczek, and Nick Robertson

Emily, Steve, Nick, and Andrew talk about some of the interesting products they've seen at the show, why it's informative to visit with manufacturers, and the importance of systems in the building envelope.
2/10/202235 minutes, 30 seconds
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#431: PRO TALK With Building-Moisture Consultant Guy de Verges

Patrick and Guy talk about common wet-basement problems and fixes, what to look for when checking out a building lot, and using landscaping to control storm runoff and increase biodiversity. 
2/8/202255 minutes, 24 seconds
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#430: Escalating Remodeling Costs, Drying Behind Back-to-Back Tile, and Protecting Shingle Roofs From High Winds

2/4/202259 minutes, 39 seconds
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#429: PRO TALK With Electrician Rick Harrahill

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Rick Harrahill about training to be an electrician, scary wiring, and enjoying the satisfaction of trade work.
2/1/202242 minutes, 27 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Ep.10, Ben Blodget, Builder Turned Business Owner

This owner of a remodeling and construction firm describes his atypical career path, from beginning as a laborer to eventually purchasing the company.
1/28/202240 minutes, 54 seconds
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#428: Why Radiant Heat?, Proper Construction Sequencing, and Waterproofing Mansard Windows

Kiley, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about water filters and opportunity costs before taking listener questions about in-floor radiant heat, deviating from the normal construction sequence, and flashing windows in Mansard roofs.
1/28/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 51 seconds
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#427: PRO TALK With Remodeler Amy Ecklund

Patrick talks to remodeler Amy Ecklund, owner of AmyWorks, Inc., about running a remodeling business in a pandemic, successful marketing, and helping clients get through their projects.
1/25/202232 minutes, 54 seconds
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#426: Wet Stucco, Trusses for Second-Story Additions, and Inexpensive Vacation Homes

Andrew, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about attic chimneys and water filters before taking questions about a leaky window in stucco, accurately measuring trusses for an add-a-level, and building an affordable second home.
1/21/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 22 seconds
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#425: PRO TALK With Business Consultant Doug Howard

Patrick talks to Doug Howard, director of consulting for Remodelers Advantage, about how remodelers can grow their businesses and be more profitable.
1/18/202233 minutes, 33 seconds
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#424: Low-Maintenance Black Trim, Foundation Efflorescence, and Roof Outsulation

Andrew, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about PEX tubing and upsizing electrical circuits before taking listener questions about long-lasting black trim, masonry efflorescence, and insulating foundation walls.
1/14/202254 minutes, 17 seconds
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#423: PRO TALK With Builder Jason Kehrer

Patrick talks to home builder and remodeler Jason Kehrer about starting a construction business, finding good help, and the future of residential construction.
1/11/202240 minutes, 7 seconds
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#422: First-Time Remodeling, Insulating a Brick Foundation, and Mysterious Leaks

Mark, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about PEX plumbing and construction software before taking questions about tearing into your first house, tracking down a leak in an exterior wall, and detailing a wood foundation.
1/7/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 4 seconds
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#421: PRO TALK With Carpenter Matthew Millham

Patrick talks to former Fine Homebuilding deputy editor and current carpenter Matthew Millham about his transition from construction media to residential building.
1/4/202240 minutes, 54 seconds
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#420: Soundproofing, Cold Chimneys, and Dealing With Increased Building Costs

Mark, Ian, and Patrick discuss inexpensive soundproofing, building a chase around a chimney in an unconditioned attic, and the current climate of material and labor cost increases.
12/31/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 54 seconds
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#419: PRO TALK with Building Trades Instructor Matt Blomquist

In this episode, Matt describes his journey to becoming a building trades instructor. Matt and Mark talk about the home-building program at Taylorville High School, a typical day in the life of a building trades student, and the various types of people that sign up for Matt’s class.
12/28/202149 minutes, 41 seconds
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#418: Future-Proofing Homes, Tile Subflooring, and Going Without Wall Sheathing

Colin, Mark, and Patrick hear from listeners about rusty lug nuts and getting mortar mixes wrong before taking questions about future-proofing electrical wiring, the right underlayment for floor tile, and using foam insulation for wall sheathing.
12/24/202155 minutes, 59 seconds
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#417: PRO TALK With Restoration Specialist Bob Kelly

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Mark Petersen talks with Bob Kelly about the types of masonry wall assemblies that he works on most and explains why so many of these walls are collecting and filling up with water.
12/21/202148 minutes, 54 seconds
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#416: Video Doorbells, Engineered Siding, and What it Costs to Build Your Own House

Mark, Ian, and Patrick hear from listeners about hex wrenches and PEX plumbing before taking questions about doorbells, engineered siding, and sketchy framing.
12/17/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 57 seconds
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#415: PRO TALK With Builder Justin Zeller

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Justin Zeller of Red House Design/Build about the design/build model, effective job-site management, and balancing client expectations.
12/14/202139 minutes, 44 seconds
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#414: Insulating Band Joists, Saving Salvaged Material, and Fixing Wet Masonry

Mark, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about window condensation and building a business before taking questions about insulating band joists, saving stuff from the dumpster, and dealing with a badly insulated masonry building.
12/10/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 26 seconds
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#413: PRO TALK With Deck Builder Max Hegedus

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to former engineer and professional deck builder Max Hegedus about starting a construction business, the value of continuing education, and balancing job-site work and business.
12/7/202134 minutes, 22 seconds
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#412: Rotted Walls, Saving Energy, and Let-In Bracing

Colin, Mark, and Patrick hear from listeners about reclaimed local lumber and Type O mortar before taking questions about fixing a wall behind poured concrete, energy improvements for an Atlanta home, and the carbon emissions of Portland cement.
12/3/202156 minutes, 38 seconds
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#411: PRO TALK With Electrician David Shapiro

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to David Shapiro, licensed electrician and certified electrical inspector, about the safety of old wiring, the importance of continuing education, and the scary side of bath fans.
11/30/202157 minutes, 11 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Ep.9, Brian Ciciora, Sam Harris, and Mike Lee of Truewerk

In this episode, Rob talks to the Truewerk team about the goal of providing modern versions of the technical gear that's been worn for 100+ years in the trades. CEO Brian Ciciora describes his career building and fabricating metal in the wintry mountains, and how it both brought him closer to the community while showing him that technical apparel is important for those working in specific positions. 
11/29/202127 minutes, 49 seconds
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#410: The Best of the Fine Homebuilding Podcast, Volume 2

The editors discuss how to retrofit an air barrier, favorite tools, how to build in earthquake country, how to buy old houses, and much more in these clips from episodes 145-149.
11/26/202152 minutes, 25 seconds
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#409: PRO TALK With Passive House Trainer Mariana Pickering

Patrick and Mariana talk about the appeal of Passive House, how to lower US carbon emissions, and how to make residential construction more inclusive.
11/23/202146 minutes, 27 seconds
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#408: Wrinkly Metal Roofs, Job-Site Jointers, and Basement Finishing

Patrick, Mark, and Colin hear from listeners about design software and rain-water collection before taking questions about oil canning in metal roofs, benchtop jointers, and basement finishing.
11/19/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 57 seconds
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#407: PRO TALK With Builder Mason Lord

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to builder and remodeler Mason Lord of HVP in Kent, CT about running a construction business, do-it-all saws, and the challenges of being a contractor.
11/16/202156 minutes, 34 seconds
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#406: Changing to a Career in Construction, Building Your Own Addition, and Mixing Mortar for Stone

Rob, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about electromagnetic radiation and trim over siding before taking listener questions about moving from a software company to construction, building your own addition, and homesteading in Canada.
11/12/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 40 seconds
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#405: PRO TALK With Electrical Operations Supervisor John Williamson

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Mark Petersen talks with John Williamson about the history of the National Electrical Code (NEC) and explains how new codes are created.
11/9/202153 minutes, 29 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Ep. 8, Garland Wood, Carpenter of Colonial-Era Buildings

In this episode, Rob talks to Garland about building using 18th-century techniques and processes. Few carpenters have had the opportunity to spend their life continuing a construction legacy as old as America itself. Garland has, and he has helped keep the fabric of our nation’s trade history firmly intact by instructing fellow tradespeople and the public throughout every project.
11/8/202158 minutes, 43 seconds
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#404: Barndominiums, Rough-Milled Lumber, and Pulling Off Ice and Water Shield

Patrick, Mark, and guest host Ian Schwandt hear from listeners about greywater, leak-detection juice, and popcorn ceilings before taking questions on detailing a barndominium, using home-sawn lumber for building, and pulling up sticky layers of roofing.
11/5/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 23 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Ep. 7, Aaron Agosto, Professional Photographer and Finish Carpenter

In this special series of episodes of the FHB Podcast, Rob Yagid, executive director of Keep Craft Alive and former Fine Homebuilding editor, shares his conversations with some of the most talented and dedicated people in the world of residential design and construction.
11/2/202125 minutes, 30 seconds
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#403: PRO TALK With Carpenter Laura Smarrito

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to carpenter Laura Smarrito about doing carpentry in Antarctica and Greenland, how to make the trades more inclusive, and the appeal of being challenged every day.
11/2/202146 minutes, 29 seconds
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FHB Podcast: Window Expert Bryan Warring of Pella

In this special episode of the FHB Podcast, Patrick talks to Pella Product Manager Bryan Warring about the benefits of fiberglass windows and doors, how to get reliable installations, and what we can expect for the future of fiberglass fenestration.
11/2/202131 minutes, 5 seconds
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#402: Plugging an Unused Chimney, Heating Cables for Ice Dams, and Air-Sealing a Minnesota Mansion

Rob, Patrick, and Kiley hear from listeners about TikTok, LED lights, and Houston geography before taking questions about sealing a leaky chimney, improving the efficiency of a big old house, and fixing a hole where the rain gets in.
10/29/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 2 seconds
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#401: PRO TALK With Mr. Cedar

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Mark Petersen talks with Paul Mackie (aka Mr. Cedar), a cedar specialist with the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.
10/26/202145 minutes, 22 seconds
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#400: Wet Basements, The World’s Whitest Paint, and Wonky Window Flashing

Brian, Mark, and Patrick hear from listeners about radon and Bay Area weather, before taking questions about wet basements, reflective paint, and leaky window openings.
10/22/202157 minutes, 3 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Ep. 6, Justin Fink, Former Fine Homebuilding Editor and Full-Time Remodeler

In this episode, Rob talks to Justin Fink about leaving his reliable office job—with its steady paycheck—and forging out on his own to start a remodeling company that works on historic homes in and around central Connecticut. Justin never stopped swinging the hammer during all his years as an editor, and this move was a long time coming. Justin and Rob talk about how Justin first got into the trades, and how he ended up where he is today.
10/21/20211 hour, 1 minute, 20 seconds
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#399: PRO TALK With Builder Tom Bodett

Patrick talks to former Alaska-based home builder Tom Bodett about being a builder and helping to start HatchSpace, a woodworking shop, teaching space, and gallery.
10/19/202156 minutes, 10 seconds
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#398: Live from the 2021 Midwest Building Science Symposium

Patrick and Rob Wotzak head to the nation’s heartland to hear about what’s happening with high-performance building in the Midwest.
10/15/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 46 seconds
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#397: PRO TALK With Glass Specialist Jim Larsen

In this episode, Mark and Jim discuss the history of the advancements in residential glass technology, the benefits of low-e coatings, the difference between argon and krypton, and all things residential glass related.
10/12/202139 minutes, 29 seconds
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#396: Protecting Foundation Insulation, Recycling Greywater, and Drying a Damp House

Mark, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about design software and Gold Medallion homes before taking listener questions on using greywater systems, ventilating a damp house, and protecting foundation insulation.
10/8/202159 minutes, 46 seconds
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#395: PRO TALK With Builder and Remodeler Rob Robillard

In this episode, Patrick and Rob talk about running a contracting business, managing client expectations, and the challenges of finding skilled help.
10/5/202139 minutes, 51 seconds
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#394: Wall Assemblies, Cooling a Historic Cabin, and Building on Piers

Mark, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about sawdust stoves and owner-builders before taking listener questions about choosing a wall assembly, cooling a historic cabin, and building on masonry piers.
10/1/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 20 seconds
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#393: PRO TALK With PV System Designer George Hart

Patrick talks to solar-energy-system designer and former installer George Hart about the opportunities in the solar-energy industry, how advances will shape the technology, and what a renewable-energy-powered economy will look like.
9/28/202145 minutes, 59 seconds
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#392: The Best Roofing for PV, Shades to Save Energy, and Taming a Bay Area Energy Hog

Brian, Mark and Patrick hear from listeners about shop teachers and tape for poly sheeting, before taking listener questions on the right roof for a future PV array, controlling radon, and improving the efficiency of a Bay Area house.
9/24/202157 minutes, 10 seconds
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#391: PRO TALK With J.T. Rieves, Vice President – Pro Business at The Home Depot

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to J.T. Rieves about how home centers can answer the needs of trade professionals, why two nearby stores have different inventory, and do home centers have different products than supply houses?
9/21/202134 minutes, 34 seconds
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#390: Long-Lasting Porches, Less-Slippery Steps, and Building Partitions on Laminate Floors

Mark, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about home battery systems and tented tile before taking listener questions about rotted porches, slippery steps, and building partitions on top of laminate flooring.
9/17/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 26 seconds
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#389: PRO TALK With Senior Editor Mark Petersen

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Fine Homebuilding’s newest senior editor, Mark Petersen about construction, journalism, and the joys and trials of building your own house.
9/14/202156 minutes, 39 seconds
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#388: Delayed Windows, Whitewashing Brick, and Cooling Off Upstairs

Brian, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about design software and structure fires before taking questions on installing siding before windows, safety gear for kids, and cooling a hot second floor.
9/10/202157 minutes, 59 seconds
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Sponsored FHB Podcast: Window Expert Travis Eisenbarth of Pella

In this sponsored episode of the FHB podcast, Patrick talks to Pella Product Manager Travis Eisenbarth about wood windows, improvements in glazing, customization options, and delivering on customer expectations.
9/8/202127 minutes, 32 seconds
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#387: PRO TALK With Workwear Makers Josh Walker and Ted De Innocentis

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Massachusetts-based Work-Clothing Makers Josh Walker and Ted De Innocentis about the challenges of making garments in the United States and the value of well-made workwear.
9/7/202153 minutes, 49 seconds
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#386: Job Site Protection, Failed Floor Tile, and DIY Spray Foam

Colin, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about FHB podcast questions and window condensation before taking listener questions about polished concrete, failed tile, and canned spray foam.
9/3/202157 minutes, 25 seconds
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#385: PRO TALK With Shop Teacher Roy Horne

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to his now-retired junior high shop teacher about the value of hands-on education and what can be done to reverse the skilled-trade gap.
8/31/202130 minutes, 50 seconds
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#384: Whole-House Batteries, Roof Insulation, and Design Software

Brian, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about pool lights, guardrail-post connections, and adding exterior insulation before answering questions about whole-house batteries and design software.
8/27/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 53 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Ep. 5, Anna Heath, Lead Carpenter

Anna describes how a shared passion for building homes to Passive House standards and the meticulous nature of the process helped her and other members of her crew learn to be the excellent builders they are today.
8/26/202132 minutes, 38 seconds
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#383: PRO TALK With Home Inspector Paul Barraza

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to home inspector Paul Barraza about what makes a good home inspector, the difference between home inspectors and code officials, and how home inspections can be a good second career for former tradespeople.
8/24/202138 minutes, 5 seconds
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Sponsored FHB Podcast: Window Experts Jenn Tuetken and Nicole Willits of Pella

In this sponsored episode of the FHB podcast, Patrick talks to Jenn Tuetken, Senior Manager of Innovation and Design, and Nicole Willits, Product Marketing Specialist, at Pella about industrial design, window trends and innovations, and finding inspiration.
8/24/202136 minutes, 10 seconds
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#382: Exterior Foam, Metal Connectors, and Painting Cabinets

Matt, Kiley, Brian, Rob, Jeff, and Patrick hear from listeners about exterior foam and septic systems before taking questions on including exterior insulation in a new build, avoiding metal connectors, and refinishing cabinets.
8/20/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 24 seconds
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#381: PRO TALK With Engineer Cameron Prince

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to engineer Cameron Prince about the future of HVAC, seeing things from an engineer’s perspective, and how to make your heating and cooling equipment last a long time.
8/17/202140 minutes, 50 seconds
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#380: 40th FHB-Anniversary-Edition Interview With Gary Katz

In this week's special anniversary episode, regular listener and professional builder Mason Lord interviews longtime FHB contributor and Taunton Press book author Gary Katz.
8/13/20211 hour, 14 seconds
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#379: PRO TALK With Australian Builder Jason Economos

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Australian builder Jason Economos about the differences between Australian and North American building, universal challenges to building homes, and what’s up with spec builds.
8/10/202148 minutes, 5 seconds
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#378: Preventing Window Condensation, Conditioned Crawlspaces, and $150K Home Improvement

Kiley, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about heat-pump water heaters and expensive homes before taking questions on preventing wet windows, sealing a crawlspace, and improving the livability and efficiency of an existing house.
8/6/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 43 seconds
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#377: PRO TALK With Mechanical Engineer Mark Jussaume

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick and Mark talk about growing up working on houses, what residential construction can learn from bigger projects, and how to make home HVAC better. 
8/3/202136 minutes, 57 seconds
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#376: Paint vs. Solid Stain, Crawlspace Ventilation, and Sizing Support Columns

Rob, Colin, and Patrick hear from listeners about rainbow pigments and bargain power tools before taking listener questions about exterior paint jobs, crawlspace ventilation fans, and calculating the length of basement lally columns.
7/30/202157 minutes
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#375: PRO TALK With Smart-Technology Experts Aaron Stallings and Mike Oh

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to smart-home system designers Aaron Stallings and Michael Oh about how to integrate smart-home technology in both new builds and retrofits, choosing the right gear, and what home technology can do for you.
7/27/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 9 seconds
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#374: Adding Overhangs, Repairing a Water Table, and Builderly Greetings from Down Under

Brian, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about rainbow shingles and log homes before taking listener questions about adding overhangs, repairing wood trim, and roof insulation ratings. They also hear from home builders in Australia.
7/23/202153 minutes, 5 seconds
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#373: PRO TALK With Remodeler Mike Patterson

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to longtime Washington, DC-area remodeler Mike Patterson about how to find good projects and clients, trusting your intuition, and the basics of business.
7/20/202144 minutes, 49 seconds
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#372: Raising a Ceiling, Drilling in Concrete, and What Kind of Windows?

Brian, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about FHB Anniversary interviews and hated home features before taking listener questions about raising a ceiling, fastening to concrete, and air-sealing versus insulating.
7/16/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 53 seconds
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#371: PRO TALK With Garage Outfitter Aaron Cash

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Aaron Cash, president of Garage Living Franchise Systems about how a franchise business works, opportunities for making garages more livable, and how one goes from business school to running a garage construction company.
7/13/202138 minutes, 57 seconds
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#370: The Best of the Fine Homebuilding Podcast, Volume 1

Hear highlights from past episodes of the podcast in this compilation of some of our favorite discussions and listener questions.
7/9/202156 minutes, 54 seconds
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#369: PRO TALK With Sustainable Builder Jacob Racusin, Part 2

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Jacob Racusin about New Frameworks’s unusual business model, expanding the market for natural building, and how somebody just decides to start building with straw.
7/6/202136 minutes, 20 seconds
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#368: Insulating Garage Doors, Staining Cedar Shingles, and Crawlspace Ductwork

Kiley, Matt, and Patrick hear from listeners about tarps and building-science texts before taking listener questions on insulating garage doors, staining cedar shingles, and improving the performance of an uninsulated slab.
7/2/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 51 seconds
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#367: PRO TALK With Sustainable Builder Jacob Racusin, Part 1

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Jacob Racusin, Director of Building Science and Sustainability at New Frameworks in Burlington, Vt. about New Frameworks’s unusual business model, expanding the market for natural building, and how somebody just decides to start building with straw.
6/29/202130 minutes, 53 seconds
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#366: HVAC Balancing, Deck Ledgers, and De-Sagging a Floor

Rob, Brian, and Patrick hear from listeners about long lead times and proper tarping before answering questions on HVAC air distribution, installing and flashing deck ledgers with stucco siding, and fixing butchered floor framing.
6/25/20211 hour, 9 seconds
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#365: PRO TALK With Architect Peter Pfeiffer

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Austin, Texas, Architect Peter Pfeiffer about building in hot climates, how to spot problem clients, and doing research on your own house.
6/22/202149 minutes, 38 seconds
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#364: Exposed Headers, Mansard Roofs, and Outdoor Rooms

Rob, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about spiral duct and stucco walls before taking questions on exposed exterior headers, insulating Mansard roofs, installing hardwood flooring, and blending indoor and outdoor spaces.
6/18/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 57 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Ep. 4, John Abrams, Design/Build CEO

Host Rob Yagid suggests that John's worker-owned cooperative, which equally values people, the planet, and the bottom line, is a model for what architecture and construction firms could and should be.
6/16/202141 minutes, 38 seconds
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#363: PRO TALK With Rating Inspector Noah Lawrence

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to rating field inspector Noah Lawrence of Building Efficiency Resources (BER) about helping HERS raters, navigating a new utility grid, and what it’s like living in a tiny house.
6/15/202141 minutes, 21 seconds
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#362: Effective Tarping, Saggy Ceilings, and Cracks that Won’t Go Away

Matt, Brian, and Patrick hear from listeners about tilt/turn windows and living with imperfect work before taking listener questions about effective tarping, leveling a ceiling, and fixing cracks that keep coming back.
6/11/20211 hour, 35 seconds
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#361: PRO TALK With Designer Christi Weber

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Christi Weber, Director of Design and Lead Designer for TDS Custom Construction about the benefits of a design/build model, the problems with American housing, and the appeal of 60-in. ceiling fans.
6/8/202147 minutes, 48 seconds
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#360: Skate Ramps, Drilling Holes, and Fastening Drywall

Matt, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about insulating walls without sheathing and on-demand water heaters before taking listener questions about building a long-lasting skate ramp, heating a shop, and fastening drywall. 
6/4/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 54 seconds
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#359: PRO TALK With Engineer Paul Torcellini, Part 2

In this two-part Pro Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Paul Torcellini, an engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, about home efficiency, moving to a renewable-energy utility grid, and how Paul built a net-zero house for his family.
6/1/202132 minutes, 35 seconds
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#358: Workshop Ceiling Heights, Foamglas, and Low-Slope Metal Roofs

Rob, Kiley and Patrick hear from listeners about business books for contractors and pool kits before taking listener questions about shop-ceiling heights, Foamglas insulation, and home-energy efficiency.
5/28/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 25 seconds
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#357: PRO TALK With Engineer Paul Torcellini

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Paul Torcellini, an engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, about home efficiency, moving to a renewable-energy utility grid, and how Paul built a net-zero house for his family.
5/25/202132 minutes, 39 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Ep. 3, Brad Stoppenhagen, Remodeler

After 20 years in a corporate job, this lifelong craftsperson took a leap of faith to start a business doing the work that he truly loves, and he’s never been happier.
5/24/202138 minutes, 19 seconds
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#356: Living with Your Own Work, Lowering a Basement Floor, and Hinge-Prepping Doors

Brian, Matt, and Patrick hear from listeners about good-looking gate hinges and real-world budgets before taking listener questions about living with your own work, lowering a basement floor, and the best way to fit and prep doors.
5/21/202157 minutes, 23 seconds
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#355: PRO TALK With Stereotomist Pat Moore

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to stereotomist Pat Moore about how he learned the ancient building technique of sterotomy from guild-trained French timber framers.
5/18/202132 minutes, 26 seconds
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#354: Nasty Crawlspaces, Concrete Houses, and Your First Employee

Patrick, Kiley, and Rob hear from listeners about DIY insulation vacs and AV gas for generators before taking questions on nasty crawlspaces, polished concrete floors, and hiring your first employee.
5/14/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 7 seconds
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#353: PRO TALK With Plumber Mike Lombardi, Part 2

In this second installment of a two-part Pro-Talk podcast, Mike and Patrick discuss the perks and headaches of owning a small business, the future of plumbing and heating, and dealing with problem customers.
5/11/202132 minutes, 12 seconds
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#352: Rotten Basement Walls, Conditioned Shops, and Air-Sealing a ’60s Ranch

Patrick, Rob, and Brian hear from listeners about cool roofs and acoustics before taking questions on wall assemblies for basements, conditioning a woodshop, and air-sealing with liquid WRB.
5/7/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 9 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Ep. 2, Josh Salinger, Construction Business Owner

Hear about the ups and downs on one builder's path to creating a sought-after company with a reputation for executing the highest quality work.
5/5/202145 minutes, 12 seconds
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#351: PRO TALK With Plumber Mike Lombardi

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to plumber Mike Lombardi about the perks and headaches of owning a small business, the future of plumbing and heating, and dealing with problem customers.
5/4/202127 minutes, 47 seconds
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#350: Anniversary Edition Interview With John Carroll

As part of FHB’s 40th Anniversary, regular listener Ian Schwandt interviews longtime FHB contributor John Carroll.
4/30/202144 minutes, 37 seconds
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Keep Craft Alive Podcast: Ep. 1, Travis Brungardt, Builder

Hear about the challenges and rewards of being a builder focused on sustainable, resilient construction in a region of the country not traditionally known for energy-efficient homes.
4/28/202145 minutes, 37 seconds
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#349: PRO TALK With Carpenter Kevin Ireton, Part 2

In this two-part Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to former FHB editor and carpenter Kevin Ireton about staying healthy, game-changing tools, and the direction of American housing.
4/27/202132 minutes, 46 seconds
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#348: Building Porches, Reworking Flush Doors, and Swapping a Basement Beam

Rob, Brian, and Patrick hear from listeners about sturdy fences and clean energy before talking questions about long-lasting porches, upgrading flush doors, and increasing the span of a basement beam.
4/23/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 37 seconds
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#347: PRO TALK With Carpenter Kevin Ireton, Part 1

In this two-part Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to former FHB editor and carpenter Kevin Ireton about staying healthy, game-changing tools, and the direction of American housing.
4/20/202131 minutes, 20 seconds
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346: Music Studios, Reducing Building Costs, and Indoor-Air Purifiers

Matt, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about energy-integration experts and ICC lawsuits before taking questions on converting a hog barn into a music studio, reducing costs in a new build, and the effectiveness of indoor-air purifiers.
4/19/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 9 seconds
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#345: PRO TALK With Builder Dan Kolbert—Part 2

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to builder and remodeler Dan Kolbert of Portland, Maine about Pretty Good Houses, good clients, and the virtues of trade work.
4/13/202123 minutes, 46 seconds
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#344: Bad Contractors, Failed Foundation Walls, and Bonfig Roofs

Brian, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about power-grid efficiency and attic delta-Ts before taking questions about bad plumbers, bowed foundation walls, and boosting the energy performance of a brick cape.
4/9/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 7 seconds
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#343: PRO TALK With Builder Dan Kolbert—Part 1

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to builder and remodeler Dan Kolbert of Portland, Maine about Pretty Good Houses, good clients, and the virtues of trade work.
4/6/202127 minutes, 12 seconds
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#342: Thermally Broken Slabs, Wet Walls, and Reinforcing Block Foundations

Brian, Matt, and Patrick hear from listeners about job-site safety and fence posts before taking questions about thermally broken slabs, construction training for Spanish speakers, and strengthening foundations in seismic zones.
4/2/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 50 seconds
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#341: PRO TALK With Color Expert Sue Wadden

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams about how paint colors get their names, how color trends emerge, and what comes after a decade of gray.
3/30/202134 minutes, 32 seconds
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#340: Fixing Wood Floors, Books for Builders, and Less-Ugly Split-Levels

Matt, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about cutting down doors and using hybrid trucks for power, before taking listener questions about matching new floors to existing stairs, heat-pump water heaters, and good books for builders.
3/26/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 30 seconds
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#339: PRO TALK With Sandra Hyde of the ICC

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to engineer Sandra Hyde from the International Code Council about International Building Codes, the code process, and why code language is so hard to understand.
3/23/202138 minutes, 22 seconds
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#338: Long-Lasting Fence Posts, Leaky Basements, and Seasonally Wet Walls

Brian, Matt, and Patrick hear from listeners about storm windows and putting dishwashers in weird places before taking questions about insulating walls without sheathing, the best way to build a fence, and how to make cancelled basement windows watertight.
3/19/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 49 seconds
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#337: PRO TALK With Builder Fernando Pagés Ruiz

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to builder Fernando Pagés Ruiz about what’s wrong with American housing, making the switch from musician to home builder, and what it’s like to build outside the U.S.
3/16/202145 minutes, 17 seconds
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#336: Celebrating Women in Construction Week

GBA senior editor Kiley Jacques talks with architect Emily Mottram and builder Dejah Leger about the advantages of being a woman in the industry.
3/12/202157 minutes, 54 seconds
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#335: PRO TALK With Carpenter Brian Campbell, Pt. 2

In this two-part, Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Twin-Cities carpenter Brian Campbell about being a more efficient carpenter, honing your skills, and finding interesting work.
3/9/202139 minutes, 53 seconds
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#334: Becoming a Builder, Leaky Apartments, and Complexities of a Custom Home

Rob, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about going all-electric and not messing up historic houses before taking listener questions about becoming a high-performance builder, fixing a leaky apartment, and planning a new home.
3/5/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 6 seconds
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#333: PRO TALK With Carpenter Brian Campbell, Pt. 1

In this two-part, Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Twin-Cities carpenter Brian Campbell about being a more efficient carpenter, honing your skills, and finding interesting work.
3/2/202135 minutes, 17 seconds
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#332: Mossy Roofs, Cold Walls, and Priming PVC Pipe

Matt, Brian, and Patrick hear from listeners about lead dangers and storm windows before taking questions about insulating a brick ranch with board sheathing, supporting a short section of countertop, and cleaning mossy roofs.
2/26/202159 minutes, 20 seconds
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#331: PRO TALK With Cabinetmaker Ben Scott

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Ben Scott of Maple Ridge, British Columbia about the craft and challenges of building cabinets and he shares tips for building Baltic birch boxes and installing slides and hinges.
2/23/202134 minutes, 58 seconds
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#330: Anniversary Edition Interview: Patrick McCombe

As part of FHB’s 40th Anniversary, listener Jonathan asks regular podcast host Patrick McCombe what it’s like behind the scenes at FHB, and what’s right and wrong with American home building and remodeling.
2/19/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 2 seconds
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#329: PRO TALK With Builder Jason Webster

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Jason Webster Co-President and Owner of Huntington Homes, in East Montpelier, Vermont about the family modular home business.
2/16/202134 minutes, 32 seconds
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#328: IBSx Show Highlights, Day 4

Bryan Uhler, Mike Guertin, Rob Wotzak, and Patrick McCombe talk about the first virtual Builders’ Show. Huber product application specialist Nick Robertson and Huber senior product application engineer Mike Dye talk about Huber’s new products, answering customer questions, and their IBSx experience.
2/12/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 27 seconds
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#327: IBSx Show Highlights, Day 3

Bryan Uhler, Mike Guertin, Matt Millham, and Patrick McCombe talk about what is going on at the first virtual Builders’ Show.
2/11/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 25 seconds
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#326: IBSx Show Highlights, Day 2

Bryan Uhler, Mike Guertin, Brian Pontolilo, and Patrick McCombe share some cool new products found at IBSx and talk about what there is to do at the first virtual Builders’ Show.
2/10/202155 minutes, 11 seconds
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#325: IBSx Show Highlights, Day 1

Day one coverage of the first virtual 2021 International Builders’ Show 
2/9/202158 minutes, 37 seconds
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#324: IBSx Preview

This episode kicks off podcast coverage of IBSx 2021. The FHB Crew talk to Huber Engineered Woods and what they have in store for the show. Mike Guertin and Bryan Uhler share what they hope to get from IBSx and what is different about a virtual versus in-person event.
2/9/202154 minutes, 53 seconds
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#323: Addition Airtightness, Beam Rescue, and Air-Sealing Around a Chimney

Matt, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about hiding foam insulation and homemade light fixtures before taking listener questions on the appropriate airtightness for an addition, fixing a badly hacked beam, and the right way to air-seal around a chimney.
2/5/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 56 seconds
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#322: PRO TALK With Michael Ingui

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to architect Michael Ingui of Brooklyn, New York, about the challenges of building in New York, how to improve builder/contractor relationships, and making Passive House mainstream.
2/2/202141 minutes, 54 seconds
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#321: Running Pipes in a Block House, Local Lumber, and Air-Sealing a Garrison Colonial

Rob, Brian, and Patrick hear from listeners about lead poisoning and favorite tools before taking questions on making room in block walls for pipes, ducts, and wires; local logging; and how to air-seal overhanging floors.
1/29/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 29 seconds
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#320: PRO TALK With Adam Feldman, Pt. 2

In the second half of this two-part Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Adam Feldman about Habitat for Humanity’s mission.
1/26/202131 minutes, 52 seconds
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#319: Building in a Flood Zone, Who Pays for Warranty Work, and Converting Attics to Living Space

Brian, Rob, and Patrick hear form listeners about protecting foundation insulation and building Baltic-birch cabinets before taking listener questions on foundation designs for flood zones, who pays labor costs for warranty work, and attracting clients with COVID-safe work practices.
1/22/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 9 seconds
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#318: PRO TALK With Adam Feldman, Pt. 1

In the first half of this two-part Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Adam Feldman of Habitat for Humanity about making the switch from Wall Street banker to non-profit builder.
1/19/202127 minutes, 53 seconds
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#317: Natural Air Changes, Flashing Windows in Brick Walls, and Cleaning Construction Messes

Rob, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about going all-electric and air-sealing adventures before taking listener questions about natural air changes, flashing windows in brick openings, and how clean a job site should be.
1/15/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 1 second
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#316: PRO TALK With Dennis Bessette

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Vermont cabinetmaker Dennis Bessette about his decades spent working in the trades.
1/12/202133 minutes
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#315: Perfect Roofs, Heated Decks, and Multifamily High Performance

Patrick, Matt, and Brian hear from listeners about lead safety and the right indoor humidity before taking questions on the perfect roof assembly, outdoor snow melting, and rebuilding a wood deck.
1/8/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 11 seconds
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#314: PRO TALK With Tim Uhler

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Tim about good subcontractor relationships, the value of heavy equipment, and maintaining a healthy work/life balance.
1/5/202132 minutes, 18 seconds
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#313: Pony Studs, Cold Floors, and Hiding Foundation Insulation

Rob, Brian, and Patrick hear from listeners about gas mitersaws, vinyl-wrapped windows, and ladder safety, before taking listener questions about building-component etymology, urea-formaldehyde foam, and hiding foundation insulation.
1/1/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 50 seconds
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#312: Pro Talk With Emily Mottram, Pt. 2

In the second half of this two-part Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to architect Emily Mottram about architecture schooling, growing up on a dairy farm and the importance of putting together a good team for a high-performance build.
12/29/202031 minutes, 16 seconds
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#311: Fresh-Air Seeker, Grow-House Rehab, and Getting off Gas

Matt, Brian, and Patrick hear from listeners about building with foam blocks and solo siding before taking listener questions about airtightness goals, repairing a concrete slab, and switching from gas to electric heat.
12/25/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 6 seconds
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#310: Pro Talk With Emily Mottram

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to architect Emily Mottram about architecture schooling, growing up on a dairy farm, and the importance of putting together a good team for a high-performance build.
12/22/202031 minutes, 19 seconds
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#309: Flying Saucers, Rainscreen Walls, and Barndominiums

Matt, Brian, and Patrick hear from listeners about outdoor cats, sawhorses, and flying saucers before taking questions on wall assemblies for a barndominium, winter indoor humidity, and how to vent rainscreen walls.
12/18/20201 hour, 6 seconds
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#308: PRO TALK With Eric Blimkie

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to carpentry instructor Eric Blimkie about the challenges of woodworking instruction and the benefits it provides to students.
12/15/202038 minutes, 25 seconds
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#307: Shed Foundations, Wasted Foam, and Deep-Energy Retrofits

Matt, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about electric heat and building monitors before taking listener questions about Shaker sheds, foam sealant, and a deep-energy retrofit in Redwood City, Calif.
12/11/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 7 seconds
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#306: PRO TALK With Kit Camp

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to carpentry instructor and longtime FHB contributor Kit Camp about his decades-long path from English major to carpenter to teacher.
12/8/202042 minutes, 17 seconds
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#305: Asbestos Flooring, Panned Return Ducts, and Adding On to a Log Home

Brian, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about urban lumber and small-engine oil before taking listener questions on asbestos-contaminated flooring, metal panning for ducts, and a two-story addition for a log home.
12/4/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 13 seconds
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#304: PRO TALK With Dan Hines

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Dan Hines, project manager for Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C., about their mission and making high-performance home building affordable.
12/1/202036 minutes, 37 seconds
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#303: Advanced Framing, Wood Floors in a Bathroom, Unsafe Pools

Matt, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about integrating podcasts and magazine content and electric radiant panels before taking listener questions about advanced framing, installing wood floors in a bathroom, and feeling good about fellow tradespeople.
11/27/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 38 seconds
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#302: PRO TALK With Corey Claunch

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Corey Claunch, Vice President of Sales and Operations at Rehme Steel Windows & Doors, about the evolution of steel windows, what homes are like in Texas, and the complications of running a factory during COVID-19.
11/24/202030 minutes, 32 seconds
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#301: Stick vs. Post Frame, Upside-Down Clapboards, and Caulking Cedar Shingles

Matt, Brian, and Patrick hear from listeners about air-sealing smoke and rehabbing window sashes, before taking questions on the right wall assembly for a woodshop, caulking around cedar shingles, and properly insulating a brick building.
11/20/202059 minutes, 15 seconds
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#300: PRO TALK With Rob Yagid

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Rob Yagid, former Fine Homebuilding editor and executive director of Keep Craft Alive, about the origins of the Keep Craft Alive program, where it’s going, and how you can help.
11/17/202038 minutes, 6 seconds
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#299: Attic Ductwork, Twice Double-Hipped Roofs, and Keeping Warm in Calgary

Rob, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about Jeff’s Blue Dog print and monitoring indoor-air quality before taking questions about where to put the ductwork, what is this roof, and making a comfortable space for gatherings during COVID-19.
11/13/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 44 seconds
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#298: PRO TALK With Ken Keifer

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Ken Keifer of Siga, a Swiss manufacturer of air-sealing, vapor control, and weather-barrier products.
11/10/202041 minutes, 50 seconds
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#297: Short Doors, Basement Insulation, and Wood Foundations

Matt, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about AeroBarrier and blower-door fails, before taking listener questions about basement doors, basement insulation, and finishing windows.
11/6/20201 hour, 8 seconds
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Fine Homebuilding Podcast: Special Edition with Zip System and The Fortified Homes program

In this special edition of the Fine Homebuilding Podcast, Patrick talks to Matt Minchew, General Manager for Zip System Roof Applications and Fred Malik, managing director of Fortified Building Products at the Institute for Business and Home Safety.
11/5/202047 minutes, 5 seconds
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#296: PRO TALK With Kyle Stumpenhorst

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Kyle Stumpenhorst, founder of Rural Renovators, a post-frame building company in Franklin Grove, Illinois.
11/3/202039 minutes, 27 seconds
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#295: Black Windows, Sagging Roofs, and Mold Control

Matt, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about mud homes and mixing valves, before taking questions about black windows, making structural repairs, and controlling mold in a new build.
10/30/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 58 seconds
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#294: PRO TALK With Tara Murray

In this Pro-Talk Podcast, Patrick talks to Tara Murray, director of marketing for Benjamin Obdyke, about the challenges facing the building-products industry and what manufacturers of building products can do to help trade professionals.
10/27/202042 minutes, 19 seconds
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#293: Staying Profitable, Extension Jambs, and Smoke that Don’t Stink

Matt, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about a garage-shop project completed in the nick of time and staying healthy when working construction before taking listener questions about burning through profit at the end of a job, using replacement windows in a new build, and stink-free smoke for tracking down air leaks.
10/23/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 58 seconds
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#292: PRO TALK With Dyami Plotke, Pt. 2

In this second installment of this two-part Pro-Talk Podcast, Patrick talks to Dyami Plotke, senior project manager for Roof Services, a commercial and residential roofing company on Long Island, New York.
10/20/202028 minutes, 8 seconds
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#291: Overdriven Nails, Indoor-Air Quality, and What is This Attic Insulation?

Kiley, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about homemade blower doors and a supposed urban exodus before taking listener questions about overdriven fasteners in Zip System sheathing, unknown attic insulation, and indoor-air quality.
10/16/20201 hour, 1 minute, 2 seconds
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#290: PRO TALK With Dyami Plotke, Pt. 1

In this two-part Pro-Talk Podcast, Patrick talks to Dyami Plotke, senior project manager for Roof Services, a commercial and residential roofing company on Long Island, New York.
10/13/202032 minutes, 50 seconds
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#289: Dorian’s Corian, Butchered Floor Joists, and Saggy Drywall

Rob, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about log homes and PT substitutes before taking questions on separating sinks from solid-surface countertops, fixing a joist under a tub, and what to do about saggy drywall.
10/9/20201 hour, 4 minutes
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#288: PRO TALK With Andrew Grace

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks with Andy Grace, a remodeler and roofer in Ligonier, Pa. about being a do-it-all remodeler, buying the right tools, and successfully managing clients.
10/6/202046 minutes, 59 seconds
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#287: Restoring Windows, Warped Stair Treads, and Not-So-Hot Water

Rob, Brian, and Patrick hear from listeners about Aeroseal, DIY blower doors, and Minnesota’s climate, before taking questions about restoring window sash, lukewarm water, and making a comfortable shop in a block-wall garage.
10/2/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 14 seconds
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#286: PRO TALK With Doug Horgan

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks with Doug Horgan, Vice President of Best Practices for BOWA, a design-build remodeling firm in the Washington, D.C. area.
9/29/202044 minutes, 55 seconds
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#285: Waterproofing Curbless Showers, Adding Storage to Trusses, and Electrical Permits for DIY Projects

Rob, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about sweating pipes and spray foam before taking questions about waterproofing a bathroom with a curbless shower, getting permits for DIY electrical work, and properly detailing decks.
9/25/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 19 seconds
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#284: PRO TALK With Ross MacPherson

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks with Ross MacPherson about transitioning from a job as a builder and HERS rater to manager of an air-sealing business.
9/22/202038 minutes, 1 second
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#283: Tread Returns, Weird Vinyl, and Log Homes

Kiley, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about well pumps, snowy soffits, and favorite carpentry apps, before taking questions about stair treads, vinyl siding, and log homes.
9/18/202056 minutes, 46 seconds
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#282: PRO TALK With Jim Collins

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Jim Collins, a landscape architect and project manager with the city of Hamilton, Ontario about the field of landscape architecture and what builders get wrong about landscaping.
9/15/202045 minutes, 14 seconds
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#281: Cooling Hot Roofs, Material Shortages, and Blower Doors

Colin, Matt and Patrick hear from listeners about the durability of building tapes and doing without PT lumber, before taking questions on venting roofs in hot places, finding contractors in Covid times, and absent airtightness tests.
9/11/20201 hour, 31 seconds
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#280: PRO TALK With Brooke Cambridge

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Brooke Cambridge, a painting contractor from Salem, Mass. Brooke talks about how she became a painter and the ups and downs of being a business owner.
9/8/202031 minutes
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#279: The Cost of Building Green, Hot Bedrooms, and Sinking Piers

Matt, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about sweating copper and FHB podcast T-shirts before taking listener questions about the cost of high-performance homes, ductwork in a vented crawlspace, and toppling piers in a tight crawlspace.
9/4/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 11 seconds
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#278: PRO TALK With Travis Brungardt

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Travis Brungardt, a high-performance builder and remodeler in Prairie Village, Kansas.
9/1/202039 minutes, 27 seconds
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#277: Cursory Inspections, Hot Closets, Appraisals for Efficient Homes

Brian, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about hardcore DIY and CNC-cut plywood before taking listener questions about inadequate inspections, uncomfortable closets, and getting credit for an efficient home.
8/28/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 53 seconds
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#276: PRO TALK With Dr. Arthur Henderson

This Pro-Talk podcast features Emergency Room doctor Dr. Art Henderson talking to Patrick about his work, his passion for building, and the realities of COVID-19.
8/25/202031 minutes, 58 seconds
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#275: Making do without PT, Wasting Paint, and Staging High Work

Rob, Kiley and Patrick hear from listeners about faulty spray foam and favorite tools before taking questions on building a shed without PT, wasting paint using a sprayer, and staging high work.
8/21/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 21 seconds
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#274: PRO TALK with Rachel Arango

Patrick talks with Dr. Rachel Arango, Research Entomologist with the US Forest Service, about insect pests and the efficacy of various pressure treatment formulations in this edition of the Pro-Talk podcast.
8/18/202032 minutes, 28 seconds
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#273: Material Shortages, Paneled Ceilings, and To Vent or Not to Vent

Rob, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about Taunton’s Renovation and changing careers before taking listener questions on recent material shortages, water-damaged ceilings, and if creating a vented roof assembly was a waste of time.
8/14/20201 hour, 1 minute, 51 seconds
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#272: PRO TALK with Rick Watson

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks with Rick Watson Director of Product Information and Technical Services for Sherwin Williams.
8/11/202046 minutes, 24 seconds
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#271: Brian Pontolilo and Justin Fink Talk About Fine Homebuilding, Its Legacy, and Its Future

Justin spells out his plan for the future and Brian talks about the future of FHB. This special episode talks to former Fine Homebuilding editor Justin Fink and the new editor Brian Pontolilo.
8/7/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 40 seconds
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#270: PRO TALK with Ace McArleton, Pt. 2

In the second installment of this two-part Pro-Talk podcast, Patrick talks to Ace McArleton General Director and Managing Partner for New Frameworks, a high-performance home builder in Burlington, VT.  
8/4/202027 minutes, 12 seconds
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#269: Home Appraisals, Protecting Workers, and New Home Must-Haves

Matt, Rob and Patrick hear from listeners about frozen hellscapes and pitch pockets before taking listener questions on real estate appraisals, treating tradespeople with respect, and energy improvements in a new build.
7/31/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 22 seconds
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#268: PRO TALK with Ace McArleton

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Ace McArleton General Director and Managing Partner for New Frameworks, a high-performance home builder in Burlington, VT.  
7/28/202036 minutes, 22 seconds
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#267: Duct Sealing, Patching Brick, and Transitioning from Landscaper to Builder

Matt, Kiley and Patrick hear from listeners about knowing the code and changing careers before taking questions on sealing ductwork, canceling a brick opening, and fixing wonky stairs.
7/24/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 25 seconds
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#266: PRO TALK with Rob Delaney

In the second part of this two-part Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Rob Delaney, an Assessor/Quality Control Inspector for MCS Community Services in Jacksonville, Illinois, a weatherization firm improving the efficiency of housing for low income people.
7/21/202027 minutes, 25 seconds
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#265: Garage Insulation, Wood Siding, and Changing Construction Careers

Kiley, Rob and Patrick hear from listeners about sawhorses, spray foam, and winter in Minnesota, before taking questions about garage insulation, canceling window openings, and how to get your dream job in construction
7/17/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 15 seconds
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#264: PRO TALK with Rob Delaney

In this two-part Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks Rob Delaney, an Assessor/Quality Control Inspector for MCS Community Services in Jacksonville, Illinois, a weatherization firm improving the efficiency of housing for low income people.
7/14/202036 minutes, 24 seconds
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#263: Basic Tools, Wet Walls, and Is the Deck Stacked Against DIY?

Kiley, Brian, and Patrick hear from listeners about sawhorses and thermography before taking questions on a basic DIY tool kit, brick walls without overhangs, and testing waste lines.
7/10/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 56 seconds
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#262: PRO TALK with Dejah Leger

In this Fine Homebuilding PRO-TALK podcast Patrick talks to lead carpenter Dejah Leger about making the transition from graphic arts to carpentry, what it’s like to work construction in the rainy Pacific Northwest and how to increase diversity in the construction workforce.
7/7/202031 minutes, 59 seconds
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#261: Leaky AC-line Boot, Cold Kitchens, and Building Workshops

Rob, Matt and Patrick hear from listeners about sawhorses and thermal bypasses before taking questions about a leaky flat-roof penetration, air-sealing board sheathing, and building woodworking shops
7/3/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 31 seconds
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#260: PRO TALK with Dr. Erik Severson

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Dr. Erik Severson, Extension Associate in the Wastewater Management Training Program at North Carolina State University, about the science of on-site wastewater treatment and training its workforce.
6/30/202032 minutes, 20 seconds
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#259: Flexicron, Basement Living Space, and Fixing Faulty Tile

Rob, Kiley, and Patrick hear from listeners about floor squeaks, building codes in New Zealand, and construction-themed songwriting, before taking listener questions on clad patio doors, fieldstone foundations, and crazed tile.
6/26/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 48 seconds
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#258: PRO TALK with Katie Hutchison

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to architect Katie Hutchison about the role of architects, small houses and her interests in photography, fine art and writing.
6/23/202032 minutes, 15 seconds
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#257: Attic Foam, Watertight Decks, and Failing Expansion Joints

Kiley, Matt, and Patrick hear from listeners about attic insulation removal and FHB podcast diversity before taking questions about spray foaming moldy sheathing, waterproofing a deck with living space below, and replacing wood expansion joints.
6/19/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 19 seconds
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#256: PRO TALK with Ethan Biederman

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Ethan Biederman of South County Post and Beam in West Kingston, Rhode Island about making post and beam structures in the 21st century.
6/16/202032 minutes, 7 seconds
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#255: Ridge Vents, Removing Blown Fiberglass, and Matching Textured Drywall

Kiley, Rob and Patrick hear from listeners about saunas and septic systems before taking listener questions on high-flying ridge vents, vacuuming up old insulation, and matching textured drywall.
6/12/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 5 seconds
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#254: PRO TALK with Ian Schwandt

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Ian Schwandt about changes in the residential construction business and Ian’s plan to build a high-performance home for his family.
6/9/202034 minutes, 22 seconds
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#253: Drilling Concrete, Installing Crown Molding, and Fixing Low-Slope Roofs

Colin, Rob and Patrick hear from listeners about modest house plans and looking for leaks before taking listener questions on drilling concrete, fitting trim to stone, and fixing a flat roof.
6/5/202059 minutes, 3 seconds
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#252: PRO TALK with Andy Engel

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Andy Engel, carpenter and former Fine Homebuilding editor, about changes in the residential construction business and the challenges of being an ethical builder.
6/2/202034 minutes, 25 seconds
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#251: Adding Overhangs, Abandoning a Reside, and Stopping Sound

Kiley, Rob and Patrick hear from listeners about building science training and saunas before taking questions about adding overhangs, stripping siding, sealing a crawlspace, and stopping sound between floors.
5/29/202056 minutes, 47 seconds
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#250: PRO Talk with Mike Evans

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Grubhub founder Mike Evans. His current project is Fixer.com a handyman service in the Chicago area.
5/26/202032 minutes, 9 seconds
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#249: Attic Vents, Rotten Doors, and Flattening a Lumpy Floor

Andy writes in with his simple plan for Patrick’s CD conundrum. Doug describes what’s really under a sprung floor. Josh asks if his Tampa, Florida house should have roof vents. Chris wonders if he should install a storm door. Ryan asks what kind of house he should build after living in a tiny house. Charles wonders what to do about his lumpy hall floor.
5/22/202059 minutes, 21 seconds
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#248: PRO TALK with Ben Bogie

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Ben Bogie production manager for Kolbert Building. Ben talks about his career as a builder and remodeler, and the future of the residential construction business.
5/19/202029 minutes, 55 seconds
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#247: Insulating Rim Joists, Installing Batt Insulation, and Getting Schooled in Building Science

Rob, Kiley and Patrick hear from listeners about poison ivy and minisplits before taking questions on spray foaming rim joists, insulating from the outside with batts, and air sealing a house with second-story cantilevers.
5/15/202058 minutes, 49 seconds
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#246: PRO TALK with Peter Kulczyk

In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to building code expert Peter Kulczyk about his three decades in the building industry. He has written six books on building codes and energy codes and he has taught classes for inspectors in ten states.
5/12/202030 minutes, 30 seconds
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#245: Moving AC Equipment, Concrete Patios, and Becoming a Home Builder

Matt, Kiley and Patrick hear from listeners about pink bathrooms and pillows before taking questions on moving an AC condenser, DIYing a concrete patio, and staying comfortable with a single-zone HVAC system.
5/8/202059 minutes, 29 seconds
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#244: PRO TALK with Peter Yost

Peter Yost and Patrick discuss the residential construction industry and how buildings have changed through the decades and what this means for our understanding of building science.
5/5/202035 minutes, 55 seconds
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#243: Minisplit Efficiency, Taking Down Chimneys, and Choosing Pex

Matt, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about fraudulent contractors and making a gazebo from a lightning-damaged tree, before taking questions about minisplits, pex plumbing, and weather-beaten house wrap.
5/1/202054 minutes, 34 seconds
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#242: PRO TALK with Steve Baczek - Part 2

In this second installment of this two-part Pro Talk segment Patrick talks to Steve Baczek about the cost of housing, the role of the architect, and when things go wrong.
4/28/202039 minutes, 15 seconds
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#241: Modern Floor Plans, Rotten Deck Boards and Crumbling Chimneys

Matt, Kiley and Patrick take listener questions about the evolution of American housing, reusing rotten deck boards, and how to fix faulty framing in Bozeman.
4/24/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 47 seconds
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#240: PRO TALK with Steve Baczek - Part 1

In this two-part series Patrick talks to Steve Baczek about his architectural practice and the business of designing high-performance houses.
4/21/202027 minutes, 37 seconds
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#239: Old Windows, Bouncy Floors, and Moldy Lumber

Kiley, Rob and Patrick hear from listeners about gravel paths and metal railings, before taking questions on restoring historic windows, undersized floor joists, and moldy framing lumber.
4/17/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 7 seconds
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#238: PRO TALK with Bryan Uhler

In this second Pro Talk installment, Patrick talks to Bryan Uhler of Pioneer Builders about his businesses’ origins, the importance of good book-keeping and how to make the business of building stress-free.
4/14/202039 minutes, 8 seconds
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#237: Holes in Block Walls, Uninsulated Shops, and Keeping Cool Upstairs

Justin, Colin and Patrick hear from listeners about butchered floor joists and housing affordability before taking questions on making holes in block walls, improving a garage shop, and temperature differences in two-story houses.
4/10/202058 minutes, 55 seconds
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#236: PRO TALK with Mike Guertin and Addison Oliveira

The Fine Homebuilding podcast is now recording a second weekly show focusing on the issues facing contractors and professional tradespeople. In this first installment, Patrick talks to Mike Guertin about the industry’s ups and downs, how to diversify your income, and the realities of owning rental properties. Mike’s carpenter, Addison Oliveira weighs in on the same issues and offers advice for those seeking work in residential construction.
4/8/202029 minutes, 39 seconds
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#235: Residential Architecture, Rusty Cars, and Ruined Floor Joists

Kiley, Rob and Patrick hear from listeners about felt paper under flooring and cordless tools before taking questions on weird framing, wet garages, and residential architecture for the rest of us.
4/3/202057 minutes, 4 seconds
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#234: Business Advice for a Changed World, Cable Rail, and Energy-Efficient Mobile Homes

Shawn Van Dyke offers business advice for contractors trying to stay afloat during the virus outbreak. The hosts hear from listeners about wifi thermostats and Sense monitoring and then take questions about the safety of cable railings, finding an efficient mobile home, and what to do about a soggy landscape.
3/27/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 54 seconds
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#233: Hardwood Flooring, Windows in Rain Screen Walls, and Duct-Free Ventilation Systems

The crew hears from listeners about housing costs and box stores before taking questions on the right way to flash windows in a rain-screen wall, preventing hardwood floor squeaks, and supplying fresh air for HRV’s and ERV’s.
3/20/202057 minutes, 54 seconds
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#232: Ugly Elevations, Roofing Under Solar Panels, and Dumb Wi-Fi Thermostats

The regular crew hears form listeners about handyman work, Festool Domino substitutes, and Permanent Wood Foundations before taking questions about attractive elevations, solar panels, and an easy-to-use remote thermostat.
3/13/202056 minutes, 2 seconds
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#231: Heat Pumps, Old-School Air Barriers, and Rehabbing Cordless Tools

The regular crew hears from listeners about apprentices, subslab ductwork, and the risks of bungee cords before taking questions on cold climate heat pumps, tying old plaster to new framing, and what to do when cordless power tools lose their punch.
3/6/202057 minutes, 42 seconds
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#230: Wood Foundations, Thermostat Set-Back, and Housing Affordability

Listeners give feedback on the ethics of vacation homes, making good welds, and stacked washers and dryers before taking questions on good home building content, the right foundation for a room addition, and setting back thermostats to save money.