Fine Homebuilding Podcast

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Email us at fhbpodcast@taunton.com to ask home-building or remodeling questions or give feedback about topics we've discussed on the show. Each week, the Fine Homebuilding editors share advice and have lively conversations about home design and construction.

All Episodes

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.

Nov 30

57 min 10 sec

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. 

Nov 29

27 min 48 sec

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.

Nov 26

52 min 24 sec

Patrick and Mariana talk about the appeal of Passive House, how to lower US carbon emissions, and how to make residential construction more inclusive.

Nov 23

46 min 26 sec

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.

Nov 19

1 hr 4 min

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.

Nov 16

56 min 33 sec

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.

Nov 12

1 hr 4 min

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.

Nov 9

53 min 28 sec

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.

Nov 8

58 min 42 sec

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.

Nov 5

1 hr 4 min

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.

Nov 2

25 min 29 sec

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.

Nov 2

46 min 28 sec

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.

Nov 2

31 min 4 sec

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.

Oct 29

1 hr 6 min

In this Pro-Talk podcast, Mark Petersen talks with Paul Mackie (aka Mr. Cedar), a cedar specialist with the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.

Oct 26

45 min 21 sec

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.

Oct 22

57 min 2 sec

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.

Oct 21

1 hr 1 min

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.

Oct 19

56 min 9 sec

Patrick and Rob Wotzak head to the nation’s heartland to hear about what’s happening with high-performance building in the Midwest.

Oct 15

1 hr 5 min

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.

Oct 12

39 min 28 sec

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.

Oct 8

59 min 45 sec

In this episode, Patrick and Rob talk about running a contracting business, managing client expectations, and the challenges of finding skilled help.

Oct 5

39 min 50 sec

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.

Oct 1

1 hr 3 min

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.

Sep 28

45 min 58 sec

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.

Sep 24

57 min 9 sec

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?

Sep 21

34 min 33 sec

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.

Sep 17

1 hr 2 min

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.

Sep 14

56 min 38 sec

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.

Sep 10

57 min 58 sec

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.

Sep 8

27 min 31 sec

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.

Sep 7

53 min 48 sec

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.

Sep 3

57 min 24 sec

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.

Aug 31

30 min 49 sec

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.

Aug 27

1 hr 3 min

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.

Aug 26

32 min 37 sec

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.

Aug 24

38 min 4 sec

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.

Aug 24

36 min 9 sec

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.

Aug 20

1 hr 7 min

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.

Aug 17

40 min 49 sec

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.

Aug 13

1 hr

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.

Aug 10

48 min 4 sec

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.

Aug 6

1 hr 6 min

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. 

Aug 3

36 min 56 sec

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.

Jul 30

56 min 59 sec

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.

Jul 27

1 hr 2 min

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.

Jul 23

53 min 4 sec

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.

Jul 20

44 min 48 sec

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.

Jul 16

1 hr 6 min

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.

Jul 13

38 min 56 sec

Hear highlights from past episodes of the podcast in this compilation of some of our favorite discussions and listener questions.

Jul 9

56 min 53 sec