Podcast Episode 180: Rigid Foam Over Roofs, Warm-Climate Insulation Details, and Fuel-Efficient Work Trucks

Follow the Fine Homebuilding Podcast on your favorite app. Subscribe now and don’t miss an episode: Patrick, Matt, and Kiley start today’s conversation with details about two recent photo shoots for the magazine–one in Cooperstown, NY, where Matt captured a steel-framed, walnut-treaded modern staircase installation; and another in Kiley’s own backyard, where fellow FHB staffer Rob Wotzak built a small but elegant woodshed of his own design. Then it was on to several questions from the Fine Homebuilding inbox, including one from a listener who wonders how we can constantly talk about building energy efficient homes without mentioning the gas-guzzling trucks we travel to the job site in every day. Doug from Colorado writes: Just watched podcast 170 and as always it was full of interesting info. I strongly agree with the comments about the cost of cabinets. Anytime I watch one of the home improvement shows on TV I am astounded by the cost of kitchen remodels. When I built our house the total cost of materials for cabinets for the kitchen, bathrooms and large pantry was well under $3,000. These were all stain grade which meant hardwood plywood not MDF. On the other hand I got just e...

Column: How asbestos was once used in Utica buildings – News – Uticaod

On October 8, 1871, two significant fires began on the same night, and nearly at the same time: the Peshtigo Fire in Wisconsin and the famous Great Fire of Chicago. The loss of life and property from these events caused significant changes in the country’s construction systems. Today when the word “asbestos” is mentioned, we tend to immediately link it to adverse health effects. But there was a time its usage was widespread, not just as a fire resistant material but valued for its strength and durability when added to other materials used for construction. While research on the mineral, which is extracted from mining, dates back to the 1500s, common usage came during a time of rapid expansion in the last quarter of the 19th century. As urban centers began to grow, shaping cities across America including Utica, speculative building practices without adequate regulations also took hold. To help quell their growing liabilities, fire insurance companies began searching and pressing for official recommendations for safe buildings that would help save lives, property and businesses. The varied use of asbestos as a fire preventative began during this time. American architecture,...