40 episodes

The Thumb and Hammer Podcast covers topics related to home improvements, renovations, DIY and real estate from the point of view of an average homeowner.

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    • 3.1, 7 Ratings

The Thumb and Hammer Podcast covers topics related to home improvements, renovations, DIY and real estate from the point of view of an average homeowner.

    Ep. 39.5: Special Announcement

    Ep. 39.5: Special Announcement

    A brief explanation about the podcast schedule and a request for your help to make the Thumb and Hammer Home Improvement Podcast the best it can be.

    • 4 min
    Ep 39: Good enough is good enough for now

    Ep 39: Good enough is good enough for now

    When it comes to home improvements, there is the ideal: the dream kitchen , the luxury bathroom or the stunning addition. But you may spend years saving and planning for the ideal. So what do you do until then? Can you justify spending any money on something that is destined for the landfill, or must you live with what you have (and obviously dislike) while you save for the big renovation?



    Examples



    Steve Ramsey’s “Basic Mobile Workbench” vs the “Paulk” workbench.



    * The plans and detailed build video for Steve Ramsey’s “BMW” are included as a free bonus in his Weekend Woodworker course. (highly recommend if you are looking to get into woodworking). * YouTube Video of Ron Paulk discussing the design of his workbench.



    My temporary home office in the family room, old bookshelves vs. new display cabinets in the family room, photo albums on a bookshelf in the bedroom, instead of downstairs. All temporary “good enough” solutions until we can set up our “ideal” spaces.



    New carpet and paint in the addition that we planned to tear down and why I don’t regret spending that money.



    A hypothetical example of how you might update a kitchen while you save for a major remodel.



    Building drawers



    * YouTube Video of Jon Peters building basic plywood drawers with screws.* YouTube Video of Drew Short (Rock-n H Woodshop) making and installing drawers in a bathroom cabinet



    A day in the life (or something like that)



    I am always talking about priorities, and not enough hours in the day or enough days in a week. For what it’s worth, I share with you how my time is divided in a typical week and why useful blocks of time to accomplish anything are so elusive.



    Help support the show



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    • 30 min
    Ep. 38: The Tale of the Door

    Ep. 38: The Tale of the Door

    Isn't it weird when you come across a rating or review that does not agree with the majority opinion? Or find that your own experience is not the same as everyone else's? That was the situation we found ourselves in when we had a new door installed by a highly rated company. Because that out-of-place one star rating would have been ours (if we had rated them).



    This is the tale of our new front door, from the sale to installation to service and the mistakes that were made along the way by the parties involved.

    • 33 min
    Ep 37: The meaning of making

    Ep 37: The meaning of making

    A response to an article on Mashable "11 DIY videos absolutely no one asked for." So, why do makers make what they make the way they make anyway?

    • 29 min
    Ep 36: Over and Under Improving

    Ep 36: Over and Under Improving

    The Biggest Mistakes Homeowners Make (part 4) Over improving: Spending too much money on home improvements that you price yourself out of the market. Under improving: not spending enough money that you hurt your property value. And why any of this may not matter to you.

    • 31 min
    Ep 35: H2Woes- Fixing Wet Basements

    Ep 35: H2Woes- Fixing Wet Basements

    It's one of the most common problems with houses: the wet basement. In this episode of the podcast, we look at two popular waterproofing methods plus the steps you can take to avoid taking such drastic measures.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

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Started out strong!

Then slowly died. Sad to see this podcast disappear. Host has a calming tone and cadence, a unique voice in the home improvement scope. I like that he openly admits when his done a project wrong because he explains why his experience was wrong and how we should do it right. I will continue to stay subscribed, hoping I'll get a little more Thumb and Hammer someday!

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