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. 58: It’s a scam
There is no shortage of scam products on the internet. One prominent example is Ted's Woodworking which has been offering 16000 woodworking plans for a ridiculously low price for the last decade. Other ads feature inventors who strike out on their own after creating innovative air conditioners, drones or vacuum attachments and their stories are all oddly similar. Plus the one sure way you can get an impressive endorsement for your own product.
If you are interested in what other people are saying about Ted's Woodworking, I recommend checking out the following videos:
Steve Ramsey (Woodworking for Mere Mortals): https://youtu.be/M292-EA6k9s
Steve Ramsey (this one is more in-depth): https://youtu.be/Gr8K-Q2Y6wA
Stumpy Nubs (James Hamilton) (this one starts at the time-stamp) : https://youtu.be/OFVSfJrIuJ0?t=519
If you want to check out the air conditioner ad I refer to, you can find it on YouTube https://youtu.be/bvuKB07xczg. This is by no means a recommendation or endorsement (which should be obvious when you listen to this podcast).
Update: And after recording this episode, I discovered that the "revolutionary" vacuum attachment being advertised a year ago appears to be a rip-off of an existing product called the "Dust Daddy" that has been around for at least 3 years.
Ep. 57: The ONLY way to finish a basement
You want your basement to feel like the rest of your house. It should be dry, and comfortable. However, the basement is NOT like the rest of the house. The basement is in a hole in the ground.
The simple fact is that there are many different ways to finish a basement-- and none are perfect. The ideal solution for a warm dry basement is a subject of much debate. I talk about a few of the popular options and the one that was recommended by the insulation company we are hiring.
Also in this episode, I talk about trying to track down a moisture issue, the discovery of a major problem in our guest bathroom and how everything is connected.
If you want to see what I was dealing with, check out the video: https://youtu.be/RHccRGDwcr4
Ep. 56: Order of operations, energy audit, rethinking layout
Often, there are several moving parts in a renovation and figuring out which tasks need to be done before other tasks can get confusing. At least for me. I have gained a lot of respect for general contractors who choreograph these things on a regular basis.
Who doesn't like getting money back? We are going to qualify for some home efficiency rebates. The first step is a home energy audit, which needs to be done before any upgrades begin.
And finally, sometimes all you need is another set of eyes to help you see the obvious. I have been trying to make the existing basement layout work, partly because I didn't want it to turn into a major framing project. Well, it is turning into a major framing project, but it's going to make my work a lot easier. And it all started with someone uttering the phrase "Why don't you do this instead..."
Ep. 55: House and garage HVAC
Stuff is happening. Big stuff. In this episode of the podcast, I talk about our choice of furnace and air conditioner for the house, why I decided on a split ductless system for the garage-workshop, and our reasoning for ditching our hot water tank and going with a tankless water heater.
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Ep. 54: Everyone’s a Critic
How do you react when someone tells you that something you did is "all wrong?"
In early March 2021, I received a comment on "Installing a Suspended Ceiling," a page that has been on Thumbandhammer.com in one form or another since about 2002.
In this episode of the podcast I discuss that comment and my reactions to it.
You can read that now heavily revised post here: https://www.thumbandhammer.com/installing-suspended-ceiling/
Ep. 53: The cost of procrastination
If getting stuck in the snow taught us anything, it's that we have to replace our furnace this year. Plus I do a little surgery in the basement.
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!