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Podcast 289: Dorian’s Corian, Butchered Floor Joists, and Saggy Drywall


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Phillip thinks we should give logs a chance. Nate suggests a PT alternative, and Adam wants to know our blower-door numbers. Barbara askS for help freeing undermount sinks from solid-surface countertops. Nathan needs a fix for his butchered floor joist. Jon and Adam ask about air-sealing asphalt-fibrous sheathing. Cory seeks a solution to his saggy shop ceiling.

 

Editor Updates:

 

  • Rob’s new tree table project
  • Kiley’s clean air concerns
  • Jeff’s appliance repairs
  • Patrick’s blower door test 1150 CFM, Carol’s Rain garden
Rob's tree table base Carol's rain garden

 

 

 

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Phillip writes: What’s up podcast crew? I was a little surprised by the negative opinions of log homes. We recently blower door tested a new construction milled log home here in upstate NY. It

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Skylights Illuminate Open Floor Design

RESTON, VA — The transitional, open floor plan has a main level bedroom suite, soaring ceilings and skylights. The main level features large living and dining rooms, perfect for entertaining. The enormous kitchen is flooded with light and is a fabulous gathering spot that is open to the family room.

  • Address: 1581 Regatta Ln, Reston, Virginia

  • Price: $949,900

  • Square Feet: 3384

  • Bedrooms: 3

  • Bathrooms: 3 Full and 1 Half Baths

  • Built: 1987

  • Features: The private owners suite has a gas fireplace, dressing area, spa bath and French doors to access the rear patio. The stunning glass staircase leads you to the upper level with an office loft, two bedrooms and a full bath. The newly remodeled lower level features an expansive recreation space with a gas fireplace and a guest suite that has an attached full bath. A beautiful screened porch and slate patio enhance your outdoor living experience. Enjoy

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Wolfe Research singles out Five Below, At Home and Floor & Decor as retail winners (NASDAQ:FIVE)

Wolfe Research launches coverage on Five Below (FIVE +2.9%), Floor & Decor Holdings (FND +2.5%) and At Home Group (HOME +3.2%) with Outperform ratings.

The firms assigns a price target of $150 on FIVE vs. the average Wall Street PT of $136.50. “In our view, FIVE operates one of the most unique traffic-driven models across all of retail with industry leading new unit economics and an agile merchant team helping to deliver consistent positive comp sales growth through an “on trend” product assortment. We see a clear path towards sustained double-digit new store expansion over the next several years.”

The firms assigns a price target of $84 on FND vs. the average Wall Street PT of $76.16. ” FND continues to benefit from a solid housing backdrop and the potential for sustained momentum in the home improvement sector, specifically a structural shift towards hard surface flooring.

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Posted in home remodeling

DIY Home Gym Floor – The Home Depot Flooring A-Z

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What’s under your feet (or however you get around) is as important as anything when it comes to home. That’s why this fall, we collaborated with The Home Depot on an A to Z guide that’ll give you the confidence to make flooring choices you’ll love. Check out the A to Z handbook here.

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If you’ve ever accidentally roundhouse-kicked a floor lamp while following along with an exercise video or dropped a hand-weight on your kitchen tile, you know how difficult it is to work out at home without a designated space. When you’re ready to carve out space for your own home exercise room, installing the proper flooring is critical for both your physical health and the longevity of your freshly-created workout zone.

Before getting started, think about which area of your home is the most conducive to becoming a gym. Look for spaces that are potentially underutilized—like

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Floor Heating – The Home Depot Flooring A-Z

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What’s under your feet (or however you get around) is as important as anything when it comes to home. That’s why this fall, we collaborated with The Home Depot on an A to Z guide that’ll give you the confidence to make flooring choices you’ll love. Check out the A to Z handbook here.

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Mornings always find a way to come too quickly, with familiar, jarring rituals. An alarm clock jangles you awake, and an elaborate yawn-and-stretch combo reveals that, somehow, you’ve wrenched your elbow (or neck, or back) while sleeping. Already, a slew of text messages and work emails light up your cell phone, blinking in need of attention. Then—after all this!—we’re forced to tip-toe onto the cold tile of a bathroom floor in order to get ready for the day. For most, it’s a lot to take in before 8 a.m.

But, if you are considering

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Interior design tricks that brought calm to a chaotic open floor plan

Marta and Scott Dragos built their Winchester home with an open floor plan. Not just because that’s how today’s families live, but because Scott, a former NFL player, is a pretty big guy. “We eliminated walls so my husband wouldn’t feel like he was living in a dollhouse,” Marta says.

However, with three young children and a puppy, the first floor felt chaotic. Everyone congregated in the great room, and the television was often left on during meals at the adjacent dining table. Meanwhile the formal living room sat empty, and never mind the mess in the playroom, which was the first thing people saw when they walked in. “The synergies of the rooms were off and not suited to our life,” Marta says.

Enter Liza Kugeler and Laura Ogden of Realm Interiors, who reconfigured and redecorated. Not only did they bring order to the home, they incorporated Marta’s stylish

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