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After The Storm
"After last week's historic ice storm. Man is not crazy then. Didn't feel like mississippi for a minute there. You might have even learned a few things about your house. Unfortunately a lot of people did whether it be. Just how much weight year roof can hold. That's one thing people learned how not to wrap your pipes and how to wrap your pipes. Those are things people learned. And and and let me tell you. Also that some of the things you might learn are about generators and did you have gas for your generator. Had you started your generator in a while. All of those things came up so you know you can join the conversation with us this morning by calling eight seven seven in pb ring. That's eight seven seven six seven two seven four six four or send an email to fix it what i wanted. Mp be online dot org. We're going to have the guys on. Just a second pam jeff standing by and talking this morning about all of the things that happened this week. It was just amazing If you if you had no problems at all count yourself is blessed this week because it just it was a mess for a lot of people and it still is a lot of folks. Don't have water there in even the places that do have water. There's a lot of people who when the temperatures down that low that was about nothing you could do for those pipes and mississippi is just just not a lot there so We've got a lot going on. We're we got a little Got some emails coming in and a phone call. You know what What i'm gonna do right now. I'm going to go to go to an email. Because i just really wanted to get This outright here okay they Has anyone installed tile flooring and tubs around with zero. Experience is an email. Has anyone installed tile flooring and tubs around with zero experience. This job frightens me. But we're thinking about trying to do it ourselves. What did you use to learn how to do this or Or should we hire it out. Well i've done this before myself. And it is a doable project. I will i will give you a couple of pointers from my point of view is to get When you do this what you wanna do. I read and then watch. Yes on on just about any home improvement project. You'll find that. There is a youtube video out there of someone else. Doing exactly what you're doing. Please watch that. This is what i did not do okay and another thing you want to do is start in a place that everybody in the world can't see and the reason for that is because you know you're going to be trying it for the very first time and working with some of these materials is it takes a little practice. The best thing you can do is to go say outside. Get yourself a like a piece of wood in. If you're going to do any flooring or anything like that put it on top of that piece of wood and try it. See if he could make the little interlocking things work see. See if you can make all that work outside of the environment that it's going to lay and say left. You're going to lay into a bathroom. Which is kind of a small space. It's a it's a hard thing to work inside that space. What you wanna do is set up an area to work outside of that space and try it out there. I get your cuts right and everything outside of the space. So how we doing their java things look any better for us now. We got a few minutes left. Okay this keep going. I'm trying to establish a connection. We had a is there. Here's a question. Can anyone recommend something stronger than drain. Oh you as a last resort. Before i spend a fortune on a plumber or set the bathroom on fire all right. So here's the thing about that. We've talked plumbers on the show before and plumbers say anything past drain. Oh you can buy stuff pastorino. Meaning that a stronger and that is that that will cut through more things but remember those things also cut through pipes if you do it incorrectly.
Are Tiny Homes a Solution for COVID Evictions?
"Lindsay would welcome back to the tiny house lifestyle. Podcast thank you eat and it's great to be here. Love love what you do out there. I follow your podcast and listen to it. Often thank you. Yeah and i love what you do Tiny home industry association has just really been moving and shaking in the last year or two. And i know you're really involved with what they do. So thank you for that work as well absolutely. It's been great to connect to all the builders out there and also people that are really passionate about advocating or legalizing tiny house. Yeah so You reached out to me about a month or so ago. And said hey. Have you done a podcast episode about any houses as a solution for covert actions. And i said no about about you so you know. Let's just start there. you know. We're talking on january twenty sixth twenty twenty one You know what. What's the current state of things and You know how how connected to this problem. You in the tiny house movement. Thank you yes so. Of course when i was seeing all the moratorium i feel very housing secure because we have a tiny home. We also have the ability to stay in my parents house every winter when they travel elsewhere so we are in that nomadic reality on that we've got options but for other people on namely a friend of mine out in the east coast is is very much looking daily and trying to figure out his best way to stay in his home for him and his family because he is one of those people where he actually got covid and he's in a situation where his industry just lost a lot of revenue and he wasn't able to make up the rent payments and now he's facing eviction moratorium on evictions are really critical in keeping people in their houses. One of their pieces. You know when it all started. Ls relate okay march of last year. Almost a year into this that you know of course be moratoriums for months will now. We're just in that rolling. You know things are starting to expire in the negative extended and then they expire and then they get extended like right now as this recording. We are january. Twenty six and the cdc is supposed to have the expiration on the thirtieth like. We're talking in a matter date and if you're one of those people that could potentially be evicted without that moratorium or any kind of save cards. You're hoping that gets extended right and naturally something right now. President biden has pushed for but once again does that mean. It's going to come right right. And so i guess i'd never really thought about this like i. I knew that there had been a moratorium on evictions and i kind of assumed that was evictions due to inability to pay rent You know because so many people have lost their sources of income because of the pandemic but does that also apply to for example. Someone living in a tiny house in backyard that gets flagged by zoning administrator like are those different though you know because once again that definitely falls into that realm and i love how much you've covered this you know angle of it lake. Obviously a big reason why the tiny industry association so focused on legalizing around the country. I mean at this moment. I mean a year ago. We didn't during covid time. We had the city of san diego county of santa clara city of san jose and humble county. All amended approve their homes and backyards. Now that's not like any home villages and cottage industry. What we call tiny homes in. That's that's the next frontier but it's at least a step in the right direction for people that want to live legally now. They have so many more options. Of course they've gotta find and connect with a single family home back to this kovin moratorium reality in oh state by state. It's different like state of california has extended would other states. Don't and then they fall to the cdc because now they can go to more of a federal support bananas. Even you know and also heard where landlords are being able to like their ways around it. I mean you know. I have have compassion for the people that have mortgages on their property and the banks aren't really saying sorry. You don't have to pay your mortgage this month because what's going on so we're all connected and yet. It's the renter at the end of the day that gets told to leave.
What If Scenario Reality Checks
"You guys were living through a nether meaning like yet another historical event. You guys seeing that me more. Somebody's like i'm getting a little tired of living through historical events. Anyway it is snowmageddon or whatever you wanna call it in texas right now. I'm not sick. i'm all of a sudden sniffling as i do this. I'm just letting you guys know that it is my goal to like. I'm going to record the ad within the podcast and all that just. Because i'm a little nervous. I haven't heard from her to say she's not available but i'm a little bit nervous about You know there are so many people around where i live. Who do not have any power right now and so just in case. My podcast editor is not available We'll see how i do all this anyway. But yeah so we're in another historical event right now. We are living through the coldest they keep calling it like the coldest winter event in a generation. I don't know i don't know anyway. It's crazy let's people. Were that are without power. Here in texas Because we're just not prepared for this kind of stuff like this is just like it does not make financial sense for our cities to have and maintain at like snowplows. And there's a instagram. Or that i was that i've been following and she's minnesota and somebody who's like. How do y'all pipes not freeze like ours. Do because that's the big thing we're worried about. Its zoning like everything has to be insulated to a point where it won't freeze because they're used to that and i guess that's not i think here i don't know anyway. It's just a little bit crazy right now so everybody's home and then not even doing virtual school because of all the power outages and all that kind of stuff. Anyway my point is what a lovely opportunity. We've all had over the last twelve months to experience so many. What if scenarios which then gives us real reality checks about the things that we've kept for years thinking what if what if the worst happened. What if such and such happened. Because here's the thing for a lot of people like me. That's part of the reason why we have clutter issues is we can think of all. The what ifs. Sometimes i really have issues with other people in my life. Maybe people who. I live with my family or whatever who. I'm also this way in good ways to like. I think through all the ways that this could go and what could happen so this is what i need to do. Nail in order to be ready and prepared for that and in so many ways in life that is a great quality. I mean really like in so many different ways. It's like. I think through like you need to study this and you need to study this because this is coming and then the anyway. Whatever it's my project brain is great and a lot of ways. But here's where it gets out of control when i would keep stuff in my house. That was making life harder to live. That was making my house out of control because it was more stuff than i could personally handle. It was above my personal clutter threshold and because of that. I have to really be cautious and conscience conscious whatever of You know when my what if scenarios my desire to be prepared crosses the line okay and actually become something that hurts my family more than it helps my family. Okay so this is a great opportunity. We have lived through a lot of difficult scenarios and the last year things that might have been one of those well. This could happen things that were going through our head when we kept so. It's an opportunity to go through and go through your house. Now here's the thing to my goal. Is that these podcasts. Never be like super time sensitive so early. This cold snap. Where texas is colder than alaska is not going to last forever right now but really i mean it's not like it's it's you know it's going to be back above freezing on friday so great but looking back. I think it's really important for the us who have. What if for the future scenarios to go wait a minute and if we find ourselves spiraling in that direction of all the things that could happen in the future instead to go. Wait a minute. Let me be realistic about this thing that i'm thinking i should stay. Should save just in case. I'm desperate let me think about time when i was desperate. Did i use this item. Did i have it in my house. And did i use it or would i have actually used this in that situation. So she's kind of a good reality check for us
Elsie Teaches Emma To Be An Internet Mom
"You're listening to beautiful podcasts. Emma recently shared that. She's expecting a baby this summer. So in this episode. I'm giving her a one on one on how to survive life as an internet mom online bullying in general overstepping in parenting on. The internet is always tough. But it's extra extra extra tough when you're a brand new mom so if you're at a similar stage in life to us this episode is for you and if not you can just listen and be glad that it's not you. Yeah yeah i was like how about we do an episode where you just give me advice about being a mom online. Because i just feel like. That's one area that People get royal judgy in mean on like even more than normal yet. I'm like ooh what's going on with this. Like i didn't become a mom till i can't remember enough. I was thirty four. Thirty five luscious say. I was in my mid thirties. When i became a mom so i had a whole decade of watching other people do online before i started so i knew it was gonna be rocky in that way. Yeah and it was everyone has boundaries whether you see them or not but even if you feel like you have pretty tight boundaries other people will not see it that way and it's it's just very challenging because a lot of the meanest comments you'll get our projections. It's not even really about something you did. It's about something that that person feels or that that person went through or that they're somehow trying to protect your child from so let's jump in. We've been blogging fourteen years so we definitely know how to deal with rude comments. Let's just put that out there. In the beginning it does get easier. We know how to delete in block. We know how to respond. We know how to learn from something. That is legitimate criticism. All of those things are normal to us for seasoned pros but when it comes to being a mom it does change it a little bit and I wanna give them a pep talk. That i never got because in some ways i wasn't prepared and i think especially in my first year of parenthood. I was a little bit more defensive than i am now. I wish that i wouldn't have been interesting. The internet tends to get really really invested in bloggers having babies and. I know that this already happening to emma. Even though it's like she's the most private person. I know a lot of bloggers. And she's probably like in the top two. Most private bloggers out of all of our group of friends. And it's still going to happen. So take notes emma. Here's your pop talk. Are you ready. Yes. let's do it. Yes and tell me and tell me what you think about each thing. Because i want to hear your thoughts to. I don't know parenting. I wanna say up front like the one of the reasons why we didn't make this parenting podcast and why we don't do. A lot of parenting advice is because that's not our job and we know that like i don't want it to be your job but i think in this one episode. I think it's worth it to just like go there Because we have learned some things and you're about to enter into a season where you're the most tired and the most stretched then that you've been in a long time and then to pile people being mean to you on top of that is just not fair. That's what i wish people. Well and i definitely feel like When people have made comments or criticism of my job which is like pudding In craps and things like that on the internet so if someone's like this recipe sucks. I'm like well you know this. I m putting this out there as a part of my career. Cookbook out. I you know have a. That's a big part of what i do on our blog. I feel a lot more like okay. This is what i'm choosing. But i don't really consider being a mom part of my career. I consider it something that i've always wanted to do. And i'm sure. I will want to share photos of my child and and myself being pregnant and things like that here and there but i don't really think of it as this is a career move. I just think of it as oh my mom's going to want to see this i'll post. Yeah okay well. It's harder when it's like that on that. No i have to skip ahead to point number five. Just read too early because it relates to what you're saying it says okay even if you make zero dollars from your kid never put them in and at et cetera. People will still call your mom blogger so just like let it happen. I was in a magazine article in. I think like people last year where they were calling me a mom blogger and it also had like clear and joanna from the home edit. They're definitely not mom bloggers either and then it had us with like you know some of the people who actually are mom workers so i feel like just having a kid in some people's minds makes you in the category of mom blogger. But i do think it's own business that the people who choose to do that they make these choices they make these big boundaries. They make these sacrifices. None of those things are we doing. And we're not even trying to enter into that category. It just gets muddy and other people's minds. Yeah okay so my first piece of advice and this is the best advice anyone ever gave to me. Before i became a mom and i think it's the most important parenting advice you can have is that you have to choose to listen to your instincts over everything so especially being a mama will want to give you a lot of advice from everything from you. Know your car seat choice to your education choices. You know if you ever open up about anything personal or any kind of struggle with your kid. The advice you'll get will be overwhelming and massive but your inner voice is already telling you at least for me every point in my parenting journey. My instincts have told me what to do. And i think that you can really trust them. They're there for a reason and they're really the biggest thing that you don't wanna ignore to now that makes sense. Yeah i'd i didn't read a ton of parenting books i've talked before about. I love the danish way of parenting. I and i did read a couple of books about adoption when we were first opting but reading like a ton a parenting books. I don't think is necessary. I think you have to listen to your own. Inner voice and it's good also to get like a core group of other moms who have some stuff in common with. You can listen to them. Like i usually ask my best friend a couple questions a year. You know or ask other moms. Who are bloggers laura. You know like ask her things whenever it has to do with like you know blogger specific stuff so
Design strategies + incorporating luxury home decor on a budget with kate lester
"Of the like themes that keeps emerging on the show is this like beginner. I think designer mistake. Weird like designing and avoid like. You're at home goods and you're just kind of collecting all the things you love. And there's no like common thread or theme or story so that starting places so key It's really important to create. This is so easy now that everyone has a computer in microsoft word or i mean. If you know photoshop you can do it. But what i told people is if you're just starting out in let's say you're doing your apartment right in your on the super tight budget. We've been there by no means do am i just design fancy desire by no means that i have like five hundred dollars to do my college -partment right. What i want to do at home is starting out with your concept. Okay and then put all of the pieces that you're interested in on a concept board and get take that were with you when you're shopping and when you're at home goods and you're ready to do those stupid impulse purchases. Take that word out and be like. Is this gonna vibe with my vibe and if not put it down like i can't tell you how much did at target and homegoods ikya just on this little impulse purchases like other cushion but it can go with anything your house. You know who so. I think that will help a lot of you know that extending allow you to save up for this really special items may be utah out of your budget. You'd be surprised how few rain in those impulse purchases house saving. His moustache lightens is easier. Yes my gosh. That's so beautifully put when you say it. It sounds so obvious. But that's definitely something. I struggle with so hard told me this dog will. What am i going to do. A federal by this dog role. I it's in the air. they try. they try to say you know. Stick with your list. Stick with your concept word and then there are great finds there. You found some really great things that were with my. I try to stay true to that. Naccache excited put everything your car. I love that so much so we talked a little bit about finding like some examples of info pieces like the flower or the photo. What are some of your favorite places that you draw inspiration from is kind of like all over the place or do you of go to things that really deeply inspire you know. Of course. let's be really honest and frank. Kerr pinterest is though. It's great so i will say that if you're on your this first few hundred pages of pinterest. It's the same stuff right so if you're different you're going to have to do a deep dive so we like to say is find that you know chair. They love or find that whatever it is. Maybe you're really intimate century right. And you figure out the name of a charity like deep dive into that and then that will take you to other really interesting rooms and you'll get away from the disorder sort of stuff. You're seeing everywhere so good if you're willing to sit down into a deep dive. I like to olds. Who books like books real hard. You know find a designer or topic. You're interested if you want farmhouse than you know. Do some searching on amazon worse. Farmhouse designed books. You can get great inspiration from those pages that you know. A lot of that stuff is not on pinterest. So you're knocking not everywhere. I did a lot of inspiration. From austin is what the color palettes that are happening. How close structured is everything floral and saucers everything sharp edges. And how they feel about that and is gonna translate into if i hit more curved items or you know i think you start to develop your style when you're pulling things because people don't realize that they have their own patterns that emerge and with our clients do a pinterest board for us. They'll say we'll do. I need to tell you what i like in each picture. And i know 'cause i can tell if it's repeating throughout what you're picking so. I think that happens with with regular people to start picking me compile. Tear things out. Taxings things up. And you'll start to see a pattern and then you can kind of narrow it down from there right. I feel like part of your job as a designer. Obviously like did these beautiful spaces but there's another level of like really kind of like helping your clients figure out who they are style wise. And that's something. I feel like that when you can do that artfully like. That's when you get the coolest spaces. What does that process. look like. You mentioned the pincher sport but is that where you start or there's a consultation like what is that. Look like when we you know. Most of our artists are really large-scale right. So we're starting with these people when maybe they're buying a dirt lot and we're having to design their home from the ground up right and then we're not only designing interiors. Were signing all the finishes fixtures and then all the furnishings so the first thing like to do is save them from themselves right because we're giving them everything they're asking for the help that they need for right so the first thing we do. Is we through these. These pinterest boards. We asked them to pull some images. Maybe ten twenty images. It's really all we need. We start to see a pattern of what they like. And from there we say. How can we take this and make it cool. It's not a cool right having to take this push their boundaries. How can we take their level to wholeness and make it a level head right if we see that there it into brass. How do we rain that in. Say okay will. This house has to have longevity. What ross isn't trending in six years right. How do we incorporate those things that we see. They're gravitating toward in in a way. That will live with them for a long time. So a lotta times. it's really just pushing their boundaries. And saying you know. I see that you posted. A couple of pieces of contemporary are either boring but how these bright suit. Our job is to take them right. The edge of where they would say. I never would pick back but i actually love that. That's what you wanna tried. Do to yourself. If you're at home right. You know i do. I love this. I know everyone has this chair. But i found this chair. His kind of weird ways hungry woman. So you know. How can you get outside that that box of trends and really do something.
284: What If Scenario Reality Checks Podcast
"About cleaning and organizing strategies that actually work in real life for real people people. Who don't love cleaning and organizing. Thanks for joining me today. This is number two eighty four. And i'm calling it. What if scenario reality checks You guys were living through a nether meaning like yet another historical event. You guys seeing that me more. Somebody's like i'm getting a little tired of living through historical events. Anyway it is snowmageddon or whatever you wanna call it in texas right now. I'm not sick. i'm all of a sudden sniffling as i do this. I'm just letting you guys know that it is my goal to like. I'm going to record the ad within the podcast and all that just. Because i'm a little nervous. I haven't heard from her to say she's not available but i'm a little bit nervous about You know there are so many people around where i live. Who do not have any power right now and so just in case. My podcast editor is not available We'll see how i do all this anyway. But yeah so we're in another historical event right now. We are living through the coldest they keep calling it like the coldest winter event in a generation. I don't know i don't know anyway. It's crazy let's people. Were that are without power. Here in texas Because we're just not prepared for this kind of stuff like this is just like it does not make financial sense for our cities to have and maintain at like snowplows. And there's a instagram. Or that i was that i've been following and she's minnesota and somebody who's like. How do y'all pipes not freeze like ours. Do because that's the big thing we're worried about. Its zoning like everything has to be insulated to a point where it won't freeze because they're used to that and i guess that's not i think here i don't know anyway. It's just a little bit crazy right now so everybody's home and then not even doing virtual school because of all the power outages and all that kind of stuff. Anyway my point is what a lovely opportunity. We've all had over the last twelve months to experience so many. What if scenarios which then gives us real reality checks about the things that we've kept for years thinking what if what if the worst happened. What if such and such happened. Because here's the thing for a lot of people like me. That's part of the reason why we have clutter issues is we can think of all. The what ifs. Sometimes i really have issues with other people in my life. Maybe people who. I live with my family or whatever who. I'm also this way in good ways to like. I think through all the ways that this could go and what could happen so this is what i need to do. Nail in order to be ready and prepared for that and in so many ways in life that is a great quality. I mean really like in so many different ways. It's like. I think through like you need to study this and you need to study this because this is coming and then the anyway. Whatever it's my project brain is great and a lot of ways. But here's where it gets out of control when i would keep stuff in my house. That was making life harder to live. That was making my house out of control because it was more stuff than i could personally handle. It was above my personal clutter threshold and because of that. I have to really be cautious and conscience conscious whatever of You know when my what if scenarios my desire to be prepared crosses the line okay and actually become something that hurts my family more than it helps my family. Okay so this is a great opportunity. We have lived through a lot of difficult scenarios and the last year things that might have been one of those well. This could happen things that were going through our head when we kept so. It's an opportunity to go through and go through your house. Now here's the thing to my goal. Is that these podcasts. Never be like super time sensitive so early. This cold snap. Where texas is colder than alaska is not going to last forever right now but really i mean it's not like it's it's you know it's going to be back above freezing on friday so great but looking back. I think it's really important for the us who have. What if for the future scenarios to go wait a minute and if we find ourselves spiraling in that direction of all the things that could happen in the future instead to go. Wait a minute. Let me be realistic about this thing that i'm thinking i should stay. Should save just in case.
#333: PRO TALK With Carpenter Brian Campbell, Pt. 1
"Officially in person. But i can tell you. I've been following your carpentry career for years non exaggerating. It's a pleasure to have you on the shell. outbreak affected. How you do your job as a carpenter has. And i'm i mean i'm happy to report that unhealthy and my family healthy The family next door had cova nineteen run through the whole house and yet everybody. We're right next door. So i mean that's obviously very close to home and we've had people out from work because they were. They didn't have it but they were quarantine because somebody else had it. So we've had those disruptions and of course your typical material availability issues that have been have gotten worse during this. And what specifically have you been finding in short supply or we've been lucky Early on that was treated lumber and the pandemic create you know slowed down some of them mills and you know treatment outfits. The may treated lumber We would end up getting a different size or a different length or change tweaking design a little but we able to keep moving. The pandemic has created not just some restrictions in supply. But it seems like obviously people weren't going to restaurants so they wanted to sit out on their deck and they're you know they didn't have a deck so they had one or they decided to spruce it up they wanted to strip the old decking off but new composite decking on on the deck or whatever but we we. The company has been working or would in typical year would do decks about maybe five or ten percent of their workload. This year it's closer to half. So that's you know a huge increase in that aspect of the work. And i think that companies that are only doing decks five or ten percent of the time you know. That's not their bread and butter. They're not super efficient that it and they're doing that as part of a bigger project. You know they're reciting the house or they're doing the kitchen and the patio door and they're gonna do the deck too so they're not really a deck building company and they don't have all the efficiencies built in to that so if you switch from doing kitchens and bathrooms doing you know apple your workload building decks. You're going to struggle with profitability. I think especially if the material costs are all higher you know and you're having to change design a little bit On the fly so yeah. I think it's a real challenging environment and here if you're doing a lot more decks and outside work it makes sense you don't have to go inside. Somebody's home so and you're building them. Outdoor living space. All of those things make sense but here. The climate is real accommodating. We'll talk more about that in a bit of you heard from your your fellow tradespeople in the twin cities area that they're they're busy to do they are they. I keep hearing that folks have their phone ringing off the hook. Yeah we're busy. And i get people calling me and asking me you know. I've had you know about one referral a week. Which is a lot for me. You know You know. I i'm busy and everybody i know is busy. So can you tell me a little bit about your your business. You mentioned that you work for a couple of at least a couple of builders but do you take on your own projects similarly what. I've ended up doing i. I still have my that facebook page for my finish carpentry subcontracting business and it's got a lot of followers So i kept going and you know most of the people that follow my facebook carpentry. Page are i think. Fellow carpenters That are 'cause. I post a lot of how to stop on air and interesting things. I think the carpenters not more. So than homeowners with appliance. Or or builders i think but What i've actually ended up doing is is whoever hires me as their carpenter I just put that all of that. Business is all anybody to contacts me is going to be going through bras block construction or you know the guy godoi and show construction and so i'm not actually operating my own independent carpenter business anymore. I'm an employee. And i just turned. It turned out that or me I don't really enjoy you. Know the all of the business side contract stuff. I like doing the work. And i'm a hamdan carpenter and i also find it easier to get insurance as an employee then to do that as a subcontractor independently. You know. so i've taken on. I've i've sort of shifted from being Carpentry subcontractor in to being an employee and that's ended up working better for me so a lot of people claim to be unemployable because they've been a their own boss the primary subcontractor for so long but they they don't really aren't that great taking orders and they have their own way of doing things. I i do have my own way of doing things. But i in i actually do. Enjoy being an employee more than my boss actually. And how did you learn the craft. I i see you doing all kinds of things right from repair to roofing. very fine. finish carpentry. How did you get your carpentry chops. My i got into arpaio agree as a summer job. I think
Lessons from Designing over 150 Tiny Houses with Pinup Houses Founder Joshua Woodsman
"For years now in the tiny house space. When when did you start designing tiny houses. And how did you. How did how did pinup houses become a reality. Okay so i. I studied architecture university in brock And on my studies. I will focusing on ordinary criminals. Houses in know company bob In the final final year i will stacking goose on mall living spaces long Long like i over one william of of space just both yup and darts to launch started to launch a new budget. I had also. I also i have also compounded vicious focused just on a chick market but i was interested in global major moment of my projects. I do fine. I started to find started funding. Gotta go knighted all people To get to the main blunt. I a searching for my info at great people. The bar borders. And who need to find fanny house community in the united states and i will focusing on so it was. I think nine years ago already on eight years ago. And i met my grand side armed os this and my and brand and stop to design offices to moses nice so are there is there a market for small houses in the czech republic like are there tiny houses on wheels there or is it mostly stationary. I think it's just a few tiny houses on wheels took public. Our country is. It's i wanted to say special bob. it's just. It's defend than the united states america countries. He's like barring to different countries. It'd be very attached germany. So for example in germany our factories or mobile himes no like like big ballistic of recreational vehicles as we might call them here and people are from chico public. Buying 'em these old houses which germans don't want to use anymore for a cheap few. My name is so much more A company okay and also our roads adult not so long the We can start in in swe our zoo. You will go from one side of triple redo another into the hours you know and small country and in this in this time In garbage time you cannot gross border right but like in small small. Yeah you're getting cabin fever. It's like living in a small house. But you're you're yeah so. Pinup houses has such a range of of designs. How many how. Many houses on average do you design a year for for pinup houses. Asta designed around the signs. Yeah wow but be rat focusing on oh year. Yeah but but i. I need to say that. These designs are very similar. It's almost just about the no like shape of the shape of about the basic kanji are the same right. And so they're all stick framed. Wooden small houses o. Nomo by four or two by six system remain and then you can choose way A little i said Or you know shooting inside. An interior materials can be different and little especially in this time. You have a big link markets. You can choose so you are. i'm. I'm learning still in new things on the markets and i'm a bit time. Somebody's asking me evils. Might be man on this on this. But i never had before. It's it's kind of crazy. And i want to my dream a stool go against this stream and simplify simplify the design or the building process. Simplify materials. Believe brooks everything you can stop a simplify building. Outdoor dis loss. You can stack them. Simplify human needs needs and you can. You can simplify lands. No i think i could do much around us. And also in the building building market. Who felt off solution on everything you know. And it's kind of a jungle jungle and unique who find a way. Oh yeah yeah. That's that is definitely true. I think everywhere. Just the there are so many technologies and the standards change so that it kind of forces you to use them and it makes building very complicated and more expensive. Yes yes it's about The needs because no Advertisement value unique days
OTH: Hollow Core, Seor
"He acted on got to get on a choice. Got a mandate to get it on and welcome on the house. Ma'am curl of here eric. Stromer is got to get it. What the heck you working on stromer. Well it's just. I just installed the dirty being. I had the welder come yesterday. Which is fantastic thing when the guys come in. Well then it. I can't believe how strong the wells are and that it's so quick and dirty and and just like that's it. The only problem was the well who was a little older gentleman and he kept laying on the ground to well the lower parts of the post to the plate. And i kept thinking. Maybe he had died because he was that all the and he didn't move for a moment to get adjusted. And i kept walking over and saying signor. Are you okay. And he would look up at me and tip tip the mass back. yes yes. i'm fine. I was like oh i thought you were dead. Are you making a moment yes. You're welding moment. yep is that the terminology. I don't know welding terminology. Now the moment is when you take an opening and instead of putting a sheer panel on it you open it but you make a steel bridge over it and you well that and you create that same shear strength i'll give you an example Yes sir when you go into one of those Cool cool restaurants in old town pasadena and it's got the brick facade and go in and you sit down and you look at the big piece of steel that goes across and then the steel posts that go down in the ground. Those things are welded up creating that sheer panel without having to put plywood on made yes i am created according to you then i creating a moment get the Definition gary of moment so we can school up stromer so we can charge experts. It's time he talks to. I've just been. I've been a man of would only and this metal business kinda great. Yeah the thing that's tough about. I have a lament senior on your well. There and i suspected he was hispanic. See welding used to be the dominion of white guys in this city. Now the hispanics have taken over welding but it used to be white guys and they were the most colorful white people on the planet. You know what i mean. Even they were the tat guys. Sorta hells angel types. There were bikers because they started welding on their hogs you know and then they just move and muffler shops and stuff like that and then they might and might i remind you on those hogs on the back of those hogs was their old lady Right and she was perched a little higher and there may have been some sharing and he's wearing a t shirt that says if you can read this bitch fell off right so then they were bikers. They were early to the tattoo game. They they all had even though they worked in a field where sparks were constantly flying. They still had huge beards beards and they also a lot of them resided in this beautiful city up there where they used to be the former asthma recovery capital of the world. up by right off the what is it over there. It's where rate had his warehouse. Excess sunland seeming son up on the high on the high pow. Yeah oh yeah yeah. Yeah i'll i'll think of it. The second i think above coin. That's the one. Yeah it was the canyon that went up there. Yes they that's where they that's where they live. They live there in their hives and they were hopped up on math and making the math right or old ladies share but those are the great characters it would show up with their settling rigs. And now you have your garden. Variety hispanics no fun. No it's you just don't get the color in the detail and also my son's trying to get a tattoo and could've saved two birds with done. Tubers stone had the welder. Come and do the tat. What do you think about sunny if he gets a tad if he wants one. Oh he's never going to get a tattoo it just by your daughter. She's probably getting a tramp stamp as we speak. Hi japanese lettering. That's right no my son i. It's too logical for him it. It doesn't move the needle. It just doesn't have an ounce of that in he has no follow the herd. He has nothing your definition of a moment. yes. I do a moment. Connection in structural engineering is joint that allows the transfer of bending moment forces between a column and beam or any to other two members. If a child member of beam has some internal movement. The connection should be able to transmit the load due to that moment. Yeah so basically as you are. You are a wealth of stored future past and present. Information i am i shall be missed when i'm gone. Well the thing the thing is it's it's it's it's essentially a sheer panel if you need an opening and that's that's what a moment does and when you cement the base into the ground so you take the base and you put the steel base into a pad of footing whatever and then you go up and you well that where it hits. The cross member up top the header steel and then you could attach the outside brick facade to it via all thread that sticks through the brick facade and his welded onto the upper beam in the lower beam. Anyway all right. That's exactly enough enough. Oh that by the way So you're working on that you had the well there. Well there came. Now we're gonna pour a bunch of other additional footings for other areas that we're going to amend. The house was was was a the guy bought it back about ten years ago. And it was a repo house. And he put a bunch of crappy remodeling stuff on top of crappy remodeling stuff and then when you get into demo you realize god this is. It's a crime. What people did in the sixties and seventies here in california just whip and stuff just so bad. Yeah maybe you're you're you're like fix it you know it's like good money after bad over and over again right yeah. There's so much bad workout. There and people don't really realize it until they dig into. It opened up a wall. And then have somebody like stromer with his limited knowledge of engineering. Take a look at it. A goal but can also find the i can find the answers and then give you the job you want. That's right no right away. But i'll just talk to my friend. Adam corolla and i know modesty prevented you from adding easy on the eyes to the list. Tough on the years biddies straw. That's going on my business card. Our right so matt has questions. Emails video entries tweets phone calls. We all got got a mall. Baby are going to start with the video question and as always. Please email us your video questions ace on the house at adam. Corolla dot com. Go to
MWA336 - Brian Brazil Returns
"Welcome to the modern woodworkers association. A podcast about woodworking from folk. Who would woodworking is what we do who we are and what we like to talk about so join us as we have a drink. Sit around and talk woodworking. Hi and welcome to the three hundred and thirty six episode of the modern woodworkers association podcast. I'm called barton. And i'm here with my co host. Sean was new. Ski and mark hicks. Tonight were visiting with longtime print of the show brian brazil. So welcome to show brian. Thanks for having me back. Hey not a problem. We gotta keep even with wilbur. Think euler who knew. That was a competition. Well it's one of my mind. You know that so anyway. We'll we'll i. I know you had a recent visit from wilbert wilbur. so soa we'll go into that here in a few minutes but for we get onto that. let's see what's happening in the woodwork. news. So i guess the big announcement is the nwa. Podcast is now on patriotic. Yes a supporter of the show. Please go over to patriot. Dot com forward slash. Mwa podcast and just look for. is there This is not a big money grab. We're just trying to pay some bills around here for our hosting and equipment and that kind of thing. We've been lucky that Basically been subsidizing us for all these years. It really has and we'd kind of like to get him out from subsidizing us so if you If you are a sports show we got a we got a few Tears there That you can join. We have The nwa light tier which is a But ninety nine and we have the hold on mine. Oh sorry and we have the nwa l. tier which is five ninety nine per month and the nwa black and tan tier which is nineteen ninety nine a month and the nwa stout here which is twenty nine ninety nine and we went with the ninety nine just for fun so for about ninety nine you get early access to the episodes for the five ninety nine tear you get a sticker and early access to the episodes and if jump up to the black and tan you get one pre beard any woodworking event that you see us at now. I'm going to say if we have enough people join at that. Tier will probably turn that into a challenge. Coin so if you present us a challenge coin we will buy you a free. Beer are by your essay and Then we have the the twenty nine ninety nine to your and with that you get all the above plus a shirt so if you're you know you know we We certainly hope that you will want to support us. And if you do just go over. Like i said patriotic dot com ford slash. Nwa podcast There is a link in our profile on instagram. And go visit that and because we don't have any were just now rolling this out so there are no patriots as of yet and i did check with patriotic and as soon as we get a few patriarchs we will actually Show up in the search results. Not until then. Okay got until then yes. Yes that's like. Why anna's showing up in your search results said you gotta have a few patriots. Were so Again if you want support it's just go over to patriot dot com ford slash. Mwa podcast or like. I said visit our Instagram account and the link is in our profile. And i will say please reach out to us if you have guys have any opinions on this. We've historically not been the The embedding types. You don't and and and it's not that there is an opportunity to young to sub set the the cost of doing this and we racked up in it sits still and we hope to possibly improve over the years. You know through our own efforts. We've improved sound quality And we've we've done things like that. We want to obviously cover our costs for hosting the website and subscribing to the by hosting gas and all that other stuff but god willing we get to more normal thing we want to be able to go to events and meet up with people and and this'll all help operate that a little better. we're not. we're not trying to profit from any of this. So a longtime ago when betaseron started Give or take one of the shows. I listened to The the idea of this being a value for value proposition came up. Said if you get value from us yoked give something back. That's that's it's a common thing. That's the whole your pbs. Telethon theory you know. Hey we provide the service you if you find any value in that could you please. Y'all gives give a just a little bit. And at the dollar ninety nine level that base level i mean. That's that's relatively simple. That's giving you that. That's per month. Mind you so that's four episodes of what we've been consistently producing and so you break that down to fifty cents an episode. My gosh you can barely get a coke at the corner store you know for what would be so. I mean if you can equate it to that and they get a simple thing and you're willing to support us. We think exactly couldn't have said it. Better myself yeah. It's yeah we've been free for so long all these years but Yeah we do need to. We need to pay the bills and Get the off the hook. And like i will say i my mo- my wife would not allow me to do what the army has done for eight plus years for this show exactly he actually will a little bit but He told me he said i. What is it six hundred dollars a year. Like i know no really okay. You break down per month but other than that. It's not that much but that's coming out of his credit card currently and we'd like to maybe help that out. Exactly that's a big part of this and he's kind of our silent backer right now so yeah i mean but hopefully going forward here. We're going to get him involved in more. We're recording schedule. A little bit to allow a little more diabe in are exactly well. There's never a little more dion. There's it's all or nothing but anyway that's enough of spill so Just a gory instagram. Page look at our profile. There is patron dot com slash podcast
Innovative Designs for Cold Weather Tiny Living in Canada with Daniel Ott
"Dan. Ought welcome to the show. You i've actually. I was just curious. What is the upside down method. Oh the upside down methods so that is our what we call our signature method. And that's how we help. Our clients prepare their mindsets to be able to not only survived but thrived living tiny and then go through the design process and the mental preparation of education before actually building building is only a small part of our method because we believe the mental preparedness and the impact on yourself in the world around you on both ends of the build are far more important method methodist five steps and we minimize or simplify. We educate we design build and then impact and so impact is like a move in well. It's it's more than that. It's it's it's impact to yourself. And i like to say well it impacts your finances because you can live so much more cost effectively but you also impact. Just you're all the whole tally. The world out there today is to live so quick and so everything on top who itself over and right in rapid succession but we live in a tiny home. One great example is it only takes you an hour to do a really deep clean so you end up with all his extra time on your hand you this extra money on your hand that impacts your lifestyle yourself because you can spend that it also helps you to impact the world around you. So we say don't want impact the world around you. You're just going to by default because they're using less materials and less energy to run your house but it also gives you the opportunity with this extra time money to impact your local community by you know helping out with the local food bank or volunteering at the library or something that impact. You're up nice what What's so difficult about the ontario building codes For for china home specifically but also in general in general everything. So i have. I also have design company and i've been designing regular houses for years and even there. We run into problems where because everything with the internet has gone so global when we do our designs we get people to save stuff on print pinterest and other such things like that and we look through what their designs are and we would see spiral. Staircases and cable railings. I mean those are two things that have been huge throughout the rest of the world. Those are two things illegal and antero. You can't have horizontal members in a railing because you might climate and fall over. You can't have spiral staircases through more than ninety degrees and the rules. Just keep coming at you and it seems seems ridiculous but when we get into tiny home specifically some of the things that really impact us are are. That was the only place. North america has minimum room sizes and sealing so a ceiling height for livable space. Must be a minimum of six eleven. So difficult under the loft very well. Yeah or it means doable. But your loft becomes very small however your loft must also have six eleven so now to be classified as living space or bedroom. That's living space. You need to have sex with eleven so now we can't live in our loss so there's always i in my career. I've gone through finding ways around the rules to to use them to work within them. But kind of like on the very edges. So i like to say we can design a storage sloth. And if you happen to store a mattress and a spare body up there at your time that's And then simply other. Things are the minimum room sizes. So you mentioned you found just by talk by seeing a video on the nest and that is interior smallest legal house and it's two hundred and thirty square feet. I cannot build a house smaller than that. Be legal. maybe to twenty. I can get away with because the bathroom doesn't have size only has a ceiling but the main living has to be. It's actually in meters because that's out canada's but it's thirteen point five square meters which gives me an outside wall dimension of ten by twenty and that it has to be the combination space of cooking eating living and sleeping and then i have a bathroom on side of it and so that's how we get the two hundred twenty or two hundred and thirty square feet so i like to say to people. Oh there's one more thing it's illegal living on -tario in anything that has wheel. So i like to say to people everything you've seen on the internet about tiny homes would never pass the code on -tario but we can still design houses within the code in it's more of There's a lot of lobbyists out there. Who say hey. I'm all for tiny homes. We have to change the rules. And do you know how long it takes to get the government to change rules decade decades. It's ridiculous so i i'd rather say hey. We have the rules. I'm an expert on figuring out how to work with in them the most of our ability and then you know like i said connor dwelling on the outer edges of those rules. And then what you have to do though is bend your mind of that idea a little bit in your mind of what you think. A tiny is and we can make it work right so down like building people what they might have in their head as the picture of a tiny home. Which is you know a little house on. A trailer must not be legal in ontario. I'm sure that doesn't stop people from doing it though. No we bill goes to
STL235: Are saw guides really cheating?
"Talk. Live episode number two thirty five today. Victoriously joins might back bitch and myself and we answer a couple of questions but you just do a lot of woodworkers talking about woodworking which is kinda what you're here for a thank so it's an interesting show that it was kind of all over the place just because i think we went for an hour and forty five minutes and i desperately had to cut it down a little bit towards the end of the show. You'll hear a drop in audio quality but the contents there somebody's recording off halfway through what they're saying. I'm not going to say who but we make it through and we pick a backup and that's what's important. I want to let everyone know about a webinar that we have coming up to ours coming up actually soon back to back weeks. We're going to be hosting the gentleman from i to our cnc and they're going to be showing us their latest and greatest cnc technology. That is a really really impressive. Turnkey system if you've been wanting to get into see and in your overwhelmed by everything and figuring out all the subtleties. They've kinda got. It dialed in for you. So check that out. That's going to be march eleventh at seven pm. And then the next week we have karen mcbride on with us and her shop was featured in the latest tools of shops issue. It's beautiful log cabin. And she's going to tell you about her process of setting up the shop and what she went through to get it exactly to her liking. And i think it's one of those things that people are going to be able to learn a lot from and maybe daydream a little bit about what could be one day all right on with the show. Are you rolling vic. that's okay. There is part of it though was like i could work this into into the first part but right okay. We're it looks. It says it's recording. I've got levels jumping up and down. So that's role.
Episode 297: Im not sick, just 53
"So if i sound like. I just woke up. I apologize We started tearing out her kitchen. Oh no and it is. Torn out of lamb exhausted hauling. Oh i'm exhausted. This is the first major renovation of done in my forties. I guess now. I started the back. I don't know but man it feels different than it did in my thirty overture. Wait till you get your fifty talking about muscle. You muscles ache just moving around in a regular day without anything. Every morning i wake up. And i think to myself might getting sick. I'm like oh no no. I'm just fifty three insult. Yeah just moved in eight hours and now we'll everything up again ten minutes. So there's a the the louis c. k. bitch. He i think it's like his ankle. He goes to the doctor for his ankle. And he's like yeah. You just dr like you just have a crappy ankle now like there's nothing you can do tell us what's what's going on so you ripped it down you're gonna redo electrical circuitry everything going down to zero well kind of So boring it's kinda thresholds. China hard to explain without seeing the layout of it but basically there was a big pantry and Kind of a built in in the room next to it so this one wall was pushed in basically just tore that wall out. And we're going to basically flatten the room and expand the room. Make a big and instead of having this. Nice big walk in pantry. We're gonna replace one wall with a pantry shelves for to ceiling and attic island in the middle wet island. Only electric motor. Do it is going to be electrical. More they'll be because we're gonna do a new big range like a thirty six inch huge thirty six on the wall and then a smaller twenty four in and We have a big family and win. Cova does not happening. We usually cook for a lot of people. Have people over on stuff like that. So one of the big things about this kitchen reynaud was having more cooked capacity and more serving capacity more sitting capacity. Those are the kind of big thing so this island bill. Ten feet long stools on one side an oven in it And then you know just opening up the room quite a bit so that will require. I'm gonna make all the cabinets we'll see we're gonna make on the cabinets. I'm not gonna make them. All josh can help. We're gonna make the gamut But done the same wood flooring that we have and the rest of the house that have been working on since we moved in. We're going to carry through nice so it will have all new flooring look really really good i think. And then We'll have new lighting and knew everything but the wall. The we moved is like it didn't do anything. It served a purpose from a space perspective at created those two little things that we don't need and so it was super not load bearing or anything super easy to just knock out while it owns a. It wasn't easy to knock out. It was actually really difficult to knock out but we got it out and it didn't cause any other effects so that's moved. There were two layers of liberalism. So there is the ruth original linoleum and then an eighth and era quarter inch layer of plywood and then another layer of me and so yeah so we had to get the first the top in the plywood up it was stapled down with i think one inch staples super long staples just ridiculous and luckily was include down so we can kind of get under it and kind of start to pry the staples up but then most of them popped through so when all up we had a field of staples. There were too long to pull out. So josh split the load yesterday of just like decide. Just go hammer all down flat. Because we're just gonna put the new floor on top doesn't matter anyway. So it's we're down to almost a clean slate now to start building things back up We have one more doorway. We're going to open up and make it wider and put in some fixed glass panes on the side. So it'll just look bigger even though the actual door of name will be a whole lot bigger and that's today so after today. Theoretically we should be ready to start like putting things back and In i gotta do a little bit electrical in the new wall. And i have to run electrical for the the current oven circuit is in the wrong place. Now and so. I've got like draw that back and then put it to the island and then put it to the wall where it's going. We've got a plumber. Come into do a gasoline to the wall. Luckily we can get to all that like in the office here and in the room where we do our podcast stuff It's all right below the kitchen so we have access up into that to run those lines and everything you know. It's pretty handy like we have more access to the places that we need. Then i think a lot of people would so. That's pretty cool but man. I'm tired tired. Yeah yeah it's funny. When you get into that your adrenalin starts going. You know realize that you're a little you might be going outside you your physical exertion daily physical exertion allotment until the next couple of days but we got a. This is such a silly thing. We got a dumpster yesterday. Guide drove up and like put it in our driveway. Reith out the window of our kitchen. It's on the second story. So well i mean we have a basement basically and so. It's on the first story. Put this dumpster right below the window from the kitchen. And so we just as we tour things out. We threw it right out the window into the dumpster. And it's the coolest thing i kind of wanted just. I have a dumpster now at my house from now on so that i can just throw stuff away. But so we're gonna take advantage of that and just get rid of all the stuff in the shop that we've not been getting around throwing away because it's kind of a hassle reload that thing up. Yeah yeah we shared a dumpster with my neighbors so you know he pays one month. I pay the other doing some renovations here at the house. And just throw it all truck. It's gone you have to worry about it. It's nice going into the winter. We pulled out a ton of would out of the house During these two little renovations guys my guys mike combined it up here and we burned it off so we had tons of with. Burn this shop during this big winter. Snap it's finally get. He's going to be the warmest day in like the last month. And a half supposedly seven notice that on the phone. So that's exciting but i've been working on I had a video. You know sometimes when you work with like sponsors. They have certain allotments ahead to finish this one video for in the month of february for their for their financial reasons and so i wasn't really prepared and we signed the deal on monday abs. We've been talking about it. And so then okay. You think he'd have it by by for friday with a wednesday approval. Which is this morning. And i started this bit. We have this all kinds of pre-production people here at the house. So my time has been like sucked up Knowing ahead to do this video. I started at yesterday at like one. Thirty two o'clock and finished it at three. Am and yeah. That's what the commercial included in it and the bill video. That was altogether. I all in like whatever whatever how many hours that is at twelve or thirteen hours in so a little tired.
Introduction to Cob: The Ancient, Natural, Tiny House Building Method with Dave Olsen
"Am here with dave olsen olsen completed. A cobb workshop led by younto evans in nineteen ninety-six and has had mud and sour dough on his hands ever since he began hosting natural building workshops in two thousand seven began instructing the revolutionary fast cobb mixing and building methods in two thousand nine and turned fifty in twenty thirteen based on off the grid. Sketti island he also hosts an apprenticeship. That goes well beyond natural building. Helping people develop responsible and environmentally sustainable lifestyles with enjoyment and ease. Dave has been very fortunate to have worked with many of the leading. Cobb builders of our time and to have a dynamic cobb and bicycle loving daughter and dogs dave olesen. Welcome to the show. Thanks so much for having me either. Yeah it's great great to have you here. I feel like we've been following each other for years and years And we've we've traded some email so it's great. I'm actually getting to see your face for the first time here on the zoom. Yeah thank. i'm so glad to finally connect directly likewise like why so we're going to have to start with with the real basics. What is cop well. Cobb is a mixture of sand clay and straw that you mix together with water. So it's a it's a very simple Creation some people might say that. It's you have to have a specific ratio of each of those ingredients. I don't the the one ingredient. That's unbelievably flexible. As the cly or should you can have as little as five to ten percent. I don't know exactly how little you can go. And all the way up to one hundred percent though. The smallest amount is the amount that is needed to make the sand stick together. And the and the straw okay. So and when you say percentage you're referring to the percentage of the clay in soil the material that you're using to actually build the walls. The percentage of that material so anywhere between five to ten to one hundred percent lay in. I say one hundred percent. I've never built with one hundred percent. Clay only because A wonderful man who came to one of my workshops told me about it and showed me books and in korea. They've been building klay houses for hundreds of years. And so maybe even thousands of years so it obviously worked the but cobb specifically is designed to be The material is meant to have Sanding in it so so you know if you don't have very much sand that's okay. You have a lot of clay. that's okay but if you have a lot of sand and not so much clay it has to stick together of course otherwise. You're not going to have a building that stands up so you know very Nonspecific answer of because at least certainly in the workshops but in my own personal experience we just experiment with what we have to make it as easy as possible. Because that's really. The goal of this is the not only make something. That's unbelievably resilience. Long-lasting nontoxic unbelievably hugely outperforming. Any other building. That i've ever known but just to make it really quick easy and simple as possible. So i guess my follow up question. We've got the kind of literal definition of. What is cobb run. I guess what is ours. Cobb used in homebuilding it. What do you what do you do with the cobb. yeah Literally like you can see you re up there that those are called walls so in the building that i'm sitting in i live in The walls and the floor omega of certainly don't recommend building a roof out of conned Simply because cobb will absorb water and when it does absorb it will loosen or lesson it strength and so Building a dome out of cobb is would be a foolish thing to do in the climate. I loop in live in and i don't know of any climates. Actually were be suitable. So i wouldn't try that. So certainly some non cobb materials are needed for any building that you do build but the vast majority of the material for this Building this house is cobb because the walls are afoot to eighteen inches thick and Run from florida ceiling and the floor is completely off. The second floor is all. Would i considered putting a cobb floor on top of a wooden some floor but the same principle even though it's inside very likely to stay perfectly dry but if it doesn't or if there's a lot of vibration i just haven't tested a second floor cobb floor so you know out of my realm of experience but But yet no to lessen the cost of any building if you build it cobb. It's guaranteed to lower the cost. Because literally cobb is thirteen so i love the pond and i invite you to make as many cobb puns as you wish. This interview are there any climates. I was gonna ask what pilots do clock. What climates does cobb work in but it sounds like almost i should ask the opposite like are there any clients that cobb doesn't work in. I would be surprised. If there was a climate that doesn't work in Really hot climates. It's amazing in terms of keeping the building. Cool because it literally. It's just a totally different kind of building than what most civilized people are used to right. We're used to often wooden or metal buildings that kinda shredded trap. The air at least for heating and even for cooling i imagine condos and do that conferees It's constantly breathing. It doesn't it's not drafting. You feel it breathing. The air can get through the walls and Some very very slow transfer so you never get sick building syndrome in a call building which is really nice and The way that it performs as it. It's like a thermal battery so when there's heat in the air around it it will absorb that heat and Old it basically until the era rounded is cooler than the cobb and which case than it releases eat so it really moderates the temperature especially of the inside of the building that of any building. That's made out of cobb. So and that's what. I'm just enjoying in our climate here. We have a climate where in the extreme parts of the summer. It's quite warm. It can get up to thirty degrees celsius and probably over one hundred degrees fahrenheit and it's never uncomfortably hot inside our home ever doesn't matter how hot it gets outside in the winter. We we don't have a deep freeze At all so not makes building foundations here easier but It still gets to be about raising and between zero and ten degrees celsius all winter. And so and it's very humid so it's still quite cool in terms of human living and so we have a rocket. Mass heater that keeps our floor are cog floor which then emanates that keet throughout the home and so our feeder was warm or bodies are warm and the where cobb comes in is overnight when the fires coach the cov will Emanate warmth back into the building so even though it can be down to zero overnight In the morning it's bill sixteen degrees inside the house even though it was only maybe twenty twenty two degrees when the fire went up
#332: Mossy Roofs, Cold Walls, and Priming PVC Pipe
"It's good to see you this morning. How y'all been doing all right a lot of snow clearing. It's still snowing. Woke up early. Snow blew my driveway. 'cause i gotta go to the office later. But what are you gonna do. They're just print out some stuff for A issue or working on a deck sip. Pick up some dealers that are left. There think folks will be surprised to hear that in this modern day and age that we still feel compelled do print out things to review them. But like you mad. I find that. I find different stuff when i look at things on the page versus when i look at them on the computer monitor. Do you guys think that's true. Well yeah there's a bit of that but also you know like if i'm looking at the code book and looking at something that also is on the screen you know when you're clicking between things to try to fix things it it's really hard when you're working on a small monitor so it's just a lot easier to have the code book next to a piece of paper on the table. Just look across the make. Sure the tables writing update stuff. So what do you agree with you. Patrick i would much rather look at something that really needs Close attention on paper it. Also we're making we're making a print magazine and It's it's important to see how it's going to be saying. Yeah we you know. Pre covid before magazine would go to the printer. We put the entire thing up on the cubicle wall right and you look at it in its entirety. And i tell you. That's one of the things i miss most. Because you start to see you know silly repeated things that you might not see when you're looking at things piecemeal right you see more global perspective. And that's definitely one thing i missed since we've had to change our workflow. Yeah i had. I had sort of i for years and years. I had sort of morning routine once the issue started going up on the wall i would. I would kinda come into work. I go into my cubicle and turn everything on its head towards the head towards the coffee pot. But i'd stop on my either way there my way back at stop and duck into the conference room and take a look at what was up for the issue and i just kind of keep doing that and you know over the course of the time it took a put together an issue like a lots of things just sort of like ideas with just sort of spark from that. You know that you patrick. I've been busy here around the house I think so. Jonathan are longtime listener and friend interviewed me for our first anniversary special. Podcast and i decided to go. I just to set an example. So folks know what to expect in are more willing to get on the hot seat but anyway i figured if i told him my next project it would force me to do it and that was painting the living room. And that's what. I did this past weekend. We went from the builder band-aid to this lovely mint. Green color and caroline. I work our butts off to get it done but boy. It was satisfying once. We're finished and it looks so much better. Mint green You guys know. Andy's candies dark chocolate. And it's got a green layer in between the. It's very much like that. Green layer man. That sounds very fifties underneath the the crappy vinyl sheet final. That's in my kitchen right. Now wait you see my fifty seven eldorado man. You're gonna love it thea. In in in our last house we had a really kind of an open living space. and when Bet that that. I had opened up in time for paint We decided on some on. May we decided to me kind of colorful. And we've used a couple of blues in a couple of yellows. And when i kept i kept our. Drywall was was finished but there was still tons of work to do kitchen cabinet and so we just decided. Let's just painted. let's just make it. You know brighton in here and so painted in knowing that time was gonna come. When i would have to paint again because i would be you know scuffing the paint and all that kinda stuff doing doing all the rest of the work so i thought i would just like you know. Put another top court on right. Just cover all scopes and whatnot. By the time it came to do that. Topcoat i could get rid of the blues in a fast enough and read. It was all white it was. I took like a deep breath of relaxed. I didn't realize what are the impacts. Those colors were having ambi- until but there's a whole science to that right. And patrick i e. I may be wrong with this. I believe i read. The green might be a good color for learning. I hope it works. Brian because looking line like how colors what effect in a psychological effect colors have on us when we're surrounded by them all the time and been well studied. It's fascinating it. You know what i observed is like okay. you're ceiling no one's touching it. No one spilling food on it but gosh when you put a fresh coat of white paint on it it looks so much better and yeah you really cannot tell how gross it is until you repaint. Unless you're in my house and you've got what seems like mouse p seeping through head. What is going on up there. We'll talk a little bit about it later. Somebody wrote in a with. Who would listen to older podcast and you were talking about the a stains on your ceiling. It was probably a year ago or more. And you're still dealing with that. Yeah i mean. I've tried just about everything i can think of. And it hasn't worked yet so short episode was to use an oil rhymer. Have you tried that. I did buy Like some kind of ceiling primer. Haven't put it up there but yeah we'll see that's the last probably the last thing and it's sort of like it's kind of spread areas like it's even in my office now and it's a little spot in the bedroom and a lot of the hallway so i do want to take care of it. What are you doing jeff. Besides podcast not a whole lot. We had a busy week of podcast with builders show.
I Hate You
"This show. we're thanking. Tim boyle and brian brazil. They're glad they helped brazeal there. You go appraisal brazell. Good mispronunciation sure. I feel like i feel bad. If i say the name correctly enough. I think people are kind of your things. So they're expecting to hear their name. Mispronounced pronounced start getting hate mail. He pronounced it properly over it again to try and no one can do it wrong. Some are doing that now. Like send like a slight like weird spelling to mark. Put a raise johnson different patriots level. We say your name on this show two dollars we say improperly on the show. Three dollars decently
Kosedo Studios: Sewing in the Netherlands
"Martina of casado studio based in the netherlands. I am so excited to have an esa on the program today. We're going to talk a bit. About of course her sewing story the work of coastal studios her belief in in pattern inclusion as well as some contra not controversial well as her opinions in our conversation about african print fabrics in the netherlands. Because that's where a lot of this started so she is a black woman who is right there in the netherlands with some very interesting opinions on the dutch involvement in african print fabric. Vanessa welcome to the program and thank you for being here. Thank you for having me. This is fantastic. Can you tell me vanessa. What is your sewing story. How did you get started sewing. So i started sewing quite young. I got my first sewing machine when i was five. It was. his hand will
#331: PRO TALK With Cabinetmaker Ben Scott
"There to ben. Thank you so much for being on the show. No problem. Thanks for having me. You always get up a surly dude. Not quite as early. I got forty five minutes early today. I would say this is still the middle of the night for you long. Hats bullets just turned five talking morning. So well thank you for getting up early in sharing my to do it other than it would be delayed three guys so like after after work would be nine o'clock or when my kids would have been so yeah jeff and i start drinking by that point and it would be different. Show you please tell me where. Exactly maple ridge. British columbia is about forty five minutes east of vancouver british columbia and is it. excerpts suburbs urban suburbs. It like it used to be a small town. His grown a lot in the last ten years probably the vancouver real estate got so expensive and people will selo selo there and make a pile of money and then move vote to rich sure a native local. Yeah i am. That's pretty good up here. So i always tell people i. It sounds weird. But i don't know where else i would really live. It's right on like mountains lakes and everything are here right right on the edge of town so it's hard say i would go somewhere else. I was talking to my boss. Brian picolo about you. The other day and he encouraged me once. Cove is passed to come out to your area because according to his description it's one of the most beautiful places he's ever seen so i look i think that's probably the truth so it's hard hard to argue that. Can you tell me a little bit about the cabinet making business that you work for I'm i i have a. There's an owner technically but he He claims he's been a carpenter. And a host famer for thirty something years and we just kind of work together on a project and ended up. He ended up kind of acquiring a shop where the cabinet tools and and then i just started making cabinets under his company basically and i operated completely on my own basically and basically just don't have to worry bookkeeping so everything. How long have you been doing this. I observation earlier when we were talking before recording that you're one of the younger cabinet makers i've met which i think is pretty cool. We started in high school so it was. It's twenty two years. I guess now well and How did you learn the craft really. I did a lot of few years of three or four classes a year in high school and then and then just started right into it out of high school. I got a job right away and just kept on going went through my apprenticeship which i know. You guys talked about and canada's a hoarder thing so you have a red seal cabinet making technical join. Ary is the the real name. And what does that program involve a for four years Six six four six week blocks of of schooling every year and they a an apprenticeship f. as part of that to know most people that so there. There's two ways to go about it. You can do the. I don't know what it's called right now. It's called foundations. I think so. You can do a bit six or ten months. I believe that qualifies for your first year of your apprenticeship like the first year of hours and you come out with your with your first year kind of certificate or you just get a job and then you and then you have your employer that will sponsor you. I guess you would call it and then you start school and and go from there on every year you go back and do your six weeks and ask that. Go on to the next level. I've heard of other Folks have gone through the program and in various disciplines and they feel like it does a pretty good job preparing you for the working world. You do feel the same. It's hard to say they. They do teach you. They teach you how to work and use tools and stuff. But what i went through it. Twenty years ago it was. It was really outdated back. Then even the books were from the sixties and the curriculum was pretty outdated. They've tried to tried to update it a little bit with. Emc cnc programming. A little bit of that in a little bit of autocad drawing and things like that. But i know there. There's still constantly struggling to get updated to somewhat of normal current level. Now i'm friends with a guy that it's a teacher there now and he says it's just constant battle to try to. I guess basically get enough funding or enough time to to get to get. Things have changed quickly in the decade or two decades right. So i'm unsure the challenge. Did you have an interesting like carpentry. And cabinet making when you were a little kid. Did you have someone in the family that introduced you to it. I don't really. We were always. We live out in the. I don't know what you always have it in the bush on the outskirts of town so we had to mess around on build stuff in break things and everything else might might. My dad's was a twig mechanic for years. So we were always working on things and building things and he's really interested in electronics and stuff was kind of more interested in that. I guess what. I was younger and then it just kind of turned into turned into cabinet making. I know my my uncle in quebec had a was a cabinet maker as well but didn't really spend any time with him or have an influence within their piece of furniture around our house that that he made for my mom when she was younger but no no real kind of influence on it. Did you like the pieces of furniture remained. Were they really know what. I don't even know what the style would be. It was all alpine and raised panels but with round like ship. Raise panel shaker doors
#78: Elsie & Emma React to 2021 Trend Predictions
"Neutron trends. We do love them. Trends are superfund. I'm always so curious. To hear what other bloggers and media predict for the emerging trends of the year in this episode. Emma and i are going to read off home design trends for twenty twenty one and react to them. Then we'll say what we agree with and what we don't agree with and when we think about each trend it's going to be kind of a game so you can play along our. Let's go for like you said were neutral entrance. I don't know if that's how people think of all. Do you wanna know what i meant by that. What i meant was nice about it. That's what i thought. Yeah first of all train to be a snob going to be a superstar and the other thing is try not to let trends tell you what you can and can't do you know if a trend is inner out. Shouldn't matter to you you know on you love it. Yeah i agree. I wrecked true. That's true. I feel like i'm a little hyped this morning. So we're gonna have a hype episode. And i hope you guys enjoy this is called. We just had coffee coffee time. Okay so i just googled. Twenty twenty one design predictions and that was my research and i came up with ten articles. Maybe it's eight eight and I picked one trend from each one. So we're going to of read them out talk about them. Discuss agree disagree controversy. It's going to be so exciting And then disclaimer. Before we start. We love disclaimer. It's one of our moves So when i was prepping it's like every trend. Has someone saying it's going in and someone else saying it's going out so just know that this is just for fun. These rules are made to be broken and honestly like all. These people know better than we do anyway. So yeah it's just a prediction so that means it's made up right. What a prediction right. But it's fun and we do our own predictions at the end too. So yeah and we're going to link to articles so if you wanna go like check them out yes read the more in full especially if we're talking a trend and you don't quite like you can't quite it then go to the show notes and look at the pictures that they put because they kind of give examples of each one so it's kind fun all right so the first one this one comes from architectural digest and it is squabbles and wiggles so i will say strongly i agree. I'm definitely seeing this trend. So we're seeing the mirrors that are squiggly the candles. It's kind of like an eighties vibe very eighties. I feel like people doing this trend a lot of times. They have like a piece of cloud furniture like side table or one of those cloud errors like the foamy looking because that's also very eighty s absolute very eighties. Yes t like a checkered wall. Now were you born in the eighties like me. I don't know. I kind of think it's for younger people to it's definitely for younger people. Yeah i feel like people all right. I feel like it's people about five years younger than us. They're really into it. Yeah that's what i'm seeing. If you're taking a thumb tack and a string and you're making an arch circle on your wall then the squiggle trend might be for you. And what do you think of it. Because i've seen a squiggle mirror your house. okay. So i have. I don't know what you would call it. It's not a dupe but we made a diy. That's like inspired by jonathan adler mirrors and he has a squiggle mirror on his website linked to those and then my ear adler would call it a dupe. We'll let me just say that. One time i did one of my first. Jonathan adler inspired. Diy's which i've done like probably ten they like instagram'd about it and stuff and like leftist comments so i know that they're not like offended by some brands or different with that story. I think he would call it a dupe to troll you because i think he has a good sense of such a good sense of you guys know. I'm in love with him okay. I have a little tiny tiny tiny bit of it in my house. And i do think it because it's an eighties thing and i'll say that a little bit of it goes into the seventies but for me. I'm not going to have a cloud mirror and for me. I'm not gonna have like a checkered mural on my wall because it's too much eighties for me. What do you think yeah. I really enjoy seeing it. Like i follow a couple of people on instagram lee from america. No her no. I don't well. She's into this trend. And i think it looks really cool and her house her apartment. I'm not sure if it's a house department but it's not for me i. It doesn't really go with the age of my home and it's not true unless stork bungalow. So that would be trying too hard. So i love to see it like sincerely. I'm not even just being nice. I really do like it. It's just not for me as far as like in my home. Yeah but confer. It's a confirmed trend yet. So let's move onto the next one and we will link. Lee is from america. Yeah in the show notes okay. The second trend is and this is twenty twenty. Inspired like covid inspired. A number of these are actually. Yeah i think makes a lot of sense. It does because it's changed their lives dramatically So the second one is multifunctional spaces. So what the article was basically saying. This is from a tv canada. By the way they're saying that the pandemic made us rethink our home and what we need from our home. We're using our homes more than ever and we want to have rooms. Where like you know. A breakfast nook where you can also do a puzzle at night and you. Can you know like it's anything. That is a morning noon night. Like multi space is a huge pro right now and we don't want waste it's basis. I feel like. I'm seeing more people use spaces in their homes that previously. It's not that they didn't use it just wasn't as they weren't home as much you know and now it's like oh that's where they spend three or four hours a day because our whole world is insider homes. Yes oh totally. Like for example. Our home has like a home theater. And i imagine that in the twenty five years this homes been built that there were years when no one really used it because there was like tv in the bedroom or whatever but to twenty is like our little joke that it was our only babysitter and are only date night every day. So i think yeah. Homes are definitely getting the love they deserve right now and if we see a space that we're not using we're gonna find a way to use it your love them all right Trend number three is from good housekeeping and it is diamond patterned flooring so explain this one more like give people a picture yes okay so just tile is it just would. Is you know what i mean like. I'd say it's mostly tile. Yeah that's what i would And a lot. I will confirm it as in my bubble strong trend. A lot of my friends are doing the diamond. Patterned tile in like sunroom or a dining room kitchen even. It's really really fine. I think it goes It can go in more than one decade but anything that's traditional or historic inspired home. Foreshore looks great and there. A lot of people do the black and white but have also seen the tonal like bijon white right and that's really nice to so. Yeah it's definitely like a traditional thing but it's like one of the fun trish things you know what i mean like something statement. Yeah it's not what do you think of it. i love it. I think. I think that they have it in the mary poppins house. I'd have to go back and look anything in that house translated in a modern way. I'm like bonkers for that true. That's a good way to look at it. Yeah and i love it in chris. Love julia's house makes anything. Look i find it annoying to call her. Chris loves all scored julia. But you know what.
Changing the World with Yarn - Shelley Brander
"Hey what's up. A welcome to craft hang out. I'm elisa capitain. I'm jesse cath greenberg. And i'm lou thatcher and let's hang out and get lefty out of town. I had snaps. I have no towns. I really like your like scrambling for sound effects. It's really. It's getting rough. But i'm doing it. I'm doing it all right. Everybody you know. We haven't talked about lately. Yarn yarn and knitting and crocheting. And we haven't gone there in a while and we know that you have some kind of relationship with yarn so we found guest. Who has the world's most interesting story and it all goes back to hello yarn so please everyone. Let's give a warm crafting. Welcome to shelley brander. Welcome
MWA335 - David Douyard and the 5 Chairs
"Welcome to the modern woodworkers association. A podcast about woodworking from folk. Who would work. Woodworking is what we do who we are and what we like to talk about so join us as we have a drink. Sit around and talk woodworking. Hi and welcome to the three hundred and thirty. Fifth episode of the modern woodworkers association podcast. I'm kyle bargaining. I'm here with my co host. Sean was new ski and more kicks today. Were asking david do yard. What is favourite. Chairs are actually has five favorite chairs coincide with the five questions. Since david's ori answered the five questions we figured we would Change things up a bit here but before we get started. Let's talk a little bit about some of the styles and influences of past and present Chairs and chair maker so So david i'll put it in your capable hands with this. This is this is a tough set of questions. Like saying like which is your favorite. It's you know because there's so many different styles and influences going on you know i mean. It's the windsor chairs which are pretty unique. And how they were made. And and you know. Especially the american windsor chairs. Some just gorgeous you know and Going on and you know you're ladder back to your posts. And wrongs mean that the shakers are famous for him but there were tons of those vernacular. I call them almost appalachian chairs that were just know made made by the farmer during the winter to get in you. Know and certainly. Brian bogs as his leapt on that and just made beautiful contemporary versions of that stuff. You know or or the vernacular versions of the ladder back going to europe. Like there are with the winters. Yeah okay the cost chair and spain or was posting about that recently. Yeah yeah and even windsors were being made there. Were making ladder backs all over the place to you know You know why. The the windsors became popular. I think because they were able to mass produce pretty quick and people were able to To afford they were kind of a common man's chair you know versus the kind of the chippendale style of the high society chairs that were in the upholstered stuff that was being made at the time. And i read read article where where some of the merchants were actually have their pictures their portraits done in a windsor chair specifically so that they would seem more like they're a common commoner than they were. A wealthy merchant said yeah. It was really really interesting. It was done I wanna say it was done by the museum in boston and beijing. The whole thing and the head of a whole series of these. These old guys near portrait's neuron windsor chairs and They said they did it because they wanted to make make it look like they were part of the common folk and not part of the the british aristocracy that was That was pretty interesting article. Yeah as sat for their expensive handpainted portrait. Yeah exactly you know and yeah and hey you know reported that philadelphia loan was supporting something like ten thousand chairs the year windsors. Gosh like we just yeah just thousands and thousands of these things you know and of course you know we had the we had the forest and the lumber to be able to make all that stuff in the You know. Connecticut has a huge history. Making windsors You know up and down you. Most towns had some kind of chair maker. they're making chairs so it was It was pretty interesting. You know and kind of look through the history. Some of the people that have been taken that you know and run with it. You know from the arts and crafts movement. You know the william morris gibson and stuff and they made they made the posting wrong ladder back style chair which really really nice in the arts and crafts movement did some pretty nice nice Stuff as well so this is a really tough thing. And i think i've actually got it down the six chairs said at that That i can talk about house having a hard time with. Yeah i think we got a special mention in there but the so who of past and present chair makers who. Who do who. Who's influenced you. I guess i would say like you know in the past you look at you know. There's not a lot of name thaddeus associated with windsor chair. Making rights kind of kind of lost a cb tracy though is a big chair maker in connecticut and a ton of stuff you know and i sent my high bac. Back was based off one at his chairs and You know so. It's hard to find names associated with some of those guys but You know some of the more modern guys manoukian you. Can you can pick them up. You know macintosh big person in the arts and crafts movement You know scottish Designer tons zone you know you know. The uc people build stuff a lot of the stuff that might petkevich builds style. As well as though dan pert in and stuff and i loved it and my first tariffs i built. I built you know kind of emulating some of the macintosh stuff He's got some beautiful stuff especially some that case is just outstanding. Yeah yeah just outstanding. Stephanie and he just designed whole buildings including all the content. You know and lucky enough to be in glasgow and be able to go into able to go into some of the stuff that he designed built. And it's just it's just gorgeous stuff. Yeah i think there are saw something. I don't know if it was scotland or in but there was some restaurant that had been in business for like a one hundred years yet room mate. Yeah think you might have been that. They were closing down but everything was macintosh that place. Yeah yeah yeah. He was He was big you know. And then you get into some of the you start coming into some of this kind of danish modern movement you know back ner samba loof. You know building on some of the stuff humane his rockers iconic rocker you know that that goes in and every and everybody tries to to emily. You know some of that stuff that but bam you know of course Nakashima you know The soul of tree in a he built some pretty iconic. Hoya stuff stuff as well so you you look at you. Look at all this stuff and it's like why like this from this tear in this this era in this from this can you kinda put them all together and you say hopefully you come up with something. That's not not too construed you know so there's a there's a ton of You don't even today. There's there's some germ acres of coming out and making some pretty nice stuff being talked about. You know but. I think you know one of my favorite. There's there's a curator at winterthur museum down in delaware Janet corine evans. She wrote three books on windsor chairs on the primary book.
Episode 296: Harpsichord nerds
"So we have more snow right now than we've had. I guess since we've moved back to kentucky like we have like three inches of snow and then an inch of ice and three inches of snow and then an inch of ice. It's so weird walking on it but you guys are probably covered right. Is it gonna let up for you guys in the guys south of you like when is it. Seems like it's gone going usually like you. Snowfalls ministers like one few minutes event going on. Well i mean it was. It was a it was a solid day of it for us and then today there shouldn't be anything tomorrow shouldn't be anything that we get more of it on thursday. Wow you know by the weekend. I think will be clear of it brings back. I don't know i'm no doctor. It's amazing it's funny to see the snow really hanging around texas in so many people dealing with that If you guys paid attention on instagram you so my frozen pipe event which wasn't such a big deal it was just hard to diagnose once i figured it out. It wasn't a big deal. But the idea of living in a house in texas. Like for instance april has been dealing with a lot of frozen pipes and several other people. You see on instagram. And it's no joke having a broken pipe especially in the south where people are really prepared for it or even ever know how to deal with it. Not that you don't have to deal with it. You just gotta it's hard to diagnose where the problems what caused that and it's funny to see so many people dealing with it in the south. I just can't imagine how many crack pipes gonna occur from this freeze. Yeah yeah luckily we have power. Were good we Get our gas. Apparently our gas company sent out a thing saying that our pipeline that we get our gas from his connected down to texas and so that it showed this map of like this big path that the gas has to go through to get here and because of the temperature all throughout that region. The gas inside the pipes has kandar as like a shrunk. It's smaller in volume than is at normal temperatures in. That's causing a difference in pressure at all of the different outlets and everybody's houses for the gas comes out so they're asking people throughout that entire region to turn down their thermostats to help equalize the pressure throughout the entire pipeline like. That doesn't even make sense to me that that's a there should be mechanisms to snap that. I think yeah. I don't know but there's some weird word for it to. I was trying to look it up really quickly but they sent this email out with this strange word that i had never heard and a picture of gaslines so anyway but we. Luckily you're not having to deal with any of that stuff so we were in toledo. We got twelve and a half inches of snow and they told us that. Would that's like one of our top ten snowfalls in the history of toledo and then with the previous sto falls. There's actually seventeen inches of snow on the ground. Which is the most snow. That's been on the ground since the seventies and it doesn't calm i can't comprehend that 'cause tell me if your childhood is distorted but i remember as a kid the snow being so high that you know it was taller than me and then we always got twelve inches of snow like i. It just doesn't make any sense like know as a kid. We got this all the time. But i don't know snow. A long island is snow was always as tall as you know a ten year old in the winter. Remember shoveling In heaven paths a through crazy in. You know as we get older. The snow snow's more mild than mild mild. But it definitely seems more cutting cold as time goes on. It's actually. I took a screenshot of it posted on twitter. My phone app said has its negative. Zero upside as of zero wasn't bad enough. That's right then. We got another snowstorm coming on friday. Which is bonkers. Yeah well. I hope everybody out there. Listening is warm and safe and has what they need -cause notes. It's tough for a lot of people right now. Luckily we The reverse are not dealing with power outages but all those people that are. I hope you find what you need for. Sure
#330: Anniversary Edition Interview: Patrick McCombe
"Thanks for having me. It's a pleasure. I must admit. I've been doing this enough now that it seldom makes me nervous ahead of recording but i am terrified right now to not be the one asking questions but i am grateful. Your willingness to be on the show with me thank you. Of course it's an honor. What made you wanna do this. You know you. You've helped me out over the last couple of years of some projects that i've had There is probably close to a dozen times. And i've written into the show and you guys are always great. You get great responses unusually. I'm able to actually do what what you say. Or what you recommend We wanna ask all that's turned out you know for the most part really good. I'll stay with a window though you know that window. That was installed. I'm still frustrated at that one. Because you know. I watched the video that you recommended a flash properly installed properly the basically to do it right at this point in the whole thing out and said this one is going to have to go into my good enough been. I'm going to put some flashing cement around the the scene. And i'm going to call it. Yeah if i have to repair it. Down the road i will and the frame. Pvc so i think that buys you a lot of time right. Yeah oh man so you want to take the reins here on the podcast. Sure yes so. I'm really excited I've got some questions here for you and we'll just get started. So you're a self described frugal man and I think we're in the same ranks. They're so how do you decide when it's time to replace a tool that's not broken and have you ever repaired one of your own choice so despite my you say fruit will you know i might say cheat nature. I have always from the time. I was a very young teenager when i started buying my own tools. And that's not. An exaggeration started buying loan tools in my teens. I've always valued good stuff. And i would wait until i could afford what i thought was the right thing for me. And with a few exceptions that has worked out really well for me so the short answer is. I haven't had to replace too many things because you know admittedly i'm not working in the field every day. I'm i'm in the magazine business in the multimedia business. I'm not destroying suffer. Losing stuff like people who are in the trades do on a daily basis. So i have had tools rebuilt. That were electric. I quit doing that. When stuff became mostly cordless because honestly the technology heated volvo just didn't make sense to repair things but for example. I have a right angled drill that i've had for twenty some years now and at one point i had to take that in to To repair clinic and pittsburgh and They fix it up and they give you a you know a year warranty on the rebuild. So i think sometimes it makes sense but largely tools get so much better in recent years have gotten so much better in recent years that to me it just makes sense to replace things or switch cordless if you've got a cord because the time savings and the performance of the cordless tools you know despite their higher price tag in some cases in my mind makes them worthwhile. Yep i share those stats. I think one thing that really makes poor economic senses to buy cheap hand tools like they never work as well as the good stuff and they break which is not only frustrating. When you're trying to get something done but potentially dangerous like striking prying tools that fail consequences can be pretty high the minimum. You don't get finished what you're working on worse as you get a piece of steel in your hand or your eye right right. Yeah i've learned that lesson the hard way you know you buy something cheap upfront. You think you're you're saving money but in the long run a really cost you money if not even just the fact that you have to buy new tools as they break Just the frustration trying to work with the tool. That doesn't work properly is very frustrating. You don't end up with a good result and you know working on houses or cars or whatever is hard enough like why put yourself disadvantage with crappy tools it just. It makes little sense to me. And i i struggle when i see folks on job sites who buy cheap stuff. I want to tell them. It requires discretion sometimes. But you like you know. That's not the thing you should be using. Get rid of that and this other thing. Yeah yeah i recently upgraded my drill driver to a dewalt which has been a kick myself for not having done it sooner. So i don't wanna say what i had before hundred waltzes great okay so My wife is gonna love this question. How many unfinished projects you have at any given time and that you decide what to finish i you know so. On the pro talk podcasts. I usually save this question to the end. But i can't blame you for wanting to get right into it at the beginning of the session here. Usually no more than a couple. I'll be honest. I am a pretty task oriented individual. I liked to Work on one thing till it's finished. I like to be singularly focused on something. Before i take on something else. And it's always been that way for me and my schoolwork in my editorial work in my home projects. Um so. that's not to say that. There aren't a ton of things that i should have be working on here on the house but ordinarily it's it's one or two things currently it's still working on my kitchen you know. It's not a remodel is. Call it a light refresh But i haven't put the drawer fronts on my cabin that i built. I haven't fixed it to the floor but other than that. It's it's done and entirely useable. So i sweat it too much i want. I'm waiting for a nice day. That'd be able to plane hardwood outside. So i don't make a mess in my shop doing that right Wanting to spend your phase. Yeah and that's probably a good way to describe how i like to do home. Projects i i i like to Disrupt my life is minimally as possible. So i'll get things to the point where i can get back to normal way of living without having clutter and mass when you live in seven hundred square feet like having one of your spaces out of commission is a huge obstacle to life.
JaBellaFleur is in VOGUE magazine
"Bowl lower body and welcome. It's a rewind episode. That's right you are going to be hearing an episode that we released last year but with new context a year ago. We talked with a lisa bertrand from john bell aflou about her work her titty her passion for sustainable sewing and now one year later. Guess who has a two page spread in vogue magazine. Unlisted bertrand. i'm excited to be able to talk with her again. We had a very brief phone call. Because she's been incredibly busy. She is our very first official rewind episode. Stay tuned so you can listen to the phone chat that we had and then it could be an introduction to her fantastic episode from last year so stay tuned. Hello hello elissa. How are you good. How are you. it's so good to hear your voice. How are things congratulations. Thank you. It's good just working on the trying to get things together and thank you very much for taking the time to have this call with me. I know you have got to be swamped. But i was like. Oh my gosh. Even bo not shocked or surprised but delighted. I'm i'm so thrilled for you. what's the like. What can you us about how this came about. I actually did that. Vote challenge last year at one point where you took like. They're both logo and stuck it on a picture and i think from there just did a little spin offs and a lot of people were talking should feed it and then it came about to wear a writer for vogue wanted to just do a little blog post and i was like yeah no problem and then from there that how connected again with me for the magazine. That is just amazing. I'm so happy to be talking with you again. Because i'm going to re release the conversation you and i had last year. I can't believe it's been a year since we both. Can you believe that your episode first aired in february of twenty twenty and now we're talking briefly on the phone and february twenty twenty one and you're invoke wax. It just goes to show hard work is paying off and the recognition is showing now. Yes and so well deserved you have a beautiful vision. You always have had this beautiful vision and the thing that i love about. What's happening for you now is that you didn't feel compelled to change that. You didn't have to do anything different. In order to be recognized you can continue to be yourself and you can let your girls be themselves it you find. That's been a farming in some ways to or do you feel like you did have the chain. I'm fan. I don't think he did. But what do you think no. I haven't changed. I haven't changed from the beginning. I've stopped to what i've always done. I love of into just setting. I love just playing with patterns and prints and florals and just anything. I can really get my hands on so i haven't changed. I did more to what. I am especially now pay. I'm gonna take a little bit more timer. I'm gonna add this now. Because i like the way this sleep looks with this silhouette or is just more adding to what i already had their as my foundation. But i definitely have not changed in a sense of trying to conform to what somebody wants to see or what somebody likes like. I still continue to do me. And what we like. Yes that is exactly what i find so powerful about this because there's a lot of people that are like. Oh i wanna get into blank magazine. I need to do something different. So that they might see me and there's no You continue to do what you are doing. They will see you and should it's like the mainstream called up with you as opposed to you. Having to change to get attention am surprised though too because of the fact that i didn't change anything and the part of it to this vogue magazine. This is not a children's magazine. Women's fashion anybody up going on in the fashion world and then to have two pages of children printed in an adult magazine fashion. I was just like this. Is beyond what i had ever expected or even thought of last year or the year before when i started my instagram. Just but i hope though it's being recognized in the right way and manner and not just because it's okay. All of a sudden people want to start paying attention to black black writers black. You know people in this type of field that was never really loud or how that way paid regards to where is now. I don't know companies let search for black people so we can put them on our page and have a square. I like to reiterate that a lot as well. I'm not changing for you if you like what you see. It's because you see something there. That intrigues new. And not be as of the color that you see in the image. And i would say that this is a long time coming. I feel as though there has been a lot more sustained attention to black contributions as it has been all along so you just late they really. They're just late. And so i certainly would never take on any type of. Oh you're just getting this attention now because you're black that bullshit things because we're black like violent in police abuse attention and praise just for being black. That's not a that's not a thing you have done such beautiful and amazing working. You always have and the idea that this magazine is now. Seeing that is wonderful and exciting. But you have always been wonderful and exciting. And then i just love about your story. You continue to be yourself. Continue to stake out your claims and continued execute your vision and you'll be happy and if somebody sees a big magazine Whoever sees it will recognize that. And there's nothing that you have to let me ask you one last question because i know you're in the middle of home schooling the girls. How have they responded to all this attention and all this i love the stories that told about them and how they have their own unique vision their own unique style and i love how in your parenting of them. You are encouraging them to embrace that. You're not trying to get them to change. They're not they have no idea that they would even probably want to change. How have
Getting Rid of Clutter in Your Home and Heart
"The reality is you have dealt with clutter issues in your own home. These are things for the most part. You've learned on the job training right absolutely well from a small child because my my dad was a hoarder. So i've learned this from the ground. Okay so that's an interesting insight. Sometimes god works in pendulum swings. As i call it so you know if you're for example your parents on a serious not come from an alcoholic or home. Some children will tend to move the other direction right. You never you know that ruined my family. I'm never and that's a good thing but you kind of had the pendulum effect with clutter. Yes so when. I was a new mom i was. You know you guys are talking about such a busy stage of life. That's where i was at you. Could it was reflected in my house. I just accumulated all this stuff. And i now understand. There's a spiritual reason for that. But i've also understood that the more i got my house clear of clutter the more i understood about. You know what i believed about god. And what i believed about myself. And so yeah. I'm back at the other side and by the way my house is not picture. Perfect nobody from real simple as coming to take pictures of my house. That's probably sign of healthy too. I feel like we're the good balance. It looks like people live there. Let me put that. Well let me ask you that. Because what does it tell us when we do have a lot of stuff why do we have it and why do we cling to it. Well i think it says different things about different people. One of the things. I think it says is when we keep stuff just in case like the hang onto that sweater just in case i gained ten pounds or five. I understand this is. I tend to step on toes. The toes are usually buried in. Clutter all my jeans in the corner of the clause exactly if we're keeping things out of fear what. I often feel like that saying is one. I don't trust god to provide for my future. So i need to hang onto everything i've ever owned for my entire life so for some people's fear some people it's guilt if they've spent any money on anything in their entire lives. They need to keep it until jesus comes back. Otherwise they consider they hear from their depression era grandparents. You know use it up where it out make do without. And so they're onto things that i actually love that saying but it's only for things that we actually use rano at one point. I looked in my drawer. And i had six editors who in the world except for you know a bakery needs six eg bidders but i kept holding onto them because i just thought well i wear one out i could use another one now wearing eg peter says not my life so we've got the fear we've got the guilt and shame if a and the guilt also is if somebody gave it to you so there's guilt and shame gave something to me and so i need to keep it till both of us. Are you mentioned the ten principles of clutter free home. So let's cover those okay. Just hit him. Okay so i am. The first one is gonna challenge you. Jim make clutter management a daily priority. So you say you know it takes exactly a day to clean out your garage. That i did catch that. What a terrible way to spend saturday. Sorry offals right. I agree. That's why today that's right. You're going to go do it today. But here's what i would say instead. Wouldn't it be better to do a bunch of fifteen minute spurts where you just go in there. You're saying no okay. I like progress. I yes so. That's why i think progress has to be done in small step so like i don't want you to clean your garage for fifteen minutes. I want you to clean your workbench for fifteen minutes. You can make progress on your workbench but cleaning my garage on a saturday. The most depressing. I've ever heard in the english league. Okay good enough okay designate. A place for everything. So i think oftentimes we don't have things you were just talking about bills coming in stuff like that. It's because maybe the place is a little too out of place and so having acute box where everything goes in something like that. My wife's desk would be a better place than as long as she agrees with you. 'cause i wanna to be marriage. Enhancing number three. Don't put it aside. put it away. I tell myself this all the time because what this is doing is taking care of my future. Self if i put it aside that means i have to clean it up but if i put it away the next time. I'm looking for scissors. True or the next time. Somebody calls me and says where scissors. I know where they are number four. Stop being reactive and start being proactive. And what i mean by. That is don't clean because mother-in-law's coming where you should boost should but don't let that be the only reason because what that is stashing dash. Okay don't argue over stuff negotiates space. This is so important for people who are in relationships. Because if you haven't played guitar twelve years you're wounding. Who played guitar to impress that girl. Like he's not gonna get rid of that guitar. But if you say okay you get one guerrilla rack in the garage. I get one guerrilla rack in the garage. That is a way to a peaceful solution about stuff instead of arguing over the actual things only problem. Is you still have to make some choices you. But it's the person's choice you're not saying with the guitar saying hey can guitar exactly well. He's tar and fit on a guerilla old guitar cat. Every guy has an old guitar. I learned one song that guitar right. So let's talk about that guitar. The next thing is don't use storage a way to delay decisions. Okay i yeah. I know right. That's only come to me in the last year. But what i realized is the stuff i had so neatly organized in my storage space in the garage was just delayed decisions. The ones that. I didn't feel i was emotionally able to make young. So once you diagnose the clutter you can dispense with the clutter figure out. What's at the core. Is it fear guilt or shame. What is making you hold onto that or maybe you just have too much stuff going on about the person that says in. This is a fair. I don't want to pay for it again. I don't wanna have to use it in two. Okay aig beater. Let's let me challenge you about okay if you go. You're going to use it in a year if it's a snow blower and you're going to use it in the year to it but if it's a sweater that i liked one time and maybe i don't like it so much anymore but could like it under the right circumstances. Can i trust god enough to get that into the right person's hands okay for enough. I'm not trying to throw the god card. I'm really not. But i really do believe sometimes stuff comes to us and just for a moment and that we're supposed to pass it onto. Yeah things are not relationships