Tool Talk Radio: 1.07.2023: Removing Popcorn Ceilings and Broken Sprinkler Heads

Joe and Allan start off the show with a salute to P-22 the celebrity puma of the Hollywood Hills. Next, they tackle the topic of how to remove popcorn finish from a ceiling. Allan tells the story of dry and wet sprinkler systems and replacing a broken sprinkler head. Joe shows off one of his favorite tools, the bar clamp. Both of them are fascinated by the hotel in Sweden made completely of ice and just how you build something like that. They wrap up telling tool tales about routers and coping saws.

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Tool Talk Radio: 12.29.2022: Frozen Pipes, Planning for Failure, and Road Culture

As Joe and Allan get ready to leave 2022 behind, they start of the show with a chat about road culture and road-side attractions like Buc-ee’s. Joe also wants to know what is going on with lumber prices these days. Allan tells a cautionary tale of repairing external wiring and lighting damaged by the cold and ice. This leads to a discussion about planning for failure with home features like hot water tanks and tankless water heaters. Great Moments in Building features the astounding Grand Canyon Skywalk. They wrap up as Joe talks about learning the past can come back to haunt you in the form of a burst pipe.

Geek Tank Radio: 12.31.2023: Billion Dollar Movies and the Future

Joe, Brandon, Max, and Allan all ring in the new year and this year starts as the infamous words get issued again, “Allan was right” as Avatar continues to grow. Then, there is a salute to the world’s oldest cat, Flossie. And, they get into a discussion of just what do really old cats eat. Next, Joe wants to know what do we think is going to happen when a lot of our favorite characters enter the public domain. This leads to trying to figure out where all the new and old technology in movie making and story telling is taking us next.

Tool Talk Radio: 12.17.2022: The Coriolis Effect and the Hearst Mansion

Joe and Allan get deep into the topic of the Coriolis Effect and which way your toilet swirls when you flush even if you are on the equator. Allan’s week in review involves lost projects and keeping water from the ground out of that brick house. Joe is fascinated by animal kingdom contractors like beavers and hornets. Great Moments in Building history takes a look at the opulence of the Hearst Mansion. The guys wrap up with the pros and cons of Styrofoam.

Geek Tank Radio: 12.17.2022: The Avatar Discussion

Brandon is a huge fan of the Holidays and talks about some of the gifts he is giving this year. The whole gang weighs in of the new Avatar: The Way of Water. Is this movie going to turn out to a case of story versus visual special effects. The conversation turns to an update on local convention appearances after the first of the year. They wrap up with Brandon forming a vendetta with Discovery-Warner Brothers.