Flute of Fire

Flute of Fire

Adam gives important safety instructions when dealing with gas fireplaces, and talks to callers about patching holes, building secret doors, and how to deal with a bitchy landlord.


Show Summary

At the top of the show, Adam talks about why he was drawn to radio in the first place. He also responds to an email question regarding gas fireplace maintenance. Later, Adam reflects on asshole wood shop teachers, and talks about preventing water damage in the kitchen, as well as how to properly work with metal studs.

Another caller managed to smash their head through the ceiling in a moment of excitement, and Adam tells him how to properly patch the hole. He later speaks with someone with a broken towel rack, and the guys share stories about ridiculous landlord reactions. As the show wraps up, Adam discusses how to safely remove layers of paint from a brick fireplace, and the last caller needs help with a secret door built in their friend’s bedroom.

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Show Credits

Executive Producer: Donny Misraje
Associate Producers: Matt Fondiler & Gary Smith
Audio/Post-Production/Show Summary: Matt Fondiler
Phones/Research: Gary Smith
Web Engineer: Melanie de Jonge

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8 Responses to “Flute of Fire”

  1. stnuntrnd
    2011/07/30 at 8:57 am #

    Nice episode of AOTH; enjoyed it.

  2. Jim
    2011/07/30 at 11:26 am #

    Another awesome show. Listened while I was changing out the guts on one of my toilets. That dude with the garage door question sounded an awful lot like Norm MacDonald.

  3. Chris from Lakeland, FL
    2011/07/30 at 3:31 pm #

    OK guys, time to strap your balls on.

    Dude with the caved ceiling, Adam was right about most of the stuff, but you need to start in the right place. This applies to all of you that ever need to patch drywall. First, peel away any crumbly shit around the hole; you’re not trying to save anything for the History Channel. Get a piece of drywall bigger than the hole. Cut the backing and front to the point that it is a couple of inches bigger than your hole. all the way around. You done, yet? Now cut away the BACK SIDE, smaller than the hole, all the way around. Can you stick the cut away, back side portion into the hole, yet? Once you can, you should have these dog-ear flaps of front side paper hanging out, over your good wall or ceiling. NOW, take a utility knife and cut through the paper on your patch, while holding it against the existing drywall and cutting through that paper, as well.

    You’ll have a perfect match, when you are done. Peel the papaer away from the wall or ceiling drywall and your piece will nestle right in. That will take next to nothing in joint compound patching, to make it look good. Sure, use those little mesh screw backers to hold the pieces together, as your joint compound dries, but you will never get a decent patch to blend in as easily, as you will if you cut the outside paper on the patch at the same time you cut the outside paper on the wall (or ceiling.) Just peel the paper back on the wall and the patch, to get the screws in for the little mesh holders, then squirt a little bit of joint compound behind the paper you peeled back, before you skim over the patch. If you do this well, you may not even need to sand, just paint over the patch. At worst, you sand a little bit.

  4. Chris from Lakeland, FL
    2011/07/30 at 5:46 pm #

    Also, Ryan with the fireplace, do you own a bandsaw or a table saw? Because what you need is sawdust.

    Put some newspapers or garbage bags down, beneath the bricks, put on some gloves and have some decent paint remover, as Adam suggested, but use sawdust, instead. Coarse sawdust from a tablesaw is better for the rough work, fine sawdust from a bandsaw is for finish work. Paint the remover on with throw-away brushes and just drop them onto the newspapaer. Let it work for a bit, then take the sawdust by the habdfull and just start scrubbing.

    As sawdust gets saturated with paint and remover, just let it fall and grab fresh handfulls. You can use this method on the most intricate furniture,or a brick fireplace. You’ll never get paint out of the pores of the mortar, between bricks in a fireplace, this way, but it probably never got that deep into the mortar in the first place.

    Meanwhile, you got all of the paint off, soaked up into sawdust and it’s lying right down there on the newspaper. Just bag it up. You could use an industrial remover, or you could just use a nice, natural, citrus-based remover, it will still work; when it bubbles, start scrubbing with the sawdust.

    Get yourself a nice full bag of sawdust and wood shavings and make this easier on yourself. Kids can help, as long as they are wearing gloves and you aren’t using that industrial strength stuff. Open windows; turn a fan on!



  5. Hack on the House
    2011/07/30 at 8:06 pm #

    did some dude call about a towel bar?? really?

  6. Sluggh
    2011/07/31 at 11:19 pm #

    Hey, towel-bar issues send me into a sweat. You can’t judge!

  7. vin
    2011/08/01 at 9:00 am #


  8. Darrin Dien
    2012/01/20 at 6:39 am #

    Excellent piece. Quite an interesting analysis and in-depth look at the girls and their relationships with Aoba so far.

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