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S16 E26: Net Zero Community, Live Edge

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In this episode:

In Austin, Ross visits a community that plans to have all net zero energy housing; Richard demonstrates the uses of less common wrenches; Tom and Kevin build a console table using a maple slab with a live edge on it.

Future House | Net Zero Neighborhood

In Austin, Ross visits a community that plans to have all net zero energy capable housing.

Where to find it?

Ross visited Whisper Valley, a community located just outside of Austin, Texas that is currently under construction. Every home will have an array of solar panels, spray foam insulation, and geothermal heating and cooling.

Assistance with this segment was provided by Bosch and Taurus Investment Holdings.

Wrenches that Make Plumbing Easier

Richard demonstrates the uses of less common wrenches.

Where to find it?

Richard demonstrated a variety of wrenches that are all designed to work with the connections around faucets and toilets. For jobs in the basement or other more complicated plumbing jobs, other tools will be required.

The basin wrenches Richard demonstrated, both the standard version and the one with the light, are available at most home centers.

The interchangeable plastic tab/brass connection basin wrench Richard talked about is the EZ Change Faucet Tool, and the other wrench Richard showed is the 2-in-1 One Stop Plumber’s Wrench. Both of these are manufactured by Ridgid.

Build It | Live Edge Slab Table

Tom and Kevin build a console table using a maple slab with a live edge on it.

Where to find it?

Tom recommends locating a local lumber yard or mill to find live edge slabs. A quick Internet search should help you identify the one closest to you. Give them a call, talk about the project you’d like to do, and see what types of wood they have. Tom and Kevin used a slab of maple from The Rustic Wood Shop.

For a more modern look, Tom ordered hairpin metal legs to attach to the bottom of the table. He used the 48” I-Semble Hairpin Table Legs, available at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware.

To adhere the two boards together, Tom used wood glue, manufactured by Gorilla Glue.

To finish the slab, Tom applied a coat of amber shellac and then a coat of tung oil. These are both found at home centers and woodworking shops.

All the other tools Tom and Kevin used, including the hammers, chisels, reciprocating saw, sanders and clamps, can be found at home centers and woodworking shops.

Original Air Date: May 31, 2018 Season 16; Ep.26 23:13


Products and Services from this episode

Adhesive to build a live edge slab table
Manufacturer: The Gorilla Glue Company

EZ Change Faucet Tool & 2-in-1 One Stop Plumber’s Wrench
Manufacturer: RIDGID

Maple slab to build a console table
Supplier: The Rustic Wood Shop

Metal legs to build a live edge slab table
Manufacturer: Rockler Woodworking & Hardware

48” I-Semble Hairpin Table Legs

Visit to a Net Zero Neighborhood
Side Trip: Whisper Valley Expert assistance: Bosch Expert assistance: Taurus Investment Holdings