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S17 E25: Deck Staining, Water Monitoring

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In this episode:

Tom demonstrates how to sharpen a knife; Mauro teaches a homeowner how to re-stain her deck; Mark demonstrates the best way to build a fire in order to prevent smoke from filling up the room; in Future House, Ross travels to Los Angeles to learn about innovations being made to automatic water shutoff valves.

How to Sharpen a Knife

Tom demonstrates how to sharpen a knife.

Where to find it?

Tom explained that knives need to be sharpened on a sharpening stone. These stones can be naturally quarried or they can be manufactured. They all require some form of lubrication, which can be water or oil, depending on the stone.

The sharpening stones Tom demonstrated in the segment can all be found at home centers or woodworking supply stores.

How to Re-stain a Deck

Mauro teaches a homeowner how to re-stain her deck.

Where to find it?

To properly re-stain a deck, Mauro explains that the surface needs to be completely sanded down before accepting new stain. To make the job easier, Mauro suggests renting a floor sander from a home center for the day. They will provide you with the correct sandpaper and a set of instructions to ensure you have everything you need to properly sand down the deck.

For the stain, Mauro applied a transparent penetrating wood oil in a natural finish manufactured by PPG. This stain can be found at most home centers.

The other tools Mauro used to apply the stain, including the paintbrushes, extension pole and the lamb's wool applicator pad, can also be found at home centers.

Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Mauro’s Painting.

The Correct Way to Build a Fire in a Fireplace

Mark demonstrates the best way to build a fire in order to prevent smoke from filling up the room.

Where to find it?

All the materials Mark used to build the fire in his fireplace were found either around the house or in the backyard. The only thing Mark cautions against is burning pine and other softwoods in the fireplace, as it can cause creosote to build up in the chimney which could eventually result in a dangerous chimney fire. Seasoned hardwood is best to use in a fireplace.

Expert assistance with this segment was provided by MJM Masonry.

Future House | Smart Automatic Water Shutoff Valves

Ross travels to Los Angeles to learn about innovations being made to automatic water shutoff valves.

Where to find it?

While automatic water shutoff valves have been around for quite some time, there are a number of different companies that are now modifying the units to make them smart devices.

In this segment, Ross learned about the functions of a Flo by Moen automatic water shutoff valve. During the discussion afterwards, Ross and Richard also talked about the Phyn automatic water shutoff valve, which is a similar device in the smart automatic water shutoff valve space.

Original Air Date: June 20, 2019 Season 17; Ep.25 23:43


Products and Services from this episode

Expert assistance building a fire in a fireplace the correct way
Contractor: MJM Masonry

Expert assistance in how to re-stain a deck
Contractor: Mauro's Painting

Flo by Moen automatic water shutoff valve
Manufacturer: Moen

Phyn automatic water shutoff valve
Manufacturer: Phyn

Transparent wood oil in a natural finish
Manufacturer: PPG