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S16 E24: Reface Fireplace, Kitchen Faucet

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In this episode:

Mark teaches apprentice Krysten how to reface a granite fireplace; Jenn gives some tips on starting an organic garden; Richard helps a homeowner replace her kitchen faucet when she realizes her shutoff valve is broken.

Generation Next | How to Reface a Fireplace with Granite

Mark teaches apprentice Krysten how to reface a granite fireplace.

Where to find it?

Refacing a fireplace surround is a two-person job. Use caution when handling heavy materials.

It’s challenging to match granite, so it makes more sense to order four new pieces rather than just one or two replacement pieces. A local stone fabricator can template the fireplace and cut and round each piece to the appropriate size. In this case, Mark used granite in the color Black Pearl, fabricated by International Stone, Inc..

To adhere the granite to the fireplace, Mark used a concrete construction adhesive manufactured by Quikrete.

The other materials Mark used for this job, including the chisel, hammers, and buckets, can all be found at home centers.

Expert assistance with this segment was provided by MJM Masonry.

How to Start an Organic Garden

Jenn gives some tips on starting an organic garden.

Where to find it?

In order to qualify as organic, every material used in the garden must be certified organic. Check the labels of plants, soils, and even potting material to be certain everything is actually organic.

Everything Jenn demonstrated in the segment, including the seeds, seedlings, planters and soil, can all be found at home centers and nurseries.

How to Install a New Kitchen Faucet

Richard helps a homeowner replace the shutoff valve underneath her kitchen sink and then updates her kitchen faucet.

Where to find it?

Richard installed the Fairbury Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet in stainless steel, manufactured by American Standard. It comes with washers and gaskets and most of the materials required to install it.

Richard repaired the stem on the kitchen faucet shutoff valve using a multi-turn valve stem repair kit, manufactured by BrassCraft.

Everything else he used in this project, including the wrench, screwdriver, plumber’s putty and soap dispenser, can be purchased at home centers and plumbing supply stores.

Original Air Date: May 17, 2018 Season 16; Ep.24 23:43

Products and Services from this episode

Concrete construction adhesive
Manufacturer: Quikrete

Multi-turn valve stem repair kit to install a new kitchen faucet
Manufacturer: BrassCraft

Refacing a Fireplace with Granite
Expert assistance: MJM Masonry

Replacement faucet
Manufacturer: American Standard

Fairbury Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet in stainless steel

Stone fabricator to cut and round granite to size
Contractor: International Stone, Inc.