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S18 E9: Cable Railing, Painting Shutters

Tom Silva replaces a traditional stair railing with more modern cable railing; Richard Trethewey explains why standard PVC should not be used to vent gas appliances; Nathan Gilbert upgrades a standard, flat panel hollow core door to look more modern; Mauro Henrique cleans and paints vinyl shutters.

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In this episode:

Tom travels to Utah to help a homeowner replace his traditional stair railing with more modern cable railing; Richard explains why standard PVC should not be used to vent gas appliances and what should be used instead; Nathan upgrades a standard, flat panel hollow core door to look more modern; Mauro helps a homeowner properly clean and paint her vinyl shutters.

How to Install a Cable Railing
Tom travels to Utah to help a homeowner replace his traditional stair railing with more modern cable railing.

Where to find it?

The poplar newel post that slips over an existing newel post and the other wood hand rail sections were fabricated by a local mill shop in Utah.

The cable railing system was manufactured by Feeney.

Other tools and materials for this project, including wood glue and construction adhesive are available at home centers.

Expert assistance with this project was provided by Woodcraft.

How to Understand PVC Ventilation
Richard explains why standard PVC should not be used to vent gas appliances and what should be used instead.

Where to find it?

Richard pointed out that modern code requires PVC vent pipes and fittings to come from the same manufacturer and be rated for venting. In this case, he demonstrated vent piping from IPEX.

How to Update a Flat Panel Hollow Core Door
Nathan upgrades a standard, flat panel hollow core door to look more modern.

Where to find it?

Updating a hollow core door can save some time trying to hang a completely new door and can save some money compared to buying a new door as well.

To add the fake panels, Nathan used some molding, which can be found at any home center. He secured those to the door using Gorilla wood glue and a 20V Max Cordless Bradnailer, which is manufactured by Dewalt. Nathan then painted the door using Behr Marquee in Ultra Pure White. He also replaced the old brass hardware with a bedroom/bathroom door knob, which is manufactured by Kwikset.

How to Paint Vinyl Shutters
Mauro helps a homeowner properly clean and paint her vinyl shutters.

Where to find it?

Mauro recommends numbering each shutter as it is removed.

He washed the shutters using a biodegradable cleaner, in this case Simple Green, mixed with water to remove the dirt.

Mauro chose an exterior paint in Hale Navy for the shutters, manufactured by Benjamin Moore. He applied it with an airless paint sprayer.

Other materials for this project including respirators and drop cloths are available at home centers and paint suppliers.

Original Air Date: January 5, 2020 Season 18; Ep.09 23:43


Products and Services from this episode

20V Max Cordless Bradnailer
Manufacturer: Dewalt Industrial Tool Co.

Adhesive
Manufacturer: The Gorilla Glue Company

Behr Marquee in Ultra Pure White
Manufacturer: Behr Paint

Biodegradable cleaner
Manufacturer: Simple Green

Cable railing install
Expert assistance: Woodcraft

Cable railing system
Manufacturer: Feeney

Door knob
Manufacturer: Kwikset

Hale Navy exterior paint
Manufacturer: Benjamin Moore

Vent piping
Supplier: IPEX