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S18 E15: Indoor Garden, Fireplace Hearth

In this episode of Ask This Old House, Jenn installs a unique kind of indoor garden for a homeowner who wants to grow vegetables year round. Richard demonstrates how and why frozen pipes burst, and Tom explains the basics of using a hole saw. Then, Mark replaces a common terra cotta hearth with slate tile.

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In this episode:

Jenn installs a unique kind of indoor garden for a homeowner who wants to grow vegetables year round. Richard demonstrates how and why frozen pipes burst, andTom explains the basics of using a hole saw. Then, Mark replaces a common terra cotta hearth with slate tile.

How to Plant an Indoor Garden

Jenn installs a unique kind of indoor garden for a homeowner who wants to grow vegetables year round.

Where to find it?

Jenn helped the homeowner set up and plant a Smart Garden 9 indoor garden, which is manufactured by Click and Grow.

How to Use a Hole Saw

Tom explains the basics of using a hole saw.

Where to find it?

Tom demonstrated a variety of hole saws that can all be found at home centers.

How a Frozen Pipe Bursts

Richard demonstrates how and why frozen pipes burst.

Where to find it?

Richard demonstrated that pipes, when frozen, expand in volume, which exponentially increases the water pressure and forces the pipe to burst. In these circumstances, shut the water off at the main and immediately call a plumber.

To prevent the pipes from freezing in the first place, Richard recommended keeping cabinet doors open and insulating the pipes with pipe insulation. This can be found at home centers.

How to Replace a Hearth with Slate Tile

Mark replaces a common terra cotta hearth with slate tile.

Where to find it?

Mark installed 2x8” Slide Grey slate tile, which is manufactured by Roma Tile.

To secure the tiles to the sub hearth, Mark used standard tiling materials, including thinset, tile spacers, a notched trowel, grout, and sponges. These can all be found at home centers and tile supply houses.

Original Air Date: February 16, 2020 Season 18; Ep.15 23:43


Products and Services from this episode

Smart Garden 9 indoor garden
Click and Grow

2x8” Slide Grey slate tile
Roma Tile