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S18 E25: Quartz Countertops, Firepit Kit

Kevin learns how quartz countertops are manufactured and installed. Nathan explains how to hang and display a U.S. flag, and Tom and Jenn split firewood. Then, Mark installs a fire pit that comes in a kit.

Previous episode: S18 E24 | Next episode: S18 E26

In this episode:

Kevin O’Connor learns how quartz countertops are manufactured and then helps install one in a homeowner’s kitchen; Nathan Gilbert explains the proper way to hang and display a U.S. flag; Tom Silva and Jenn Nawada split firewood using a variety of techniques; Mark McCullough installs a fire pit that comes in a kit.

How to Install a Quartz Countertop

Kevin O’Connor learns how quartz countertops are manufactured and then helps install one in a homeowner’s kitchen.

Where to find it?

Kevin toured the manufacturing facility for Cambria Stone. The slab that was installed at Jenny’s house was also Cambria quartz in the color “Windermere.”

Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Gemini Stone, LLC of Everett, MA.

How to Hang the American Flag

Ask This Old House carpenter and U.S. Navy veteran Nathan Gilbert explains the proper way to hang and display a U.S. flag.

Where to find it?

The mounting block Nathan demonstrated that works well for vinyl siding is a surface mounting block, which is manufactured by Ply Gem and can be found at most home centers.

If you are looking to retire a U.S. flag and don’t feel comfortable burning it yourself, Nathan suggests contacting your local American Legion post or Boy Scouts of America troop to do it for you.

To learn more about the U.S. Flag Code, visit USA.gov/flag.

Splitting Firewood by Hand vs. Machine

Tom Silva and Jenn Nawada split firewood using a variety of techniques.

Where to find it?

Jenn demonstrated the Pilot K10 Rapidfire Flywheel Log Splitter, which is manufactured by DR Power Equipment.

The axe, splitting axe, and maul are all manufactured by Fiskars.

Building a Fire Pit from a Kit

Mason Mark McCullough installs a fire pit that comes in a kit.

Where to find it?

Mark installed a Necessories Grand 48-inch Firepit Kit, which can be found at most home centers and landscape supply stores.

To secure the stones in the kit together, Mark used Gorilla Construction Adhesive made by Gorilla Glue.

Original Air Date: May 24, 2020 Season 18; Ep.25 23:43


Products and Services from this Episode

Side trip:
Cambria Stone

Expert assistance:
Gemini Stone, LLC of Everett, MA

Surface mounting block:
Ply Gem

Flag disposal resources:
American Legion
Boy Scouts of America

U.S. Flag Code:
USA.gov/flag

Pilot K10 Rapidfire Flywheel Log Splitter:
DR Power Equipment

Axe, splitting axe, and maul:
Fiskars

Firepit kit:
Necessories Grand 48-inch Firepit Kit

Construction adhesive:
Gorilla Glue