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S19 E10: Landscape Lighting, Brick Walkway

In this episode, Master Electrician Heath Eastman installs landscape lights in a garden and Richard Trethewey explains how siphons work. Then, Tom Silva organizes tools with pegboard, and Mark McCullough helps a homeowner redo his walkway.

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In this episode:

Heath Eastman demonstrates how to install landscape lighting along a garden path. Adding landscape lighting to a walkway or path can improve the look and experience of the area. Once Heath figures out what kind of landscape lighting he wants, the location, and where the power source is located, he can then make the connections. Heath uses a low voltage wire and decides to replace the plastic connectors with brass connectors to make the connections last longer. He also installs a transformer so the homeowner can control when the lights power on and off.

Richard Trethewey demonstrates how siphons work. A siphon is a tube that allows liquid to travel upward, above the surface of the origin reservoir, then downwards to a lower level without the use of a pump. Richard shows how siphons are the basic principle that make toilets work, even if the water supply in the house was turned off.

Tom Silva demonstrates how to hang a pegboard in a garage or workshop and organize tools with it. Using a 1/4 inch masonite board with either 1/4 inch or 1/8 inch holes; these boards can be found at most home centers. Tom shows it can be as easy as mounting it up on an open stud bay. This will give the space needed to put a peg hooks in without hitting the wall. If no open stud bay is available, mount scrap wood on top of existing studs to make room for the hooks. Tommy shows how the finished product can help keep your workspace clean and organized!

Mark McCullough helps a homeowner redo his brick walkway that was originally a rush job. Mark explains that walkways need a sturdy, consistent base so it is not a project to be rushed. Mark and the homeowner tear up the old bricks and save as many as they can to reuse later on. Mark explains that every good walkway uses three ingredients: crusher run, stone dust, and a good edging. He advises that not compacting the base enough can also cause bumps in a walkway. And that a simple plastic edging to both sides of the walkway will really ensure that the walkway is held in place. To finish it off, Mark and the homeowner brush stone dust in between each joint to solidify the brick walkway and keep the weeds away.


How to Install Outdoor Landscape Lighting

Heath Eastman demonstrates how to install landscape lighting along a garden path. Adding landscape lighting to a walkway or path can improve the look and experience of the area.

Where to find it?

Heath installed two different types of landscape light fixtures that are both manufactured by Illumicare. The up lights used to highlight the shrubs and the brick archway are Jasper 12V Solid Red Brass LED Spot Lights, and the path lights are Misty 12V Small Solid Red Brass LED Path Lights.

To coordinate the individual lights to turn on and off, Heath installed an Above Grade RXT Series Transformer, which is manufactured by Focus Industries. The transformer comes with optional add-ons, such as the photo-cell sensor, the timer, and the built-in wifi component.

To connect everything together, Heath used low voltage landscape wiring and a shovel. Both of these items can be found at home centers.


How Does a Siphon Work?

Richard Trethewey demonstrates how siphons work. Richard shows how siphons are the basic principle that make toilets work, even if the water supply in the house was turned off.

Where to find it?

Richard demonstrated the principle of a siphon jet on a Glacier Bay toilet, though every toilet from every manufacturer operates using a similar siphon jet.


How to Install Pegboard

Tom Silva demonstrates how to hang a pegboard in a garage or workshop and organize tools with it.

Where to find it?

The pegboard Tom hung up was 2x4’ Heavy Duty Brown Pegboard Wall Organizer, which is manufactured by Triton Products. They can be secured to any stud using wall screws, which can be found at any home center.

The hooks Tom used to hang the tools came in a pegboard kit. The kit is 1/4” Zinc Plated Steel Pegboard Organizer Assortment Kit (43-piece), which is manufactured by Everbilt, which can be found at The Home Depot.


How to Redo a Brick Path

Mark McCullough helps a homeowner redo his brick walkway that was originally a rush job. Mark explains that walkways need a sturdy, consistent base so it is not a project to be rushed.

Where to find it?

For the base, Mark recommends a layer of crushed stone and stone dust. These can be found at most landscape supply stores and nurseries. To compact everything, Mark used a plate compactor, which can be rented from most home centers.

The homeowner’s original bricks were McAvoy Pavers, which can be found at brickyards. Mark reused as many of the homeowner’s bricks and mixed in the new ones along the walkway so they would blend in.

To keep the walkway together and help prevent weeds, Mark also installed No-Dig Landscape Edging, which is manufactured by Vigoro and available at most home centers.

Original Air Date: Jan 10, 2021 Season 19; Ep.9 23:42


Products and Services from this Episode

Landscape light fixture manufacturer:
Illumicare

Path lights:
Misty 12V Small Solid Red Brass LED Path Lights

Up lights:
Jasper 12V Solid Red Brass LED Spot Lights

Transformer:
Focus Industries

Pegboard wall organizer:
Triton Products

Pegboard organizer assortment kit:
The Home Depot

Brick pavers:
McAvoy Pavers

Landscape edging:
Vigoro