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S20 E20: Concrete Driveway, Spray Paint

Watch as Nathan Gilbert shows how he organizes his work truck. Richard Trethewey explains different bidets, and Mauro Henrique spray paints a handrail. Then, Mark McCullough helps a homeowner replace an old patched driveway.

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In this episode:

While he wishes everything in his life was as organized as his truck, This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert takes pride in having a clean truck ready to tackle any project at any job site. Nathan takes viewers on a personal tour of his work truck and shows exactly how he stores and organizes his tools and supplies to help make the workday more efficient and convenient. Inside Nathan’s truck, you’ll see his miter saw on the front left-hand side, middle rack. His miter is cordless, but if he needs something larger for the job, he typically has his 12-inch slider saw tucked around in the front left. The cordless table saw is placed above that.

Then, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey talks with host Kevin O’Connor about the requirements for installing a bidet, as well as the many benefits of installing one. Invented by the French in the 1600s, bidets are widely accepted in Europe, Latin America, and Japan. But, they have become more popular everywhere else recently.

Ever wondered about the differences in spray paint and how to use them? This Old House painter Mauro Henrique advises what to look for in spray paint and how to apply it best. You can use spray paint for a variety of small to medium-sized projects. The variety of spray paint types allow nearly any project the perfect paint for the job. Applying primer before spray painting helps to ensure that your spray paint will have an even finish and smooth out blemishes. Otherwise, you may need several coats of spray paint to get consistent coverage.

Finally, This Old House mason Mark McCullough meets with homeowner Britt to discuss issues with her driveway. The pitch is too steep, and it is uneven and made up of a mix of asphalt, concrete, and gravel. Since replacing the pitch would involve reconfiguring the cement slab in the garage, Britt enlists Mark to pour a new concrete driveway.


How Nathan Organizes His Truck

What does This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert take great pride in? Yes, his woodworking projects—but his other love is keeping his work truck in tip-top shape and highly organized. Watch to learn tips and tricks for keeping his workshop-on-wheels an orderly space.


Understanding Bidets

What are the benefits and plumbing requirements of installing a bidet? This Old House host Kevin O’Connor and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey review the plumbing requirements for installing a bidet, as well as the multiple benefits of installing one.


How to Spray Paint Like a Pro

Ever wondered about the differences in spray paint and how to use them? This Old House painter Mauro Henrique advises what to look for in spray paint and how to apply it best.

Where to find it?

To add a finish to the mahogany railing, Mauro uses Rust-Oleum® Specialty Lacquer Spray.

To tape off the railing, Mauro uses FrogTape® Pro Grade Painter’s Tape.

To prime the balusters, Mauro uses Rust-Oleum® 12oz 2X Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover Flat Primer Spray Paint Gray.

All other tools used including sanding sponges, black spray paint, tack cloth, and painters masks can be found at local home centers.


How to Pour a Concrete Driveway

Where to find it?

To break up the old driveway, Mark used both a Brute Bosch jackhammer and a Hilti TE 1000 jackhammer.

To compact the base soil and gravel, Mark used a Wacker Neuson VP1340 Plate Compactor.

All other tools used, including shovels, picks, trowels, and concrete smoothers can be found at local home centers.

Original Air Date: Feb 24, 2022, Season 20; Ep. 20 23:42


Products and Services from this Episode

Plate compactor manufacturer: Wacker Neuson