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S20 E21: Hall Closet, Block Retaining Wall

Watch as Jenn Nawada explains composting, and Jenn Largesse and her landscape contractor install a concrete block retaining. Later, Tom constructs custom built-in drawers, cubbies, and shelves for a front hall closet.

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At the shop, we join landscape contractor Jenn Nawada as she shows host Kevin O’Connor what he needs to know to start composting at home. Jenn shows Kevin how to make nutrient-rich, organic compost to feed a garden and create a better yield by starting with basic ingredients like leaves, food waste, water, and air. She even breaks the proper ratio down and shows Kevin a handy bin that makes the job easier.

Next, we catch up with DIY expert Jenn Largesse to check in on her backyard renovation project. Her grand plans to install a shipping container pool means a retaining wall is necessary, and she and her landscaping contractor walk us through the process. After digging out the soil, they lay the necessary layers of gravel, fill, and concrete blocks to create a beautiful retaining wall to hold back the excavated soil.

Finally, general contractor Tom Silva takes us along as he helps a homeowner solve an all-too-common issue: coat and shoe storage. Rather than letting these items collect in the entryway, Tom and the homeowner build a set of built-in closet storage shelves, complete with shoe drawers, cubby holes, and a coat rack. Made from plywood, Tom uses box joints and dados to create strong cabinets and shows the homeowner how to scribe the shelf for a perfect fit.


How To Compost at Home

Landscape contractor Jenn Nawada shows host Kevin O’Connor what he needs to know to start composting at home. Jenn shows Kevin how to make nutrient-rich, organic compost to feed a garden and create a better yield by starting with basic ingredients like leaves, food waste, water, and air. She even breaks the proper ratio down and shows Kevin a handy bin that makes the job easier.


How To Build a Block Retaining Wall

We catch up with DIY expert Jenn Largesse to check in on her backyard renovation project. Her grand plans to install a shipping container pool means a retaining wall is necessary, and she and her landscaping contractor walk us through the process. After digging out the soil, they lay the necessary layers of gravel, fill, and concrete blocks to create a beautiful retaining wall to hold back the excavated soil.


How To Make DIY Closet Built-Ins

General contractor Tom Silva takes us along as he helps a homeowner solve an all-too-common issue: coat and shoe storage. Rather than letting these items collect in the entryway, Tom and the homeowner build a set of built-in closet storage shelves, complete with shoe drawers, cubby holes, and a coat rack. Made from plywood, Tom uses box joints and dados to create strong cabinets and shows the homeowner how to scribe the shelf for a perfect fit.

Original Air Date: Mar 17, 2022, Season 20; Ep. 21 23:42