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S20 E30: Toilet Seat, Lockset Repair

Richard shows how to replace a toilet seat; Jenn Largesse builds a pergola for her backyard; Nathan repairs a century-old full mortise lockset.

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Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey puts the mystery behind toilet seat replacements to rest. Richard shows host Kevin O’Connor how simple toilet seat replacements have become, with standard sizes and bolt patterns. He even explains how corrosion-free plastic hardware is very easy to work with during installation.

But, Richard also shows Kevin the most common issues that a toilet seat repair job may involve. Stripped hardware and corrosion can complicate the issue, but Richard explains how to handle them.

Next, we meet House One editor Jenn Largesse as she continues her backyard renovation project. After installing beautiful composite decking and handrails around her shipping container pool, Jenn works with a contractor to install a vinyl pergola with aluminum reinforcement on her pool deck.

Jenn and the contractor explain the individual pieces of the pergola, from the posts and rafters to the aluminum reinforcement and shade slats. They then build a 4x4 post to fit a vinyl 6x6 sleeve before installing the aluminum posts and assembling all the parts.

Finally, carpenter Nathan Gilbert takes us on a house call to help a homeowner with an antique lockset. After the homeowner explains her troubles, Nathan removes a century-old mortise lockset from the door before disassembling it to investigate.

After finding the troublesome parts, Nathan heads to a local locksmith to source replacements. He then walks the homeowner through the repair process, resulting in a professional repair that maintains the historical integrity of the door.

Nathan then heads back to the shop to explain how modern cylindrical locksets differ from mortise sets. He shows Kevin how simple these modern locksets are to install and repair.


How to Replace a Toilet Seat

Richard Trethewey demonstrates how to replace an old or damaged toilet seat. When installing a new seat the first step is to determine what size toilet seat you need, be sure to use the right size seat to match the existing toilet.


How to Build a Pergola

House One editor Jenn Largesse continues her backyard renovation project. After installing beautiful composite decking and handrails around her shipping container pool, Jenn works with a contractor to install a vinyl pergola with aluminum reinforcement on her pool deck.

Where to find it?

Jenn and Luke from Dream Decks tour her deck built from Trex Decking in Havana Gold with universal hidden fasteners and Trex Transcend railings in Classic White with square white balusters, post cap lighting, and stair riser lights. Together they install a steel-reinforced vinyl pergola manufactured by Superior Plastic Products and sold by Plastic Lumber Yard.


Repairing a Full Mortise Lockset

Nathan removes and repairs a full mortise exterior lockset.

Where to find it?

Nathan explains the anatomy of what is typically found in a full mortise exterior lockset. All tools and hardware provided by Mack Designer Hardware.


How to Replace a Common Door Lock

Nathan Gilbert heads back to the shop to explain how modern cylindrical locksets differ from mortise sets.

Original Air Date: May 19, 2022, Season 20; Ep. 30 23:42


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