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S20 E31: Succulents, Water Filter

In this episode, Jenn talks about different types of succulents. Richard installs a reverse osmosis under-sink water filter, and then Tom builds a classic milk stool.

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Landscaping contractor Jenn Nawada heads to a local greenhouse to talk about succulents with the greenhouse manager. After discussing what makes these plants so popular, the two discuss the different varieties, which are beginner-friendly, and how much water each plant needs.

Next, the two discuss how to transplant succulents from boring plastic containers to more appealing pottery. They transplant a small plant into a pot and then explain that building an entire arrangement requires the same simple steps.

After that, we join plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey as he heads on a house call to help a homeowner with a water issue. After the homeowner explains that she’s had a problem keeping aquarium fish alive, Richard surveys the plumbing system and comes up with a solution: a reverse osmosis water filter.

Richard lays out all of the different parts and components of the system and explains how they all work. He then starts installing the system under the sink before describing how long the homeowner should wait before introducing new fish.

Finally, we meet general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor back at the shop for a unique project. Tom has some reclaimed lumber on hand that he plans to turn into a milking stool.

The pair start by planing the lumber flat and cutting the top to shape with a router and jig. They then rip the legs to width on the table saw before cutting compound miters on the legs. Finally, they assemble the legs with floating tenons before screwing them to the top.


All About Succulents

Landscaping contractor Jenn Nawada heads to a local greenhouse to talk about succulents with the greenhouse manager. After discussing what makes these plants so popular, the two discuss the different varieties, which are beginner-friendly, and how much water each plant needs.

Where to find it?

Jenn and Sara Barrios, the Assistant Greenhouse Manager at Weston Nurseries, do a deep dive into different kinds of succulents and how to care for them.


How to Install a Reverse Osmosis Water Filter

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey heads on a house call to help a homeowner with a water issue. After the homeowner explains that she’s had a problem keeping aquarium fish alive, Richard surveys the plumbing system and comes up with a solution: a reverse osmosis water filter.

Where to find it?

Richard installs a water filter (OptimH2O® Reverse Osmosis + Claryum®) under a sink. After turning off the cold water by turning the valve under the sink, he disconnects the cold-water line with a wrench. Richard then installs the brass “T” by hand screwing it to the cold-water line. The system comes with white ¼” and ⅜” tubing to connect the filtration cartridges and water tank to the water supply. Using a hand drill, Richard makes holes on the manifold to add mounting screws.

Richard removes an old sprayer hose from the sink to install a dedicated system faucet. He uses the ⅜” and ¼” red tubing to connect to the cartridges and the water tank. Richard positions the connector above the trap and drills a 7/32” hole into the drainpipe. He checks that all tubes are fully pushed in before turning the cold water supply back on. Click here for details on how to install the Aquasana Reverse Osmosis Under Sink Water Filter System.


Build It | How to Build a Milk Stool

General contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor meet back at the shop for a unique project. Tom has some reclaimed lumber on hand that he plans to turn into a milking stool.

Original Air Date: May 26, 2022, Season 43; Ep. 31 23:42


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