Ask This Old House TV // Season 11 // Episode 25

Ask TOH | Concrete Counters, Plumbing Connections

Host Kevin O'Connor works with an expert to fabricate and install custom concrete countertops. Then, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows how to make watertight connections without soldering. Afterward, landscape contractor Roger Cook demonstrates several new cordless landscape tools.

Custom Concrete Countertops
Kevin works with an expert to make and install custom concrete countertops.

Where to find it?
Expert assistance with this project was provided by Peter Somers of Concrete Poetry.

Peter is a professional concrete fabricator, but you can purchase all of the supplies for this project, including glass fibers, grinding pads, and sealers, from a single supplier. For more information, visit Fishstone Concrete Countertops.

Ask Richard: Solderless Plumbing Connections
Richard shows how to make watertight connections without soldering.

Where to find it?
Richard demonstrated two types of connections that are made without soldering:

Compression connections use a nut and ferrule that are compressed using two wrenches. This type of connection is often found on shut-off valves.

Push connectors replace standard copper fittings and stay watertight when pushed against a pipe. Richard showed Shark Bite fittings.

Cordless Landscape Tools
Roger and Kevin demonstrated several new cordless landscape tools.

Where to find it?
Roger demonstrated 36-volt KombiSystem Stihl tools (http://www.stihlusa.com/) including:
RMA 370 Cordless Lawn Mower
FSA 65 Cordless Grass Trimmer
BGA 85 Cordless Blower
Battery Belt & Bag
He also demonstrated the 40-volt PowerNOW system by Oregon (http://www.oregonproducts.com/) including:
ST250 Trimmer/Edger
HT250 Hedge Trimmer
CS250 Chain Saw

The sharpening stone that fits on the end of an existing chainsaw is PowerSharp system, also by Oregon.


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