Ask TOH | Mantel, Leaky Faucet

General contractor Tom Silva builds a custom fireplace mantel for a homeowner. Then, Roger shares some tips about garden edging. Afterward, Richard helps a homeowner repair a leaking kitchen faucet.

Custom Fireplace Mantel
Tom helps a homeowner build a custom fireplace mantel.

Where to find it?
Tom used 5/4 x8 and 1x8 poplar lumber to construct the mantel, which is available at lumberyards.

Tom fastened the mantel together using pocket screws and a pocket screw jig, which are both manufactured by Kreg Tools and available at specialty woodworking stores.

The cordless nailer that Tom used is manufactured by Bostich .

The power tools that Tom used, including the portable table saw, compound miter saw, and cordless drill were manufactured by DeWalt.

ASK Roger: Landscape Edging
Roger shares some tips for using garden edging.

Where to find it?
Plastic edging like the kind Roger demonstrated is available at home centers.

Bricks and cobblestones for edging are available from a masonry supply yard.

Metal landscape edging is available through landscape suppliers.

Repairing a Leaky Faucet
Richard helps a homeowner repair her leaky kitchen faucet.

Where to find it?
The faucet that Richard repaired was manufactured by Delta Faucets. Richard purchased a repair kit that included a new ball, seats, and springs at The Home Depot.

In the loft, Richard showed a newer style of kitchen faucet valve, which is the Diamond Seal Technology valve, also manufactured by Delta Faucets. Replacement Diamond Seal Technology valves can be purchased through a plumbing supply store.


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