Ross explores ways that landscaping could be done automatically; Mark goes over different walkway and driveway deicers and how they might impact masonry products; Tom and Kevin build a modern bench.
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In Future House, Ross Trethewey explores a variety of ways that landscaping could be done automatically via robots and smart home products; Mark McCullough goes over a selection of different walkway and driveway deicers and how they might impact masonry products; in Build It, Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor build a modern, open slatted bench using ipe decking and a variation of a box joint.
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Future House | Automated Landscaping Technology
Ross explored a variety of different technologies that could change the way people approach landscape maintenance.
The robotic lawnmower is an Automower 450x [https://amzn.to/3aNoyqs], which is manufactured by Husqvarna [https://www.husqvarna.com/us/]. The installation involved running a low voltage wire around the perimeter of the yard and around any obstacles, which all connect back to a charging station.
The smart irrigation system shown is manufactured by Rain Bird. The components of the system in that particular setup were the 1800 High Efficency Sprays [https://amzn.to/3rEniN8], 42SA Simple Adjust Rotors [https://amzn.to/3d20YZM], Emitter Conversion Kit for Drip Irrigation [https://amzn.to/3jziaHm], and a WiFi Controller (Model ST8i) [https://amzn.to/36ZFXeg]. All of these are manufactured by Rain Bird [https://www.rainbird.com/].
The weeding robot is a Tertill Weeding Robot [https://amzn.to/3tMaHJO], which is manufactured by Tertill Corporation [https://tertill.com/].
Comparing Driveway De-Icers
Mark discussed a few different types of driveway and walkway de-icers. Both the rock salt and the sand were generic products that can be found at any home center.
The rock salt/sand combination was a Road Runner 20lb Ice Melt Blend Bag [https://amzn.to/3rFew1p], which is manufactured by Scotwood Industries [https://scotwoodindustries.com/#].
Build It | Modern Platform Bench
Tom and Kevin built the bench out of ipe deck boards, which can be found at any home center. Tom liked the idea of ipe for the bench so it could be used for either an indoor or outdoor application.
To cut all the boards to the proper dimensions and assemble the bench, Tom used a variety of tools, including a Domino Joiner, a Kapex KS120 sliding compound miter saw, a TS 55 circular saw, which are all manufactured by Festool [www.festoolusa.com], and an Industrial Table Saw from SawStop [https://www.sawstop.com/].
Tom and Kevin secured everything together using GRK #8 1-1/2” multi-purpose screws from GRK Fasteners [https://www.grkfasteners.com/] and some wood glue from Gorilla Glue [www.gorillatough.com].
All of the other tools and materials Tom and Kevin used to build the bench can be found at home centers.
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