Jenn demonstrates how to clean up a garden; Ross explains how air filters can catch unwanted air impurities and demonstrates how to build a DIY one; Tom and Kevin build an Adirondack chair.
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Jenn Nawada demonstrates how to clean up a garden by pruning, dividing, and defining the edges; Ross Trethewey explains how the MERV air filtration rating system works and how air filters can catch relevant and unwanted air impurities. Then, he demonstrates how to build a localized DIY air filter; Tom Silva builds his first Adirondack chair with Kevin O’Connor using a set of plans.
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How to Clean Up and Expand a Garden
To redefine and expand the garden area, Jenn lined the garden bed with gray cobblestones. These were sourced by Plymouth Quarries [https://www.plymouthquarries.com/index.php].
Most of the plants Jenn used in the garden were already existing and just needed to be divided up. However, Jenn did select a few additional plants to add some color and textures to the garden, including tickseed, echinacea purpurea, garden phlox, coreopsis, and heather, which she got at Mahoney’s Garden Center [http://mahoneysgarden.com/].
How to Make a DIY Air Filter
Ross built the air filter using four, 20x20x2, MERV-13 air filters, which Ross got from Filterbuy [https://filterbuy.com/]. He duct taped the filters to a cardboard box and a 20-in 3-Speed Box Fan, which is manufactured by Lasko [https://www.lasko.com/], though any 20” fan would work for this application.
Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Neil Comparetto.
Build It | Adirondack Chair
Tom used the Classic Adirondack Chair Template and Project Plan from Rockler [https://www.rockler.com/] to figure out how to make all the different cuts. The plan comes with cardboard templates for the different pieces of the chair and some project plans to use as a guide.
Tom built the chair out of 5/4-inch x 6 foot pressure treated decking material [http://thd.co/3nK536o], which can be found at any home center or lumber yard. Any rot-resistant lumber would also work well for an Adirondack chair.
To cut and shape the boards, Tom used a combination of a 1-HP Steel Frame Bandsaw [https://amzn.to/3bDvFDS] from Delta Machinery [https://deltamachinery.com/], a router table, and an Industrial Table Saw from SawStop [https://www.sawstop.com/].
The other tools and materials Tom and Kevin used to build the chair, including exterior rated screws and drill drivers, can all be found at home centers.
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