Kevin works with maker Jenn Largesse to demonstrate an interesting technique on a trim router; Heath explains the purpose of a ground wire and then grounds an outlet for a homeowner; Mauro explains the different types of paint rollers and then demonstrates good rolling techniques; Mark replaces a pair of outdated, malfunctioning fireplace doors.
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How to Cut a Perfect Jig Circle with House Ones Jenn Largesse
Time: 15 minutes or longer, depending on the size of the circle
Cost: $30 and up
Wood to cut a circle into (can be any species or dimension)
Jenn demonstrated how to cut a perfect circle using a RYOBI ONE+ cordless trim router (https://www.ryobitools.com/ ).
How to Replace Ungrounded Two-Prong Electrical Outlets
Time: 3-4 hours
GFCI receptacle or grounded receptacle
Any work that involves working on the electrical panel can be dangerous and should only be done by a licensed professional.
In this scenario, Heath found that none of the surrounding receptacles or their wiring were to code, so he removed and replaced them with a 12-2 NM cable and a single GFCI outlet. These materials can be found at any home center or electrical supply store.
Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Eaton and Eastman Electric (http://www.eatonandeastmanelectric.com/ ).
How to Choose and Use a Paint Roller
Cost: $10 and up
Paint roller brush
Mauro explained the paint rollers have different nap lengths based on the texture of the surface being painted. In general, a roller with a shorter nap is good for smooth surfaces, and a roller with a longer nap is good for rough surfaces.
The materials Mauro used to demonstrate these techniques, including the paint, the tray, and the roller, can all be found at home centers.
How to Upgrade Glass Fireplace Doors
Time: 2-3 hours
Mark replaced the existing fireplace doors with the Caron Vintage Iron Fireplace Doors, which were manufactured by Woodland Direct (https://www.woodlanddirect.com)
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