Kevin learns how quartz countertops are made and helps install one; Richard repairs a hot water shutoff valve in order to replace a kitchen sink faucet; Nathan upgrades kitchen cabinets to soft-close.
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In this special episode, the team tackle a variety of kitchen upgrade projects. Kevin O’Connor travels to a facility in Minnesota to learn how quartz countertops are made and then helps install one in a homeowner’s kitchen; Richard Trethewey helps a fan of the show replace her kitchen sink faucet. Nathan Gilbert helps a homeowner upgrade her kitchen cabinet doors and drawers to soft-close.
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How to Install a Quartz Countertop
Kevin toured the manufacturing facility for Cambria Stone [https://www.cambriausa.com/#!/]. The slab that was installed at Jenny’s house was also Cambria quartz in the color “Windermere [https://bit.ly/2LMfgid].”
The tools required for installing the quartz, including the hammers and pry bars for removing the old counter, and the silicone to secure the new countertop, can all be found at home centers.
Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Gemini Stone, LLC of Everett, MA [https://www.geministone.net/about-us].
How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet
Richard installed the Fairbury Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet in stainless steel, manufactured by American Standard [https://www.americanstandard-us.com/]. It comes with washers and gaskets and most of the materials required to install it.
Everything else he used to replace the kitchen faucet, including the putty, soap dispenser, wrench and screwdriver, can be purchased at home centers and plumbing supply stores.
How to Upgrade to Soft-Close Cabinets
While there are a few low-cost options to upgrade to soft-close kitchen cabinets, Nathan suggests changing out all hardware to soft close.
Nathan installed TEC Soft-Close cabinet hinges, which are manufactured by Grass USA [https://www.grassusa.com/]. He recommends identifying the brand currently installed in the cabinets and replacing the hardware with that same brand, which is what he did in this case. Usually, that will require less work on the cabinet doors to get the new hardware to fit.
For the drawer slides, Nathan installed 22” soft-close, full-extension, ball bearing, side-mount drawer slides, which are manufactured by Everbilt [https://thd.co/3CE5W8N] and sold at home centers. The plastic cup Nathan mounted to the back of the cabinet was manufactured by Everbilt as well. To determine which type of slides to get, measure the cabinet front to back for the length, and get the same mounting type as the original slides, since they will be easier to install. Opt for full extension over 3/4 extension to gain full access of the drawer.
The drawer slides jig Nathan used is manufactured by Kreg Tools [https://bit.ly/3hWTEQL]. The jig makes the drawer slides installation significantly easier because it can hold everything in place.
The rest of the tools Nathan used to install the soft-close hinges and slides, including the drill driver, screwdriver, and self-centering drill bit, can all be found at home centers.
Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Nathan Gilbert Carpentry [https://bit.ly/2Zo66CV].
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