Richard moves baseboard heat from one side of a room to another; Jenn explains the basics of selecting different species of arborvitae; Tom and Kevin build an outdoor bench that doubles as a cooler.
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A homeowner realizes her baseboard heat is located in an inconvenient place, so Richard Trethewey moves it from one side of a room to another by rearranging some PEX piping in the basement; Jenn Nawada explains some of the basics of selecting and caring for a few different species of arborvitae; Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor build an outdoor bench that doubles as a cooler using cedar and copper.
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How to Move Baseboard Heating
The homeowners had a baseboard heating system with ¾” PEX lines [https://amzn.to/3uw4JMv], which were manufactured by Uponor [https://www.uponor-usa.com/en]. To move the baseboard from one side of the room to the other, all Richard needed to do was cut the PEX and move it to the other side of the room.
While Richard could have moved the existing baseboard over, he thought it would be better to install a new baseboard with a taller cover to make it more efficient. The one he installed is a Multi/Pak 80 residential hot water baseboard heater, which is manufactured by Slant/Fin [https://www.slantfin.com/].
All About Arborvitaes
Jenn discussed two types of arborvitae—a green giant and an emerald green—which can be found at most home centers and nurseries.
Build It | Cooler Bench
Tom built the cooler bench out of dimensional cedar, which can be found at any lumberyard.
To cut all the boards to the proper dimensions and assemble the bench, Tom used a variety of tools, including a Domino Joiner and a Kapex KS120 sliding compound miter saw, which are manufactured by Festool [www.festoolusa.com], and an Industrial Table Saw [https://amzn.to/3uujj7e] from SawStop [https://www.sawstop.com/].
Tom and Kevin secured everything together with pocket screws and a K5 Pocket Hole Jig [https://amzn.to/3mrG49b] from Kreg [https://www.kregtool.com/] and some wood glue [https://amzn.to/3mqWD4U] from Gorilla Glue [www.gorillatough.com].
The copper bin and copper piece for the top of the cooler were both custom made by The Tin Shop in Beverly, MA [https://tinshop.co/].
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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