Nathan travels to Missouri to install a set of bypass doors for a pantry; Richard tests two different styles of smart automatic water shutoff valves; Ross explores the design and testing of asphalt roof shingles that can reflect some of the suns heat away from the building.
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How to Install Bypass Pantry Doors
Nathan Gilbert travels to Missouri to install a set of bypass doors for a pantry.
Where to find it?
Nathan installed two JELD-WEN Colonist Primed wood interior doors that most closely matched the dimensions of the opening. Nathan recommends ensuring the door has not been pre-hung and does not have bore holes in it for a standard knob. These doors can be found at home centers.
To make the doors bypass, Nathan mounted a Bypass Door Hardware kit, which is manufactured by Johnson Hardware. The kit comes with all the hardware required to mount the doors.
All the other tools and materials required to install these doors can be found at home centers.
Testing Smart Automatic Water Shutoff Valves
Richard Trethewey tests two different styles of smart automatic water shutoff valves.
Where to find it?
Richard explained that most modern automatic water shutoff valves fall under two categories of design: sensor-activated and valve body activated.
The sensor-activated valves are usually more economical and have a faster response time, since their primary function is to detect leaks and other plumbing failures. The sensor-activated valve Richard demonstrated was a Floodmaster App-Based Wireless Plumbing Leak Detection & Automatic Water Shut-Off System, which is manufactured by Reliance Detection Technologies. The kit comes with two sensors and additional ones can be purchased and paired.
The valve body activated valves have more features to them, including usage reports and running health tests to try and catch plumbing failures ahead of time. The all-in-one smart valve Richard demonstrated was the Phyn Plus Smart Water Assistant + Shutoff, which is manufactured by Phyn.
Expert assistance with this segment was provided by the Walter F. Morris Company.
Future House: Solar Reflective Roof Shingles
Ross Trethewey explores the design and testing of asphalt roof shingles that can reflect some of the sun’s heat away from the building.
Where to find it?
Ross toured the Saint-Gobain R&D Facility in Massachusetts. The solar reflective shingles with 20% or less solar reflectivity that Ross saw are Landmark and Landmark Pro Solaris shingles. The highly solar reflective shingles with up to 40% solar reflectivity are Landmark Solaris Platinum shingles. These are all manufactured by CertainTeed.
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Products and Services from this Episode
Bypass Door Hardware kit:
Leak Detection & Automatic Water Shut-Off system:
Reliance Detection Technologies
Walter F. Morris Company
Saint-Gobain R&D Facility
Solar shingle manufacturer:
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