Mark learns how precast concrete steps are made and then replaces a homeowner’s steps; Mauro explains how to refinish an old table; Heath helps a homeowner replace his front lamppost with a new one.
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Mark McCullough helps a homeowner remove his crumbling stone steps. Then, he tours a factory to learn how precast concrete steps are made and helps install a set at the homeowner’s house; Mauro Henrique explains how to refinish an old table using paint; Heath Eastman helps a homeowner replace his front lamppost with some hilarious code violations with a new post.
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How to Install Precast Concrete Steps
Mark toured the facility of and then installed precast concrete steps with a stone veneer from Shea Concrete [https://sheaconcrete.com/]. Steps can be ordered to size and with a desired finish (if any), and they are delivered directly to site.
Before the steps can be delivered, the old steps needed to be removed and a new concrete base needed to be poured. The jackhammer used to remove the steps can be rented from any home center, and the other materials used for the job, including the concrete mixes, wheelbarrows, trowels, and shovels can all be found at home centers as well.
How to Refinish a Table with Paint
To prime the table, Mauro used Zinsser BullsEye 1-2-3 Interior/Exterior Water-Based Primer [https://amzn.to/3tiu9xk], which is manufactured by Rust-Oleum [https://www.rustoleum.com/]. For the paint, Mauro used PPG Timeless Acrylic Interior Paint [http://thd.co/36FE6vc], in “Naval Blue” in a semi-gloss finish [https://www.ppgpaints.com/].
How to Replace a Lamppost
Lampposts usually come in at least two pieces: the post, and the lantern. In this case, Heath installed a Hammond Lantern Post with Sign Bracket for the post and a Jefferson Post Mount Lantern for the lantern. This particular post was designed with a hanging sign in mind, which can be custom ordered separately. All of these items are manufactured by Walpole Outdoors [https://www.walpoleoutdoors.com/].
To safely extend the UF cable, Heath decided to install an outdoor-rated receptacle [https://amzn.to/3cQLXdp], wire it with the UF cable, and then run a new cable from the receptacle to the lantern. He protected the receptacle using an Expandable Weatherproof In-Use Cover [https://amzn.to/36GDqWh], which is manufactured by TayMac [https://www.hubbell.com/taymac/en/].
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