Richard replaces a weird shower valve with a conventional pressure balanced one; Mauro repaints a radiator cover with lead paint on it; Tom explains how to identify and remove load bearing walls.
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Richard Trethewey travels to Salt Lake City to replace a shower valve he has never seen before in his career with a conventional pressure balanced one; Mauro Henrique demonstrates how to safely repaint a radiator cover that tested positive for lead paint; Tom Silva explains what load bearing walls are, how to identify them, and what needs to be done in order to safely remove them.
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How to Upgrade to a Pressure Balanced Shower Valve
Richard installed a Temptrol Pressure Balanced Tub/Shower Valve [https://tinyurl.com/yxqb9pys], which is manufactured by Symmons [https://www.symmons.com/]. They also manufacture the retrofit cover plate [https://tinyurl.com/y456gqfs] Richard used to conceal the hole left behind from the old valve.
The sink hole cover [https://tinyurl.com/y3y873c2] that Richard used to seal the hole from the old shower head is manufactured by Danco [https://www.danco.com/] and can be found at home centers.
The other materials Richard used to complete the valve replacement, including the copper pipes, copper fittings, solder and flux can all be found at home centers and plumbing supply houses.
How to Re-Paint an Old Radiator Cover
Before doing any work on a house built before 1978, Mauro recommends testing for lead paint. The test kit he used was a LeadCheck Swap, which is manufactured by 3M [https://www.3m.com/]. The test comes with easy-to-follow instructions.
Because the radiator cover tested positive for lead paint, Mauro had to switch to a full lead protocol, which any certified contractor will know how to execute. Since it’s easier to work outside, Mauro moved the work area outside and protected it with plastic drop cloths. Then, he and the homeowner wore goggles, gloves, coverall suits, booties, and an N100 respirator. This PPE can be found at most home centers as individual pieces, and they sometimes come in a full kit. For this project, Mauro and the homeowner used Supertuff Lead-Based Paint Protection Kits, which are manufactured by Trimaco [https://trimaco.com/].
For paint, Mauro used Ecos Radiator Paint in White (0000) [https://www.ecospaints.net/]. He applied it using a foam roller and a brush, which can both be found at any home center or paint store.
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