Nathan shows Kevin some interesting drywall paneling he recently found in an older house; Richard travels to New York City to teach a homeowner how to clean her shower cartridge when it gets clogged; Tom teaches Kevin the basics of using a lathe and then they turn a bowl together.
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How to Clean a Clogged Shower Cartridge
Richard Trethewey travels to New York City to teach a homeowner how to clean her shower cartridge when it gets clogged.
Where to find it?
Every plumbing manufacturer has a slightly different shower valve, so it’s important to match the manufacturer when buying replacement cartridges. Depending on the shower valve, replacement cartridges can be found online, in plumbing supply houses, or for more common valves, in home centers. The shower valve the homeowner had in this piece was a DaVinci Thermostatic Mixer, which she sourced from AF Supply in Manhattan.
In some cases, the cartridge might just need to be cleaned, which can be done with a little bit of vinegar and a toothbrush, which can be found at any grocery store.
A 4-in-1 screwdriver and a pair of slip joint pliers are needed to remove the trim and access the cartridge. These can also be found at home centers.
Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Aladdin Plumbing Corp.
Build It | How to Make a Lathe Turned Bowl
Tom Silva teaches host Kevin O’Connor the basics of using a lathe and then they turn a bowl together.
Where to find it?
Tom used a REVO 12|16 110V lathe, which is manufactured by Laguna Tools. The tools Tom used to actually turn the bowl can be found at any specialty woodworking store.
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Products and Services from this Episode
AF Supply in Manhattan
Aladdin Plumbing Corp
REVO 12|16 110V lathe:
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