Ask This Old House | Rain Chain, Vanity Install (S16E13) | FULL EPISODE

12November 2020

Roger installs a downspout alternative; painter Mauro Henrique explains the differences between various types of paintbrushes; Richard installs a vanity for homeowners who gave up on it seven years ago; Tom shows closet storage options.

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Roger installed a Circle Rain Chain, manufactured by Grasslands Road. They can be found at some garden shops and also ordered through online retailers. Everything else Roger used for this project, including the stones, gravel, and mulch, can all be found at home centers and nurseries.

Mauro recommends natural hair (or China bristle) for oil-based paints, synthetic-hair brushes for water-based (latex) paints, and foam brushes for one-time use touchups. He prefers a high-quality paintbrush. It will last long and it won't leave hairs behind in the paint like low-quality brushes do.

Angled brushes are good for cutting around doors and windows, and flat brushes are good for large, flat surfaces. All of the paintbrushes that Mauro discusses can be found at home centers and painting supply stores.

All the tools Richard used to install the vanity, including wrenches, plumber's putty, and PVC glue, can be found at home centers and plumbing supply stores. The vanity and countertop were custom-ordered by the homeowner.

Everything Tom demonstrated, including the wire shelving, wall mounts, and corner brackets, can all be found at home centers.

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