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Installing Natural Bamboo Sliding Panel Shades
Project: Storm-Ready Design, Episode 13, Part 3
Brazilian Walnut or Ipe hardwood flooring is installed over a concrete slab as Jesse Bartusek explains how the concrete is tested for moisture content, sealed, and troweled with polyurethane adhesive. The floor planks are laid out on the adhesive, tapped in place with a rubber mallet, and taped to hold them in place for at least four hours, preferably 24. Dan Gerry installs a Moen burnished brass faucet with a pullout sprayer and shutoff valves below. In the main living area, an Energy Star-rated ceiling fan, fluorescent lights, and energy saving fixtures are wired in. A Square D All House Surge Arrester is connected to the phone, television, electrical, satellite and cable TV lines to protect the home from damaging stray voltage, power surges, and lightning. The self-monitoring system stops and redirects stray voltage to a ground to protect electrical appliances, data, cable, and phone lines. Smith & Noble bamboo panel-track blinds are hung and pass one in front of the other to screen the large patio doors. With help from family members, Teresa’s brother Kalo constructs fastener-free, woven, bamboo partition fences to surround a Zen-like garden that is his gift to the homeowners.
- Part 1: Installing Hardwood Floors over Concrete
- Part 2: Plumbing Fittings and Faucets, Energy Star, Whole-House Surge Protection
- Part 3: Installing Natural Bamboo Sliding Panel Shades
- Cindy O'Reilly from Smith & Noble is on site to install the natural bamboo, sliding-panel shades. Smith & Noble's catalog and Web site give directions for measuring, ordering, and installing their window fixtures. First the brackets and head rails are screwed in place. The head rails have tracks that carry the panels one behind the other to open fully to one panel width exposed. O'Reilly tells Bob how Smith & Noble is currently debuting a measuring tool online that will ultimately be available to customers everywhere. O'Reilly also shows Bob the bamboo roman shades that are being installed over the windows. These shades are woven on a loom with reeds that are individually hand fed.
- Part 4: Custom Bamboo Garden
When hurricanes strike again and again, as they did in Florida in 2004, the effects are devastating. Bob Vila and crew work to completely rebuild a damaged house, using new standards for storm-ready housing. Along the way, Bob investigates a home's vulnerabilities in extreme weather and learns why some building systems fail and others succeed.
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