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How to Install a Motorized Light Lift
Scott helps a homeowner raise and lower a light with a motorized lift.

Where to find it?
Scott used installed the ALL200 residential light lift system, manufactured by Aladdin Light Lift. It’s capable of lifting 200 pounds.

Later in the workshop, Scott described another option from Aladdin Light Lift - a remote mount lift that can be used in situations where the motor couldn’t be located directly above the fixture.

The homeowner selected the Orb Chandelier in Bronze, which was purchased from Ballard Designs.

How to Choose and Use a Jig Saw
Tom shows Kevin the best uses for jigsaw and how to choose blades.

Where to find it?
Tom demonstrated best jigsaw practices by showing several examples, including the 561593, Festool Carvex Ps 420 EBQ Jigsaw, manufactured by Festool and the JS470E Top-Handle Jigsaw, manufactured by Bosch Power Tools.

Jigsaw blades can be purchased from home centers and hardware stores.

How to Restore a Green, Healthy Lawn
Roger visits Kentucky to help a homeowner repair his once lush lawn.

To allow more light to reach the lawn, Roger pruned a red maple tree using bypass pruners on the lower branches and a tree pruner on the higher branches.

To remove the layer of thatch that blocks water and nutrients from reaching the roots of the lawn, Roger dethatched the area the lawn using a Ryan Turf Mataway Dethatcher, manufactured by Ryan Turf. This can be rented from a tool rental shop or home center.

After this, he and aerated the lawn to fight soil compaction and allow water and nutrients to reach the roots. For this step, Roger useding a Ryan Turf Lawnaire IV Aerator Walk-Behind, also manufactured by Ryan Turf and available to rent from a tool rental shop or home center.

Based on the results of a soil test, Roger determined that lime needed to be added to raise the pH of the lawn. Lime can be purchased from a garden center or home center and it can be spread using a broadcast spreader set to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Roger then added compost for nutrients and to act as a seed bed. Compost can be purchased from garden centers or landscape suppliers.

The soil t. Both are manufactured by Ryan Turf.est also determined that this lawn was low in nitrogen, so Roger added a fertilizer that has a higher nitrogen proportion. Fertilizers like this can be purchased at home centers.

Based on site conditions and sun exposure, Roger selected a seed mix with a few varieties of fescue and a little bit of bluegrass. The seed was also spread with a broadcast spreader, following the directions on the seed mix bag. Lawn seed can be purchased at home centers and garden centers.

For the grass seed to properly germinate, it needs to be watered several times a day until the lawn is established.

Expert assistance for this project was provided by One Guy and a Lawnmower.

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