Recent content by Riles_J

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    About to adventure into building a Barbecue Island

    The concrete counters are holding up great. I love them. Pretty bullet proof outside. I have only one crack in the entire concrete and it is in that thin concrete cap strip on the backsplash that you are referencing. I put rebar in it so it is not even noticeable. You are correct in that I...
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    About to adventure into building a Barbecue Island

    I will take a stab at some of your questions: - getting components first? I would since it does enable you to rough fit things in so you don't get everything built just to find out later something didn't fit. I would make exceptions for the fridge/kegerator. For those I would look at...
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    Started My ODK

    Dimensions look very similar to the ODK I built a few years back. I will vote for concrete counters. I love the way my concrete looks and has held up through the years. As far as cutting the cement board, I used a circular saw with a cement blade. Makes for a dust bowl, but it was easier for...
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    outdoor faucet

    There are many single handle bar faucets for pretty cheap (under $100). That is what is on my ODK. I do have to winterize and drain though. I waited too long one year and busted up the faucet. Riles
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    Pix of counter

    I am no expert but I would not wait 4 weeks to polish. That was one regret that I had when doing my counters that I waited too long to start grinding. Waiting 4 weeks to get on it with a grinder means that you will have to do a whole lot more grinding since the surface is so hard at that...
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    What are your thoughts on this?

    Got it. Nice place! I think your layout looks great. As far as drawers go, I don't have any. I have two open spaces beneath my grill and my sink and they don't really get used that much. I have a slide out trash that is nice but to be honest is not entirely utilized well either. I'm sure...
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    What are your thoughts on this?

    Where is your pool at? Can you show a little more of your plan to include the pool? I would consider that in your layout as well. I have a low bar that you can sit at to converse with the cooks, but also serves as seating for people wanting to overlook the pool. I still like the original...
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    Rivet question re grab size and question for those who didn't use rivets...

    I started using rivets, and had a pneumatic rivet gut that never really worked for me. Probably because it was a real cheap one. As a result I switched to screws and they were so much easier. Not more broken drill bits from pre-drilling and the riveting was just a lot harder for me. It did...
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    ODK Kegerator in Texas heat?

    I have both in Tennessee and it gets plenty hot here. My fridge is just an indoor under counter that I got off craigslist cheap. It works great for keeping sodas/waters/beers and grilling stuff cool while entertaining. I use it a bunch. I also have a kegerator with a triple tap that stays...
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    Generic Kreepy Krauly...

    Just a follow up to this post after using this cleaner through the winter. While this cleaner does well with dirt and fines on the bottom once I got to fall/winter this cleaner did not meet my expectations. As the poster above said, this cleaner does not pick up leaves, at least not very well...
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    SWG During Winter

    I live in TN, with some freezing temps in winter, and I have never closed my pool. I do have a freeze timer that kicks on when temps get cold to protect the pipes, but I was just curious if anyone removes their SWG over the winter? Seems a bit overkill, but being it is out of the ground it is...
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    Generic Kreepy Krauly...

    This is the one I purchased. http://www.amazon.com/XtremepowerUS-Automatic-Cleaner-Vacuum-generic-Testing/dp/B007QGXRQA
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    Generic Kreepy Krauly...

    Just received my Generic Kreepy as well. My Jacuzzi Tracker (thePoolCleaner) finally bit the bullet and I needed something fast and cheap. So far this thing works pretty good. It tends to not want to visit the shallow end as much I would like, but some adjustment may be needed. It cleans...
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    BBQ Build In the Works

    As others have said, I would also prefer it to be in the pool area. I'm not sure all of the things you are trying to accomplish in that space but it seems like there is enough room to do a lot without having to push it down on the side. In my pool area most everyone just sits around the...
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    What are your thoughts on this?

    Looks very cool and well laid out. The only hesitation I would have is framing the cut/out for the large 8-burner grill that you indicate may have to be replaced in the near future. The odd sized cut-out may or may not work with future replacements. I would just keep that in mind with my...