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  1. Riles_J

    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...
  2. Riles_J

    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...
  14. Riles_J

    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...
  15. Riles_J

    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...
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    BBQ Build In the Works

    Looks good. I would be interested to see how this flows with the rest of your area if you have any overall pics/drawings. The only consideration I had with the layout is whether to swap the fridge/trash so you don't have your fridge trying to keep thing cool next to a grill trying to get...
  17. Riles_J

    Buy or Build ... help

    Re: Build vs. Buy With basic construction skills you can build it yourself for a fraction of that. It all depends on what appliances you want, how big, and taste for finishes. A little more information on what you are looking for will help. Riles
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    Riles Pool Renovation

    The renovation is going pretty good after hitting a few snags of course. Broke the pool light right before I was planning to drop the liner so I had to order and install a new and I was able to drop the new liner last weekend and filled it up. Things went pretty well with the liner install...
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    Newbie and 1st BBQ Island Build

    I will take a stab at few of these: 1) Hard to say without pics, but I would think square with the wall 2) Just bolt to bottom. By the time you are done it will weigh enough that it won't be going anywhere 3) I just used a cheap metal chop saw blade. Those are the ones that look like a big...
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    New build. Advice?

    I did not get any white residue after doing the grinding on my counters. They did get lighter, but it seemed pretty uniform. I did not use any acid. I just ground them down and sealed it. As far as sealer, I just went with a Behr concrete sealer that I got at Home Depot. Hunting for sealers...
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    New build. Advice?

    Very nice job on the island and the counters. Did you end up using Cheng products for your counters? Looks like the same color I used, Saddle? Riles
  22. Riles_J

    Let the build begin!!!

    I will take a stab. Trex footers are cheaper for one, but it also allows for water to move through instead of pooling. I didn't use trex, but some Ipe I had left over from my deck. I do not notice that you can see little gaps down there unless I was really straining to find them. I would...
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    Light Niche Bonding

    The bolt/washer idea is exactly what I was thinking of doing after puzzling on this. I plan to run a bolt with washer though to the outside, extending about an inch. Then another washer and nut on the outside giving me something to clamp my bonding cable to. Then I was planning to just just a...
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    Light Niche Bonding

    Makes sense that the potting compound is only to waterproof. The bonding lug that came off was probably integral to the can but over the course of time is weakened and pulled out. I don't really need a new lug at this point I just need a way to reattach securely back onto the can and then...
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    Light Niche Bonding

    Best I can tell is that the bonding lug should be covered with a potting compound on the inside and that is what holds it in and seals it. Can anyone confirm that? I was also wondering if the potting compound can be applied on the exterior as I probably have better access to the outside of the...
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    Light Niche Bonding

    i am currently remodeling and installing a new bonding loop. I dug down to my light niche and when I went to connect the copper to the external bonding lug, the lug came out. Does anyone have any suggestions on reattaching the lug? I'm really hoping this doesn't involve soldering or something...
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    Riles Pool Renovation

    Slowly but surely things are coming along. New plumbing is in, with the exception of new skimmer. Looking at moving on to installing foundation for diving board and ladders. Question: When I removed my two ladders they did not have any sort of anchor installed. They just have a hole in the...
  28. Riles_J

    New Construction and Planning Ahead for Outdoor Kitchen

    Thanks that helps, and hopefully a few others will chime in to get others thoughts. Maybe another way to think of it is, if you were entertaining folks outside for a pool party. Where would they be hanging out? It seems like people would naturally spill out of the great room onto the porch...
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    New Construction and Planning Ahead for Outdoor Kitchen

    How would most people access your pool? It seems like it would be through the Great Room, out onto the porch, down the steps and into the backyard? If that was the case then I would try to incorporate the outdoor kitchen into the porch in some fashion. Maybe just extending the portion of the...
  30. Riles_J

    New Construction and Planning Ahead for Outdoor Kitchen

    I do not really have a good feel for the overall plan, but my first impression was that the covered patio seems to be off on it's own with no direct access. It looks like you have a dining/porch area in your plan. Incorporating the covered patio into this area seems like it would provide...