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Old 05-21-2009, 03:25 PM   #31
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I will definately do that. Would anyone care to comment as to whether it might look better to make my granite "grill area" counter sections with smooth edges, or leave the granite chunks rough cut? (I think they call it a rock face finish).

I posted a thread about this in the general area, but not a single hit.

I'm gonna flank the grill with some counters. Either like a bar that you could sit at, or more like a full cabinet for outdoor storage there. I have chunks of granite that are 4 and 5 feet long, and I can trim them down and get 18" clean width, or I can use a hammer and rough up the edge more (take out the drill hole marks) and get between 18 and 20" of width, with a jaggy edge.

I'm not sure which would work better for this application.

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Old 05-21-2009, 03:37 PM   #32
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I really like the look of the rock face finish.

Especially in an outdoor setting I think that would look better than a smooth finish.

I am even going to contemplate using that edge finish in my kitchen when we add the granite countertop. Of course it has to meet with approval from the Boss.

Do any of the experts have any concerns with this?
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Old 05-21-2009, 03:46 PM   #33
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The only thing I can think of with the rough edge is grease stain/build up
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Old 05-21-2009, 05:20 PM   #34
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I see. Thanks guys. To make sure we're on the same page here. If I were gonna try and smooth it, I'd have to first use a diamond blade angle grinder and rough a straight edge, then find some carbide sandpaper for my orbital sander, and a filter mask. Will the little paper ones work? And sand it down, semi smooth by hand.

If I were leaving a "rock face", well, right now, its width varies from 18" to 20", very jagged, dips in, and out the whole length. I'd asically leave it like that, just use a masonry chissel and hammer and chip away from edge to get rid of where the blast core holes were drilled and are still visible. It would be VERY rough, and varied along the edge, and I'd possibly use my sander to just dull the "sharp edge" at the polished face, so noone got cut.

With the smooth square edge, I'd try to build it like a counter sitting on a cabinet for storage.

If I leave it like a "flagstone" looking piece, I'd probably just build a frame of "2 bys" so as when you sit the stone on top, you really don't see whats holding it up underneath it. Make sense? I'd attach with a little silicone.

The latter would be cheaper and easier, I just didn't wanna ruin these beautiful pieces of stone by doing something stupid.

I've attached a pic of my granite hunks here.
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:02 AM   #35
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Rhizzlebop, I'm sorry it's "late in the game", but I would consider stopping for a week, and re-frame with the advice here, if necessary, according to local code before continuing. No sense applying good Greek solutions to Roman problems.

I'm just imagining a nightmare senario years from now when you're all ready to move, and the inspector says:"no permit pulled=$1,000 fine, insufficient footings and sill rot=condemed".

I've talked to several Realtors who all say a porch/deck adds signifigant value to a property.
You're definitly on the right track.
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:54 AM   #36
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At the risk of more comments, I'm posting a couple followup pics now that all the framing is finished. It is ROCK Solid.
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Old 06-14-2009, 07:36 PM   #37
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Per the suggestion of some well informed builders on this forum, I have gone back and added two galvanized 16d 3 1/2" deck/patio nails to each end of every joist and to each leg and to the facia boards all the way around. It really is rock solid now.

This weekend I got the gazebo moved down into position and am now ready to top off the large deck and then on to the wrap around bench and a few columns for lights.

I'm gonna use low voltage lighting wired by means of plugging the transformer into a switched outlet. I also ran conduit in all directions underneath to make wiring it easy.

For the main light I'm gonna use columns, extending up from the deck surface 6 or 7 ft made by sandwiching two 2x4s between two pieces of decking(so that its hollow in the middle for wiring.

For lighting i'm gonna use the low volt lantern that stand about 2 ft tall and mount those to the top of the column.

One column will be against the house right where the step-up is and that one will also have a waterproof switch to turn the lights on and off with.

Here are a couple updated pics. I'm 100% confident this whole deck, once finished is the nicest deck in this entire neighborhood (about 1000 homes) and should add 6 to 8 thousand dollars to my value, maybe more. In this neighborhood, houses run between 120 and 140 range usually.
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Check out these pics. In the first one, do you notice anything not quite normal. (sing that sesame street tune as you look ....one of these things is not like the other...one of these things is just not the same....) haha.

In the second pic, I'm trying to nail down a sealer/stain color. I've 99% decided I'm going with the One Time wood product, just can't decide the color. Nnatural looks bland, red cedar looks way too red. At this moment I'm leaning towards Golden Honey.

In the second pick, the long boards have a mix of 1:1 red cedar and natural (top/both) and 2:1 natural:red cedar (bottom/both)
The small boards to the right show pure golden honey and the single board all the way to the right is natural.

The pics were taken at about 8 pm, so the ligt was getting low.

I just think with my almond/tan vinyl house, and the creme/beige pvc gazebo, that anything red will clash.

Ignore the piece of board all the way in the lower right, its just a piece of decking with nothing on it.

Thoughts?
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I have been getting Granite scrap pieces from someone who works in the industry that would go into a dumpster otherwise. I have been thinking of a mosaic look laid over concrete. I have pieces of every size and shape. Any thoughts for this?

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