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Old 08-01-2011, 12:16 PM   #76
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took friday off and did a last minuite dash to get some shade up for my birthday party.



dug down to pour piers to support the weight of the deck






this was annoying, the 6x6 i special ordered we 6 and an 1/8th and wouldnt fit into the pier brackets of the simpson strong tie brackets for the glulamb. I called a local lumber yard who confirmed they had the right 6x6 that measured 5.5 inches. WHen i get them back they were 5 5/8ths and still didnt fit. At that point i just hacked off the steel tab and re welded it. I know that a big no-no but it was the quickest way out.










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didnt finish building a gas log but we did break it in with wood



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Old 08-18-2011, 08:49 AM   #78
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:13 PM   #79
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Been lagging on finishing the backyard, but we've been enjoying it plenty. Summer is coming fast so Ive got some new found motivation. The deck had to come back down and get shifted over after I found a new spiral stair case that i bought second hand. No biggie, just more labor. Some times it pays to have drawn plans and stick to them. As the piers up against the house dried out they twisted and pulled away from the house about an inch at the top. Since attaching them to the house wall would defeat the purpose of the pier in the first place Im kind of at a loss for what to do. My buddy says leave the twist, just cut them down another 5.5 inches and run a cross post between the two. What do you guys think? Im still looking at options to cover them completely. I looked into the foam covers that you stucko over, or building a planter around the base and then painting them the 6x6 the same color as the house. We want to cap the bottom of the joists with plywood and stucko over everything so it looks like a finished eve of the house.


these are the guys that twisted. the hard part is finding a cover that will look good over those and also match the two pillars on the end of the deck


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This was a kit. I assembled in on the ground like this which was complete waste of time. If you ever do one just put it together upright, It will come out way better. The plan is to pick out balusters for the deck railing and ad them to this staircase, fully weld it and powder coat it.

Im in the process of pulling wire to ad a infratech heater, bbq hood, two fans, can lights and speakers. We've been mocking up all the pieces so that we can get ready for stucko.



We have to ad rain gutter along the edge of the deck. Our gutters around the rest of the house are rotted and need replacement so we started looking at options. We drove to some of the nicer homes in the area and came across this


Its real copper and they want $80/ft installed. The crazy thing is in two years its tarnished and patina'd into a dull greenish brown. I got a steel gutter sample and took it over to a powder coater who is doing a sample. The color swatch looks like real copper but we will see on the actual gutter. The best part about it is it will stay looking like polished copper. The down side is the gutter quote was 2K and the powder coating estimate is $1800. Anyone been down this road before? They sell powder coated pre fab gutter at home depot so Im thinking its going to work out. For down spouts I plan on fabricating them out of aluminum mandrel bends and straight pipes, then powder coating.
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Got some landscaping done





We picked up a new hobby



Had the gutters done as well, we are looking into crown moulding underneath

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You don't do anything small-scale do you? Hehe.

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some more landscaping-

I took out those thee bushed by the water line and dug out the rock every 3 feet. Put about 2 gallons of soil down and planted trailing ice plant. Im hoping the whole levy will be covered in a few years








Before the stucco guys started i noticed these cracks. The stucco contractor said its normal?!? Do I have anything to worry about?











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Anyone know who makes those. I've seen them online from 40-80 each. I need about 25 of them and want to go direct to the source
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I would try a marine supply store. I used an old 12V transformer and bought 8 recessed waterproof LED lamps from a marine place for $3 a piece. For some reason I didn't feel like paying $450 for a "Kit" as they like to call them.
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awesome- yea the prices seem rediculous for 3 or 7 LEDs. and a piece of angle. I picked up some more cabinets over the weekend- Mocking them up last night and taking some measurments turned into staying up till 2 am and installing them-



I ended up turning a 30 inch tall x18 on it side and furing it out 2 inches to get the width needed. Also had to cut out the back side to fit the stereo reciever- a little hill billy but for $500 im not complaining.

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I would try a marine supply store. I used an old 12V transformer and bought 8 recessed waterproof LED lamps from a marine place for $3 a piece. For some reason I didn't feel like paying $450 for a "Kit" as they like to call them.


got any pics? I only have 1.5 inches of lip from my stucco to thye edge of my cap stone some im looking for something really slender like in the link.
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wow stucco is a mess-










got the stair treads on as well- not as dark as i like but ill go bacl and redo it when the rail gets powdercoating

ive got a birthday bbq party on sat :0 Its like yard crashers except no crew and I have a full time job- haha I think im going to be inviting some freinds over for pizza on friday night and have a suprise for them
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