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Old 10-15-2012, 12:08 PM   #106
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thanks pete-

Got a lot done this weekend- hot tub went up without a hitch, the deck seems to carry the weight really well- got it all wired and working.

I put three coats of Dupont Natural Stone sealer down where the hot tub is but you cant tell. I thought the sealer was supposed to make it a little glossy or give it the wet look?





this is a good example of how not to use a lift. It worked perfectly but dont show OSHA





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Old 10-15-2012, 01:07 PM   #107
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now the final railing can be test fit- then it all comes back down for powder coating. Still need to find someone who can roll out a steel hand rail for spiral stair case. I bought a harbor freight radius roller to build some gates for a customer but they didn't have to spiral. I might just give if a go and see what happens.



worse case scenario I waste 25 ft of tubing
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:36 PM   #108
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There are different DuPont sealers- you need the enhancer/gloss finish.
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There are different DuPont sealers- you need the enhancer/gloss finish.

ill check what i get when i get home. I dont mind the flat look- i just want whatever is going to shed the most water
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wooooooo wooooo!!! i dont care if its 3 am when it heats up, ive got to try it out tonight
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:07 AM   #111
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Looks awesome. I want a hot tub so bad, but I'm in Miami so it's hot every day and night, don't know if I'd use to much.
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slowly chipping away at it each night. Finished the grout friday night, sealed it on sat. Got the staircase welded up, bent up a steel hand rail last night with the help of my wife and a neihbor. It was easy to get the radius, then we had to get creative to put the twist in it. We shoved it under a tire on my truck, when that didnt work we used the threshhold of the house to hold the center and one guy on each end with a pipe wrench. I should have ordered mild steel. I only have chromoly in stock at the shop for building race car roll cages. I should have know better the stuff doesnt want to bend. When I use the tubing bender I get around 8 degrees spring back as opposed to 3-4 with mild steel. ANyway its so close Im going to do some torch work tonight and get it perfect and start welding the balusters in.











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on the stair case front I got the hand rail about dialed. Had to dig deep and think like McGyver to get it where I wanted with little tools and help. still need to pull a kink I put in it and anneal the entire thing to release all the spring tension. I used ratchet straps to pull it tight to the stairs and tacked it on every step. Hopefully everything will stay put when I cut off the tacks. The plan is to bring the big torch home and try and bend some crown to match the other straight railings. Im not sure its going to work but its worth a try.









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the annealing trick worked. As I cut the rail loose it stayed put. Got the pickets welded solid and doubled them up with the decorative pieces as well. What a difference, solid as a rock now. Im dropping it all off at powder coating then reinstall it.







this is the color the wife chose. Im not too sure but happy wife happy life

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Just a idea, with that type of powercoat, you can have them coat it with a color changing clear. Maybe clear to silver or silver to bronze or copper. It will look normal and as you look at it at different angles only the black areas will change to the copper or all silver color. Its a pretty cool effect. I did many jet ski exhausts like that but used a color changing clear with blue or red and made it pop.
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finally back from the coaters and reinstalled! the powder guys talked me into gloss which i dont particularly like but they swear it will wear better than satin.









just for fun- the wife went to a purse party last sunday and left me at home alone to put up lights. A bottle of captain later this is what I came up with







i cant believe it hasnt caught fire yet. Thats the biggest 110 extension cord that home depot had, two extension cord T's, 3 strands of c9 bulbs, and 21 strands of mini lights.

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Old 12-06-2012, 06:28 PM   #118
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Looks great!
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wow what a project! Looks amazing. How did you find granite for so cheap????? They're usually a few $K per slab!!!!
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