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post #331 of 364
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I know this is a Bar "Build" post, sometimes you just have to put the drill down and have some fun!




Read all about my Summer Bash 2012: CLICK HERE!

See ya guys over on my blog. Some good pics of the bar in action.
Edited by brian12566 - 7/21/12 at 7:27pm
post #332 of 364
Looks like a good time. Maybe TOO good . . . tongue.gif
post #333 of 364
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Hello everyone!!

Not much to report other then this birthday present my parents got for me:



I hung it up as soon as possible much to the chagrin of the Mrs.



The Boss has stated that if I leave that sign on during non party times I will be sleeping in the backyard. Deal. SO the sign is on every Friday and Saturday night. biggrin.gif
post #334 of 364
Thats really funny cool.gif
post #335 of 364
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IN the spirit of keeping everyone abreast of my progress, I would like to report that I am making prepartions to stain the concerete floor.

Frist task was to repair the damage caused by the concrete saw when the French Door was installed. I got out the thin set mix, threw in some water and slung some mud around up in this joint. Pun sooo intended.



The stain was delivered the other day, now it is a matter of finding the time to do it.
post #336 of 364
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Originally Posted by brian12566 View Post

Hello everybody!
I have been busy busy busy building a pool deck. Here is what it looks like now:
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Getting to this point was one year in the making.
Because I am too lazy to copy and paste it from my blog (and have to edit all the pics) please just click below and head on over to my blog. Coffee is on and I just swept.
HERE IS THE STORY

loved reading your blog about that build. very nice addition there!

we have been really lucky that all the building dept inspectors we ever dealt with have been more than nice to us! I have a feeling that it was because we did all the work ourselves. One told me he didn't worry much about owners that build, since they will WANT the best stuff to make it work, owners generally do not cut corners.

which makes me ask, with all your talents on building your bar, why didn't you just build it yourself? My daughter decided to add a pool to our backyard this summer and we added on a deck ( only 24 x 24 so far) in 2 weeks (were under pressure to get it done for a party) took 2 weekends & several weekday nights) (gotta add those pics to my other post, I guess)

anyway, so sorry you had hassles with contractors........



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post #337 of 364
Brian,

Just read the entire "Deck Douche" story. I've dealt with a few zeros - but your experience tops them all.
At least in the end you have a great decked pool, god knows you earned it and then some !!
post #338 of 364
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Originally Posted by muffyn 
loved reading your blog about that build. very nice addition there!
we have been really lucky that all the building dept inspectors we ever dealt with have been more than nice to us! I have a feeling that it was because we did all the work ourselves. One told me he didn't worry much about owners that build, since they will WANT the best stuff to make it work, owners generally do not cut corners.
which makes me ask, with all your talents on building your bar, why didn't you just build it yourself? My daughter decided to add a pool to our backyard this summer and we added on a deck ( only 24 x 24 so far) in 2 weeks (were under pressure to get it done for a party) took 2 weekends & several weekday nights) (gotta add those pics to my other post, I guess)
anyway, so sorry you had hassles with contractors........
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Truth is, my deck was not easy. It has 2- 45 degree angles on a round pool. The framing alone was very difficult- My contractor had professional framer handle it. All he does is frames. And does them well. He stated that my deck was a challenge, a fun challenge that he has not had in a long time. I wanted this deck done right as I knew there would be times where as much as 30 people would be on it. I know my contractor did not cut any corners as he lives across the street and uses the deck with his family.
post #339 of 364
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Brian,
Just read the entire "Deck Douche" story. I've dealt with a few zeros - but your experience tops them all.
At least in the end you have a great decked pool, god knows you earned it and then some !!

Thanks for reading my blog and the kind words!!

An update on the deck situation- We got a call from the New York State Attorney General's office. There is an open investigation on Deck Douche and there are 12 people named on the complaint- me being one of them. There is a good chance we will all be getting our money back including money paid out for failed inspections and money paid to contractors to fix Deck Douche's ****** work.

I am not holding my breath.
post #340 of 364
Excellent - I hope the best for ya!!
And penalties (jail) for DD??
post #341 of 364
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Yesterday, I pulled the tap and got this:



What the hell? The keg was working fine two days ago. What changed? Oh, I know. I defrosted the kegerator freeing the thermostat from being incased in ice. That could be it? Has to be, it is the only thing that changed.
I took the keg out and discovered frost on the side of the keg, and most of the beer inside was frozen solid. I shook the keg and heard the distinctive "thunk" of the frozen beer hitting the side of the keg. $hit.. What do I do now? ..I decided to untap the keg shut off the Co2, and leave the keg out overnight to defrost. Then another night. And another. Could not believe it took 3 days to defrost.

I wanted to test it before I went through the trouble of putting the keg back in and setting the Co2, so I tapped the keg while it was still out of the kegerator using an old pump-style tap (think frat party).. Beer flowed. Next came the all important taste-test. Tastes fine and major crisis averted. Life can go on.

So what happened? After I cleaned the kegerator, I left the thermostat control on MAX. Whoops.

Not frozen no more:



In case you are wondering: Those brown speckles on the head of the beer (Killian's Irish Red) is a mixture of Brown Sugar, Nutmeg, and Cinnamon.
Edited by brian12566 - 12/14/12 at 4:50am
post #342 of 364
Yo hey, O'Shea! Whatup dude?!



Since you seem to have been slacking on both your AVS build thread and your blog lately, can we assume you are spending every spare moment getting ready for this year's bar & pool opening party? I hope so, because I have been working out like crazy to get myself into speedo shape for the pool opening part, so better keep your eye on Laurie or you never know ...



OK, perhaps "working out" might be stretching things a little bit, but I have purchased a gym membership and am hoping that somehow, by osmosis perhaps, said membership will magically transform me back into my youthful fighting weight. I mean, shouldn't good intentions count for something nowadays?!



So update us already, Brian! I got a fever, and the only thing prescription is more O'Shea cowbell! wink.gif
post #343 of 364
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Hello all my loyal readers! (all 2 of you left)

Got so tired of my bar collecting more dust then a hoarder's house, I finally stained the concerete floor in my bar!

Here is the story with before and after picCLICK HERE FOR BAR FLOOR STAIN STAIN
post #344 of 364
OK ;

Proud to be the first of your 2 loyal readers to respond!!

So Brian - show me some new photos; party pictures please !!!
post #345 of 364
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Ask and you shall recieve!

On Saturday, I went to Lowes and bought all of this $hit-



and turned it into:







The look of a wood floor with porcelian tile!

FInally, that hallway floor that has been haunting me is finally done.

Party pics coming as soon as I have a party. :-)
post #346 of 364
Hey,

So I poke you for photos several weeks ago, and then;
You go out and buy, install, and document your porcelain tiles floor in LESS than 3 weeks - Not Bad !! smile.gif
So when is the party ??

A special thanks for those photos - I had recently heard of faux wood porcelain tiles, and had become very curious - the look is excellent (and as a bonus it is spill/waterproof)
post #347 of 364
Hmm. Those tiles are kinda neat.
post #348 of 364
Looks good, your grout turned out much better than mine.
post #349 of 364
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So when is the party ??

A special thanks for those photos - I had recently heard of faux wood porcelain tiles, and had become very curious - the look is excellent (and as a bonus it is spill/waterproof)

The next party is August 3rd..all ya' all are invited!

The faux wood porcelain tiles really, truly look like a wood floor..well worth the money. (2.48 sq ft at Lowes)
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Hmm. Those tiles are kinda neat.

Thanks Nick! They are strong too.

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Looks good, your grout turned out much better than mine.

What kind did you use and what is your joint? Mine joint width was 1/16th and I used non sanded grout.
post #350 of 364
Mine was 1/4 and used sanded so that must have been it. Someone told me I wiped it too much during sponging and pulled most of the color out. oh well. I'd rather have lighter grout than grout stuck on the surface of the tile (don't ask). smile.gif

Next time I'll do 1/16 and non-sanded after looking at yours. I went with the walnut from Lowes, which tile did you go with? Pics are probably on page 9 or 10 of my thread if interested.
post #351 of 364
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Thought it would be fun to post a before and after pic

Pic on the left was taken Sept 2008 and the pic on the right taken July 2013

post #352 of 364
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Ok, so the bar is built, ok mostly built....so, now what?

What do you do with a fully functional bar? You throw a party!

I threw a Summer Bash in August and naturally forgot to take pictures because I am the memory of a goldfish on crack. Luckily, a friend of mine remembered to bring her camera and snap some pictures.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PICS AND READ ALL ABOUT IT.

I hope to be posting some more build stuff soon. At this point, I guess it is more improvement - slash - I should have built it differently posts- but still like to share with you guys.
post #353 of 364
Nice job on finishing the bar ... and forgetting your camera for this summer's bash! Next year, MO PICTURES!!

Until the fates allow otherwise, here is my virtual toast to you on completing the bar!





Hopefully one of these years we can share one IRL (as my teenage girls say it! I am so hip I can't stand to be in the same room as myself!)

Cheers,

Drive By Hanes
post #354 of 364
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Originally Posted by hanesian View Post

Nice job on finishing the bar ... and forgetting your camera for this summer's bash! Next year, MO PICTURES!!

Until the fates allow otherwise, here is my virtual toast to you on completing the bar!





Hopefully one of these years we can share one IRL (as my teenage girls say it! I am so hip I can't stand to be in the same room as myself!)

Cheers,

Drive By Hanes

I look forward to it Hanes! Next time you are in the New York City Metropolitan area.. stop by for free beer.
post #355 of 364
Can i ask a question relating to your bar? How much space do you have from behind the bar to the back wall? I'm in the early planning stages and I have a hard balancing act between giving myself enough space behind the bar and enough space on the corner of the bar where I have a wall. It's driving me nuts!

Also for your kegerator. I need to also figure this part out. I was looking at maybe building my own but finding a mini fridge that would hold not just corny kegs but a half barrel may be tough? What are you using for this? I also want to put the tower directly out of the top of the bar. It looks like you have yours built right in. Do you have issues with heat or is it meant to be built in?

Thanks in advance!
post #356 of 364
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Good question! I remember stuggling with this very measurement myself! The distance is 3 feet, which is the same distance as most hallways. Not alot of room back there, but you do not need alot of room back there. Just enough for one person to manuever around and make drinks - especially is space is at a premium like it was for me.

The picture below is from September 2008, as you can see the space between the wall and the back of the bar is only about 3 feet.



For my kegerator, I went with a Summit Under Counter Kegerator...



As you can see from the picture, I used a PVC pipe wrapped in insulation to keep the beer line running from the nice cool kegerator to the tower. If not insultaed, the first beer of the night poured will be the warm beer that has been sitting in the beer line. Gross and unhealthy. So insulating the beer line as it comes out of the kegerator, through the bartop and into the tower is paramount.
When I put the bartop on, I drilled a hole in the bartop and pulled the PVC pipe (with beer line in it) up through. Then, carefully put the tower on the PVC pipe, I had to trim down the PVC pipe a little, but expected that, as I kept the PVC pipe big and long to make installation easier.

Also, do not buy a stand alone Kegerator because it is only $500 while the under counter kegerator is $1000. It has to do with how each different model disperses the heat. Under the counter has limited space to where the heat goes so it uses a different system then the stand alone. Don't skimp. If your kegerator is going to be built, don't use the stand alone and build it in...it will overheat and cease working destroying the beer inside- the real trajedy.

Oh I forgot...here is a link to the SUMMIT KEGERATOR I bought.

And here is the story of my bar build. Each post is numbered because that is how I roll. BAR BUILD STORY
Edited by brian12566 - 10/3/13 at 5:45am
post #357 of 364
Thanks for the response! I hope to have a build link going in the near future to help others myself!

Yea for me space is defiantly at a premium for me as well. I'll go do some measuring tonight and see. Maybe a few photos. I'm doing the whole basement at once which includes the bar and a separate "Media room". A bathroom and small sitting area for the kids and video games.
I am also building a touch screen jukebox as you did. I've been planning it for over a year. I am going to use an older laptop which I already have running album player. I have it connected to my 4 jbl speakers in the bar area simply with a 35mm to rca cable. I plan to get a touch screen overlay and wire up a remote power button and build a nice box to hold it in and mount it to the wall. Right now it's fully functional and plays my mp3 collections through my network. I can also control it from my phone.

I was hoping to not have to spend a ton on the beer system but as I'm learning I'm not sure how to get around it. I want to build the keg into the bar but I wasn't counting on 1000 bucks. So here's my dilemma. I do need to start framing the bar and get it going so I can plan my electrical and things rolling. However I not having the actual kegerator I guess I'll just have to look at online dimensions and build the space to accommodate. Then when it's time to actually get something I'll just have to make sure it will fit.
post #358 of 364
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I think if you do not spend money on a quality beer system, you'll be a pennywise and a dollar foolish...or whatever the saying is. I think you should not "build your own" as it will be no where near efficient or effective as a bought one. But that is just my opinion. biggrin.gif

The link I provided to the summit above also as the dimensions- even the amount of space needed to open the door.
post #359 of 364
Thanks for the advice. You are probably right. I've been debating on when to start the bar building phase as it is. Right now I'm basically done with framing and working on the electrical. I should be done with electric by christmas. So I think maybe what I'll do is run my conduit to a receptical right where the bar will attach to the wall so I can electify the bar at a latter time. I'm thinking now maybe I should just wait until the basement is about done before worrying about the bar or I may never end up finishing it! I keep running into issues where I can't finish one thing until I figure out another thing and it's dragging this project to a halt. So if I finish my electric but leave the option to easily continue into the bar at a later date. Then get my network and speaker lines in. Drywall, then get the floor down. Then get the bar going I don't have to worry about knowing the thinckness of my flooring and all that prior to bar construction. Plus I won't have so many other projects going on at once and I will be able to spend my time on just the bar.
post #360 of 364
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One day at a time, one project at a time. There is only so much money and so much time. Have you read my blog's bar build posts?

Buy an undercounter kegerator- You won't regret it.
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