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jimsflies
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2016-02-28 5:24 pm   Permalink

Today was 55...snows almost gone.

I spend a lot of time thinking warm thoughts while staring at my aquarium in the winter...



 
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jimsflies
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2016-05-31 7:36 pm   Permalink

Got the bar spiffed up for some company last weekend. Thought I would share a few photos...the new cell phone definitely takes better pics in lower light.

In an effort to break up the white fence, I've decided that I'm going to leave the bananas in their pots this year and put them in front of the fence as opposed to transferring them to planter. In their place in the planter, I'm going to grow some mint so I have it when I want to make a cocktail. I also planted some flower pouches and hung them on the fence to also breakup the white fence. Not sure how well the pouches work for growing plants...but thought I would try it. They were cheap enough at $2 each.

























As far as things not going right...here are a couple pics of pests and pest damage I'm dealing with:

A woodpecker went nuts on my sail shade posts! These are cedar and I hate thinking about the $30+ per board price tag to replace. I think I'm going to carve some trim to cover the damage and tiki-fy these posts a bit. Maybe they'll look better than original. But that damn woodpecker has to go!!!!



This is a carpenter bee....they look like a bumblebee except they are making swiss cheese out of the cedar beams in the bar. They chew a perfect circle that is about 3/8-inch diameter into the bottom of the beams and purlins. I've been whacking them when I can. I'm wondering if I sprayed some pledge or something on the wood if that would keep them away?




I also had to replace the tiki torches because the metal cans had rusted on my old ones. I almost burned my fence and deck down the other night after installing one of the new torches. I lit it and turned around to sit my tools down, when I looked back a minute later the entire wicker housing was on fire. I had to put it out with the hose. Afterwards I did a little forensic analysis on the torch and it seems like the wick is allowing oil to escape on top of the torch somehow. So now I don't trust these new torches at all. I'm looking for a better solution that isn't made of combustable materials. If I had been away another minute, I think the oil can would have fallen onto the deck and most likely created a massive fire.




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Bam Bam
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Joined: May 13, 2016
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From: NEPA
Posted: 2016-05-31 8:54 pm   Permalink

Those carpenter bees are contemptible. We've had an explosion of them in this area over the last couple years. Only thing to do is spray the holes at dusk and invest in a butterfly net to snag the slow-flying little jerks.

 
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jimsflies
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2016-06-15 9:27 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-05-31 20:54, Bam Bam wrote:
Those carpenter bees are contemptible. We've had an explosion of them in this area over the last couple years. Only thing to do is spray the holes at dusk and invest in a butterfly net to snag the slow-flying little jerks.



They do make pretty easy targets I usually swat them with a beach towel when I see them.

I built several carpenter bee traps last weekend. Here's hoping they work. I think the traps might work I have watched the bees fly around and they are constantly probing holes they find to make a nest. I also plugged all the holes I could find with a 7/16-inch dowel. Most holes were about 2-inches deep before making a turn.


 
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AkronTiki
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Joined: Jun 06, 2016
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From: Akron, OH
Posted: 2016-06-16 07:12 am   Permalink

Your whole backyard/pool space looks spectacular youve done an awesome job. Id like to build a permanent tiki bar, but the wife says no; as it is, I just use one of those large offset umbrellas for shade, which works pretty well over the 6 bar I built. During the winter, most everything gets covered with a tarp or moved into the garage/shed.

It is nice to have mint growing nearby; I have a bunch of it poking through my hostas at the foot of my deck steps and its come in handy a couple of times to make mojitos!

Thankfully, not too many problems with pests where I live although (based on some small muddy footprints) I DO think I had a raccoon checking out the top of my bar, one night a couple of weeks ago


 
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jimsflies
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2016-06-17 6:34 pm   Permalink

Thanks AkronTiki. My wife wasn't too keen on the bar either. I think she likes it more now.

 
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jimsflies
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Posted: 2016-06-27 8:25 pm   Permalink

I started a new project....adding a sink to the bar. To deal with drainage I dug a dry well. I'm going to use NSF approved drinking water hose to get from the house to the bar with the water supply. I will only have cold water but at least there will be functional sink in the bar.







Hope to have this project finished up this weekend. Then I think its time to get the cabinet fronts and doors on the backbar.


 
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Polly_Nesia
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Joined: Jul 21, 2008
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From: California
Posted: 2016-06-28 12:07 am   Permalink

I really like how your area has turned out. These progression threads are great. I personally don't mind the white fence, understanding many times not everything can be changed. We have a BBQ island pergola that is white, although our dining pergola is a brown stain, and I've been trying to think of ways to decorate to distract the eye from the white. That concrete mask on the fence turned out to be a commanding piece. Really nice. And I think the greenery on the fence was a great idea and softens the look, less stark.

You've got carpenter bees there and we have black widow spiders to look out for here. Never want to have anyone sit on a bar stool and brush up against a web at night. Kind of freaks me out thinking about it. Nighttime used to be so much more fun. I assume your bees are only an issue during the day (apart from those nasty holes they make)?

Hey I have an idea for your TV when you are entertaining and not watching a game. If you can add a cheap DVD player to it you could run an animated scene from an aquarium or ocean with fish swimming. Frame the TV as an aquarium.





 
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jimsflies
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2016-07-05 06:01 am   Permalink

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On 2016-06-28 00:07, Polly_Nesia wrote:
I really like how your area has turned out. These progression threads are great. I personally don't mind the white fence, understanding many times not everything can be changed. We have a BBQ island pergola that is white, although our dining pergola is a brown stain, and I've been trying to think of ways to decorate to distract the eye from the white. That concrete mask on the fence turned out to be a commanding piece. Really nice. And I think the greenery on the fence was a great idea and softens the look, less stark.

You've got carpenter bees there and we have black widow spiders to look out for here. Never want to have anyone sit on a bar stool and brush up against a web at night. Kind of freaks me out thinking about it. Nighttime used to be so much more fun. I assume your bees are only an issue during the day (apart from those nasty holes they make)?

Hey I have an idea for your TV when you are entertaining and not watching a game. If you can add a cheap DVD player to it you could run an animated scene from an aquarium or ocean with fish swimming. Frame the TV as an aquarium.




Thanks for taking the time to check out my build and reply. I like your idea about the TV/aquarium. I may be able to hook up my old apple TV to it and stream various clips.

Carpenter bees don't seem to be very aggressive and not an issue at night. Its a tough call between black widows and carpenter bees. At least people can heal... lol. The holes the carpenter bees last forever. (But yeah I'm not a fan of any spider, especially ones that actually do bite.)


 
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jimsflies
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2016-07-05 06:17 am   Permalink

Running water! At least temporarily, the real water hose should get here by the end of the week. I hooked it up to test the dry well capacity.


I timed it out and it took about 5 mintues to fill the dry well using a garden hose in the sink. But then after connecting the hose to the faucet, what I realized is that the sink can't handle that much flow. So I haven't re-timed it yet with the faucet flows, but I have a feeling it's going to take at least 15 minutes with the actual flows.


After filling, the drywell takes about 15 minutes to empty. I dug down about 28-inches for the plastic barrel which I cut the bottom out of. Then I used a post hole digger and when another 4-feet in the center of the barrel. There's a lot of clay in the ground but I hit a couple layers where the clay is less consolidated and has some sand and fine gravel. I summary, I think what I have constructed will work.



The next projects on the list is to lay pavers over the dry well to finish the grade on the right side of the bar. I've also started to face the cabinets and trim out the lower portion of the bar. I've got another big party planned for Aug. 20 so I'm trying to hustle to get as much completed as possible.


 
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Tiki Drifter
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Posted: 2016-07-05 11:59 am   Permalink

Love the faucet spout!

 
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jimsflies
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2016-07-11 10:55 am   Permalink

Trying to knock out a ton of bar projects. Made some headway this weekend.

This weekend, I built a small a deck on the right side of the bar where the dry well is for the sink. I used reclaimed wood from a co-worker who replaced their decking. I'll likely put some brown stain on it to help it last. But now its a lot nicer on the right side of the bar for sitting and standing. Going to build two more bar stools for that side of the bar. I need a tall tiki for next to the fence post there to help "hide" the electrical conduit.




Saturday evening, I relaxed with a mojito made with home grown Yerba Buena.



 
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jimsflies
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2016-07-13 05:50 am   Permalink

Started carving new boards for the sail shade posts on the deck.



I know the white isn't a fan favorite around here. I'm planning to use dark stain on the routed out portion. I think it will look better than previously with no carving and all white. Thoughts?


 
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Posted: 2016-07-13 1:19 pm   Permalink

I like the way it looks now.
That wood part will go grey all by it's self.

The white will flake like a mofo with the weather we get though.

Your place looks great!
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jimsflies
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Posted: 2016-07-13 1:41 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-07-13 13:19, tikiskip wrote:
I like the way it looks now.
That wood part will go grey all by it's self.

The white will flake like a mofo with the weather we get though.

Your place looks great!




The white stain has held up pretty well on the existing poles. But you're right on horizontal surfaces (our house deck railings), the white stain flakes off. I think vertical surfaces tend to fair better since the water doesn't pond on them.

Thanks for the feedback and word of caution. I enjoy doing this stuff the first time, but needing to do it again because it didn't last isn't nearly as much fun.

Got any tricks for keeping the woodpeckers off from the poles?


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