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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2012-06-02 7:54 pm   Permalink

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174 bottles
im on my way over, start mixin

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pappythesailor
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Joined: Jul 07, 2005
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From: Mass.
Posted: 2012-06-07 12:54 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-05-30 06:17, tikiskip wrote:
For your home tiki bar you will need LOTS of shelving.
Make what you think is way too much shelves then make more.
You will need space for your Booze, mugs, other tiki stuff.
And maybe a book or two.





I have to disagree for two reasons. 1. I don't have a single shelf in Bora Bora Basement--this is strictly a matter of taste. and 2. If you find you need one, you can add a shelf later.

Now electrical outlets--THAT's something you want lots of.


 
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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2012-06-07 6:09 pm   Permalink

I ran outlets, in my ceiling, all around the perimeter, operated by wall switches. Best thing I ever did.

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2012-06-07 8:17 pm   Permalink

" I don't have a single shelf in Bora Bora Basement"
Where do you store your booze, glasses, ECT?


 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2012-06-08 07:10 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-06-07 18:09, Big Kahuna wrote:
I ran outlets, in my ceiling, all around the perimeter, operated by wall switches. Best thing I ever did.



Agreed. I put a 4-gang outlet in the ceiling on a switch behind the bar. I then ended up running a black extension cord over to the wall and to a black power strip to get more stuff on that switch. Nothing there is over 15 watts. You can also daisy chain power strips if needed and plug one into another.

I have a power strip mounted under the bar and between these 2 switches, nearly everything comes on. The Home Theater is plugged direct.

I still have to go around and hit one switch for the mug shelf and a few more. It is still about 6-8 things to turn on to get the bar going, but it is getting to be less and less. I try to put them on a single switch anywhere possible.
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markmywords
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Posted: 2012-06-08 09:02 am   Permalink

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I still have to go around and hit one switch for the mug shelf and a few more. It is still about 6-8 things to turn on to get the bar going, but it is getting to be less and less. I try to put them on a single switch anywhere possible.



One of the best (and simple) things I put in my room were the remote power controllers. They were cheap and just plug in between the outlet and the lights/effects/whatever. I think it was $20 for a set of two. I can control 6 outlets with the remote.

I wish I had outlets in the ceiling. At the same time, given that my ceiling is covered with reed, I'd probably be nervous if there was an outlet up there...


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2012-06-08 09:10 am   Permalink

Yes outlets are needed in your tiki bar.
One thing I found is a plug you can add to a cord
wherever you want, will try to post photo of one.
Don't know if they make these anymore.

And Pappy just saw your bar on TC, I've never seen one so neat.
Nice job.
http://tikiroom.com/img/3487x4c852925.jpg

Most tiki hoarders like me have sooo much crap everywhere it kinda
messes up the space.


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teamtom
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Joined: Apr 13, 2006
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From: Maryland
Posted: 2012-06-08 09:43 am   Permalink

My lessons from 10 years of maintaining a "private" tiki bar in the summer:

Once I used fresh bamboo and will never make that mistake again. It split up and fell apart in 1 year. Same with bamboo / grass matting on vertical surfaces, with a wet season, it gets black and rots. Smells bad too.

Thatch is as good as your last hurricane season. I am looking at fake thatch now due to picking up 100 lbs of it out of the yard every spring. I currently have a recycled metal roof and love it for the zero maintenance.

Make the roof big enough so people can still sit at the bar if it's raining, and you can still make drinks without water dripping down your back.

I have to agree with shelving. My third version will have a lot more exposed shelving behind the bartender (me) to show off the rum and mugs.

Ice melts. I go through $30+ of ice on a good night. I need more fridge space at the bar to keep beer, juice, wine cold and that way gearing up and shutting down each time doesn't mean a lot of trips to the basement / garage fridges.

People bring you tiki stuff, all the time, a lot of it.

I hate paying shipping but I also hate driving. It evens out most times.

Just my $.02

Tom










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freddiefreelance
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Posted: 2012-06-08 10:41 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-06-08 09:02, markmywords wrote:
Quote:

I still have to go around and hit one switch for the mug shelf and a few more. It is still about 6-8 things to turn on to get the bar going, but it is getting to be less and less. I try to put them on a single switch anywhere possible.



One of the best (and simple) things I put in my room were the remote power controllers. They were cheap and just plug in between the outlet and the lights/effects/whatever. I think it was $20 for a set of two. I can control 6 outlets with the remote.

I wish I had outlets in the ceiling. At the same time, given that my ceiling is covered with reed, I'd probably be nervous if there was an outlet up there...


X10 controllers?
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thomamas
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Posted: 2012-06-08 5:20 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-06-08 10:41, freddiefreelance wrote:
X10 controllers?



Have a look at
http://www.digital-loggers.com/lpc.html -- eight independently controlled outlets, Ethernet, scriptable, at $129.

I made a web page so I can control my bar lighting from my phone. I'll add more complicated mood settings someday, like a button to play Les Baxter and turn on only the puffer fish lights...


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tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
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Posted: 2012-06-11 12:12 pm   Permalink

I love those light controllers!
Some great tips being added.

Here's a new one.
You know those Yucca plants. (See first photo)
I always thought I could use the stalks to make tiki lights with.
So I have been saving these for many years.
This is what I came up with for now, not a light but still cool.
Hold stalks together with zip ties.
Then cover with twine.
Done, took me 20 minutes
And heck these things are free!












 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2012-06-11 12:16 pm   Permalink

Here is a photo of the outlets you can add to a cord at any place you want.
Now you could not put a heavy load on these but a small watt light should be ok.
Just clamp down on cord and two prongs make connection.

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markmywords
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Posted: 2012-06-11 3:45 pm   Permalink

Quote:

X10 controllers?




Nah, not that complicated. Like this:
http://tinyurl.com/7t5wvy5

Mine is the 6 outlet version.


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harro
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Joined: Sep 05, 2005
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From: Australia / Argentina
Posted: 2012-06-12 06:52 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-06-11 12:16, tikiskip wrote:
Here is a photo of the outlets you can add to a cord at any place you want.
Now you could not put a heavy load on these but a small watt light should be ok.
Just clamp down on cord and two prongs make connection.






what do you call those things? not sure if they sell them down here. very handy.


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2012-06-12 07:14 am   Permalink

Looks like they changed a bit.
But these are them.
http://www.onestopbuy.com/Leviton-Snap-In-Receptacles-59069.asp

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