Think this is going to be the next outdoor project. Take out middle board, replace with deep rain gutter--> table top bar.
that's a great idea. just remember to have some sort of slope and drain/plug system or it is going to suck after the first use or the first rain.
I built this table over the past couple of evenings. Birthday gift for my wife. Still have to sand and stain/paint and seal, and those screws are set deep so i will puddy them and sand again. Going to use it on our new patio extension..
Speaking of the patio, we had it done last weekend. Thought i'd share some pics even though i didn't do it myself.
Well, the first 2 pics show you how far i got doing it myself (removing and moving the sod to former playground area), before the real men showed up.
Workers arrive and remove rest of sod in about 3 minutes and move it for me (i'd used a lot of the dirt and top soil dug out to fill and level the former playground area before putting the sod there).
Securing new patio to existing patio with rebar
Cement arrives. This thing sounded like a 747 as it backed down my quiet street. Certainly piqued the neighbors' interest
Smoothing and finishing
They let it set for a while then started adding the brick border. Bricks are set into the slab before adding mortar.
Next day they return and patio and bricks are set.
Then they add the mortar into the gaps and let it set for a while then sweep it to smooth it. Then it's done:
That's my cool story bro for the day. I've been thinking about adding some sort of covering/shade over the patio, like 2x6 beams with decorative ends or something. But for now we just had to get the patio done. Our yard was very bland with only that small covered patio so we're gradually working on it.
these guys in Austin. You can manually open or close the louvers all the way, depending on whether it's nice/hot/raining, etc. You can also get an optional sensor that will automatically close them if it starts raining so that you can keep furniture on the patio without it getting all ratty over time. We got about a 12x12 one for (I think) around $3K installed a few years ago...
Also built this tv stand mostly from the left over 2x6's used for framing the patio slab. Looks pretty simple but the patio is slanted for runoff so had to build the base with a 2 degree tilt so it would stand level. Thankfully I was able to borrow a miter saw from my brother, or else it would have been much more difficult. Eventually the plan is to buy a bigger tv and mount it on the back of the fire place, but keep the stand there. Also need to sand and stain/seal this mofo too, as i used untreated wood.
Will post pictures later of a serving tray (making some others) I made out of our old kitchen drawers (demoing the kitchen). Nothing difficult at all to make... just requires pain, clear coat, bottle tops, nails, handles and slight artistic talent.
Is it possible to stain the concrete on a job like yours? Or would the elements wear it out?
Finally found some time to finish putting the nursery bookshelves together. Now I just have to hit the seams and pocket holes with wood filler, sand and stain.
They make pocket hole plugs that will stain better than the wood filler. The piece looks fantastic.
I'm a cheap bastard, and I hate paying for car stuff that I think I can do on my own. So a while back I got a tire installer with Christmas money, but I haven't needed a new tire until now. I have one tire on my car that is off mileage from the others, so it was worn out but the others were fine.
So to save a little money I bought a tire from Tirerack.com
The new tire said that only trained professionals should mount tires. Screw you tire! You're not the boss of me.
First, obviously, I must remove the old tire. No problems at all. Mr. hydraulic jack and pneumatic impact wrench made short work of that.
Next the old tire was deflated. Tires don't just pop right off, so you have to break the bead. The seal holding the steel belt to the rim. Using the power of levers to magnify the already abundant force I can apply, I was able to do just that. (honestly, this was harder than I thought it would be).
With the bead broken on both sides, the tire is mounted to the top of the machine and locked into place. Using the giant pry bar with a shaped tip on the end of it, you just rotate the bar around the central pole to pop the tire over the rim and off.
Bingo, bango, no more tire. (This was, in reality, quite a bitch, but I got there).
I did have to buy a new valve stem, because in the process of removing the tire I broke the old one. I sheared off the tiny screw holding the TPMS sensor to the valve stem. But it's printed all over the thing to replace them every time there is a new tire anyway, and the TPMS sensor was not damaged, so $8 at Discount Tire got me a new valve stem that was attached to the TPMS sensor and mounted back in the rim. (Putting the stem in actually ended up being the most difficult part of the whole thing.
I didn't get a picture of mounting the tire back on, but it's just the reverse of taking it off. Simply using the air compressor, and a little pushing and finagling I was able to re-seat the bead and inflate the new tire.
It's important to balance the tire, of course, and I don't have the fancy kind of machine to do it, but a basic static balancer verified that the tire was pretty spot on. I did have to move the little weights just a bit, but the bubble is in the circle anyway.
A bit blury photo, but the new tire went back on the car, job done.
Oh. I plan to make a tire swing out of the old tire for my daughter.
you're in plano right, there are probably a dozen places in east plano that would put a new tire on for like $5 or $10.
i admire the gumption, but there's no way putting that tire on has a positive time/money value compared to buying from discount tire and letting them do it.
I didn't save very much. No. The other tires on the car came from Costco. I've used Discount plenty of times.
I would guess I saved about 30 bucks on just this one tire. That's priced against what I've paid in the past. I didn't price buying the same tire online and finding a local installer.
It's more about doing it myself than it is about saving tons of money. Saving a few bucks is a bonus.
Long term I'll save a lot more. I think when it comes time to do a set of four ill more than recoup the cost of the installer machine. There are also better online deals and manufacturer's coupons when you buy 4 at a time.
Last edited by Rusk; 05-06-2012 at 08:27 PM.
So I recycled my tire this afternoon. It may look pretty low to the ground, but my daughter is two years old, she's short. I can easily raise it later on down the road.
I hope you cleaned that thing pretty well or your wife is going to be pissed.
You should teach your son to tend bar for you with that.
That's too many trees for west Texas
Good thread. I'm into photography, so I love making light mod stuff out of cheap crap that does exactly the same thing as snooty high-dollar overpriced stuff, like my DIY beauty dish make out of a bigass mixing bowl, and ring light made out of a plastic deviled egg container and stuff like that. People look at you a little funny when they see it, but it works great.
Wanted to bump this thread and also give a little update if anyone cares..
Finished the tv stand and mounted the tv on the back of the brick fireplace. Directtv came out and ran a new line for it. Not a great pic.
Also, we put sod in the former playground area and in areas around the new patio. Had to do a lot of leveling and let the transplanted grass recover but it's looking good. Also planted a new live oak and moved one of the crepe myrtles to another part of the yard.
And on the other side we planted a new shumard oak to try and help rid that side of the yard of its blandness. Next project will probably be to plant oleander or something similar along the fence line so we don't have to look at the backs of the neighbors fences anymore..
My closet desk lasted all of about 1 week before the baby started sleeping in her crib in the same room. My wife's plan of 'our baby will learn to sleep through ANYTHING, so don't worry about' didn't exactly pan out. After 5 months of fighting about it, I gave up. It's my own damn fault for listening to her when I knew better (not the first, nor last time I'm sure).
I'm now rebuilding my desk in an alcove under our staircase. Right now just bought a rolling computer desk off Craigslist to tide me over until I can build something better.
kangsta - yard looks great. Where the hell are you getting all that water?
finally got off my lazy ass and started the final steps of the bookshelves i built months ago. pre-stain and first coat of stain are on. probably going to do one more coat of stain then two coats of semi-gloss poly to finish it.
That's good work.
finally finished. wife put the second coat of stain, poly'ed then sanded, then a final coat of poly.
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