• Phase 7: DIY Pool & Spa

    Poured in place concrete countertop

    Mike built the forms and poured the concrete himself. He mixed it in our 2-bag mixer while the twins were sleeping and I was chauffeuring our older two girls around. At one point the dog got loose and did a number on the forms and concrete and now we have a few waves. I also spent a few hours grinding quite a bit of it smooth…The rebar in the slab is solid though 😉

  • Phase 7: DIY Pool & Spa

    Sunken Bar concrete slab

    Here’s some pics of us leveling the area with sand and then putting in the rebar for the concrete slab before we poured the concrete. We also put dobie’s down under the rebar but I didn’t take any pictures. As you can see we didn’t really have to build forms for this because the walls were our “forms” we only had to stake a 2×4 across the opening. That piece of wood is where the stairs will start. We picked up a trailer of concrete. That’s a yard of concrete that comes in a miniature mixer that you attach to your trailer hitch and haul away yourself. They’re kinda cute.…

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    Inspiration from Taking a Break

    Have you ever noticed that when you’re relaxed and and not working or thinking on a project you will magically come up with the answer to something that was concerning you? As a project pusher it’s a hard pill for me to swallow that at times we have to stop, take a break and relax in order to be inspired. Usually, I hate stopping when I’m in the middle of a project. I just want to charge right through and get it done. I’ve learned throughout a lot of our diy’s that it’s important to not only enjoy the process that happens during a project but also to take a…

  • Phase 7: DIY Pool & Spa

    DIY Coping Took 3 Days, but Who’s Counting

    Before we could begin coping the bondbeam had to be waterproofed. We used a product called Super Blockade by Merlex – it was recommended by the coping manufacturer. I put two coats on. It mixes up like thinset. The first coat I used a 6″ wide coarse nylon brush and the second coat I used a 3/4″ thick 8″ nap paint roller. It comes in a bag like this ^ 🙂 Just add water! This helps protect against hydrostatic water pressure from the dry side going to the wet side. In other words it keeps the glass tile from popping off. You only need to waterproof where there won’t be…