Poured in place concrete countertop

Phase 7: DIY Pool & Spa

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 […]

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Sunken Bar concrete slab

Phase 7: DIY Pool & Spa

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 […]

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Inspiration from Taking a Break

Phase 7: DIY Pool & Spa

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 […]

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DIY Coping Took 3 Days, but Who’s Counting

Phase 7: DIY Pool & Spa

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 […]

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DIY pool update


Phase 7: DIY Pool & Spa

Because of the rain we’ve worked on the pool for maybe three days total of real physical labor. The rest of the work has been behind the scenes planning lights, getting bids, pricing materials and equipment. In the process I think we’ve been able to hone in on what we do and don’t like but […]

January 19, 2017