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About Dchambers25

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  1. Dchambers25

    Impending bbq island build

    Hey Robert. Sorry for the delay. Here is a link o another write up of my build where I detail where I got the lights. I think it's one of the last entries. http://www.troublefreepool.com/threads/69577-New-build-Advice All of the lights are made from one 16' roll of LEDs. David
  2. Hey! The cost largely depends on the finish material. Your studs and backer board with the electric should run you less than $500. The stone adds up, as well as whatever material you choose for a countertop. Granite would be most expensive, tile the least expensive for the countertop. I choose to do a concrete countertop, and I spent about the same as I would have spent on the tile materials, but I did all the work myself, and it is by far the most labor intensive countertop option. The professionally installed price of concrete rivals or surpasses that of granite, but if you do the work yourself you can cut about 90% of that price or more. That being said, without my components I have about $2k in materials, but I added a lot of custom elements, choose stone to wrap it in. Good luck and post pics! David
  3. Dchambers25

    BBQ Island Build w/ questions

    Good progress so far! I like the base. Having just completed my island I had the same concern as you for extending the countertop overhang so it wold project past the stone sides of the island. I decided to go with a concrete counter so it ended up being a non issue, but I still researched thoroughly how to do the counter if it was going to be a tile countertop. The problem that you will run into trying to use hardiebacker to fur out the sides is that the material isn't meant to be used a a structural type of support. Especially do since you will need at least a 4" projection past the sides to accommodate the thickness of the stone. Instead, what I came across is the following technique, attach one track to the island, then cut very shut studs to fit inside the track, then attach a track to those studs to cap it off. See the pictures below. I would definite do this technique. My countertop overhang extended out 4 inch past the cement board, but after I put on the stone it now projects out one inch to a half inch in some places. I hope this makes sense. I found these pics online:
  4. Dchambers25

    Newbie and 1st Build

    Ill take a stab at some questions! 2) I agree with Ray on this one. Anchoring to the slab isn't necessary, but wouldn't hurt. I didn't anchor mine. 3) If you outfit a chop saw that is made for wood with a metal blade, you run the risk of destroying your chop saw. The wood chop saw is guarded against wood dust, while a metal chop saw is specifically manufactured for guarding against metal shavings. That being said, cutting by hand is fast and easy, deepening on your gauge of metal. 4) I answered this question on my build page when you asked me… sorry for the delay! 5) I am assuming you mean the 45 degree pieces??? I didn't use corner supports but build 12' on center and used cross bracing on the top. 6) Worth the $10 price. Though some of his modules he builds using all studs, instead of studs and tracks. To each his own. 7) Again, Agree with Ray, once you get starred building it is pretty easy. 8) I know that self supporting coverings require a footing of 18" by code where I live, so you might want to look into it. 9) It is probably a good idea to have all components on site, to verify cutout measurements. If you are building yourself, you just adjust the stud position and add a header whenever you come to the spot that will house the component. Again, easy once you start the build. Some things seem daunting but once you get started it is really not bad. 10) I did all the electrical myself. I am a flooring contractor so I run into all trades on my project sites so I know a few electricians who gave me input here or there. post pics!
  5. Dchambers25

    Impending bbq island build

    Thanx Roy and dRwOOd. Roy I used led light strips. Time consuming to solder and heat shrink, but they are waterproof and look great, and only cost around $50 for the wiring, controller, transformer and all the lights. Lot of bang for your buck. This is the tiki torch my wife found to make. We have one mounted on each post, and about four more on standby. They only cost a few bucks to make.
  6. Dchambers25

    Impending bbq island build

    Thanx. We love the countertops too. I did not purchase any glass. I just crushed up old beer bottles and seeded them in. The process produced varying sizes of glass chips. Upon grinding down the concrete, the mixture of aggregate and glass shown through. I have about 70 sq ft of countertops and I think I crushed up about 40 bottles. The green chips are Heinekin and the brown and Samuel Adams, with a 2/3 to 1/3 mixture Post pics! David
  7. Dchambers25

    Impending bbq island build

    Thanks! We are really enjoying the bbq. We have a lot of wet areas where we live so mosquitos have been a nuisance in the past, but my wife found a very cool way to make tiki torches out of old wine bottles on the internet. I used Simpson L brackets to do the overhang. Bigdawg used the method and documented it well. I couldn't find his post on this site, but here it is on another site http://www.troublefreepool.com/threads/10041-Bayside-Build
  8. Dchambers25

    Impending bbq island build

    Thanx! And ask away. I owe this forum and everyone here a debt of gratitude for the info posted here, so I would be happy to pay it forward. Good luck and post pics!David
  9. No problem! Sorry for the late response. Words of wisdom? Don't have a kid right before you start work. I would read and re-read through all the posts on here, and in the subcategory to this forum "Custom Bbq Islands." TFT alo has a good bbq island construction forum, but not as many threads as this one. Also google bbq island and look at all the pics to see what tickles your fancy. The lights and where i got them: I used these led light strips from Amazon. http://www.amazon.co...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Since the strip was 16' long I used 8' under the counter on one side if my bbq, and 3' on the other side. I used the remaining lights to add accent and clearance lights. You will need to solder them if you plan on using lights in more than two places, and then heat shrink the connections. Super easy but takes a little time. This is the transformer i have powering the lights:http://www.amazon.co...d_bxgy_hi_img_z You will need low voltage wire:http://www.amazon.co...8/ref=pd_cp_e_0 I put an in-line controller for the lights as well, also purchased from Amazon: it turns the lights on and off and also dims them. http://www.amazon.co...7RZNCESE3340Let me know if you go ths route. I have an extra controller that I could send you. Any other questions just ask! Good luck! David
  10. Hi. I just finished my island and had to address a few of the items you were inquiring about Yes. I extended the cement board down over the trex. You still want an air gap. I left the board a half inch above the slab so it covered half of the trex. I could still see the trex a little, but after I put on the stone (which I also left a half inch above the slab), you can't see the trex at all. Before I went to led light strips, I was looking into deck lights, or deck stair lights. HD or lowes have tons of different ones and they are exterior grade and waterproof. I wouldn't use an interior product. For my receptacles I used weather resistant ones, then used a waterproof cover. Good luck and post pics!
  11. Looking good! What kind of stone tile? That's really thick for tile. You might want to check with the manufacturer and their recommended setting method. I know the cement board readily accepts thinset, so the question is what kind of mortar does the stone take?
  12. Dchambers25

    Impending bbq island build

    Night pics. I didn't have the post column base on in These pics. Backside of island clearance lights Propane storage with internal lights, just in case I had to change the tank at night Storage under grill unit. Also nice and bright in there with the lights I counted and I have about 24 lights around and in the island. Lot of soldering and heat shrink. Some of the soldering performed upside down. Only burned myself 4 times. Now it's time to grill!
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    Impending bbq island build

    Finally finished up my island. Or should I say I am 99% done. I have to paint the trim around the post and clean up here and there. I started about two and a half months ago. Took two weeks longer than I expected. Not bad. Stone complete. I protected it with a wet look stone sealer. Really brought out the colors. Shadowbox on the left leg of the island. It's more of a storage for easily accessible items like tiki torches Shadowbox on right side of island. Since I couldn't find any baseboard that was weatherproof, I had to make my own from pvc stock. This base is consisted of three separate pieces. Still needs to be painted.
  14. That tile looks great with the granite! Are you in the Sacramento are too? I live just a few miles from Medimer David
  15. I was planning on going the same way with mine. Let us know how it turns out. David