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  1. New AZ build

    NICE! Keep em coming.
  2. New AZ build

    Very nice design! Matches your backyard perfect. I really love the travertine patio/pool decking. I'm jealous
  3. It's hard to say for sure. I agree that hardi is non-combustible and can be a good insulator, but it's the combustible material behind the hardi that could cause the problem. I also have a Cal-Flame and it can reach amazingly high temps during clean-out (i've actually cracked the granite counter-top). I'm just glad I planned for 16" from house siding.
  4. New Member and New Project Pics

    Sure thing-sorry so late!
  5. What Vacuum sealer do you use

    Here's my $0.02. I seal and marinade a lot of meats; venison, trout, tuna, fowl & beef. For light/medium home-use the lower priced (entry-level) FoodSaver brands work well; V2244 & V2450 ($79~$130). They provide plenty of vacuum; enough to keep even delicate trout fresh. I've used both but own and recommend the V2450 (10years now). The drawback on these is the cycle-time between seals after 3-4 years of (medium) use; they seem to lose a bit of vacuum pressure and require a cool-down time between seals. For a bit more money, I'd suggest the newer FoodSaver Outdoorsman-Premium; my hunting buddies claim no vacuum power loss after 2-years of heavy use; it's built stout but runs about $200. When my V2450 gives out, it's my next purchase (based on size, price & durability). If money and kitchen space were not an issue, I'd own the Weston 2300. However, money is an issue for me and at $400+ I'd consider it more of an entry level commercial unit. But man are they strong and versatile. I'm curious if anyone else has recommendations in the $200 range.
  6. Taking the plunge in Nor. CAL..

    Wow, that is looking good! NICE design work!
  7. New Build in Houston TX

    You did it!!! Excellent work~Congratulations
  8. New Build in Houston TX

    Wow! That certainly turned out nice. It really shows you paid attention to detail-Good SHOW!!!!
  9. New Build in Houston TX

    Well, any updates? Sanding pads should be in and the weather is certainly no excuse j/k
  10. Inform Insurance Company

    Yes, i would advise it! But, it all reverts back to the permits/inspections; that's the first question my agent asked (State Farm). I wouldn't give them any wiggle-room in a total loss, much less a death (not worth a couple $100/year). The way I understand it in Texas is the HO can perform the work but it has to pass city inspections. ..and i can tell you Friendswood doesn't play nice. I don't think you're in Galveston Co, but you may be Texas Windstorm (codes for coastal property-hurricane strapping etc..) Another thing to keep in mind; when the city came out for pool permitting, they reviewed all my kitchen island permits/inspection thoroughly (questioned the electrical to a point it almost held up the pool build). Just my $0.02.
  11. New Build in Houston TX

    Turning out very nice!
  12. New Build in Houston TX

    hahaha..I think this is going to be my last DIY project for awhile! But, when you're ready, I have a 17year old strong as an ox, WITH a truck who could really use gas-money Nice progress!
  13. New Build in Houston TX

    Nice! I can't wait to see the transformation. Nice weather indeed! It has fooled the fam and I to take on the pool landscaping ourselves..4 pallets of moss rock, 12 yds bank-sand with another 5yd topsoil comming this week planted 20 of 40 plants..jeez I'm getting too old for this. Take care!
  14. Man's Most Most Expensive Toys - A Closer Look..

    Well said Ron! Mike, I'm just amazed