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Bigdog

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  • Birthday 08/08/1969

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    Shalimar, FL.
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    Family, Fishing, Hunting, Grilling

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  1. Bigdog

    Bayside Build

    After replacing all the burners and grates in my grill this weekend I thought I had not visited this site in a while so decided to check in. Glad to see others are still building their island as well. One thing I noticed is all the pictures in the early part of this build are missing or at least I can not see them. Can other see them or at they missing for them as well? As an update to the island everything is still doing great. Other than the burners and grates on the grill finally rusting out from use the rest of the island and components are still doing great. Fortunately the grill has a lifetime replacement warranty on the burners and grates for other than paying shipping and a little time to remove and replace no cost. I have been surprised at how well the rest of the parts on the grill and other components have help up. Everything is about 6 years old now and still going strong. If someone can explain what the issue is with the pictures not showing up I would appreciate it. Thanks Brad
  2. Bigdog

    Bayside Build

    Thanks Jake for the feedback. As for ventilation issues the answer is NO. None at all. If I were doing it over I would not make the gap at teh bottom so wide that you have to do something to give it a finished look. I would make the depth smaller for sure. Also I did not have the cutout in the back right corner. If I recall correctly that is to feed teh gas line in and my island is deeper than the 21" minimum in the drawing so it was not needed. I live on the bay along the gulf coast so we usually have a slight breeze blowing as well to help move air in the island. So between the vent at the bottom, open bottom to the island and vents on the back of the island there is plenty of circulation. Hope this helps. Brad
  3. Bigdog

    Bayside Build

    Hey Car54, I bought mine from a local building supply store. They were a special order item. I have one left and it has a sticker on it that says it is from a company called USP Connectors USP# L12 Ref# 1212L Seems like they were about 5.00 each. You might go to the contractor desk of Lowes or Home Depot and ask. If can not get something like there go to a local lumber/building material yard and I bet they can order them for you. Brad
  4. Bigdog

    Bayside Build

    Hey Car54 Sorry for the delay in responding to you I have been travelling out of the country. I do understand the part you are asking about an I would say no issues with it at all. I have standard height bar stools that swivel so people do swing in them. I have not scraped my legs on it sitting in them nor has anyone complained about it. It provides great support for the granite and also gave me a place to mount lights. Also FYI I did leave the bottom open and it can not be seen but makes a great vent to allow airflow as well. Hope this helps.
  5. Bigdog

    Bayside Build

    Hey Brian, Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it. You are correct about the fridge not being an "outdoor" model. It is holding up great. It maintains a temp of 35 degrees without being set to high. I have not noticed any increase electric bills either. My thought was if it has to be replaced every 5 years I would come out better than buying an outdoor model. I could not be happier with the Danby fridge. Hope it helps. Brad
  6. Bigdog

    Bayside Build

    Thanks Dave for the kind words. I am just happy to know that my posts have been helpfull to others. Brad
  7. Bigdog

    Bayside Build

    Looks like my build will get its first hurricane test in the morning with Ida coming here. Does not look to be a major storm so I expect the island to ride it out with no major problems. At least that is my hope. Brad
  8. Bigdog

    Bayside Build

    Hey John, No problem answering questions. Glad to help. 1. Yes I used the stainless tri cluster LED Stainless Ball on the backsplash lights. They work very well. You are correct that I used 3 cm granite that came out to right at 1 1/4" thick. The threads on teh tri cluster lights are not long enough to go all the way through and put a nut on the back of them. What I did to mount them was drilled a 1/2" hole all the way through the granite with a 1/2" diamond tip granite bit. I practiced a couple times with a scrape piece of granite so as not to woller our the hole making it larger than 1/2". The tri cluster light threads fit perfectly snug in a 1/2" hole and were long enough to support it in place with no nut on the back side. With the tight fit and weight of the light they stay perfectly in place. My thought when I did it was if the hole was to lose still I could silicon them in. In my case they were so snug there was no need for silicon. I liked this as it meant they would be eay to replace if I ever had to. BTW tropical storm Claudete went right over us last night and they did not move from the island. 2. Yes I used the pod fixture for the microstar. In that case yes the threads were long enough to go through the steel stud and get the nut on it. I left the bottom of the bar overhang open to act as a vent since no one would see it unless on the ground so all it had to go through was the stud. 3. The undar bar lights on mine are mounted 1" center from the vertical wall that makes up the back of the island. This allows the light to shine partially on the wall and broadcasts it down to light the ground below slightly. 4. For the tri cluster lights on the backsplash they are 4 1/2" centered from the top of the counter top. The backsplash granite is 5 1/2" high total and I did not want to drill the hole to close to the edge of the backsplash and risk breaking it so I came down 1" from the top for the center of the light. I think I got everything answered but if I missed something let me know. Hope this helps. Brad
  9. Bigdog

    Bayside Build

    Hey Johnon, I did try out the sensor by doing as you said and let some gas out. It did work. Put out an ear piercing alarm that could not be missed in the case of a valid leak. They are like smoke detectors and are resetable thus allowing many years of use. They are not one time use only detectors. Hope this helps. Brad
  10. Bigdog

    Bayside Build

    Hey Johnon, While I do like the idea of the gas timer and wish I had of installed one for some of the reasons you listed such as forgeting to turn off the grill, I do not think it provides the same protection as a gas sensor. While I agree with your plumber that it is not likely to leak it can for a variety of reasons. One that comes to mind is a small critter such as a mouse/rat inhabiting an island and chewing through the rubber gas hose. Still not likely though but could happen as I have seem them chew through electical wire casing till the hit the hot wire and fry. But even if this never happens the far more likely scenario is this: You open the door and smell for gas. You smell none so you turn on the gas timer close the door and light the grill and walk back in to prep while the grill heats up. Upon returning to the grill you realize that the grill is not hot and must of blown out from a gust of wind (yes this can happen) or something so you push the button to relight the grill only to have a flash before you of about 1600 degress. Of course you may be saying well if I lit the grill and it was off I would open it and let it air out before trying to re light it but a spouse or friend could walk up and notice it not hot and attempt to light it when the explosion happens. As for houses blowing up these days yeah not many however most modern gas appliances have an electronic spark that relights the flame automatically if the fire goes out so gas does not have a chance to build up with no flame. I agree about the cost of using electricity but to me $16.00 a year is far better than a $30,000 plus dr. bill from an accident so I will gladly eat that in the name of safety. Also it is made in the good ol USA believe it or not Good point about checking it periodically for spiders etc. however given the design it would take alot to block all the slots for the sensor. Don't get me wrong I am not saying that a timer is a bad idea. I actually like it for a variety of reasons but it does not protect in every situation. Brad
  11. Bigdog

    Bayside Build

    Mediumrare see the other post with the info. DrDave if you would like a better picture I would be happy to take it and email it to you for the cd. When I took it I did not realize it was a little blurry on the text part until I posted it here. Brad
  12. Bigdog

    Bayside Build

    Thanks Dave. I thought the same thing one for each compartment with an ignition source if needed. As for the outlet it is not build into the detector itself. It is a normal outlet with 2 plugs in it that the detector plugs into. The detector is made with a loop at the top to allow it to be secured to the wall outlet with the screw that holds on the face plate thus making it more difficult for someone to just unplug which in my mind is a great safety feature. I tested it inside by plugging it in to get aclimated inside next to the stovfe then turning on the gas stove. It worked and set off the alarm and it was loud. You can not miss it. I wanted something that will work and be loud so it will get my wifes attention if I am not home. She will grill sometimes without me home if I am travelling or will often light the grill for me when she wants me to cook. This will definately do the trick. Also for what it is worth I have had it installed about 6 weeks and have not has a false alarm. I am peddling fast to catch you guys in the league!!! Brad
  13. Bigdog

    Bayside Build

    Here are the details on the one I bought from the website. It was 45.00 plus shipping which came to about 60.00 total. Here is a link to a place that has them for 45.00 http://www.safehomeproducts.com/shp2/produ...679/159679.aspx They are also available on Amazon.com. I googled for natural gas detector. This model does both NG and LP. Safety Siren FS-HS80501 Gas Alarm and Gas Monitor Features: Detects dangerous levels of methane and propane gas. Computerized calibration: helps eliminate false alarms from momentary exposures to lp gas, propane, methane or natural gas. Built-in self-diagnostics assures the unit is operating properly. Power: 110-120VAC, direct plug in. Power Usage: 6 watts. Air Sampling: every 2 1/2 minutes. Combustible Gas (CG) sensor alarm trip point: less than 25% of LEL (Lower Explosive Limit) of natural gas, propane and butane. Approval: UL listed as a "Single Station Propane/Methane Detector" to 1484 requirements. Use this propane gas alarm or natural gas alarm for residential and unconditioned areas. Unconditioned areas include garages, boiler/furnace rooms, warehouses, barns, offices, etc. Security Lock Tab: install outlet cover screw tab so unit cannot be pulled out of receptacle. Advanced surface mount circuitry increases reliability. Powerful 85dB Alarm Five year limited warranty by manufacturer Dimensions: 4.7 inches x 3.1 inches x 2.1 inches Weight: 12 ounces Made in USA. Note: Add an electrical outlet if needed to install the Safety Siren combustible gas alarm correctly. Mount 4 to 20 inches above the floor for propane leak protection . Mount within 6 inches of the ceiling or on the ceiling at least 12 inches from a wall for natural gas leak protection . Brad
  14. Bigdog

    Bayside Build

    A couple weeks ago I order and installed a NG/LP gas detector and installed it in the island. I have been meaning to get a picture of it up here but have been travelling alot lately. Here is a picture of it installed in an outlet under the grill. I figure you can not be to safe when using gas and since I have both NG and LP in the island thought for $60.00 why take a chance. This one emits and very loud noise that would definateley be heard if there is ever a leak. Hope this helps encourage others to install these when building there islands. Brad
  15. Bigdog

    Bayside Build

    Hey Johnon, Color of what? Stucco? If so it is called Country Tan and is made by acrocrete. They mix the color in like paint so it is very repeatable. If you were looking for the color of something else let me know. As for 1/2" hardie... as Dave said it thing it is overkill with properly spaced studs. Also with the proper overhang from the bar people should not be hitting it with there feet while turning in the stools or approaching/standing next to the bar. Hope this helps. Brad
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