Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Outdoor / Deck / Garden Sink Needed

I've been looking on and off the past year or so for the perfect sink to put on my deck. And I haven't found it so I'm hoping someone has seen it and can let me know where to look. I had hot & cold water plumbed outside, I want to have both in my deck sink. Though I'll have to use it only in the summer.

Anyway, I've been looking at lots of these garden sinks.

And I like them. Either style would work. They both close up when not in use, and will be easy to clean. I don't really want or need the hose reel, but I could live with it. The real problem is they are made to be hooked up to a garden hose, so they are either hot or cold, but no mixing. Bummer.

So then on e-bay (which I love) I found this sink built into a wooden frame. It could work. I really like the fact that the 2 side's fold up to cover the sink when it's not in use. But it's wood & metal, not heavy plastic like the first 2. And I don't really want the decorative splash guard.

I may end up finding someone to build me a sink. If that's the way I end up going, then something like the 2 above will probably be it. I can just go to Home Depot and buy an acrylic sink and a faucet to install in it.

Hmm, should I consider some sort of splash guard to protect my siding?

If you run across something I should look at, let me know. I want to get the sink in place sometime this summer.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Retirement Sendoff...

One of the Otter Pilots is retiring today. So the DOT guys arranged a little send off for his last official flight. Though I didn't get a very good picture. The jet was in the way.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

HRV System

Patty sent me a few pics she took yesterday. Looks like the ducting for the Heat Recovery Ventilation system is in.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Redoubt 7

Redoubt was really pouring out a huge steam plume yesterday, but this morning it's very quiet. I had to post this photo I took off the AVO website. It's taken from their webcam. You may need to copy this to your desktop and view it at 200%. But you can see the new lava dome with ash rising from it, and falling down the front of it. And below you can see a waterfall created when the hot ash melts the snow & ice around the dome.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Interior Walls Framed

The concrete is all covered with Tyvek. It will allow moisture to evaporate out of the floor, and still protect it a it. So the guys are inside, hard at work. The interior walls are framed up and the plumbing is about done. Next week the electricians will be in to do some work. But next week is also Russian Easter, so sheet rock crew won't be available. But with a little luck, they'll be able to start on the 27th. So when I get home around May 3rd, the sheet rock should all be up. That's pretty exciting!

Here are a few pics from this morning.

The shower pan is in the guest bathroom and the walls are framed.

Tim is smiling, and finishing the plumbing for the wash machine :-)

Here the guys are putting up Tyvek and then painted plywood to cover the insulation under the canteleavered living room and bedroom floor.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Concrete Part 2

The guys were back at my house today. They got the 2nd half of the floor poured. I got to watch part of it, it's going to be a great floor when we get it all done.

Step one is the pour the concrete, 1 wheel barrow at a time. That's a lot of work. This concrete has a dark gray dye in it. It will get a bit lighter as it cures, but should be a 'smoke gray' when it's all said & done.

Then, after it's set up for a couple of hours, the guys are sprinkling some aluminum filings and black glass chips on it, then trowling them in. Once the floor cures for a month, we'll polish the surface which should expose the aluminum & glass to give the floor a bit of sparkle.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Concrete Part 1

I got back to Homer yesterday, and went up to my building site. The guys got the first half of the concrete poured on Friday. I thought they were going to finish today, but Rob had to go to Anchorage. So hopefully he'll be back in a day or 2 and they can get finished.

I wiped down all the windows & doors, the water evaporating from the concrete had condensed on them, they were soaked. I opened all the south facing windows this morning, since it's nice & sunny. Hopefully the house dried out a bit, I'm going to go close all the windows in a few min.

Redoubt 6

I spent Saturday in Soldotna with mom & dad. Had to stop and watch Redoubt steam for a while on Sunday, when I was driving home. My little camera doesn't have much of a zoom, but I got a couple of decent pics.

When I got down by Anchor Point, there was a lot more ash. Driving through it wasn't good. My throat still feels raw from it. I'm sure my car wasn't very happy with it either. Though once I got out closer to home, the amount of ash really dropped off. There is very little this far out.