Not Shop - but house, remodeling a bath . . . ( mad scientist style ) . . .

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  1. kiwigtx

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    You're getting the hang of this wiring stuff now. :lol:
     
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    Next installment . . . time to build the sink, it's going to be poured concrete . . .

    Here is the mold for the sink - and yes, that is the plan for the sink - Notice the white "edging" in there to create a designed edge . . .

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    Ass a bunch of rebar to this to keep it from cracking . . .

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    Think I've got it about covered now . . . all wired together too . . .

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    An pour the concrete . . . then beat the "cr*p" out of it with a hammer for an hour to try and get the air bubbles out of it . . .

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    Then let it dry, pull out the "sink" tub, and the water line homes . . . and let it set up for a couple days . . .

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    Then remove the rubber form edging from the slab . . .

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    And you end up with a concrete slab for your bath sink . . .

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    That was kinda fun, interesting, frustrating, all at the same time . . but I've got it done now . . .
     
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    • hsorman

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      Great build Larry!

      I finished re-doing my hall bath last year. Bathrooms are a PITA because you have to deal with plumbing, electricity, heating/cooling, water protection, etc. All in one small room!

      I added a few touches in mine, with cultured granite walls and sink, but definitely not the mad scientist build! Approved!

      Hawk
       
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      • conv67bdere

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        Next addition to the project . . .

        Time to do some polishing of the concrete top and make it a little smoother . . .

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        A little water and a special cutting wheel . . .

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        Got this set of (6) discs on Amazon with the grits printed right on them . . .

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        And they do a really good job on the top too . . . but I'm finding some air pockets in the concrete that I could not get out with all my pounding . . .

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        Now to figure out to finish it with . . . thinking of using clear coat . . .

        thoughts ? ? ?
         
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          Water based sealer. Use a little bit of grout to fill in the air bubbles
           
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          • conv67bdere

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            So I designed the supports that I wanted for the sink top, and ordered the 1" black pipe parts and had them shipped to me . . .

            What I wanted . . . simple design . . . until I realized that you can't do this . . . UNLESS you add in a union . . .

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            Well . . . maybe I shouldn't have said that you CAN'T do it . . .

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            That is . . . with a little help with your welder and a bit of sanding . . .
            Cut the pipe, clamp them into angle iron to keep them aligned, strings help keep the corners in alignment, weld, sand, paint . . .
            ( the strings are a neat little trick I've learned . . . )

            The "impossible" is now possible . . .

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              Next installment . . .

              One of the "fun" things that I enjoy about my "Mad Scientist" projects are that I NEVER know what I'm going to run into in the process . . . here's a very good example . . .

              First, I made the ( not able to make ) supports and got them ready to go - using standard lengths and measuring to make them match . . .

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              Then I welded up the frame support for under the concrete sink . . . looks good ( or dies it . . . )

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              This left edge is just a little tight to the edge of the concrete . . .

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              But this one won't work as the metal sticks beyond the edge of the concrete . . . .

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              This would not be a good thing to have in the bath . . . ( yeah, that's Titus in the background . . . always by my side . . . )

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              So . . . time to make some modifications and figure out how to get this fixed . . . Oh boy ! ! !
               
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              • conv67bdere

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                Latest updates . . . .

                Got the frame completed . . .

                Ready to hold the top in place . . .

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                Not too shabby . . .

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                  The frame was part of the design authentics? Inserts into wet concrete and just setting it on the legs would have been less time consuming. There is enough rebar in it to support any reasonable load and with 6000 psi mix that may have been over kill.
                  Next time use a vibrating hand sander. Pad to form will work those naste bubbles right out.
                   
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                  • conv67bdere

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                    Thought I had already posted up this picture . . .

                    Here's what the sink and counter top is going to look like . . .

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                    Did try and use a vibrating hand sander and a jigsaw with no blade and they did not have enough "shake" in them to get all of the bubble out . . . believe me I tried along with pounding it with a hammer for an hour too . . .
                     
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                      Thats pretty cool Larry!
                       
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                        That's awesome!! How is the faucet mounted.
                         
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                          It's not mounted yet . . . have not got to that part of the build . . . quite yet . . .
                           
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                            I'm watching, can't wait to see the finished project. :thumbsup:
                             
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                              Very cool Larry! Really like the looks of this. Nice design.
                               
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                                Boy did this get put aside for a bit . . . trying to figure out "what" and "where" this project needed to go . . .
                                ( and life got in the way . . . of course )

                                But I've got back to this project and got a few things figured out . . . and some direction . . .

                                Figured out the drain for the tub, and got it back from the Powder-coater . . .

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                                This is the drain hardware set in place ( gawd - sure hope that this will work out . . . )

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                                Also . . . finally figured what to do with the LED light controller and got that part in the works now . . .
                                Now, with this in progress - the LED light and their mounting in the ceiling can also make some progress . . . Hopefully . . .

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                                Wanted to make the electrical box ( see hole in the wall - bottom screen ) to also be black pipe and metal box, but thought that it would be WAY too much black pipe - so it, instead, got run inside the wall - will get the box i the wall, the dual outlets in place ( GFI ), and get it tied into the electrical system up in the attic . . .
                                 
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                                  I think washing up in that tub will prove to be a pain in the ass in a very short time. The angle is not user-friendly. Otherwise I love it. Not my style but very cool none-the-less.
                                   
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                                    Not sure about your area but will the tub pass code without an overflow drain?
                                     
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                                      It is in the guest bath, and if it turns out to be more a pain then it's worth, it can be torn out and done over again . . .


                                      Been fighting with that idea too . . . and trying to figure out what to do - got an idea ( or 2 ) to remedy that . . . but look at the counter tops bowls that you can get at the local home supply stores ( they don't have the drain either )

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                                      Still trying to decide what to do about that ( do want to add "something" . . . to be safe )
                                       
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                                        Had a good day . . . had the day off for the holiday . . . and made some big progress on the bathroom project . . .

                                        Getting tired of climbing up and down from the attic, but got the wired fed through the black pipe up into the attic . . .

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                                        And in the box, plus the box for the receptacles in the wall too . . .

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                                        This control panel will be used for driving the color options for the lights ( the remote they had was junk )

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                                        Test the light and the connections . . . first time they did not work ? ? Try, try, again . . .

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                                        Building the box up on the ceiling for the LED lights . . .

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                                        Little closer look at the box that is being built . . .

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                                        Strung the light up - the tape was not so good, so zip-ties to the rescue ! ! !

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                                        Still got the plexy to put up the hide the light . . . but this is the "look" that it will achieve . . .

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                                        Glad to have some of this stuff done . . . finally . . . so I can get this job off the list . . .
                                         
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