Saturday, October 22, 2011

ALMOST finished!

Bikers Against Droopy Drawers would  have a problem with the pants :-)  But, he's really a nice guy and hard worker.  The last day of the floor is finished.

Hauling 6 used cabinets, staging them in the house garage.  Hired Marcus to help today, put in 7 hard hours, but we got a lot moved, and some other things out of storage

We won't be able to park in the garage for about a week now

Pat found our first Scorpion!  It was in Scorpion heaven, probably from the stuff the exterminator sprayed a couple days ago.  It was outside on the patio.  Hopefully we won't see any "live" ones!
Very thick epoxy, and a nice coat of color chips

Ready to wrap it up of Sunday.  Monday they will be back to put on 2 clear coats

Julie and her friend (thanks, Ronda) are enjoying the NASCAR race while I've been out checking the garage progress.  I can join them now.
Special footware for walking on the fresh epoxy. He's mixing the catalyst with the epoxy now, getting ready for the second coat.
Sunday morning, the crew is here for another coat.

Hard to believe it's even going to be better than this!

Adding the chips.  White, black, and gray.

Adding epoxy and chips.
Pat's brother, Richard, pulled this camp trailer down with his Goldwing.  He isn't feeling well, so don't know how much riding we'll be doing as planned.

First coat of Epoxy!!  Tomorrow another coat will go on, and the white, black and gray chips will be added. Then on Monday, two coats of clear  Polyurethane will go on.  Then the fiberglass insulation and sheet rock will go on, the cabinets will go in, and it will be finished!  May be too nice to park a dirty old motorcycle in. 

The sky is about the same color as the floor.  The floor guy taped the doors for just the right amount of ventilation,  but enough to keep dust and bugs out tonight.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Landscaping & Epoxy floor

Although not exactly a part of the garage project, the land scaping is a result of the new driveway. So, I'll put some pics of the front in here, and will do the back when we get the patio set up.

We could decorate the little Christmas trees before we leave for Yuma, the turn them on in December with a remote switch :-)

We put a bench and pots in front of the guest room.  Probably won't sit on it much, but it looks nice.  Will be adding some color in the Spring.  I'll shop in Mexico :-)

We have a LOT of cement.  I love cement, you don't have to mow it!

The front is pretty much finished for now.  Lots of new pink coral rock was added, and each plant is on a auto drip watering system.

I'll be painting the gate next spring.  Not bad, but needs to be freshened up.

Will leave the door open for the next couple of days so all the moisture of today will flash off before the epoxy goes in.

First warranty job.  The motion/light sensor security light quit working correctly.   The electrical contractor brought out a new one and replaced it.  Robbie did a fine job, and is a real nice person to work with.

This picture is for Janet.  She'll know why..LOL...

We decided we really didn't want a hot tub.  Lots of maintenance, extra electricity, and we'll be gone all winter when you would use it the most anyway.  So, it's going away.

Very cool special trailer, designed just for transporting a Spa

Removing the wiring.  Had 220v for the heater, and 110v for the two pumps. Nice Spa, but Pat wasn't the least bit interested in it, and I can use one at the Health Club if I want.  So, we'll be able to fix up the Patio a little nicer now.

All empty.  They pumped the water out at a high volumn, watered the tree very good.  The 4 of us were able to slide it to the trailer, he's using a winch here to pull it all the way on.  We rolled the trailer by hand to get it out to the truck.  It's gone!

Toby Garcia, owner of Hang Time out of Lake Havasu City is here now to prepare the floor for an Epoxy finish.  They start by sweeping, grinding and blowing the dust out.

Toby brought a helper and a lot of equipment.  They are experts in installing this type of floor

After pressure washing with water and drying some, they are ready to put on the acid.  The small hose is an eductor, it picks up the acid and puts it on under pressure.

The acid has been sprayed on.  Still working to make sure everything is covered

Toby "sweeps" it in even more with this special brush.  Next step will be a Sealer/Bonder, they it will have to sit for a day or two.

Mixing the Sealer/Bonder

Toby has some nice Tats!!!  Check the size of those Guns!  I'd sure want Toby on my side!

This job is costing a little more than we anticipated, but it's VERY nice to have people that know what they are doing.  The material he uses is industrial, better than what they sell at Lowe's or Home Depot. And, these guys know how to do the job correctly.  I'm very happy we made the decision to hire Hang Time.

Rainbird irrigation expert and design landscaper.  Mike Graham is the Grandson of the business owner.  He's been to several schools and is the "new generation" of Graham Landscaping.   The original wiring from the control box wasn't done correctly, it is now.  Drip and bubblers front and back are all on timers.

Valves all rewired and tested.  You won't see any of this when it all finished.

We're moving the large rock to the back, and will make this section look better

Mr. Graham has been in business here in Kingman for many years.  Rock work, landscaping, Pools and Spas.  He came highly recommended.

The second truck load of pink coral decorative rock.  It's really not pink, but looks nice. Most homes on this street use about the same material.

18 October 2011.  They are working early.   Hope to be all finished front and back today.  The Epoxy crew should be here any minute.  They are coming up from Lake Havasu  City

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Passed final inspection

All electric was finished today. The building is finished. The cement is complete. All that's left is the epoxy floor that's going inside the garage.

The cement is 2 days old and still drying. Won't drive on it for a couple more days. It didn't turn out quite like we expected, due to the UN-expected rain showers that started just as the pour was down. It will take a while for it to cure. Ended up with 35 yards counting the foundation, slab, driveway, and extra walk to the patio in back. After the epoxy sets up, next will be to assemble the white cabinets from Home Depot.

Monday, October 3, 2011


The rain came just as they finished the pour. It's partly worked, but still a ways to go before it's all finished off. Waiting for the rain storm to pass.

Wouldn't you know! An unusual storm, followed by drizzling rain. If it dried out too much before they can finish working it, don't know what they will do. This is not a good thing.

10/4/11. All the cement should be finished off today. They started pouring at 1st light.

10 yards wasn't enough to finish up the driveway. The truck had to go get more. Looks like the total will be 35 yards for the whole job.

That's it! Now, they will finish it off. Expansion cuts will be made in the new cement between the house and the block wall, then can't get the long handled tool in to make the grooves.

Rain water inside the new garage. The manager was out already this morning, they will be doing several things on the building that wasn't done correctly the first time. With a 5 year warranty, I think they will get it all right in time.

Still see light around the door. This is after they told me they came and fixed it while we were gone.

The left side is the worst. Looks like the frame needs to be adjusted, then some caulking added.

Finished on this part. There was just a hard rain shower a few minutes ago, and it looks like it didn't do any damage to the fresh cement.

There was a lot of water on the floor. I ddn't think to take a picture until it was all dried up.

We added a foot to the walk wat to the patio. I thought 3' would be wide enough, but after seeing the form, decided to go with 4 feet from the man door to the house. It's not finished yet, rained on the fresh pour, but dried out enough to make a nice finish before we had another storm pass through.

About 5" thick on the average. Strongest pour we could get, with glass fibers added to make it even stronger. Don't want it to crack when I ride the Harley up the drive way.

Finishing cement is hard work. These guys deserve a break. Because of the rain shower, it added more time and effort to get it looking right.

Surveying the back lot.

The finish wasn't done yet here, but the cement is about ready for it now. The electricity is in and working, only think left there is a switch I wanted to add, will be done tomorrow. The door needs to be re-set, that's tomorrow too. And, they will make the last pour in the morning on the drive. Total of around 33 yards for the whole job. Only a few more days and it will be wrapped up. Last thing will be the landscaper coming in to clean up everything and make it look good from the street.