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Old 06-20-2014, 02:43 PM   #21
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I actually have a couple of large, triangular shade sails and use them while working in the sun. But the problem with those is that you must place them strategically as they tend to not create much shaded area, unless you take 3 of them, for instance, and creatively overlapping them for extra coverage. I'm constantly moving my work area trying to stay in the shade with my 16'x16'x16' sail. Plus, we get late afternoon winds daily, so that's also a problem.
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Old 06-20-2014, 03:20 PM   #22
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But in the meantime I'll be using a 10' cantilevered umbrella to shade the bbq area. I ordered it from Amazon, fairly cheap, and just received it a couple of days ago. According to reviews wind is a problem so most users weigh the base down with heavy pavers or cement blocks and such. I'm planning on embedding the base in a whiskey barrel planter using sand bags and topping that with plants.
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:20 PM   #23
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I'm planning on embedding the base in a whiskey barrel planter using sand bags and topping that with plants.
Instead of sand bags I used 100 lbs of gravel, and topped the rest with potting soil. I also bolted 3 heavy duty steel casters underneath the barrel.
I spent part of the day grinding the countertop smooth.
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Old 06-26-2014, 03:31 PM   #24
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That looks sooo nice RF. Excellent idea with the barrel. Yep, the wind is always a factor in So. Cal. Will you be able to remove the entire folded umbrella from the barrel when the dang Santa Ana winds blow in the fall?
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Old 06-26-2014, 05:22 PM   #25
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Will you be able to remove the entire folded umbrella from the barrel when the dang Santa Ana winds blow in the fall?
Yes, I can remove the entire pole and umbrella as one unit from the permanently bolted base post which sticks out just a few inches above the barrel.
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Old 07-04-2014, 01:23 PM   #26
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Done grinding and sealing the countertop......
I'm happy with the way it turned out, having never poured, ground, and sealed a concrete countertop before.
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Old 07-04-2014, 01:38 PM   #27
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I suppose it is alright.. I personally think you need to try again... we happen to have a backyard that you could do so in. I only offer out of the desire to see you excel at this.

You have done some really good work.
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Old 07-04-2014, 01:41 PM   #28
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That turned out looking really good. Congrats.
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Old 07-04-2014, 01:52 PM   #29
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New BBQ area project

Roadfix, I too have a backyard which I would be willing to sacrifice in order to help you gain more practice.

Love it, looks great!
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Old 07-04-2014, 01:52 PM   #30
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That counter would be beautiful in any kitchen, indoors or out!
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