23 December, 2015

Pool House Expansion Project, Days 67 - 23/12/15

Gutters, Ceilings, and Signs

Days Sixty-Seven , 23 December, 2015

A while back, I had mentioned in a post ( about a YouTube video I had watched that showed a really cool way of securing the ridge cap ends.

Well, here's the proof that our crew was up to the task and following the example from the video, you can see the ridge cap end is effectively and very nicely, closed off. High fives all around!
Roof Ridgecap With Closed End
Omar and the boys are closing in on finishing the furring strips. In fact, they may start installing PlyCem in the walkways and veranda this afternoon.
Omar Putting Up Furring Strips
 Here's another glimpse of the progress they've been making with the furring strips.
Lot of Progress on Furring Strips
Toward that end, I went up to Lano's Hardware here in Ranchito, to look for some LED pot lights for the walkways. What I found is really cool. I bought seven of them - two for each side of the walkways, which makes six, and the seventh is going to be an overhead potlight for the shower.
LED Pot Lights
They're really cool - literally. I had one plugged into an outlet in our kitchen for several hours, and it was barely above room temperature. And bright? Yes sir. They are bright. And frugal with current too. Each consumes only 4 watts of electricity,  So, with all seven of them turned on, they're collectively, only drawing a smidge more current than a 25 watt incandescent bulb.
Back Side
They're a snap to set up. You need to cut a 3-inch (approx) hole in your drywall or whatever, slide it in and adjust the little springy, clippy things on either side. The Ballast or controller, or whatever the little box thing is called, has slots on the ends for a couple of screws to hold it in place.
Clippy Things to Hold LED Lights in Place
One of the other things I bought up at Lano's was a dryer vent cover and tube. I even know where the hole for it needs to go. Now all I have to do is get one of Carl's boys to cut the hole for me and I can get this installed.
Dryer Vent and Tubing 1.01
The last items I bought today, were three brass faucets for the outside of the house. One faucet for each side of the new structure. When I got home, I teflon-taped the faucets and screwed them firmly into the PVC fittings. All the guys have to do is glue them in place and they'll be oriented correctly.

Outside Faucets, Taped and Mounted to PVC Fittings

There's many more photos than appear in each posting. You can see all the photos of the construction project on Flickr at: There will be new photos added each day of the project.    


Wilma said...

Great progress! Those LED lights are nice. Are they hardwired in or plugged in? BTW - I have a serious case of gutter envy after reading your last post. Cheers!

Vivien said...


Dave Rider said...

Hi Wilma,

The LEDs will be hard-wired in. Wire nuts join them to the circuit and hopefully that junction is enclosed in a juction box.

The gutters cost a bit more, but man, are they worth it. That 6" trough can move some water - and they're good for hanging Christmas lights on too.


Dave Rider said...

Hi Vivien,

Concise and to the point.