29 January, 2016

Pool House Expansion Project, Day 91 - 26/01/16

Plumbing, Tiling, Grouting, Filling Openings

Day Ninety-One, 26 January, 2016

Oops. I got a bit out of sequence here. I created two draft postings, mostly photos at the early stage of a posting. I intended to work on this one first, but instead somehow got to work on the posting for January 27 and 28. What can I say? Just read along and enjoy.

The odd looking face below is where several of the utilities enter the pool house. The pipe below in the photo contains an electrical wire so that we can control the in-pool light from the utility room instead of having to go down to the pump house simply to flip a switch.

The two 'eyeballs' above are new pieces of pipe that I installed to run water in (right pipe) to the whole house filter and water softener and back out (left pipe) to be reconnected to the pool house water supply.

It seems complicated, but that is because once the water supply comes into the pool house, it's under the cast concrete floor. So, to be able to have the filter and softener do the intended job, it was necessary to capture the water supply at the entry point.without having to dig up the concrete floor inside. All will be made clear eventually.
The outside of the Incoming Pipes
 Here's a shot of the inside of the pool house utility room where those two pipe pieces come through the wall. Those will be hooked up to the filter and softener.
Incoming Water Lines For Whole House Filter and Softener
Work has been progressing on the tile front, especially since the installation of the sliding glass doors. There's just a little bit more tile to be done on the other side of the doors and this section will be ready for grouting.

Inside Tile Meeting the Sliding Glass Doors
One of the problems in dealing with louvered windows, is knowing the exact size of the louvered window. By that I mean, the louvers themselves can vary in size by manufacturer, style, etc. So, as a result, unless you have the actual louvered windows on hand beforehand, to take exact measurements, you have to create a window hole of approximate size. Width is no problem. That's pretty standard and easy to do. It's the height that is difficult.

Well, when our louvers got delivered, we ended up after the installation with about a 3/4" to 1" gap at the bottom of the louver window. We had that happen with the Mennonite house where the gap was covered with wood and we went on about our business. We had it happen with the first pool house. Concrete was used to fill the gap and we went about our business.

With this part of the project, the gap was noticed and everyone thought it was almost a manufacturing defect. Turns out, we filled the gap with concrete and we went about our business.

Here, you can see the gap was very neatly filled with concrete. It's now waiting for priming and painting.
Window Bottom Finished
Errol is the technician doing the work of filling in the gap. He does very neat and careful work, so the gap is essentially, not an issue.
Errol Filling Under New Louvers
The way it's done easily is to place a piece of wood on the far side of the gap and fill concrete in from the other side.
Wood Form For Concrete Fill
Then it's primed and either painted or washed with the same concrete wash as was used for the walkway walls, as below.
Concrete Fill Completed
Here's a view of the tile on the walkway side of the sliding glass doors. It's almost ready for grouting.
Tile Almost Done to Sliding Glass Door

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.       

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