Thursday, April 4, 2019

Ghost and Ghoul

Ghost is from Super Sculpy over copper wire. The scenery is from Polyform Air Dry.
Ghoul is made from Super Sculpy. The background from Polyform Air Dry. Hair is steel wool. The frame was bought at a garage sale or thrift store.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Refurbishing My Homemade Pool 7

The little pool is finally up and running.
I'm using a Remington Solar Ionizer, which you see floating in the left hand corner.
Nice just to sit and listen to the waterfall.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Refurbishing My Homemade Pool 6

I'm continuing work on the little pool. I finished two coats of Drylock Ultra blue on the inside and painted the outer rim with Drylock Coral.
Electric outlets are working.
The little pump house is made primarily of recycled goods -- old fence posts and wood from a lattice fence long ago disassembled. The sheet metal roof is from the old mobile home we took apart years ago. The roof lifts for easier access to the pump and sand filter.  Waiting to purchase a small ionizer before finishing the plumbing.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Refurbishing My Homemade Pool 5

I'm sealing my Portland cement plaster with Drylock Ultra, purchased at our nearby Lowes. This is how far one $30 gallon went -- all four sides and a little of the bottom. Twenty years ago I applied one coat of Drylock over cement blocks, had a slow leak, and had to drain the pool and apply a second coat, which kept it sealed for most of twenty years. This time I'll just put two coats on. It's a nice deep blue. I like it.
So far, I've stripped and replastered the pool walls, reset the pavers of the patio, rerouted the electricity for the pump and ionizer, started on a little "pump house," and built armatures for two totem poles that will overlook the pool. It's slowly coming together.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Refurbishing My Homemade Pool 4

We thought about replacing the concrete pavers that formed the little patio around the pool with a wooden deck, but it was cost prohibitive. So we're recycling the pavers, but having to buy quite a few more because we're covering more ground this time. We're digging a fire pit in the back field, and moving the dirt to pool side to level the ground for the patio. Thankfully there is a lot of clay in the soil. We're using a tamper to pack the soil prior to placing the pavers. So far, each part of this refurbishing project has been "the hardest part."

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Refurbishing My Homemade Pool 3

I found this old image of our little pool in its most decrepit state, long after a raccoon had decimated our population of giant goldfish. Below is one of the pool when it is almost ready to plaster.
I used an angle grinder to remove the Drylok Sealer. It was a awful, dusty job but neither paint remover nor the little sandblasting tool worked well enough.
I am currently plastering with a mix of one part Portland cement to two parts Quikrete Play Sand. I'm wetting it with one part water, one part Pro Select Concrete Bonding Adhesive and Acrylic Fortifier -- all purchased at Lowes.