Friday, December 17, 2010

Equipment is in place

Here are a couple pictures of the equipment in place... Over the next two weeks of holidays I'll connect the system to the utilities and start brewing in January.



Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The floor is complete

I decided to put down a Hardrock floor as I believed it would be:
1. Easy to install
2. Easy to clean
3. Have a nice look to it

If you've never seen the commercial for Hardrock products here it is: HH Hardrock
Note the ease with which the woman coats her patio in 3 simple steps, I would like to tell you what it really takes to install this stuff... Unlike the commercial and the brochure, this is no easy 3 step process, but a 5 step 9 day process that is outlined in the paperwork included in each can of Hardrock.

Step 1: Etch the concrete. I needed to wash the floor with soap and water, then rinse thoroughly. Then I mixed the solid etching agent with water and covered the floor area. With a broom I rubbed the acid into the floor.
Step 2: Wait 24 hours then wash the floor several times to ensure there is no etching residue, let dry for 2 hours
Step 3: Apply textured primer paint to the floor using a paint brush and roller then wait 4 hours
Step 4: Apply first coat of Hardrock USING A TROWEL, "No backbreaking work" my ass. Wait 48 hours and repeat.
Step 5: Wait 48 hours and apply the sealant with a roller. Wait another 48 hours to apply the last coat of sealant.

I am now waiting the last 48 hours in the process so that I can put the equipment in the room.

Here's a picture of the finished floor:
It looks good, will be durable and easy to clean, so I'm very happy with the final product. I'm just not a fan of false advertising.