Bar Build 030: Things I Have Learned Building A Bar: Volume 1

  • True love is your significant other agreeing to have an entire room converted to an Irish Pub…than joining in on the design process.
  • On a regular interval, you seriously ponder as to how much of a gap there really is between “good” and “good enough”
  • Drywall dust in coffee doesn’t seriously affect the overall taste
  • Electrician that works for beer is priceless
  • A Sawzall really does cut “anything”.
  • That ‘anything’ usually turns out to be the bar part you just finished building the week prior. DOH!
  • Placing your hand down on carpet tack strip hurts. Alot.
  • Kneeling on a carpet tack strip renders a big 35 year old grown man into a screaming 8 year old girl.
  • Somewhere, somehow, at least one of the 2×4’s in the room has your blood on it.
  • This matches with the other 14 that have sweat drops from the top of your head.
  • Bar Rail should be stained as soon as installed
  • New fun game at O’Shea’s Neighborhood Pub: Guess the number of drip stains on the bar rail! Closest correct number wins!
  • Blue painter’s tape on the floor causes you to pause, sit and stare at it.
  • Even though you have no bartop whatsoever installed, you will still pour a beer and pretend the plywood is a nice bartop.
  • Bartop is really not a good place to store tools.
  • Pure joy is best defined as the UPS guy pulling into your driveway with a delivery of new A/V equipment.
  • A regular upright household vacuum cleaner is the single most efficient way to blow drywall dust into every nook and cranny of your house
  • You will always buy about a half pound of screws less than what you figured
  • The local hardware store clerk will begin to ask you if it’s “On Account?”assuming you are now a contractor…
  • Sanding the bar rail takes alot longer than originally thought. Like a year.
  • Sanding the bar rail after midnight is a challenge
  • Going to work at 5:00 am the following day is even more challenging!
  • Cutting drywall is easy. It’s the putting -it -back -like- it -was part that is hard.

9 Comments on “Bar Build 030: Things I Have Learned Building A Bar: Volume 1”

  1. dwinship says:

    Ugh. DOn’t talk to me about drywall. Especially CEILING drywall repair….


  2. Woody says:

    Getting close? POst some more pics Brian!

    I’ve been finishing up my home theater. That’s why I’ve not been blogging much.

    Mounting the 100″ screen, mouting the projector, realizing the projector isn’t centered, taking down the projector, re-mounting the projector, designing custom speaker brackets, realizing custom speaker brackets won’t work, designing custom speaker shelves, mounting speaker shelves, running speaker wire, calibrating speakers, realizing the HDMI cable you ordered is 3′ short, reordering cable, rigging up system 7′ from the wall so you can test it out, testing with Pixar movie for daughter and friends, testing with The Matrix, testing with Saving Private Ryan, testing with Casino… well, you get the idea.

    I’m exhausted. Might have to test the system again tonight. Perhaps Tombstone?


    • oshea12566 says:

      Wow Woody-so it is not just me! I ordered HDMI cable for the TV that was too short!! You went through the trouble of designing speaker brackets, than making them…and they still won’t work? Argh! How frustrating! For us, it has to be a labor of love. We are not building a home theater (bar in my case) it is more like…building these projects are our hobbies. Enjoy Tombstone (tell him I am coming! And hell is coming with me! ), and I ‘ll have another Killian’s.


  3. Woody says:

    No, not just you.

    P.S. Many place overcharge… no, RAPE you on the cable prices. I got a 35′ HDMI cable for $29. Best Buy wanted $219 for theirs and nobody else in town carried one that long.

    Now, that’s some bullshit right there.


  4. I like my blood too much to do the work myself. You are brave (and desperately in need of a drink).


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