Orchids forum: My Lanai Conversion

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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Mar 10, 2011 4:05 PM CST
I would like to start a little running account of the progress on my lanai conversion.

This is a picture of the east side. I have already ripped out the plants in this area as the new lanai will be expanded out to the edge of the house. The pool pump and filters are being moved around the corner of the house and the pool heater (big box to the left of the pump) will be disconnected and trashed. They will pour a concrete slab here and cover it with the same brick pavers as the rest of the new lanai.
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This is a straight on view from the back showing the star jasmine hedge that I will have to trim back from the screen to give them room to work.
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And this is the west side. Note the big pony-tail palm. There will be a 24 inch gable exhaust fan mounted near the top of this wall to cool things off in the summer.
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Jim
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Mar 10, 2011 4:05 PM CST
Oh Jim, I'm going to make this your own thread!! You have BIG plans!!! Can't wait to watch what you do!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 11, 2011 4:28 PM CST

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I will be watching happily!!
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Mar 11, 2011 6:22 PM CST
It should be an adventure. The goal at the end will be that it was money well spent.

Jim
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Mar 12, 2011 2:08 PM CST
Jim it's going to be wonderful..and how clever you are to increase your square footage!
Even if you never ever ever get another frost/freeze it will be money well spent.
lindsey
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Mar 12, 2011 3:27 PM CST
I agree
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Mar 19, 2011 6:06 PM CST
Well, it has been a week and the only person working on this seems to be me. The gas has been disconnected from the pool heater and it is ready to move. It is the big box on the left of the pool pump and filter. A fellow is suppose to come out to take the heater away and move the pump and all of those pipes around to the side of the house. I hope he shows up next week.

Jim
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Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Mar 19, 2011 6:08 PM CST
And who is that thing with the eyeball?? Is it a hose attachment? Hilarious!
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Mar 19, 2011 6:13 PM CST
Hilarious! Just a couple of lawn sprinklers sitting on the heater.

Jim
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Mar 19, 2011 6:22 PM CST
Look a bit rodent, don't you think?
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Mar 19, 2011 7:57 PM CST
I haven't seen it move but I'll keep an eye on it. Hilarious!

Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 19, 2011 8:19 PM CST

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Those lawn sprinklers can be pretty lively! Better watch out....
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Mar 31, 2011 7:34 AM CST
It takes four inches of rain to overflow my pool and it overflowed this morning. Bands of rain swept in here beginning at about 6:30 AM and it has been pouring ever since. A real toad 'drowner'. This is what killed my Miltassias. I think the new lanai will put me back in control of the watering. It will also put me back in control of the pool. Tomorrow I will have to drain water and readjust the chemicals costing both time and money. I like being in control. Hilarious!

Jim
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
Mar 31, 2011 4:28 PM CST
Too bad, Jim. I think most of us are control freaks. But life keeps trying to teach us there is no control. I, for one, refuse to learn!
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Mar 31, 2011 7:17 PM CST
I prefer to think of it as a challenge that I will overcome. Hilarious!
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Apr 14, 2011 7:39 AM CST
I came home from a day at the International Flower Festival to find the pool cage gone. It sure makes everything look different! I moved all of the orchids out into other gardens in the yard. I hate changing their environment as several were in spike. All I can do is hope for the best.

Jim

Jim
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 14, 2011 9:07 AM CST

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Ah, progress is made! Thumbs up And the Orchids will surely be fine.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Apr 14, 2011 5:44 PM CST
I agree Can't wait to see what comes next!
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Apr 14, 2011 6:47 PM CST
I met with the general contractor and paver contractor this afternoon. It looks like next Wednesday will be a big day. The electrition is coming tomorrow at 8:00 AM. I'm getting excited.

Jim
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Apr 14, 2011 6:59 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

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