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Hello all! I bought my house about 6 months ago. The people that lived there for the last twelve years didn't do anything to it the whole time because they were 1. Old 2. Tight Asses. My first project was going to remodel the kitchen, but since I'm getting married in 9 months, it was put on hold. Shortly after moving in I decided that I was going to remodel my office in the basement. I figured no one ever went down there (even me) so I could remodel the room as I have time at night/weekends. Well this project turned into making it one large room for a basement hangout with a bar and projection screen for football!!! (that's life in Nebraska) I love this site and wanted to start a forum so I could get advice from people and track what I'm doing. My house was build wide (about 35 feet) so there's a lot of room. I'm only remodeling one half of the basement. The other half will be a bathroom and another bedroom. I've basically been just buying items for the construction every time I get paid. I didn't want to take out a loan or use any credit cards because I just simply hate having debt. Seems to be working so far since these projects span so long with the little amount of time I have each night.



Where the red carpet ends is where the office was at.
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I know I'm crazy to get rid of that sexy red carpet!!!
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Hello and welcome.

Looks like you have a good space to work with. What equipment have you already purchased and what are some additional plans you have for your space. Good plan on getting the "man cave" up and running before the big day as that will probably come to an end when the new wife walks in to find the kitchen needs to be remodeled.

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Hello and welcome.

Looks like you have a good space to work with. What equipment have you already purchased and what are some additional plans you have for your space. Good plan on getting the "man cave" up and running before the big day as that will probably come to an end when the new wife walks in to find the kitchen needs to be remodeled.

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Do you mean equipment to put in the basement? If so, none. I'm not really sure what I want to do. I'm suppose to get a new computer at work this week so I'm waiting for that so I can design a layout. Also, why I haven't posted that many pictures. My computer right now is sooooooooooooooooo sllllllllllllllllllllllooooooooooowwwww. My plan is to put a bar down there and a projection screen. My only goal was to be able to watch NFL/College games down there next season. After I stumbled upon this site I'm really re-evaluating what I want to do with the room. Also, I'm a huge DeWalt nut.so building will be pretty easy to do.
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This site will do that to you. When I first showed up I was just thinking big screen projection TV, then it went to full blown dedicated theater. This place will do that to you. The more pictures you post and room layout ideas the more suggestions and information you will get.

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Supervisor is down checking up on me!
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Found these tonight. All from 1966. The last ceiling tile I pulled down they were all up there.
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Just patching some cracks. Went extra wide since I had plenty of surewall to get rid of.
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Started with the rigid foam insulation.
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Got underneath the floor joists insulated.
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So far so good. I found some old pages from Penthouse in my crawlspace from when my house was built in the early 90's. Not quite as cool as your find! biggrin.gif
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Those vintage porn mags might be worth something if they are in decent shape. Otherwise it is just a widow into the smut of the past. Very cool and interesting. I'm sure you reviewed the "articles" just to make sure there was nothing about home repair or remodeling since that is what you are currently involved in. biggrin.gif

Destruction/construction is a great thing. I hope the construction supervisor was please with the progress so far.

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When I took the carpet out to the dump last weekend the guys out there just said "wow." haha When I found the magazines I'll admit there was an imediate break taken. Pretty funny to look at the old ads in those things....and photos. My "supervisor" amazes me sometimes with how calm he is. Whether I'm using my 12" miter saw or sitting on the ground working on my Harley, he'll stand next to me unaffected by the loudness. He does sleep on the job a lot though!!! Started putting up some framing tonight. Too dark for a picture. I need to buy another shop light bad. I tried starting framing last night and ran into my first mistake; use a 5/32" drill bit for 3/16" screws, not a 3/16" bit. Learn by mistakes!
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Started with the framing. Pressure treated 2x4s for the bottom plates.
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I'm waiting until Friday to continue with any framing, other than the bottom plates. I'm going to Lincoln, so I'm going to buy a Dewalt air compressor and nail gun. Also, why I haven't taped any insulation yet. Ace in my town doesn't sell it, but they sell house wrap. Doesn't make sense to me.


Started removing the last bit of tile, which is only on the stair case.


The green arrow is showing where the wall will be roughly to enclose the room. Although, I think I'm going to rebuild that wall so the staircase is enclosed, not sure yet.
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Found an old school fold up ruler. If you look up this company it has been bought out so many times since the 70's it''s crazy. Ended up giving it to a friend who collects old stuff. I'm going to cut out and frame the old playboy for a piece in the bar I'm going to build, but I'm really not one to collect antiques.
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This was a bar that was left by the previous owner. Works well as a make-shift tool bench for me.


The house center line is basically the stair case. The other half of the basement will end up being a bathroom and another bedroom.
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The best work gloves I've ever owned.



For those of you who have never used/seen a Track Saw, here it is:
There are two tracks. I'm using the short one for the rigid foam because it's quicker for me.
Obviously I'm posing for this pic. Otherwise I would cut my thumb off.....




You basically just take 2 measurements to set your rotation and then line up the track.
The track has a friction tape on the bottom which is what keeps it from moving while you cut.
The lip on the edge of the track is to help eliminate splintering.





The saw is a plunge cut style. This will allow you to drop-in wherever you want.





More views of the saw on it's track.
This was DeWalt's solution to not having to drag a table saw around a work site in tight spaces or simple cuts.




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I love this radio.
It has 3 outlets on the side.
Charges 18V batteries full in 1 hour.
And has a plug-in for my phone/Ipod

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DeWalt Saw Horses
Each have a 1000lb weight capacity
Made from extruded aluminum



The way they are cut on the top allows you to snap on attachments like clips to attach your miter saw on them.


Each leg has a button lock, which is easily released by a handle on the inside of the legs




Each side has a hole and a button for interlocking during storage


Lock on each end to make them easy to carry


Fold up together. It's amazing how light these are for the capacity that they can hold
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So how long have you worked for DeWalt? biggrin.gif

Kidding, kidding. Everything I've ever used from them was very nice. wink.gif
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So how long have you worked for DeWalt? biggrin.gif

Kidding, kidding. Everything I've ever used from them was very nice. wink.gif


hahaha I wish I worked for them. I'm not sure why, but I've always been a DeWalt guy and my dad is a Craftsman guy.
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Started framing up some walls. Had to do the stick method.







Getting the plates ready to go.
I just bought a box of tapcon screws for the bottom plates.
The box came with the correct bit to use, which was nice.
Borrowed my dad's hammer drill because I don't have one yet!!!! (damn).




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You may find those screws to long. I tried some 3" to start with, and they kept snapping off half way down. I ended up find a couple different articles online that said you only want the tapcons about 1" to 1 1/4" into the floor to prevent them from snapping off.

I also went through a couple of the cheap free bits. I ended up buying a Bosch one, and it chewed through the rest of the project without issue.

Just my experience, yours may differ.
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You may find those screws to long. I tried some 3" to start with, and they kept snapping off half way down. I ended up find a couple different articles online that said you only want the tapcons about 1" to 1 1/4" into the floor to prevent them from snapping off.

I also went through a couple of the cheap free bits. I ended up buying a Bosch one, and it chewed through the rest of the project without issue.

Just my experience, yours may differ.

I appreciate it. You're right. I can already tell that the free bit is about done and I'm barley 10 in! As far as the tapcons you're right there as well. I live in a town of about 3000 people so our Ace is limited haha
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Um.. I am going to guess the supervisor's name is DeWalt ? wink.gif
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Um.. I am going to guess the supervisor's name is DeWalt ? wink.gif

haha That's Bean. My fiance would kill me if I did that....even though it's been a thought...
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