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That orange spray will basically take the skin right off you. Definitely where long sleeves, mask and gloves. When I failed to take my own advise and got some on my forearm, it bonded with my skin and left a roadrash like make when I got it scrubbed off. You may need to try various cleaners like Simply Green to try to get it off your fingers. It's evil.

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Well, no work last night...

My sub in the family room dies a few months ago. It is a Best Buy 10" Klipsch that was about $400. I took it to a repair show, and they took my $30 and found it to be the amp. They had it for a month and were not able to get the board that had died, and Klipsch would only sell them a full amp for $300.

So I decided to just take it home. It was a 500 watt Bash amp, so I looked on Parts Express and got a 300 watt bash amp for under $150. It arrived yesterday.

It was a little shorter in the witch and a little longer in the height, so I made an MDF gasket. I had to chop up the sub box a little, then attach the gasket and finally the amp. and now I have bass again. Didn't realize how much I missed it until I was on the PS3 last night. I played Battle Feild 1943, and the anti aircraft cannons just had allot of punch. Even on a remote part of the map, if someone else was using it, you could feel it a little.

No pics, because it looks like a kludge, and it is ugly, but it works. I just can't wait for the theater with a "real" sub, and the ability to turn it up louder since I will be 2 floors away from the sleeping kids.

As for the orange on my hands, I just pick and peal it off during those boring design meetings at work. Need something to stay awake during those.

Anyone know how to deal with the tax credits you can earn from uncle sam when using insulation? Is it just save the receipt, or are there forms to fill out? I figure I pay enought in taxes, I might as well get something back since I am improving the energy efficiency of the house by insulating the basement.

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Save the receipts and if you use turbo tax or a similar program for taxes it should give you spot for that deduction somewhere.

As far as the orange stuff, GOOF OFF will work wonders with that stuff. I've used it for that as well as vynil tile/linolium glue.

I'm sure we would still like to see them pics of your sub solution, smart thinking on your part.
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Ask and you shall receive... Here is a pic of the Franken Sub.



You can see the home made MDF gasket to allow the new amp to fit in the old space.
The new amp is about 1 inch narrower than the old, so the gasket covers what would have been a hole. And the new amp is about 1 inch taller than the old, so I had to cut into the sub box so the amp would fit. That cut is also covered by the gasket.

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Anyone know how to deal with the tax credits you can earn from uncle sam when using insulation? Is it just save the receipt, or are there forms to fill out? I figure I pay enought in taxes, I might as well get something back since I am improving the energy efficiency of the house by insulating the basement.

Remember, there is always a form. . . . You need IRS Tax Form 5695 - - the 2009 version isn't final yet, google showed me a draft version. Looks like insulation goes on line 2a in the draft. Save your receipt in case of audit.

Nice frankensub. Looks a bit abby normal, but in a good way.
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Well, today is 1 year. This project started on the floor 1 year ago. Of course planning started much longer ago, but for building purposes, 1 year is where I am. I had a goal of being ready for inspections by today. Goal accomplished. This weekend was re-run 12-3 wire to smoke detectors instead of the 12-2 I already had. Also, I moved all the boxes out of the side that will remain unfinished and moved my cabinets into the unfinished side. Then a thourough and complete cleaning involving sweeping and a whole lot of the shop vac.

Now I need to get an inspection scheduled. Work has been crazy, but my project has just been cancelled, so until they decide where I should help and fit me into a new group, I will have the freedom to take some time off if needed to get an inspection done. I will try for this week.

So for my progress, here are a bunch of pics. The first is a shot from the base of the stairs towards the Bar area. And for Hanse, there is a small wood pile under that window, about 5 boards left.


Next is from the window in the prior shot looking towards the stairs.


Next is from the Window location looking towards the bar.


Next the entrance of the bathroom looking in.


This is from the thinking chair in the theater looking towards the screen.


Here is the graphix Eye location near the door.


This is the AV closet looking towards where the rack will be.


So If I pass the inspections, I will be doing insulation next, then the Theater ceiling isolation, followed by drywall. Sshould keep me busy for awhile.

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So I jumped the gun. Yesterday was not the 1 year, but this friday is. 8/29 instead of 8/23, so in order to not have to take more 1 year pics, I will officially do nothing in the basement this week.

Right now I have requested Friday off, so to celebrate the 1 year, I will attempt to get my first inspection on that day.

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Nice progress Chia, congrats on the 1 year mark status.

Thanks for posting that pic of the sub, looks like a great solution to keep it going. I would have done the same if I had to.

Nice GE rough in as well. Have fun on Friday, best of luck.
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WOOHOO!!! I passed.
Framing, electrical, water, HVAC perfect.
2 fire block spots need to be addressed, but he does not need to come back out to check. I have the OK to move on.

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NICE! Especially being able to get them all at once. WAs it one insprector. In my county you get a different inspector for each. I suppose I could have waited and scheduled closer together, but they insist on getting them in the correct order, so I got each one as I was ready.

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Congrats. Just think of the cost to have a "pro" do the work to get to this point, and get the same sign offs, and what you spent. You'll feel amazing, as you should, and with the extra coin, treat yourself to a nicer PJ

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Ask and you shall receive... Here is a pic of the Franken Sub.



You can see the home made MDF gasket to allow the new amp to fit in the old space.
The new amp is about 1 inch narrower than the old, so the gasket covers what would have been a hole. And the new amp is about 1 inch taller than the old, so I had to cut into the sub box so the amp would fit. That cut is also covered by the gasket.

When I first looked at this image I thought, "why did he take a picture of his battery charger?" So, I read your post and realized it's an amp/sub!!!!! Please tell me this thing is set up so that this side faces the wall so you can't see it.
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Congrats!

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WOOHOO!!! I passed.
Framing, electrical, water, HVAC perfect.
2 fire block spots need to be addressed, but he does not need to come back out to check. I have the OK to move on.

Great news!!

All I need to still do is install the stair handrail and I think I can call for the inspection. So getting close as well.

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Great news!!

All I need to still do is install the stair handrail and I think I can call for the inspection. So getting close as well.

Yea Michael, but you're calling for the FINAL inspection!

Good news Chia! Congrats!

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At the rate that he's moving, he won't be all that far behind me.

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NICE! Especially being able to get them all at once. WAs it one insprector. In my county you get a different inspector for each. I suppose I could have waited and scheduled closer together, but they insist on getting them in the correct order, so I got each one as I was ready.

Congrats!

2 guys, 1 for electrical, and 1 for the rest. They do it all at once here, so they come in and look and are done. They really didn't look around too much, I think they saw the place was clean and didn't see much right away, so they just glanced around instead of looking indepth.

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When I first looked at this image I thought, "why did he take a picture of his battery charger?" So, I read your post and realized it's an amp/sub!!!!! Please tell me this thing is set up so that this side faces the wall so you can't see it.

Yes, that is definately the part against the wall. Very little WAF on this fix. I could always paint it, but it isn't visible, so I don't think I will bother.

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Thanks for all the well wishes, I celebrated today by buying my Drywall Furring Channel for the theater ceiling, and ordering my insulation to be delivered on Monday evening.

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Thanks for all the well wishes, I celebrated today by buying my Drywall Furring Channel for the theater ceiling, and ordering my insulation to be delivered on Monday evening.

Wow, Michael - that's what I call celebrating Czechoslovakian style!

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Got a delivery last night. And this pic will put Hanesian's wood pile to shame:

If this doesn't make you itch just looking at it...


Yes there are reasons to store it like this...
1. The wife will think the pile is larger than it actually is and feel sorry for me.
B. The kids will be unable to get into the basement to "help".
3. And most importantly was quicker and easier than hauling each bag down the stairs, then having to haul myself back up the stairs.

On your marks, get set, ITCH!!!
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Got a delivery last night. And this pic will put Hanesian's wood pile to shame:

If this doesn't make you itch just looking at it...


Yes there are reasons to store it like this...
1. The wife will think the pile is larger than it actually is and feel sorry for me.
B. The kids will be unable to get into the basement to "help".
3. And most importantly was quicker and easier than hauling each bag down the stairs, then having to haul myself back up the stairs.

On your marks, get set, ITCH!!!

LOL Michael! You can totally tell you just tossed them down! Perfect!

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Looks all too familar!
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Save that insulation receipt for the tax credit.
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Yep, got the forms off the Home Depot site too. Might as well let the govt. pay for part of my build since I keep paying for people to get new cars, new houses, healthcare, etc.

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That's what I did too after getting mine home. But I could only stand installing a couple of bags at a time, so that's all I bought at a time.

IF you can stand it, get one of the tyvek painters zip-up coveralls, a face mask, safety glasses and a hat. Suit up and you will notice a LOT less itching!

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last night I got about 4 bags done.

During fireblocking I bought those cheap masks that are white with a metal strip at the nose you pinch closed. Breating was a pain, in 2 minutes all the moisture is trapped in there, so in the long run I ended up not using it.

For this stretch I bought a better mask. One with the 2 filters on the sides, and most importantly a one way valve for breathing out. What a difference. It still gets moist, but not near as bad. Also, I sound like Darth Vader, so that is entertaining for about 25 seconds.

The goggles on the other hand... I bought some goggles that were like what we used in chemistry in highschool. After about 10 minutes, I was looking through water, the sweat was just accumulating in there. After emptying it, it fogged up pretty good, so I went without.

I was wearing shorts and a short sleeve shirt, and the only real problem was the forearms itching. Don't think about it, becasue as soon as you do, you can't stop. Legs are fine since I have so much hair the fibers don't stand a chance I guess. Face wasn't bad either, but the throat feels good today with the mask, where in the past the next day the voice was a little raw.

I have tried those suits before, but they do not make them for 6'1" people.

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Hey; an insulators trick that I tried helped a lot, especially for your forearms, neck, and other exposed skin (no wisecracks)

Apply a coating of babypowder - seems to fill your pores and adds a barrier so that the fiberglass strands don't "stick"

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Thanks craig, I tried that, and I sweat so much that the baby powder doesn't stand a chance. But I will definately give it another try.

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Getting one of those rubber masks does make a world of difference. I use mine regularly.

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