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post #3061 of 3638
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Originally Posted by BritInVA View Post

So whats lastest on damage containment/repair Tom. Does the drycore look saveable?

Incidently made a inspection of my sump pit over weekend. I've never heard it run. I'ts a submersable so not sure if makes any noise!

Well anyway there was water in pit (not surprising with weather of late) but about 18" below slab. Got some buckets of water and topped it up. Never heard anything, did not see water movement or ejection at outlet so thinking pump is MIA. Just lucky I have walk out and water table below grade I guess. But think I may investigate further and replace pump.


Ah yes, just as pumps can fail from over use they can fail due to inactivity as well. Either type of failure can be a catastrophe. I know that even the quietest pumps can still be heard by a low hum. Then there is the clunk from the check valve.

Definitely get that pump replaced. You just never know.

Logan, I too am curious how your recovery is going.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #3062 of 3638
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Originally Posted by BritInVA View Post

But think I may investigate further and replace pump.

Check to be sure you have power.
post #3063 of 3638
Thread Starter 
So far, I'm thinking I may be able to save what's there. Floor seems solid, I don't notice any bad smells or anything. IF I can plane down the ridges and, if necessary, put down an underlayment to smooth it out, I THINK I can save it.

I haven't tried planing the ridges down, yet. I've been back to shelf building in the storage area in order to have room to clear floor (originally to be able to put down finish floor, now to see if I can save the dricore). SO, shelf building is complete, I expect to be clearing the floor over the weekend and give the planing a shot. I should know more then.

In the meantime, I think I've found a new carpet. The carpet I had planned matched up perfectly with the GOM and paint and was PR$CEEEEY. This carpet is about half the price and all synthetic so in the event of ANOTHER flood, I can pull it up and dry it out. Unlike the original choice. I found this one through Stargate Cinema and the pattern is similar to what I was planning on. I ordered and received a sample and although this one is darker, the burgundy background is actually multi-toned. The originals are MUCH redder, but I think the new one will pick up some that red. And I think being a little darker on the floor will make the room less mono-chromatic and once the lights go out, no one will see it anyway.

Original choice:

new choice:
post #3064 of 3638
New carpet looks good. Glad we aren't in worst case scenario.
post #3065 of 3638
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I may even go with a shade darker paint so that the GOM breaks up the color a little bit.

Also, probably will rearrange what I was planning to do this weekend. I just saw an add from HD.....the 6 panel Jeld Wen doors are $19 this weekend, looks like ALL sizes are same price. I need 4, all different sizes. I was going to wait until the finish floor is down so I don't have to undercut the jambs while installing the floor, but the MultiMate with the flush cut blade makes it easy to do.

Also, the fan on my whole-house humidifier froze up. I didn't know it until I had the HVAC guys in to do the Fall maintenance. It's a Skuttle. They quoted $350 to fix it and replace the pad. A new one runs about $450. I got online and ordered a new motor and pad for $100.00. So I'll be doing that as well.

Geezy-peezy I must be in the wrong business. To replace the motor, you remove the fan blade, take out four screws to release the housing, the motor is held in the housing with four nuts on posts. And there is one electrical push-in connector. Come ON, $250 for what should be 30 minutes work at MOST? I'm all for making a profit, but, sheeesh.
post #3066 of 3638
I had the same thing with a furnace repair last thanksgiving. Guy needed a $15 dollar part and wanted to chanrge $350. I ordered the part went up found it was not even that part that was broken, just needed to replace some condensation tubing. Ultimately cost me nothing, unfortunately I had ordered the part (now have a spare).
post #3067 of 3638
I have also had the same with a washer. I don't think that many of us have escaped the "well the part is 25.00 but total repair is going to be 400.00" situation. It seems though you only have to experience it one time to prompt you to investigate it further to see if it is something we can replace it ourselves.

Now I have "investigated" on my own and then decided I could not repair/replace the item and then succumbed to having to pay a "professional" to repair what I can't but I usually will look to see if it is something I can handle. I will defer to a true professional when necessary or if it would become a safety issue.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #3068 of 3638
Thread Starter 
I managed to replace the humidifier motor in about 10 minutes. Turns out there are TEN screws to remove the housing from the cover. Then four nuts to remove the motor. Oh, and TWO wire connections to the controller, not one. Which are CLEARLY marked.

I didn't even get to take pictures it went so fast. But the old motor was DEFINITELY rusted. I cranked the humidistat way up but couldn't get it to start up until I remembered that you have to have the heat on. So I cranked up the heat and it started right up. Then I shut it all down because we were back up in the hi 70s-lo 80s.

Now the ironic thing....and let's not tell Big......

As I've been working in the basement I'd been thinking it is still way too humid. Seems like anything I do down there I break out in a sweat. I still have Big's DE-humidifier from the first flood. I tried to start it up after this flood, but it wouldn't come on, so I'm figuring I'll be replacing it. Then, I give it one more go last night and it starts up and water is accumulating within about a minute. Guess I didn't have the water basin seated properly so the float wasn't engaging.

Either that, or it quit in protest until I fixed the humidifier. ANYTHING can happen in Dimension X.
post #3069 of 3638
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Originally Posted by tlogan6797 View Post

Either that, or [the dehumidifier] quit in protest until I fixed the humidifier. ANYTHING can happen in Dimension X.

Yes, I'm pretty sure that HVAC equipment belongs to a union or something. Haven't you noticed that they all tend to go on strike (quit) at about the same time?
post #3070 of 3638
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Originally Posted by BeerParty View Post

Yes, I'm pretty sure that HVAC equipment belongs to a union or something. Haven't you noticed that they all tend to go on strike (quit) at about the same time?


+1 you may be on to something there as I have noticed the same thing. Hmmmm........conspiracy theory anyone?

Regards,

RTROSE
post #3071 of 3638
Tom,

You there?

Is this thing on? Testing......Testing....1...2.......Check....1....2.....Chec k......Check


Regards,

RTROSE

When you said your weren't going to say anything (chinadog's new thread) I did not realize it was a blanket statement.
post #3072 of 3638
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the bump RT!

Oh, I'm here. Just not getting ANYTHING done. Well, not NOTHING.

I finished up the shelving in the storage area and got everything put back in there. That turned into a day long project, because a LOT of what was in there was overflow from the first storage area. Which is a ton of "stuff" about which if LOGANESS said one more time "Oh, I FORGOT ALL ABOUT THAT!" or "THAT'S where that is!" I was going to be a widower.

I built the frame for the back bar.

And I put some casters on that very first cabinet I built for the bar which, with Big's help, we immediately decided was the wrong size. Since I had glued and screwed it, it seemed a shame to waste, so I put some casters on it and figure I can use it as rolling cabinet for my drill press, chop saw, router table, bench sander or whatever. My Bucket Head vac will fit in there so if I add a switch and extension cord on the outside, I can make a nice little woodworking cabinet/table with built-in dust collection.

Mostly been trying to dry out the humidity before deciding about the dricore. It's been in the 60 range for a couple of weeks but over the last of couple of days has gotten down to the low 50s. I was emptying the dehumidifier twice a day, now it's once a day and when I went down there this morning, it was still running. Turning on the heat for a couple of nights probably REALLY helped, too.

Then there's life. Last weekend went to the Redskins/Eagles game, this weekend it was putting up the Halloween decorations. This year's addition is the singing pumpkins. I couldn't get it to work last year, but this year it came together. Next weekend is the neighborhood Halloween party. It's ALWAYS something.

Thinking about getting the material to skin the bar and back bar, though. I'm getting tired of looking at it the way it is.
post #3073 of 3638
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Originally Posted by tlogan6797 View Post

This year's addition is the singing pumpkins. I couldn't get it to work last year, but this year it came together.

Word gets around at your place and the singing pumpkins decided that they better sing or this year they might not get a spot on the shelf and have to sit on the floor. We all know what happened to those boxes.
post #3074 of 3638
Thread Starter 
OK, a little progress...

I put some skin on the bar

Front


Left side


Right side



Also, looks like I can save the Dricore. I took my little B&D planer to see if I could knock down the curled up edges. I started behind the bar and after a few adjustments, set the cut depth to between 1 and 2/64ths. Seemed to work so I did the hallway at the bottom of the stairs, the hallway to the storage area and started the area in front of the bar. At least until the planer crapped out.







The lighter areas are the area that was cut away. As you can see, some of the cuts are wider than others, indicating the height of the curl to be cut. The cuts leave a slight indentation, but I don't notice it in walking over them. I'm sure that any padding under laminate or carpet will take care of that.

So I'll be picking up another disposable planer and finishing up.
post #3075 of 3638
Looks good, glad that planing the Dricore will take care of the issue. Time consuming, but much cheaper than replacing the tiles AGAIN. The bar skin looks nice, what color are you thinking? I'm guessing a stain is in order for the bar vs. covering up that nice skin with paint.

Glad to see that while slow you are still making some progress, even in Dimension X.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #3076 of 3638
I must have dropped into the wrong thread because there is actually visible evidence of work being done.
post #3077 of 3638
Thread Starter 
It's 1/4" oak. Also, I'm planing to add trim and finish all of the corners and edges. The strips of wood on the bar top are for the drip rail. As you can see, I left a bit of room at the bottom thinking that in the event of ANOTHER flood, I may get away with just replacing the trim and not the sheets of oak.

Definitely planning to stain.

That's been the source of most of my recent frustration. LOGANESS suggests (I say that because I can't admit she's righ...ri...r....and I can't even type it!) that I should pick out the floor and then stain as it's easier to match the stain with the floor.

So I'm trying to get the real construction finished so that I can pick a floor.....so that I can paint and stain. Then it's the finish work.

I've also done some work on the back bar; just need to get some pics uploaded.
post #3078 of 3638
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Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC View Post

I must have dropped into the wrong thread because there is actually visible evidence of work being done.


I was scared as well, but thought I should at least comment as to provide some motivation to Tom. I just don't want to provide too much as I still plan on finishing before him. Although he does have some excuse for his lengthy delays, but I can't say that out loud, because I don't want that to interfere with anything in Dimension X.

Now that you are pretty much finished with damelon's theater Tom should hire you out for the finish up work on his. Should be a piece of cake for you especially if Tom stays out of your way.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #3079 of 3638
Looks great. You are making some progress. Finally.
post #3080 of 3638
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Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC View Post

I must have dropped into the wrong thread because there is actually visible evidence of work being done.

Good job Logan. With the lack of progress/motivation in my room, it is embarrassing to even log on to the forum. The thought of lugging down all the drywall I'm gonna need makes my back hurt. With all of your progress I am feeling some much needed motivation. Thanks
post #3081 of 3638
Tom, tell me what you are going to do to finish that pole (slow pitch). I'm still working through ideas to finish out mine that needs a speaker on the side/front.
post #3082 of 3638
Thread Starter 
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The thought of lugging down all the drywall I'm gonna need makes my back hurt.

Pay however much extra it cost and have it delivered to the basement. Worth every penny. If need be, find some, uh, "temporary workers" and pay them to do it.

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Tom, tell me what you are going to do to finish that pole (slow pitch). I'm still working through ideas to finish out mine that needs a speaker on the side/front.

There are two poles that define the entrance to behind the bar. I don't need to hang anything off them so my plan is to simply use the pole wraps you can get at the big boxes and stain to match.

You may want to enlist BIG to design something a little more substantial.
post #3083 of 3638
WOW found thread on p7

Now thats inactivity for you.

Happy Turkey day everybody
post #3084 of 3638
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Originally Posted by BritInVA View Post

WOW found thread on p7

Now thats inactivity for you.

Happy Turkey day everybody

And right back at you. Logan should be double Loganed for letting his own thread go that far back.

I hope each and everyone of you have the time and opportunity to spend this Holiday Season with your friends and family and truly cherish what is important in life. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #3085 of 3638
Thread Starter 
...and back to page three today. Sheeesh.

It's not that nothing is getting done, it's nothing picture worthy. And I'm working on a little project that I'm NOT going to show until it's done. I AM trying to document this little project.


But I know why this taking so long. I spent 7 hours in the basement on Friday and could barely move on Saturday. It was 5 o'clock before I got down there on Saturday, and then I could only stand for an hour. Then Sunday was leaf raking and final lawn mowing day because once the Christmas lawn decorations go up, the lawn isn't getting cut again.
post #3086 of 3638
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Originally Posted by tlogan6797 View Post

...and back to page three today. Sheeesh.

It's not that nothing is getting done, it's nothing picture worthy. And I'm working on a little project that I'm NOT going to show until it's done. I AM trying to document this little project.


But I know why this taking so long. I spent 7 hours in the basement on Friday and could barely move on Saturday. It was 5 o'clock before I got down there on Saturday, and then I could only stand for an hour. Then Sunday was leaf raking and final lawn mowing day because once the Christmas lawn decorations go up, the lawn isn't getting cut again.


I know exactly what you're talking about, I have been at this stage now for two years!

Oh, and nice tease on a "secret project" to stir up the natives.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #3087 of 3638
Nothing, Nada, Zippy...what have you accomplished Tom?

Well, let me help you out a bit:

One of our members is in need of some prompting. This particular member finished his beautiful HT well over a year ago and is in dire need of some motivation. I'd like to respectfully request that you, the master Loganitor, surf over to http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=869753 and provide a little magic, as only you are able to do!

Good luck, great one!
post #3088 of 3638
Thread Starter 
Again, not nothing. I've been working on my little secret project.

AND, I THINK I'm through with the table saw. I bought all the 3/4 oak trim fro the bar and ripped 45s in the corner pieces. I bought 7 8-foot lengths thinking that should be enough to trim out the entire bar. Three lengths ripped with 45 on one side is enough to do all of the outside corners. Thinking I was done, I looked around and saw the back bar. Which, being pushed over to the wall and used as a table, I had completely forgotten about. Turns out, I had just enough on-hand to rip the outside corners for that, too. So now I need to get more for the straight trim. Probably 8 more to do both.

SO I SHOULD be able to put the table saw away and make a dump run next weekend to have the space cleaned up to start actually, you know, FINISHING the theater area. THEN finish the rest of the room.

So.....question......
Sanding and staining will be up shortly. Is it better to sand and stain an 8 foot piece of trim and then cut it to size, or cut everything to size and THEN sand and stain?
post #3089 of 3638
I say cut first. It will increase the amount of time it takes to finish it, but the edges of the cut marks will be visible unless you have a plan for that. Guess it depends on how you're finishing it. There are some situations where the cut edges wouldn't matter, but not a lot.
post #3090 of 3638
Thread Starter 
Thanks. That's the way I've been leaning. Seems like it would be easier to handle smaller pieces, too.
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