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post #211 of 802
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Awesome tip, I will do that tonight!

I could see this working if you test it during the most extreme circumstances.
post #212 of 802
It still works even in "normal" climates. If you leave it down for a couple of days at the very least you will get a darker patch of concrete where moisture is wicking up and unable to evapoate in the air or your carpet. In the extreme you will see actual water under plastic.
post #213 of 802
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Because my cheapass got a killer deal on 2000 feet of Cat6, so I figured I would run it everywhere.

nice. My CAT5e is from my old job, even better price, free, maybe I should do the same and use the stuff up.
post #214 of 802
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Drywall is being delivered right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #215 of 802
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Sure: This is my first experience into Insteon controllers. So from the left, there is the Insteon switch that comes with the starter kit, this allows you to create scenes, diff dimming speeds, etc. The on that is in there controls the front row of lights and the other scenes. If I press "A", then all the theater lights ramp on slowly.

Switch 2 is an Insteon switch that controls the mid 4 6" cans.

Switch 3 is an insteon switch that controls the back row of 6" cans.

The far right switch is a 3 way switch ($7 from Lowes) that controls the existing light in the stairwell.

Thank you! I am going to look into getting some Insteon switches for my home theater as well. You're doing a great job so far.
post #216 of 802
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Originally Posted by Staffy View Post

9/26/2008

Drywall is being delivered right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now the fun begins.
post #217 of 802
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Originally Posted by SatelliteGuy View Post

Now the fun begins.


This is where he disappears not to be seen or heard from for weeks on end until the job is complete. Then we will see photos of his progress with a white ghost like object in the background bruised and battered from the drywall "experience"


Good luck with the drywall Staffy. If you are tackling this on your own your more of a man than I for sure. This is one thing I'm hiring out for sure. My feeble DIY drywall attempts in the past have met with lackluster results.

Best wishes and happy hanging, taping, and mudding!

Regards,

RTROSE
post #218 of 802
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Hahaha - well I am so cheap, I told myself, I could hire out the mud/taping or the drywall screwing.... I will let you know if I regret my decision later. I am so dang picky, it might take me a month.

I am starting in the office are first to get warmed up.
post #219 of 802
This thread is funny, now let me see, you’ve had The Great Escape with getting rid of all that dirt.


You’ve had Waterworld where the icecaps malted.



And now the Not her's man cave has had an extra twist in the plot Twister with trees being ripped down!



All we need now is Earthquake and The Towering Inferno to top this action off with... Or maybe it will be Honey do you really want the cake in the face! LOL



You’ve got some wonderfully ideas bouncing around here, I like the spare parts idea from the VCR. Your doing superfine here keep cracking on with it, looks great.
post #220 of 802
what made u go with the Insteon switches instead of the Lutron Grafik Eye ?

i assume a price difference but how about performance?
post #221 of 802
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I have had no issues at all, at first it was scary because I knew nothing about it and all of the module programming really sucks, so I bought the ISY-99 and had the whole house connected in less than 30 minutes.

30 minutes after that I figured out how to do the programs and wrote a basic - sunrise-sunset program for the outside lights.

Then I created groups and figured out how to program all the buttons on the keylink (really easy).

So for less than the cost of just the Lutron setup for lights, I have most of the important areas programed and automated. I am really dumb when it comes to all of this, so I could have made a wrong choice, I have no clue. But the way I did it was the easiest for a noob, trying out home automation for the first time
post #222 of 802
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9/26/2008

Okay so drywall was delivered today, I bought the load from Iverson's Drywall. Their delivery charge was half what Lowes was. I also asked if they would carry it down to the basement. (5/8" drywall is heavier than $h!t) The guy said he would send a crew willing to do it, so I took off the door to the basement and moved furniture.

So the truck rolled up right on time..


And the guys who unloaded the truck were great, they were bigger than me so I tipped them well..


Everything was going great... they were halfway through hauling the 5/8" drywall down when some little idiot rolled up on his skateboard and said..

"Wow - that looks heavy, you should pay them like 1$ a sheet they carry....each.."

*SCREACHHHH* both guys stop and take a breather and turn around and look in my direction.

Well about that time I leaned over to my son and whispered to him if he didn't shut his braced mouth, he can ride his happy butt up to the bank and get 40$ to pay them.... oh and of course I threw in "the stare".

The guys laughed a bit after I told them I was paying them his college fund, it was money well spent. Then they went back to work.

Damn that was a close one... Stupid kids..
post #223 of 802
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9/29/2008

Drywall is going slow due to work schedule, brats, wife, and an afterwork project helping write a book. I decided to "warm up" and do the office and utilitie rooms first, before tackling the theater room as that will take the longest. My goal is to do the entire room without screwing up a sheet of drywall.

The first thing I did was clean the entire room, then seal between the concrete and footers.


I know it is going to take a while to get warmed up when it takes me an hour and a half to get a few sheets up in the office area, even with cutting around outlets, that is too slow for my liking.


To speed things up, I used a dremel and poinded a nail in a 2x4 to act as a spacer so not to cut through the sheet below it. I had to come up with this after my 3rd attempt to let my son help. Every time I turned around he was in the other room and I got tired of yelling for him. (puss)


I then moved to the other side of the wall in the utility room where it went well.. until I started to get fancy and pull out the outlet to get a tighter fit. As I was down on my knees trying to slide the full sheet of drywall in place, my finger caught the live side of the outlet and lit me up! Well after I about pissed myself, I woke up and got in the groove and finished it in no time
post #224 of 802
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10/3/2008

Still cranking away, an hour here and there.

I finished drywalling all of the office except the wall where the drywall is leaning up against the wall.


I also completed the furnace room where the A/V rack is:


And completed the storage room where the wife likes to put canned goods, forget they are there, then buy more everytime she shops. I found 6 jars of peanut butter... GRRR


5 more sheets left to go, then I tackle the theater!


On a side note... I had a revelation today... My son has inherited devil-like tendencies from my wife. I gave my son another opportunity to work with me today and he lasted about 30 minutes this time (world record). He kept asking me why I measured everything 3 times, blah blah blah.. So I told him I would do the entire room without screwing up and he could learn a thing or 2 about thinking things out.

Well about 3 minutes later as I am measuring where to cut around pipes... the play by play went like the following:

I say "18 to 20 and 24 to 26" (this being the measurements needed).

**I measure a few more times and my kid starts babbling again.

He says "You measure that left to right? That means you are going mark it right to left, right?"

I mumble something like sure, whatever...

DAMN I just realized his rainman like babbling cause me to mark the wrong way and I cut it wrong..

I try to stay calm and not flip out...

I carry it over and put it in a scrap pile when I hear...

"Did you just screw that up, dad?"

DAMN I had to think of something quick..

The only thing I could think of was to mess with his head to distract him.

"NO, have you heard anything at all I have been saying??? It is a template dude. Why do you have to ask so many rediculous questions?..."

*Blink/ blink* he just looks at me with an expression of attempted deep thinking and says "Oh I knew that, I was just double checking".

Then he just stood around again, 60 seconds later, I turned my back and he wandered off again, so I quickly cut the mistake out and used it in a shorter section of wall

That was a close one
post #225 of 802
Reading your thread has started my day with a smile on my face. I laughed at the boy who stopped to say that you should pay the guys $1 per sheet to carry the drywall. My wife also buys up to 6 jars of peanut butter and often forgets what we have. I also went through the same problems having my daughter help with the home theater construction, so I know how you feel.

I also hung all the drywall myself. Sure glad thats over! Your project is looking good keep up the good work.
post #226 of 802
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Reading your thread has started my day with a smile on my face. I laughed at the boy who stopped to say that you should pay the guys $1 per sheet to carry the drywall. My wife also buys up to 6 jars of peanut butter and often forgets what we have. ........


My wife is just the opposite she is very frugal and a penny pincher which is good but comes with problems of its own. I am planning on having the drywall done. I am also planning on having it carried and placed in the basement and paying the "placement fee" to do that. Now here is the rub if I "sneak" this charge under the radar I'm good if she deems it necessary to insert herself she'll declare the "extra expense" unnecessary.

The quote would be "What? Why are you paying for that? That's crazy! Why would you pay someone to do that when you are perfectly able to do that? Sheesh!! Pure laziness! It's only 50 sheets its not like you have anything better to do!

Oh well! It does have some advantages. If I were left to do the finances I would have lots of toys but I would be bankrupt!

Regards,

RTROSE
post #227 of 802
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RTRose.... do what I would do...

About a week before drywall delivery, start telling your wife how bad your back hurts and have her massage it like 2-3 times a day. After about a week, that is when you dial down the back rub requests to once a day or less.

Prior to delivery you can mention you might want to spend the 80$ for delivery, as it will save her 2 weeks of back massage duty.
post #228 of 802
Da*n dude, your details and info on how to do your build are great!

BUT...... from a woman's perspective on this forum... if you care, I could do without all of the negative sh*t about the family. I like to learn stuff and I dig a good laugh here and there, but hopefully your ol' lady and kid don't know how much they are a big public joke!

Some of it is funny, but other comments are just rude and detract from the informative aspects of this cool build, at least for me (a woman). JMHO. Keep buildin and clean up the attitude.
post #229 of 802
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Da*n dude, your details and info on how to do your build are great!

BUT...... from a woman's perspective on this forum... if you care, I could do without all of the negative sh*t about the family. I like to learn stuff and I dig a good laugh here and there, but hopefully your ol' lady and kid don't know how much they are a big public joke!

Some of it is funny, but other comments are just rude and detract from the informative aspects of this cool build, at least for me (a woman). JMHO. Keep buildin and clean up the attitude.


Well crap... with only 5 posts, take no offense, but I think you could be the following:
  • My mom
  • My wife finally learned how to websearch
  • My neighbor Mark's wife who got mad at me about giving her a lecture about making plans for her husband on the weekend without checking with me first.
If not, then I have a list of 3 new gal pals for you

Regarding the "negative sh*t" (you potty-mouth) I truly am sorry if it offends you, but how do you think it makes ME feel, as every single incident is a FACT. So welcome to my life, sister

My goal for this thread was to do 3 things... one, to document my build process. Two... entertain others while educating. Three... vent by sharing with others, the daily hell that is my reality.

Trust me, if my kid was the ultimate teenage "Bob the builder" I would brag like a psycho parent. If my wife made me meals more than 3 times a week (Note I am counting her warming up her take-out leftovers as a meal) I would brag as well.

But they don't and coverups have to stop... it is ruining society!

If you wish to PM me with certain offensive posts I have made, I will consider rewriting them in a more positive manor probably by primarily leaving out facts.

In closing on a lighter note, I am back to trying recover from the flu, thanks to the assistance of my 6 year old daughter who is the only one in the family who cares. I was woken up this morning to her dressed in her halloween costume (Doctor scrubs). She shoved a real thermometer in my mouth, proceeded to give me 16 shots with a fake needle, hit my knees with a plastic hammer, slapped a Breathe-right strip on my nose, then wrote a doctors note, and taped it to my door.
post #230 of 802
Keep doing exactly what you're doing, Staffy. It's not hurting anyone and it's good reading. My 8 year old boy has been helping me with my renovation so I feel your pain.
post #231 of 802
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Da*n dude, your details and info on how to do your build are great!

BUT...... from a woman's perspective on this forum... if you care, I could do without all of the negative sh*t about the family. I like to learn stuff and I dig a good laugh here and there, but hopefully your ol' lady and kid don't know how much they are a big public joke!

Some of it is funny, but other comments are just rude and detract from the informative aspects of this cool build, at least for me (a woman). JMHO. Keep buildin and clean up the attitude.

If you have nothing better to do than criticize this guy in his " own thread " then back away from the keyboard and go find something else to do with your time

I see nowhere that he has negative stuff about his family but is just making some light hearted fun of his current situation

to Staffy ... the story of the kid " helping " brought tears to my eyes LOL ... even showed it to my wife and she busted out laughing ... priceless

and to toolmansgal ... when the kid grows up he will also see the humour in it as well so just RELAX
post #232 of 802
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She shoved a real thermometer in my...

I paused here for a moment. So glad I kept reading.

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Originally Posted by Staffy View Post

...then wrote a doctors note, and taped it to my door.

Was the handwriting legible? If not, you better stop the HT construction right now so you can start funneling any leftover cash into her college fund. Medical school ain't cheap.
post #233 of 802
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Scruffy, don't bust her chops, I welcome all feedback bro. As you all know, I have been conditioned to have a thick skin
post #234 of 802
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I paused here for a moment. So glad I kept reading.


Was the handwriting legible? If not, you better stop the HT construction right now so you can start funneling any leftover cash into her college fund. Medical school ain't cheap.


You tell me



I translate it into reading:

Do not enter
Operation .... Doctor
patient is sick.
Only Doctors

Room 96
post #235 of 802
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10/4/2008

Today I finished lining the studs adjacent to the theater with Integrity Gasket.


I finished up the room and left a cutout for access that I think I will try and get an electrical panel cover for, it should fit perfectly.


I finished off the last few pieces and triple checked everything... the only thing I even remotely question is this one edge where corner bead will go. It does not overlap and at the time I thought it did not matter, then afterwards second guessed myself.


Question: Should I redo this 1 ft wide piece?
post #236 of 802
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10/11/2008

5/8" Drywall begins...

Instead of purchase a lift, I opted to budget for 2 rental days from Home Depot. My goal was to do the entire ceiling in a single day with my friend Chris, since my normal work partner (Mark) was on some gay bike ride.

I started the day by wiping down the hat channel and attaching Integrity Gasket to it.


After mastering the lift, we got the center done pretty fast.


When the day was done, it took roughly 6 hours to complete everything, I did not cut out the can lights because they lined up with the edge of the drywall, so only 1/4 of it was cut out to save time... (Later you will see why I point this out).
post #237 of 802
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10/12/2008

Why me... WHY ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sigh... luckily I sealed between the treated wood and concrete with silicone and all drywall was installed with a 1/2" spacer on the floor.

As of today is stopped leaking, but I am taking no chances on a 11 year old water heater... it will be replaced Friday morning.
post #238 of 802
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As of today is stopped leaking, but I am taking no chances on a 11 year old water heater... it will be replaced Friday morning.

Good thinking. Hopefully it will last that long. I had a WH that started leaking. At first, it was barely noticable. Then it got big enough that I put a bucket under the WH (it was in the garage, so it was on a stand above the garage floor). About two days later as I was taking a shower one morning, all of a sudden the water pressure disappeared, but I could hear water running in the garage (adjacent wall to the bathroom where I was in the shower). Ran out to the garage (naked, of course) only to find the garage was flooded. You should have seen me grabbing for the shut-off valve. Wait, maybe it was good you didn't see me.

Thanks for the translation of your doctor's note. I got the part that there was an operation going on and that somebody was sick. I thought the "96" was your temperature. Oh, no! He has hypothermia and HT disease.
post #239 of 802
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10/4/2008



Question: Should I redo this 1 ft wide piece?

In my most humble opinion I think you should redo this corner. I think it would be far easier to do it right vs. spending all the time to "fix" the corner with lots of tape and mud only to have a sub par result. Just my .02

I had a water heater go bad prior to or just after starting my build can't remember exactly when that happened and then had my water softener go south during my framing just before I did my electrical. Only bad thing was the water heater came out of the "general fund" and the softener cam directly out of "my" theater fund. Still don't know how that happened.

Keep up the good work and keep on giving us your "real life" family experiences it adds a certain "human-ness" to the impersonal world of the internet and also reassures me that there are families out there that are more dysfunctional than my own!

Regards,

RTROSE

P.S. Glad to see your back and feeling better. Sometimes I feel when I'm under the weather the only person who really cares is my Golden Retriever.
post #240 of 802
That corner is drywalled perfectly for a bullnose corner
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