It was the lowes store brand. The rental I was in before I bought my house had fresh lowes carpet in it when I moved in. The carpet was wrinkled and the backing fell apart to the carpet in less than a year. Landlord almost made me pay for it when I left $$$$$. When I moved to my new house I got a name brand carpet from a contractor that got it from lowes and it didn't hold up to normal traffic and wouldn't come clean. It wrinkled badly and was restretched twice wrinkled again. the backing to that started falling apart as well. My brother in law got the same carpet from a real carpet store and it still looks great. I ripped it out and put in laminate and area rugs. Other friends have had the same issues with lowes carpet.
Ok, I might have a problem with the install of carpet on my stairs. My stairs, which have never been carpeted, were built very sloppy by my builder and as a result, the steps never had risers!
So, when I put I the risers (3/4" pine) I realized that the tread was just too shallow as I kept kicking the risers on my way up the stairs. I ended up prying up all the treads and moving them out an inch and reinstalling. What's pain in the ass as they all were cemented to the stringers, all 3 of them. Some of the steps were so secured that the stringer broke. After repairing and reinstalling the treads, my stairs are now better and rock solid. But I have about a 3/4" gap between the tread and riser, iam hoping this will not be an issue.
But I may have another problem now. I have about 36.5" on most steps between the walls. Is this going to be a problem for the carpet installers as they may be expecting ( and cutting for it) the width to be exactly 36"? I don't think the carpet will stretch much with a short width of 36"!
Nice. I have the same color carpet in my basement right now and was wondering how I'd like it once the theater area was complete. It's tough going from the dark black I had to a light brown. I'll probably change it at some point, but I'm anxious to see the final picture. I do envy your dark baseboards though
I agree about the new format. Just doesn't see the same. It seems like fewer people are coming to these threads lately too.
It is a little on the lighter side, but since its not a dedicated theater, I am ok with it. I would have pressed for darker, but we couldnt agree and i needed to commit to something. I now have Carpet...job done.
I'm diggin the new carpet. Looks really nice. Well done! See it pays to listen to your CCC! I think in your space I actually like the lighter carpet better than what it replaced. I actually like the new AVS. It is different, and will take some getting used to, but I think I like it better than the "old" AVS.
I hear you about having to commit. My wife's ONLY request in our entire basement is that she gets a full size fridge in the bar area. I ultimately will have to concede to get free reign of the rest of the space
Ok, guys! I am back...a little update as I am working on my wet bar. I have started the electrical for 2 can lights, undercabinet lighting as well as put in the hot/cold supplies. Next up is to put in a waste line for my sink and start the rest of the framing for my ceiling! This is pretty much the last thing I have to do for my basement.
And now for some progress pics...its something!
Oh, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there....
A little bump to get some updates on your progress. Love the choices for the bar materials.
No real updates.. Work has been kicking my ASS lately...plus with Christmas coming up, there hasnt been too much time.
Originally Posted by mn_hokie
Man, I've said it before and ill say it again.. I wish you lived closer. I need a good wood worker nearby.
Thanks! I have to say, of all the years watching my Dad do stuff, I never thought I would have done all the wood working projects that I have completed. I really do love it...and cant wait till I have time to do more. I have to this date built:
- my kids beds
- my daughters night stand
- a pergola over the deck
- a trellis
- a shed
- the theater
- the entertainment center (as seen in this thread)
- a ceiling train complete with 2 truss bridges made out of dowels
If anyone is curious, I will post pics of these items.
NOTE: These are projects done in the past, they are not in any chronological order
Candle Holder Thingy:
My attempt at something artistic: This candle holder thingy can be found in any pottery barn magazine or even target. However, they are often small and I needed something bigger. So I copied the shape/design but made my own.
The materials I used was out of soft copper tubing (1/2" for the main and 1/4" for the holder rings) a little soldering and some spray paint.
Its fun when all the candles are lit.
Pergola over the deck.
This was a modification I did to my deck...my wife and I were inspired by a pergola swing that my cousin built. This was a fun project and one of my early starts to working with wood.
Trellis, to compliment the pergola
Several years after putting the pergola onto the deck, we needed something in the yard to compliment the pergola, so we opted for this trellis
I built this shed almost like a house. I had plans but only to help out with building a roof, however, I didnt use it much and just built this thing like a house. All out of wood complete with soffits under the roof rafters...Its solid!
Of course its much bigger than my neighbors, which you can see slightly to the right...he just built his and when he saw mine, he said he needed to go bigger too! LoL
My daughters night stand and Bed
I built these with inspiration from some photos but pretty much built by my own plans. They are simple by design...there is some detail in the headboard and drawer that I am not sure you can see, but its wainscot bead board.
My sons complete room make over.
Before I started the theater...I did this for my son.
Bed, desk and ceiling train. All custom built.
The bridges were built using dowels and are structurally accurate to designs of real bridges
Its amazing what inspires people to do things. There were moments of inspiration that I got that helped me arrive at the end of these projects. Mostly the inspiration came from my wife and kids, along with my cousin and ultimately from my Dad. 10 years ago I would never had thought I would have done any of these projects. Also, I learned that patients helps especially to help fulfill that final design before the build...this is especially true for my theater.
Also, inspiration from this very forum helped me get through some of these projects. Sketchup was an amazing help too as I needed to ensure that proportion was just right for a lot of these projects...I used sketchup for the theater, the ceiling train and the Entertainment center...I am now using it to finish the design on the wet bar.
Alright...this has been just too long in the making...I am finally getting my wet bar done. Here are some progress pics.
I rebuilt the wall you see with the empty pocket. That will be for a built in Blu-ray and DVD and Game rack.
I rebuilt it so that it would allow me to complete recess my wet bar so it will be built into the wall.
I have just the upper left cabinet carcass hung. (I will be cutting the rails and stiles once the carcasses are in position)
..and a view from the left. When I rebuilt that wall (so that I could completely recess the bar) I had a hard time with all the empty space in that new wall, so I built a pocket for something special (tune in at a later time for more on this)...
...and me checking for level cabinets (just carcass is what you see)
...and from straight on...
I will have a fridge on the lower left with 2 cabinets to the right...the sink will sit all the way to the right..