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post #91 of 122
Billy search for Power Bridge.

Basically, you have an outlet in another room. The UPS plugs into it, and from the UPS, it goes to a power inlet (prongs sticking out of the wall)

that inlet goes to the outlet by your projector and the projector plugs into it.

don't worry about the prongs being exposed, there is no power in them if you can see them. You have to plug that end into the UPS to get that line powered.

This way your projector is on a UPS circuit, and the UPS device is elswhere so as not to take up room.
post #92 of 122
Thanks Chiahead. I had seen the Power Bridge metioned on AVS forum before, but I'd never really looked into it... I just ordered one! That should solve my UPS issue without needing an electirician.

I'll assume the location is OK. It seems that location of the outlet and conduit isn't a real big deal. Just lets you minimize the cabling that shows, obviously.
post #93 of 122
Location of the projector depends on your screen size, throw distance, brightness capability of the projector (lumens), ambient lighting, and your seating location. My screen will be 100", seating is at 11-12', and the projector at about 14'. Sounds like you've got it figured out, though! Good luck!
post #94 of 122
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Originally Posted by Billy_P View Post

Thanks Chiahead. I had seen the Power Bridge metioned on AVS forum before, but I'd never really looked into it... I just ordered one! That should solve my UPS issue without needing an electirician.

I'll assume the location is OK. It seems that location of the outlet and conduit isn't a real big deal. Just lets you minimize the cabling that shows, obviously.

No problem Billy, and I agree with all the suggestions. I do have an outlet on the cieling behing where the screen will be. Ironic thing is I just bought a manual screen as I found a terrific deal. The other thing to consider is some framing to make mounting the screen and projector easier. Rather than hunt for studs, I chose to run some additional blocking in the areas of the ceiling mounts for the projector and screen. Finally, I chose a more local solution for surge protection, an APC wall mount power filter, check out the bargain basement price!

post #95 of 122
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Here's some updated photos on the pool table area, just stained the floor yesterday:







More mudding and taping today, and hanging some cabinets up.
post #96 of 122
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Gotta love Amazon. Bought a Onkyo AVR 607 on the 19th from Amazon for what I thought was a decent deal at $400. Saw they had it today for $349 with a free ipod dock. Called them up and they refunded the difference no problem. I passed on the dock though. I have an Apple TV for the basement so I don't see ever using the dock down there. Really appreciated the prompt refund from Amazon though.
post #97 of 122
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Last night's project, finishing the cabinets in the kids area for storage.



Today's project, hanging cabinets in Bar Area:



Can't wait to start putting some things where they belong, and to have the refrigerators going in the basement!
post #98 of 122
Dave,

You're really cranking now. Lots of nice cabinets - where did you get them?

The stained floor looks good. Once it is stained: I assume you follow-up with a seal coat?
post #99 of 122
Dave, your project is coming together quite nicely.

Curious the concrete stain. Could you give us a quick run down of the process and your overall thoughts.

Much appreciated
Brad
post #100 of 122
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Thanks for the comments on the concrete stain. I've always wanted to have a basement floor acid stained. That is, until I heard a couple horror stories on them turning out radically different than planned, etc. My wife and I had been going back and forth on the floor covering, from wood (scared me to death in the basement) to carpet, to vinyl plank wood look, etc, to ceramic tile, etc. I was in Menards for about the 100th time a couple months ago and noticed Rustoleum had a concrete stain product, and it was on sale. I went home and did some quick research, finding generally positive reviews. I figured for a couple hundred bucks, no harm no foul if I screwed it up, so decided to give it a try.

It turns out it is a really nice product. I went with a two stage application, putting down a layer a Burnt Brick, then a layer of Sienna at about 50% the amount of the burnt brick. I then applied two coats of clear gloss sealer.

The product is applied with a sprayer, making it incredibly easy. It's semi-transparent so it doesn't look like paint at all, which I like, and it is a penetrating stain.

The final clear gloss coat doesn't make it quite as glossy as I would like, but after more research I found that it can be polished to a ultra high gloss, which I'll do once everything is done. So far I am extremely happy with how it has turned out! We do plan on getting a couple big area rugs to break it up. The nice thing is down the road we can always cover it with carpet or something else if we want a change.

Here's the sequence I used. it may vary slightly from the instructed method, but I'm very happy with it:

1. Completely clean, clear, sweep and wet mop the area (wet mopped several times)
2. Apply etching solution (Rustoleum brand) and scrub with a hard bristle broom
3. Wet mop two more times to rinse
4. Let dry completely
5. Apply base color stain (burnt brick) with sprayer, keeping nozzle on a fairly fine mist. Apply in circular motion at about 70-80% coverage
6. Let dry.
7. Apply a second light coat of base color to increase depth.
8. Let dry.
9. Apply accent color (Sienna) at about 50% coverage.
10. Let dry.
11. Apply Clear Gloss Sealer (Rustoleum).
12. Let dry
13. Apply second coat of Clear Gloss Sealer
post #101 of 122
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Here is a photo of the concrete stain product if anyone is interested:



Also, I have a barely used Drywall lift for sale if anyone in the Chicago area is interested!
post #102 of 122
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Originally Posted by cuzed2 View Post

Dave,

You're really cranking now. Lots of nice cabinets - where did you get them?

The stained floor looks good. Once it is stained: I assume you follow-up with a seal coat?

All the cabinets are from Ikea. We've actually moved some of them around from House to house and have repurposed them. They've held up well. There is some color variation when you have to buy some new ones to supplement, but after a couple months they all seem to even out.
post #103 of 122
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Today's progress:

7 AM



5 PM



10 PM



Taking a couple days off to visit family near Indianapolis and enjoy the family. My bones need some rest. Getting very close to the end of the tunnel, the OCD has its hold on me!
post #104 of 122
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Originally Posted by davboy View Post


Here's the sequence I used. it may vary slightly from the instructed method, but I'm very happy with it:

1. Completely clean, clear, sweep and wet mop the area (wet mopped several times)
2. Apply etching solution (Rustoleum brand) and scrub with a hard bristle broom
3. Wet mop two more times to rinse
4. Let dry completely
5. Apply base color stain (burnt brick) with sprayer, keeping nozzle on a fairly fine mist. Apply in circular motion at about 70-80% coverage
6. Let dry.
7. Apply a second light coat of base color to increase depth.
8. Let dry.
9. Apply accent color (Sienna) at about 50% coverage.
10. Let dry.
11. Apply Clear Gloss Sealer (Rustoleum).
12. Let dry
13. Apply second coat of Clear Gloss Sealer

Thanks for the run down. I'm Leaning this way for the bar/gameroom portion of my basement.

Was the acid etch offensive.. ie severe oders, or skin itching just walking in the same room while applying etc..

Brad
post #105 of 122
Dave,

Thanks for the info on the floor!
Enjoy the Holiday - I'll bet you're hard at it again before Sunday slips by
post #106 of 122
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Originally Posted by KNKKNK View Post

Thanks for the run down. I'm Leaning this way for the bar/gameroom portion of my basement.

Was the acid etch offensive.. ie severe oders, or skin itching just walking in the same room while applying etc..

Brad

The etching wasn't a problem at all. I believe the Rustoleum product is some type of citric solution, if that makes any difference. Hardly any odor at all.
post #107 of 122
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cuzed2 View Post

Dave,

Thanks for the info on the floor!
Enjoy the Holiday - I'll bet you're hard at it again before Sunday slips by

Saturday morning, 6 AM! I can see the finish line (at least the finish of the stuff I'm tired of, mudding, taping, painting!)

That's part of why my order is somewhat out of whack. Trying to finish sections of the basement so the family can use it somewhat, and also trying to break up the work. Helps with the WAF at least. It goes between "when are you going to finish" to "why are you spending so much time down there!"
post #108 of 122
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Having a pool table light dilemma. Had bought a really nice one when we bought all the lights with the house to get the builder's discount. Problem is we forgot about the ping pong top, and with the soffit above the table, the light hangs down too far to play ping pong. I saw a nice retracting pool table light that would work, but was $600. I don't like track lights, and cans won't fit in the soffit due to ductwork. I was thinking a brushed nickel bar with 3 or four LED lights that was basically was flush would be nice, but can't find anything like that. Any thoughts
post #109 of 122
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Originally Posted by davboy View Post

Helps with the WAF at least. It goes between "when are you going to finish" to "why are you spending so much time down there!"

Ha, ha !
I wish I had a buck every time I heard "Have fun down in the hole, you know it's already been __ months"
post #110 of 122
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Here's a link to the Drywall lift ad if anyone is interested:

http://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/tls/1485373825.html
post #111 of 122
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Hoping to Hang projector screen and projector this weekend. Here's some updated photos:



post #112 of 122
DavBoy,

Damn this is looking good , Very good !!

Need any help cleaning up all of that excess wine
post #113 of 122
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I do actually! That's why there is so much of it! Just got the projector and screen hung, will post some pictures on Sunday hopefully. It's more functional than technically correct, just a manually operated pull down screen hidden behind a valence to start. I'm actually really happy with the screen though, bargain find on Amazon and it has no waves in it whatsoever.
post #114 of 122
Dave.. Everything looks fantastic, and with 30+ bottles that I can count + whatever's in the cooler you should'nt need to leave the basement for awhile.

Brad

P.S. showed the wife the stained concrete in your thread, she's sold on too so Ill also be going that route in the general bar/game room portion of the basement.. thanks again for the info.
post #115 of 122
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OK, home theater portion of the basement is functional. While it's not a dedicated space and more of an open plan, we watched the first movie last night (Inglorious Bastards) and really enjoyed it. Here's what I ended up with for equipment:

Audio
Onkyo TX-SR 607 AVR
TSC TC2 Center Channel Speaker
TSC TSB 5.25 Bookshelve Speakers (L&R)
Emotiva ERD 1 Bipole/Dipole Surround Speakers
Klipsch Synergy III Rear Speakers
Yamaha YST SW 315 Subwoofer

Video
Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 720
Panasonic 50 Inch Plasma
Accuscreens 100 Inch Manual Pull Down Screen
Oppo BDP 83
Fat Sony PS 3
Apple TV
Slingbox

Panamax M5100 PM Power Management

None of it is break the bank awesome quality, but it is all certainly adequate, and relatively inexpensive (except when taken in total...yikes!)
post #116 of 122
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Some photos of screen and projector, as well as wider shots. Forgot to pop flash off so no good screenshots!

Projector:



Screen:



Makeshift Equipment Rack:



Entry:



From Screen:



Kid's Area:

post #117 of 122
What setting did you use for your emotiva surrounds? Dipole or Bipole?
post #118 of 122
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I have mine set as Dipole's as they are directly to the side of the listening position. They sound terrific!
post #119 of 122
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Getting quotes on the bathroom.
post #120 of 122
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Originally Posted by davboy View Post

Getting quotes on the bathroom.

I have a quote for your bathroom...

"Here I sit broken hearted, came to poop but mearly farted..."

Or were you looking for a different kind of quote?
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