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post #151 of 1780
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Originally Posted by bwcafishing View Post

I will start with the zone system and see how easy it is to use. I really am clueless when coming to home automation.

One of the reasons I went this route was I was/am clueless on home automation/networking, but this system is pretty much plug and play in most instances. And if you buy direct from Sonos they have a 30 day trial/return period.

I'm beginning to sound like a Sonos ad or fan boy , but I guess that's because we've been so pleased with it.
post #152 of 1780
Hanes,

Great job on that bathroom. Looks like you are keeping the theme of your remodel in-line with the vintage of your home? I grew up in a mid-west home built about ~1900; gotta love the detail and trim work of the early craftsmen.

So you have 3 ladies in the house and have just brought a bathroom on-line >> I'm thinking your quality of life has just improved dramatically.

Keep up the good work!
post #153 of 1780
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Hey smaks, trim, tile, what's left for you to like?

Thats not very nice...

It is not that I dont like tile, it is more like one of those things that I know I would not have the patience for.

If it is any consolation, I did enjoy hanging the studs...
post #154 of 1780
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Thats not very nice...

It is not that I dont like tile, it is more like one of those things that I know I would not have the patience for.

If it is any consolation, I did enjoy hanging the studs...

Hey, I was just giving you a hard time Smaks . After all, the only thing I do is sign the check!
post #155 of 1780
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Originally Posted by cuzed2 View Post

Hanes,

Great job on that bathroom. Looks like you are keeping the theme of your remodel in-line with the vintage of your home? I grew up in a mid-west home built about ~1900; gotta love the detail and trim work of the early craftsmen.

So you have 3 ladies in the house and have just brought a bathroom on-line >> I'm thinking your quality of life has just improved dramatically.

Keep up the good work!

Yeah, we (and when I say we, I mainly mean She) wanted to update (and get away from that funky, happenin' pink color in the original!) but opted to not stray too far from the vintage and style of the rest of the house. I chose the glass shower enclosure though, as I really wanted to make the room feel a bit less cramped. They sure didn't make bathrooms big in those days! When we disagreed on style choices - like on the medicine cabinet - I let her have the final call, but with the frequent reminder that she could call the shots in unimportant places like the upstairs bathroom, but the basement is mine - all minel! Mwuhahaahaaha!!!

So now she's really worried! And with good reason. If you were to look up loose canon in the dictionary, you'd see my picture!
post #156 of 1780
I had no idea....


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So now she's really worried! And with good reason. If you were to look up loose canon in the dictionary, you'd see my picture!

post #157 of 1780
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Touche!

post #158 of 1780
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If it's true that one man's junk is another man's treasure, then I had so much of some other guy's treasure piling up after the last month or so that it was time for another dumpster-filling party.

If only that other guy who's treausre this junk was would have had the decency to come over and pick it all up himself so I could have saved the cost of another dumpster! Now we got the dump involved as a middle man!



And how pathetic is it that filling up a dumpster becomes a source of great pride and progress for me?!
post #159 of 1780
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If it's true that one man's junk is another man's treasure, then I had so much of some other guy's treasure piling up after the last month or so that it was time for another dumpster-filling party.

If only that other guy who's treausre this junk was would have had the decency to come over and pick it all up himself so I could have saved the cost of another dumpster! Now we got the dump involved as a middle man!



And how pathetic is it that filling up a dumpster becomes a source of great pride and progress for me?!

If filling that puny little dumpster is pathetic, that must put me beyond hope by filling 8 of these up! Notice the little suburban parked next to one of them........
post #160 of 1780
For some reason it looks as though both you guys are using small dumpsters, are those 40 yarders?
post #161 of 1780
You know now that my basement is nice and clean my garage is filled with all the crap. I need to do the same thing, order a "small insignificant" dumpster and just purge! Nothing the size you guys have, maybe a pickup load or two. However, that has to be a nice feeling to actually accomplish something. Sorry I'm an IT guy and at the end of the day I walk away wondering if what I did all day will matter tomorrow....
post #162 of 1780
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Originally Posted by hanesian View Post

I bought one bundle (which includes zoneplayers for a couple of rooms and a controller) from an eBay store (when the Live Cashback discount was 25% off) and picked up a second (older version) bundle at Best Buy as a discontinued open box item for half price. So right now I've got it set up in 4 rooms. That's another nice aspect of this system - you can add to it incrementally rather than all at once.

I've been doing the Sonos on ebay thing too... I picked up 2 x zp100 & 3 x zp80's - need something for all those OMD-5's I bought thru Vanns...

Good read so far - doing more skimming than indepth dive...

Bob
post #163 of 1780
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Originally Posted by boblopes View Post

I've been doing the Sonos on ebay thing too... I picked up 2 x zp100 & 3 x zp80's - need something for all those OMD-5's I bought thru Vanns...

Good read so far - doing more skimming than indepth dive...

Bob

Hey Bob - welcome to my mess! And don't worry about skimming rather than reading everything - you're not missing much, believe me. Hell, I wrote most of it and even I don't care to read half the crap I wrote! Just hearing the voices inside my head is enough for me - I don't need to see it documented in writing as well! That's why I used so many photos!

I love my OMD-5s (and all my Mirage speakers) with Sonos - I think they are a match made for one another, with the wide, great sounding soundstage as you go about walking around and just living you don't have to worry so much about listening in the 'sweet spot.' Plus they're small enough to blend in, yet sound great.
post #164 of 1780
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Hey Bob - welcome to my mess! And don't worry about skimming rather than reading everything - you're not missing much, believe me. Hell, I wrote most of it and even I don't care to read half the crap I wrote! Just hearing the voices inside my head is enough for me - I don't need to see it documented in writing as well! That's why I used so many photos!

I love my OMD-5s (and all my Mirage speakers) with Sonos - I think they are a match made for one another, with the wide, great sounding soundstage as you go about walking around and just living you don't have to worry so much about listening in the 'sweet spot.' Plus they're small enough to blend in, yet sound great.

Yeah, we have a pair in the bedroom on the night stands on either side of the bed and it sounds really good.

The pair in the sunporch I had cranking one day when I was burning brush in the wooded section of my yard - they sounded great...

The only thing I'm disappointed in is that there is only an analog in - no digital in. I wanted to hook my cable box up to it to listen to the news through out the house or a sporting event (Bruins, Sox, Celts, Pats). I can connect to the game via the online radio station, but I did notice that there was a lag in the action - especially when the B's swept the Habs last night...

I've tried playing some tapes of live shows but the other zones kept dropping. I have not played around with the compression rates. Now I'm above the recommended number of hops without using compression...

I did finish my speaker wire with banana plugs and they look funny sticking up out of the back of the ZP100 in the porch, so when I did the zp100 in the bedroom, I used bare wire and it blended in better...
post #165 of 1780
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If filling that puny little dumpster is pathetic, that must put me beyond hope by filling 8 of these up! Notice the little suburban parked next to one of them........

You do EVERYTHING big, don't you?

We filled up only one large dumpster when we demoed the basement last summer/fall, and this smaller one caught the crap in the garage and backyard that had been piling up since then. I had gotten so used to it that I hardly noticed it. My wife, on the other hand ... well, let's just say she showed her true enthusiasm for, and participation in, this lengthy project by taking the initiative to arrange for the dumpster without even telling me! How impressive is that?!

Of course, I have a feeling that will count as my early father's day present, but still ...
post #166 of 1780
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For some reason it looks as though both you guys are using small dumpsters, are those 40 yarders?

bwca has the big guys. Me, I just have dumpster envy!
post #167 of 1780
Hanes,
On my bike ride into work this morning, a rare brilliant flash of enlightment hit me. Which, by the way, is quite rare for mammals of my size. I believe I may have solved a riddle that has been plaguing me for some time. I have been trying to determine the derivation of Hanesian. I have googled, consulted seers, even went on a sweat lodge vision quest. All to no avail. However, this morning the bright flash came through....


HANESIAN - One who adorns themselves in Hanes undergarments

So the question that still remains is, what HANESIAN camp do you reside, boxer or briefs?
post #168 of 1780
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First, my large furry mammal of small brain, please please please consider switching those photos for anything that doesn't involve guys in their underwear! You're scaring me here! Gross - guys in underwear ... aaaagggghhhhh!!!!! Next thing you know you'll be posting pics of Barat in his disgusting thong swimsuit! Eeeuuuww!

And I thought the photos of mold were bad!!

If you must post underwear photos, this is more along the lines I was thinking of:



You, my friend, obviously have far too much free time (or far too few little gray cells) if you contemplate such mundane and uninteresting things as the derivation of my user name while you are out riding your bike. You should go back to building something or fishing or taking those kids of yours for a bike ride, not ... eeuuuwww! ... posting guy lingerie shots.

OK, I'll make a deal with you: if you take down those photos I'll tell you where the name came from. Deal??
post #169 of 1780
Deal. Please realize that us large and furry creatures are distracted very easily by shiny objects and random obscure thoughts. Again, we governed by our instincts more so than our intellect. However there is no need to be afraid, we are actually "gentle giants". However, if you decide to poke sticks through the bars we can be provoked.....
post #170 of 1780
Nice, so Hanes wears Thomas the Train underwear. Must be an enjoyable time haveing to go to the Dr. and they say to take off your pants and see those. I guess your only respons would be "Toot, Toot".

After this, I don't want to hear any more about my thinking chair...
post #171 of 1780
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Deal. Please realize that us large and furry creatures are distracted very easily by shiny objects and random obscure thoughts. Again, we governed by our instincts more so than our intellect. However there is no need to be afraid, we are actually "gentle giants". However, if you decide to poke sticks through the bars we can be provoked.....

Whew! That was a close one!

As I mentioned before the whole nickname/username thing was not me trying to be secretive - it's just really not that interesting a story. My nickname among some old friends is hanes because my name includes that in it, and another buddy - who was a fellow economics major in college - began calling some of my crazy ideas and/or outlooks on life as "hanesian theories," a takeoff on Keynesian economic theory. Only with far more supply and far less demand involved, if you catch my drift. And much less money supply!

YAWN!!! I warned you it was not worth elaborating on! Maybe some visual aids will help drive home the point.

First, a shot that will, no doubt, be achingly familiar to everyone - the basic Keynesian supply & demand shift curve illustration, followed by what I suspect, but cannot conclusively prove, was an excerpt from one of my math class exams.





Notice the stunning similarity in underlying genius? I rest my case.

Now if you'll excuse me I have hours and hours of staring at my basement and not getting anything done to do now.
post #172 of 1780
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Nice, so Hanes wears Thomas the Train underwear. Must be an enjoyable time haveing to go to the Dr. and they say to take off your pants and see those. I guess your only respons would be "Toot, Toot".

After this, I don't want to hear any more about my thinking chair...

Ha - you've got a point there, Michael. At my age when the doctor asks me to drop my pants I am (much to my dismay) inevitably turned away from him so that a "toot, toot" response would seem very apropos!

Oh, and Michael, you and your groovy purple hanging chair need to dig out and watch some of your old VCRs to refresh your memory that Thomas' actual name is "Thomas the Tank Engine," not "train." Not a lot of people know that!

Most people learn more here by accident than they do on purpose elsewhere! Of course, nothing they learn here is even remotely useful, but still ...
post #173 of 1780
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In an earlier - and very off topic - post I talked about our son (a.k.a. the kid we used to have) who was on deployment in the Middle East. In the interest of closing the loop on that story, I have an update to share, if you'll indulge this sentimental father for another minute.

He's home!

Safe and sound. Well, as sound as he ever was, which of course isn't saying much, but with his genes one can only expect so much! So anyway, no long dissertation this time. I just wanted to share that piece of good news. I haven't made much progress on the build, or any progress really beyond showing him around the construction zone that used to be his bedroom, but to be honest with you right now I could care less. My boy is home.

God bless America, and God bless us all.
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post #175 of 1780
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In an earlier - and very off topic - post I talked about our son (a.k.a. the kid we used to have) who was on deployment in the Middle East. In the interest of closing the loop on that story, I have an update to share, if you'll indulge this sentimental father for another minute.

He's home!

Safe and sound. Well, as sound as he ever was, which of course isn't saying much, but with his genes one can only expect so much! So anyway, no long dissertation this time. I just wanted to share that piece of good news. I haven't made much progress on the build, or any progress really beyond showing him around the construction zone that used to be his bedroom, but to be honest with you right now I could care less. My boy is home.

God bless America, and God bless us all.


Hanes,
A GREAT BIG Thank you to YOU AND YOUR BOY! I am happy for you that he is home safe and sound. Enjoy your time with him!
post #176 of 1780
Great news Hanes, enjoy all your time with your son.
post #177 of 1780
That's awesome news Hanes and +1 on the great pic that cane posted. God bless us all. I'm still smarting over that unforgivable screw-up by the White House, allowing that 747 to fly over lower Manhattan. Fortunately, I didn't even see it out my office window but some did on my floor and were crying. If I had seen it I would have high-tailed it out of there in a heartbeat. No need to repeat the 9/11 experience again.
post #178 of 1780
If you flip through this thread really fast you get scared. If you slow down a little, you laugh. If you slow down a lot and take it all in, you might just cry some. Many thanks to your son and his service. Great thread Mr. Hanes.
post #179 of 1780
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Thanks for the nice posts about my son, gang. I appreciate them. Now please throw a few barbs and insults my way so I don't start feeling like I'm in the wrong movie.
post #180 of 1780
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Thanks for the nice posts about my son, gang. I appreciate them. Now please throw a few barbs and insults my way so I don't start feeling like I'm in the wrong movie.


Hanes - Isn't this your laptop roller bag?
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