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post #1021 of 1281
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Thanks for all the well-wishes. It looks like the floors and subfloor are now dry. We're waiting on the estimate to repair the ceiling, reinstall the toilet and quarter round molding in the bathroom upstairs.

I talked to our insurance dude this morning and mentioned that the wave panels were damaged by the dehumidifiers. I told him I'd give it a couple days to see if they straighten out anyway. Not sure what to do about them.

The (brand new) furniture is going to get cleaned and we'll get reimbursed for that cost.

When they repair the ceiling they're going to install, mud, sand, etc. the big ass patch but then they're also going to repaint the *whole* ceiling. I was very explicit about that and that it was a very specific black paint. I told them that I would turn them away if they just rolled up to my door with generic black paint.
post #1022 of 1281
Sounds like the insurance company is taking pretty good care of you. We had a good experience with a local Servpro, when a water heater burst.

I think I saw in another thread that you had a couple TPS-5000Ls, and I'm considering a purchase myself. I don't want to clutter your thread, so I can easily take this to PM, if you'd rather. Just generally wanted your impressions; I need a learning TP.

Joe
post #1023 of 1281
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Updates!

Repair News
The repair work for the ceiling has now been completed. The repair crew put another coat (or two) of mouse ears black on the ceiling and the ceiling looks better than ever. I'm really pleased. The carpets were all cleaned including the 25 year old berber carpet on the stairs that I've been abusing during the whole project. I plan to replace in eventually but seeing it so clean is really refreshing.

Since the ceiling was open I crammed in the remaining R30 insulation that I had from my soffit and stage-filling projects. Not a big sonic improvement but the stuff isn't in my garage anymore so I'm calling it a win.

The carved panels are still warped but I have a plan to fix that. I'm going to glue an undersized piece of 1/2" high-grade plywood to the back of the panels to regain some rigidity. I feel pretty confident that adding that much mass will help a lot. I'm going to take the opportunity to frame the edges too to clean up the installation.

Video News
I have been editing the stills for the next video. This is a slow process and I'm itching for some new computer hardware to help out. Right now I have processed the frames for 12-14 clips that cover painting and screen-wall-frame construction. It's pretty cool stuff but not my most exciting video. The YouTube commentators are beating me up for an update!

Sad News
When we bought the house we knew that the HVAC system would need to be replaced. It was installed when the house was new so it's 25 years old now. Well, the heat exchanger for the first floor and theatre has officially bit the dust. $1700 estimate to repair ($700 part). Obviously that's a non-starter since the system is so old. I have a friend that is a sales rep for Carrier so we get to buy a new system and hire someone to install it! Yay! If you're wondering, it's a gas-pack that's probably a 7-8 SEER. I'm thinking about replacing with a 13+ SEER unit this year. Next year we'll probably replace the second floor split unit.

We have been enjoying the theatre quite a bit in the meantime. We've watched The Avengers most recently but we're down there at least 3 nights a week enjoying Dirty Jobs, Mythbusters, etc. on Netflix. I've also gotten into The Walking Dead on Netflix. Fun stuff!
post #1024 of 1281

Just in time for Halloween!!!

 

Its ALIIIIIIIIVE!!!!

 

post #1025 of 1281
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Just in time for Halloween!!!

Its ALIIIIIIIIVE!!!!

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Hahah, YES!

That reminds me. I watched Prometheus when it came out on Blu-ray and enjoyed it. It's not the scariest of Alien movies but it's still good for a jolt or two! I love Sci-Fi so I'll watch/enjoy damn near anything that fits the genre.
post #1026 of 1281
Glad to hear that the repairs are coming along, that you are enjoying your theater and spending time with family. I feel the pain on the HVAC having just replaced mine late July early August. Sucks to lay out that kind of cash for something that runs basically invisible. Cost of home ownership I guess. I too have just discovered The Walking Dead. My 17 year old showed it to me and now I'm sucked in. I am not a big fan of the Horror genre but I really like this show. I have been watching it streaming through Netflix as well and am almost through the second season.

I also really enjoy the UK Top Gear streamed through Netflix. You have to like or appreciate British humor and tolerate a stab or to at America (or every other country for that matter) but I find it rather entertaining as someone who likes the automotive world.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1027 of 1281
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Bad news. My Blu-ray player died!

The good news is that my Blu-ray player died! wink.gif

I've had an early generation Samsung player for years and it now is claiming that "this disc cannot be played" when I put in a Blu-ray. I haven't tried DVD yet. Bummer. Any suggestions?
post #1028 of 1281
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Bad news. My Blu-ray player died!
The good news is that my Blu-ray player died! wink.gif
I've had an early generation Samsung player for years and it now is claiming that "this disc cannot be played" when I put in a Blu-ray. I haven't tried DVD yet. Bummer. Any suggestions?
I highly suggest one of the Oppo players if you're willing to spend the money on one. If you're going to buy one, you might as well buy the best. And fortunately, the best blu-ray player is only $500 as opposed to other high end pieces of equipment.
post #1029 of 1281
Don't know anything about them, but these two got high marks in recent reviews by Home Theater mag:

-Panasonic DMP-BDT220 - $150
-Sony BDP-S790 - $250
Prices are MSRP, not street price.

Glad to hear your room repairs are coming together.
Edited by Spaceman - 10/28/12 at 7:21am
post #1030 of 1281
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Originally Posted by Spaceman View Post

Don't know anything about them, but these two got high marks in recent reviews by Home Theater mag:

-Panasonic DMP-BDT220 - $150
-Sony BDP-S790 - $250
Prices are MSRP, not street price.

Glad to hear your room repairs are coming together.

 

+1 on the Sony.  Reviewer in that article said it performed as good as the Oppo for half the price.  I always had my eyes set on the Oppo for my end-all BR player but it seems the competition has caught up.

post #1031 of 1281
Last week I bought the Panny BDT220 for $119.00. So far I have been very impressed with BR Disc playback. Today I hope to experiment with streaming via VUDU, via my new upgraded 25Mb wired connection.
(The only negative I have heard of is that wireless connectivity may be an issue, especially when streaming Netflix, which I will not be doing)?
post #1032 of 1281
Is the Oppo region free? IIRC, that used to be the reason most people got one.

Tim
post #1033 of 1281
+1 for the OPPO. I have the 93 and have been very pleased with its performance with BR's, DVD's, and the streaming options. The YouTube interface is cumbersome but I typically don't use the OPPO for YouTube so it is a non issue. I bought the OPPO for its known upscaling abilities and its CS and OPPO's commitment to FW updates. I'm a firm believer of having a company that continually updates its older models as the newer ones come online. That kind of support can be hard to beat. I bought a Magnavox BR player for 50 bucks (I know, I know) and it's abilities to play BR is caput, I also bought a JVC XV-BP1 (an excellent player at the time) and while it still is performing well, it does have trouble with a few newer discs. I went an entire year without an update for that player. So you want to consider that aspect in choosing a player as well.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1034 of 1281
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As much as I wanted an Oppo, I have good/bad news! I reset power on the Samsung unit and now it plays discs again! rolleyes.gif

In other news, our heat exchanger is cracked in our 25 year old HVAC unit. Time for a new unit. mad.gif I knew this was coming when we bought the house last May but it still sucks. I have a connection with a Lennox dealer so we'll be getting a discount on their high end 15-SEER package unit. Damn thing's going to cost more more than my entire theatre project! eek.gif
post #1035 of 1281
Good choice with the Lennox unit. I got a nice one (15 SEER) for my townhouse and while it cost about 3000 to put in, I got back about 2300 on the taxes because it is a 15+ SEER unit.
Sorry to hear all the stuff breaking though. I purchased and still use a PS3 for Blu-Ray. I read a year or so ago that it outperformed most stand alone BR players and I get the added bonus of gaming with it.
post #1036 of 1281
Ouch! However on the brighter side; upgrading from a much less efficient, 25 yr old unit, will at least save you some monthly expenses ...!
post #1037 of 1281
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Good choice with the Lennox unit. I got a nice one (15 SEER) for my townhouse and while it cost about 3000 to put in, I got back about 2300 on the taxes because it is a 15+ SEER unit.
Sorry to hear all the stuff breaking though. I purchased and still use a PS3 for Blu-Ray. I read a year or so ago that it outperformed most stand alone BR players and I get the added bonus of gaming with it.

How did you do the tax refund thing? Is that just federal, state, or both?
post #1038 of 1281
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Ouch! However on the brighter side; upgrading from a much less efficient, 25 yr old unit, will at least save you some monthly expenses ...!

I certainly hope so. The existing unit is from 1987 or so. I'm guessing it's about 7-8 SEER.
post #1039 of 1281
Your HVAC dealer should have the tax paperwork or your tax preparer would also be able to help. You will also want to check with your local utilities as they also may offer rebates on new equipment. I think between the electric and gas companies I got around 400.00 back in incentives for the upgrade. Then my utility bill went down by almost a hundred bucks. Nice bonus as well.

I think I have a way to make the Samsung go belly up again, my plan includes a glass of water and some electricity, or somehow making its way to the driveway were it "accidentally" ends up under one of your tires. biggrin.gif

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1040 of 1281
In a pinch

that guy; RT, always comes thru with a clear concise equipment replacement solution !!
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post #1041 of 1281
In a pinch

that guy; RT, always comes thru with a clear concise equipment replacement solution !!
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post #1042 of 1281
This new AVS format gets me to stuttering at times - sorry about that!
post #1043 of 1281
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Oh, never fear. My gadget-lust is being satisfied by the purchase of two of those spiffy Nest thermostats! biggrin.gif
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Oh, never fear. My gadget-lust is being satisfied by the purchase of two of those spiffy Nest thermostats! biggrin.gif

Got two of those myself, they are wonderful smile.gif
post #1045 of 1281
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Got two of those myself, they are wonderful smile.gif

I replaced my prehistoric thermostat last night with one of these Nest units. It took all of 15 minutes and I already love it.

The Nest doesn't interface with Crestron, AMX, Control4, etc. It just goes in and then learns your habits. This last part is still to be proven to me but even as a plain-old thermostat it's excellent. It's easy (and fun) to use. The data that it provides is already interesting. Having access to data about your temperature and humidity makes you conscious of it. When you're conscious of it you can choose to do something about it.

Pretty fun. Don't think about it; just go buy one.
post #1046 of 1281
Just checked out the NEST.
Looks pretty slick, Hmm....
post #1047 of 1281
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Don't think about it; just go buy one.

Where is your thermostat located? I have been considering the Nest (I'll admit, mainly because I'm a sucker for things I can control with an app), but my thermostat is located above a return in the formal dining room. I think we average about 1 person every few weeks in that room. My guess is the Nest could function, but would do be very little good away from people.
post #1048 of 1281
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Where is your thermostat located? I have been considering the Nest (I'll admit, mainly because I'm a sucker for things I can control with an app), but my thermostat is located above a return in the formal dining room. I think we average about 1 person every few weeks in that room. My guess is the Nest could function, but would do be very little good away from people.

It is a little more intuitive than that, but also, you can have it set-up to where it just operates as a standard ole' thermostat, that you can see from your iphone, and looks really cool. My old one just kpt making this annoying clicking sound so I opted for a switch-up smile.gif
post #1049 of 1281
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Originally Posted by beastaudio View Post

It is a little more intuitive than that, but also, you can have it set-up to where it just operates as a standard ole' thermostat, that you can see from your iphone, and looks really cool. My old one just kpt making this annoying clicking sound so I opted for a switch-up smile.gif

Took the words out of my mouth...

I wouldn't sweat the automatic stuff, scl23enn4m3. Even if you disable all the automatic stuff the Nest is still, by far, the easiest to program thermostat ever made. Most programmable thermostats have awful user interfaces. You're doing really well to just program it the day you install it. Forget about reprogramming the damn things when the season changes and you've lost the manual!
post #1050 of 1281
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Some of you may remember that my groovy CNC-cut MDF wall panels warped during the post-flood dehumidification process in my theatre.

I hatched a scheme to take the warp out of the panels and, knock on wood, it seems to have worked.

I took the panels off the wall and laid them on their face on the floor. Then I squidged a couple of tubes of maximum strength Liquid Nails on the back and laid a sheet of 3/4" birch plywood on top. Add a bunch of weight and, wouldn't you know it, the panels are almost perfectly flat now!





It helps to have a half dozen 90 pound speakers laying around to use as weight!
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