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post #451 of 523
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Went house hunting in PA this weekend. A lot of the houses we looked at had nice high ceilings, at least 9 feet. The house we liked best had a partially finished basement, which is great for the playroom, but would leave me with a petite and a little boxy HT eyeball it at around 14x15x9 once framed and finished. Which though small, might be workable for a family screening room. I just dropped the dimensions into Terry's calculator (http://www.tmlaboratories.com/ ), and its not that far off, to my surprise.
post #452 of 523
Hey Dave,

Missed your post last week about your open house. That is a good amount of traffic hope it works out well for you. If your still having trouble setting up the Harmony, send me a pm or give me a call. I have mine set up this way and I can walk you through on how to do. It definately adds to affect when hitting play and the lights dim to off.
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Went house hunting in PA this weekend. A lot of the houses we looked at had nice high ceilings, at least 9 feet. The house we liked best had a partially finished basement, which is great for the playroom, but would leave me with a petite and a little boxy HT eyeball it at around 14x15x9 once framed and finished. Which though small, might be workable for a family screening room. I just dropped the dimensions into Terry's calculator (http://www.tmlaboratories.com/ ), and its not that far off, to my surprise.

Good luck selling your house! May I asked where in PA you are looking? I live in the Lehigh Valley area. (45 min - 1 hour North of Philly) I'd gladly help you if you have any questions on the area.
post #454 of 523
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Hey Dave,
Missed your post last week about your open house. That is a good amount of traffic hope it works out well for you. If your still having trouble setting up the Harmony, send me a pm or give me a call. I have mine set up this way and I can walk you through on how to do. It definately adds to affect when hitting play and the lights dim to off.

We have a possible buyer, but I am not counting any chickens. I may drop you a line on the remote. I saw a comment along the lines that you have to set up a separate activity for lighting control. I haven't had a lot of time to mess with it.

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Good luck selling your house! May I asked where in PA you are looking? I live in the Lehigh Valley area. (45 min - 1 hour North of Philly) I'd gladly help you if you have any questions on the area.

It is in the Carlisle / Harrisburg area. The one we were most interested went under agreement on us. It was new construction, so there is another of the same model planned, with a later delivery date (and who knows about the lot). We shall see.
post #455 of 523
Not a seperate activity, that would take you out of the activity your suppossed to be in. So long as you have it listed as a device you will be able to include it in your activity.

I only have the old software link at work so it might not work exactly, on how you get there but quickly looking this is how it's done.

For example on Watch DVD activity.
Click Customize, then Change behavior of buttons
This brings up your button, device, command page. At the bottom of this screen click add sequence. Then you create the sequence that you want i.e. "Play Lights Off"
1st Device= DVD, 1st Command= Play. 2nd Device = Light Controller, 2nd command = all lights off.

You do this until you've created all the sequences you want such as
Pause Preset, Close tray Dim, Stop Preset, Play Lights off. Then you click done.
This will bring you back to the buttons page. You then select "sequence" as a device and the correct "command" for that button. It should look like :

Button | Device | Command
Play | Sequence | Play Lghts off

FYI What I do currently in my living room with a Maestro IR switch when entering the activity you can have the harmony send a certain command, I send all lights on as part of the start commands. Then when I put in a dvd and close the tray with the remote it dims the lights half way for the previews then when I press play it shuts them off completely. Again if you have trouble still don't worry about giving me a call.
post #456 of 523
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Had a this is driving me crazy moment. Was running the auto-setup on the yamaha receiver, and my side surrounds were giving me a wonky error. Basically the output once bouncing from right to left on each pink noise sequence (one or the other) without rhyme or reason. Wiring all checked out, was totally baffled - until a closer examination of the amp showed that the crown amp was toggled to bridge the output. Jeez louise.

Also, there was something wonky with the 12v trigger on the yamaha, so I added a wall-wart charger to the back of the courtesy outlets on the receiver, set this to 12v, and added a 3.5mm adapter to the end, and walla, a kludged 12v trigger. Got the idea from searching the amps forum. The 12v "trigger" goes to a panamax power strip, which has several switched outlets that the amps are plugged into. Its really quite cool.

Had some traffic in the house. There seems to be several interested parties, but no one has put pen to paper. One interesting tidbit from an open house yesterday, one of my neighbors, who is selling his own home (FSBO), put a sign accross the street from my house pointing to his place, that would really only be seen from INSIDE my house (directly in front of my bay window, perpendicular to the road, not at an intersection). We live in an association, where exterior signs are not permitted. He put a few others up in the hood, which I didn't care about, but I was really steamed about that one. I took care of it of course. The association people will get on him for the other ones, but what a piece of work. Tough market up here.
post #457 of 523
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Well, just about one month after going on the market, we are virtually signed up with an offer. I say virtually, because the relo company has to sign some of the paperwork on Monday morning. The buyer has signed everything on his side. Inspection Tuesday, closing at the end of May. We close on the PA house at the end of April. So I have one month to enjoy the theater - then I go into version 2.0 planning mode.

My wife and I finally saw Transformers on Friday night. Last night I watched 300 (not her kind of flick, and she was wiped out from the day). I have about 10 movies to watch from all the sales at christmas, and rentals.

My comment on selling a house w/a HT - - it gave us significant traffic, and I went under agreement in 30 days, in my association the average wait is 180+ days. But I had very little pricing power. I actually had two people make offers, but near one person did not appear to have the ability to close (sale of own home contingency). A week after we listed a very comparable unit came in with an awful price, and that price haunted us in both offers. If we sold to the company, it would haunt us again.

Since there are two other identical floorplans on the market (absent the basement), my differentiators - the finished basement, the HT, and the 3/4 bath in the basement were all significant factors.
post #458 of 523
Great! Looks like the time we spent setting up the PG was well spent.
post #459 of 523
Dave,

Good deal on the contract, I'm sure that's a big load off your mind. Just think about how much you've learned and what you can apply to the next theater! Are you planning on leaving all the equipment? Was it sold outside the house contract or part of it?

Bud
post #460 of 523
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Great! Looks like the time we spent setting up the PG was well spent.

Absolutely, definitely helped with the sale. If nothing else, my daughter loved Cinderella today.

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Dave,

Good deal on the contract, I'm sure that's a big load off your mind. Just think about how much you've learned and what you can apply to the next theater! Are you planning on leaving all the equipment? Was it sold outside the house contract or part of it?

Bud

Definitely is a load off. The guy initially did not include the EQ in the offer - I don't think he had a guess what it might cost. Of course I put all the money in the room, and deal hawked the equipment. So when he asked for a separate quote for the equipment, I priced it at my cost and he took it (under a separate bill of sale). I wasn't going to bother to mark it up, since to be honest, between upgrade ideas and some limitations for the planned room at the new house (external equipment rack might be a challenge), I was happy either way if I got my cost out.

At least I get to keep the tools (and know-how) .
post #461 of 523
Congratlations. That must be quite a relief.

Good luch on the move, and I'll be watching for v 2.0!

CJ
post #462 of 523
Good news Dave, congrats...
post #463 of 523
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Originally Posted by carboranadum View Post

Congratlations. That must be quite a relief.

Good luch on the move, and I'll be watching for v 2.0!

CJ

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Good news Dave, congrats...

Thanks Gents.

I am swinging by the new house tonight to take pictures for planning the move. I'll grab a few of the small somewhat square space that will be for the future "electric bugalou" edition.
post #464 of 523
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Here is the new house: $ goes a little further in PA.


A few shots of the one of these days space (Sidewall):

Rear wall? The electical panel & window will be issues:

Sidewall & Screenwall? Would have to do it on the wall with the door. Asymetrical is a shame, but putting the screen on the same wall as the electrical panel might be an issue:

Ceilings are high, so that helps deal with these kind of issues.
post #465 of 523
Did your wife catch you taking pictures of the unfinished basement?
post #466 of 523
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Did your wife catch you taking pictures of the unfinished basement?

What happens in . . . Nevermind . I forgot to pack a tape measurer, or I really would have bored the realtor. We have agreed to wait a while to unpack before starting another big project, so there will be time enough for tape measurers then.
post #467 of 523
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We have agreed to wait a while to unpack before starting another big project, so there will be time enough for tape measurers then.

I'm not buying it Dave,

You've got the bug...I can see your mind racing. I said the same to the wife when we moved in to our new place, promised to wait at least a year or two before we got going. Barely 6 months into it and the hammer was swinging or should I say compressor and nail gun .
post #468 of 523
I would give it 2 months post unpacking, three at most before you buy your first piece of lumber. Asides from the small size, the space looks pretty easy to work with. Knowing what you know now, you can knock out that room in a month or two tops.
post #469 of 523
DC,

Nice home looking forward to the new updates those will be starting any minute...right?

Best of luck
Calvin
post #470 of 523
I bet also we will see progress within 6 mths of moving in. Just get as many of your wifes projects done ASAP without a grumble
post #471 of 523
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Well, technically she said she was tired from this last one, and wanted a respite. And there are a few reasons beyond moving that contribute. But, I am a slow planner, so a delay isn't so bad for me. Visio to make, sketchup to tinker, there are things to do.

Also, I will "unpacking" the tools in the 3rd car garage. And if I need to do some "testing" of the ergonomics, and all I have handy is, say, all the mdf strips that were cut down but never made into panels due to the sale, that I had the movers move anyway . . .
post #472 of 523
DON'T tell your wife where you got it!

(The original targa is rendered at 5400 x 3600 and is appropriate for printing poster-sized... perhaps a translight?
LL
post #473 of 523
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You're too much John. . .
post #474 of 523
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As if there weren't enough changes happening on my end, some more good news:



We will look forward to the birth of our second child in October. Probably won't help me get that second theater anytime soon. But life has other rewards, of course.
post #475 of 523
Wow! Congrats!

I guess we'll see you around in 18 or so years when the kids are off in college...
post #476 of 523
Congrats!! All the best !!
post #477 of 523
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As if there weren't enough changes happening on my end, some more good news:



We will look forward to the birth of our second child in October. Probably won't help me get that second theater anytime soon. But life has other rewards, of course.

Pssst: They know what causes that now!

Congratulations... I'll keep my eyes open and tempt you with CRT PJ deals near south central Pennsylvania
post #478 of 523
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We will look forward to the birth of our second child in October. Probably won't help me get that second theater anytime soon. But life has other rewards, of course.

CONGRATULATIONS!

I guess the pregnancy tests have come quite a ways since we had children. Way back in 1995 they were two pink lines. Now they look to have LCD readouts and spell things out really clearly.

Congrats again.

CJ
post #479 of 523
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Thanks guys. We are definitely fired up.

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Pssst: They know what causes that now!

Congratulations... I'll keep my eyes open and tempt you with CRT PJ deals near south central Pennsylvania

Perhaps if I stack up the CRT's I can use them as a changing table or something.

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CONGRATULATIONS!

I guess the pregnancy tests have come quite a ways since we had children. Way back in 1995 they were two pink lines. Now they look to have LCD readouts and spell things out really clearly.

Still no HDMI though.
post #480 of 523
Congrats on the kiddo Pilgrim! Also, I wanted to thank you for your pictured tutorial back on P9 relating to building your own coax cables. I used it last night and it worked like a charm!
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