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post #1831 of 2094
I hope it was a happy Thanksgiving at your house RT. Thanks for the wishes.

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post #1832 of 2094
Thread Starter 
Hey thanks. Yup a very Happy Thanksgiving. Due to family work schedules we actually had our big family Thanksgiving Sunday. It was nice to have a great holiday meal and then "retire" to the theater to watch football. GO COLTS! and Giants! oh and Broncos! biggrin.gif

The kids played PS3 in the media room and the guys holed up in the theater and watched the games. Good times. Exactly what I built the theater/basement for.


Regards,

RTROSE
post #1833 of 2094
Thread Starter 
Just thought I'd give myself a shameless NON-HT related bump. I had a minor plumbing issue that raised it's ugly head last night in the master bath, late I might add. Nothing too awful but still I had water in the cabinet and floor that needed to be dealt with. I have come to the conclusion that any plumbing issue minor or major just plain sucks. All that it required is a reapplication of some teflon tape and re-tightening of a supply hose, but still had to stuff my oversized frame under the sink basin, contort myself to some position more akin to twister than my 40+ year frame would like all while trying to three things with two hands . I typically enjoy the DIY stuff around the house, even get some satisfaction from it too. But DIY plumbing........its for the birds. The funny thing is though that as long as it is not major I'll continue to do it myself as I am a tightwad too.

Oh well so it goes. rolleyes.gif

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1834 of 2094
reminds me of a frantic call I got from my neighbor one evening. He had water dripping down from the chandelier in the dining room. Looking at it and thinking about the layout of the house (same model as mine) we head up to the master bath and look around and didn't spot anything. So I suggested he turn off the water supply to the toilet and call a plumber. It was at this point, 20 minutes later, that he admitted he had done a DIY repair of the fill valve that afternoon and suggested maybe he did something wrong at that time. DUH!
post #1835 of 2094
Plumbing repair is absolutely for the birds. That's why it's so expensive. And that's why I, like you, am a bird.
post #1836 of 2094
No proof of progress without pictures! Ha ha, just breakin' your balls a bit...biggrin.gif

Projects are only fun if they are new and not repairs or worse yet -maintenance.

Did you ever get that RF remote yet so MRS. RTROSE can use the home theater system efficiently?
post #1837 of 2094
Good to hear it wasnt waaaaay worse.

Plumbing failures have a tendency to go from minor to major really quick!
post #1838 of 2094
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by TMcG View Post

No proof of progress without pictures! Ha ha, just breakin' your balls a bit...biggrin.gif
Projects are only fun if they are new and not repairs or worse yet -maintenance.
Did you ever get that RF remote yet so MRS. RTROSE can use the home theater system efficiently?

Wow! Tough crowd! Ok, here you go. Boring pic of underside of sink fixture to follow. biggrin.gif



Sorry TMcG, all this rates is a crappy cell phone pic. tongue.gif

As for the "All in one" remote? That is still on the wish list, but Mrs. RTROSE has finally got the remote shuffle down and luckily when there has been an issue either I have been home or my two boys to "fix" the problem.

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Originally Posted by NicksHitachi View Post

Good to hear it wasnt waaaaay worse.
Plumbing failures have a tendency to go from minor to major really quick!

Nick,

So true. In fact I would bet that most "major" issues begin as "minor" issues, that I have no doubt. Having dealt with my share of water issues, I tend to treat minor issues as major issues just so they don't get that way. The "oh, it is just a small leak" mentality doesn't work with me.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1839 of 2094
Like I said RT, I was just joking around with you because I know how much you love (and encourage) everyone to post pictures of any activity.

Sounds like you have your water issues rectified, which is great news!

I am surprised Mrs. RTROSE still wants to do the remote shuffle - but you are right....if there is ever a problem and no one is around she'll likely know enought to get herself "unstuck" if there is a problem. I always joke with my wife that she has more audio / video expertise than many professionals after all of my years of instruction. Heck, she can even describe what an anamorphic lens is AND what it does! Sniff, sniff....now THAT's love!! LOL!
post #1840 of 2094
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Originally Posted by TMcG View Post

Like I said RT, I was just joking around with you because I know how much you love (and encourage) everyone to post pictures of any activity.
Sounds like you have your water issues rectified, which is great news!
I am surprised Mrs. RTROSE still wants to do the remote shuffle - but you are right....if there is ever a problem and no one is around she'll likely know enought to get herself "unstuck" if there is a problem. I always joke with my wife that she has more audio / video expertise than many professionals after all of my years of instruction. Heck, she can even describe what an anamorphic lens is AND what it does! Sniff, sniff....now THAT's love!! LOL!

Oh I know your request was tongue n' cheek, but if I am to continue holding others accountable for their lack of progress pics I must keep myself honest first! LOL smile.gif

Yeah, she is learning but is far behind your wife as Mrs. RTROSE does not know anything about anamorphic lenses. She will profess though that when I was in equipment procurement mode I drove her nuts with spec like lumens, amps. watts, HDMI inputs/outputs, bi-amping, bi-wiring, throw distance and the like. She was a good sport about it though. Yup, it is truly nice to have a wife that lets/encourages us in this madding pursuit of a hobby/obsession we have. It does bring a tear to your eye.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1841 of 2094
"There is no shame in making several trips to the hardware store, especially for a plumbing project."

- Dean Johnson, Hometime.



I'm just sayin'.


At least you didn't have to make ANY trips for this project. These kinds of little problems become BIG problems when it's late and the store is closed. Glad it worked out for you.
post #1842 of 2094
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

but still had to stuff my oversized frame under the sink basin, contort myself to some position more akin to twister than my 40+ year frame would like all while trying to three things with two hands .

Toilets and Vanities....there's really no dignified way to work on either...If plumbers designed homes vanities would be 6' tall and 4' deep with windows and carpeting.
post #1843 of 2094
Ah... Plumbing and hardware store trips:
I have this down to 3 trips:

Trip 1 - take a cart and fill it with everything you think you might need (keep the receipt)
Trip 2 - for that one item you forgot to write down on your original list
Trip 3 - to the customer service/return desk, to make another friend ....
post #1844 of 2094
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Originally Posted by cuzed2 View Post

Ah... Plumbing and hardware store trips:
I have this down to 3 trips:
Trip 1 - take a cart and fill it with everything you think you might need (keep the receipt)
Trip 2 - for that one item you forgot to write down on your original list
Trip 3 - to the customer service/return desk, to make another friend ....

Hahah omg....Truer words were never spoken.

In the two years we spent redoing our entire house...that really is how it works.

My method was modified a little bit, its the same basic theory, its just it turns into a long stream of never ending trips. For example

Project 1 Trip 1 - take a cart and fill it with everything you think you might need (keep the receipt)

Project 2 Trip 1
Project 1 Trip 2 - Having forgotten the 1 item you didnt to write down, you started as second project so as to eliminate a wasted trip - take a cart and fill it with everything you think you might need for project 2(keep the receipt) + the one item you forgot for project 1

Project 3 Trip 1
Project 2 Trip 2
Project 1 Trip 3 Having forgotten the 1 item you didnt to write down for project 2, you started as third project so as to eliminate a wasted trip - take a cart and fill it with everything you think you might need for project 3 (keep the receipt) + the one item you forgot for project 2 + buy a tool you need to finally finish project 1 even though you know you own one, you just aren't sure where it is...

Rinse and repeat....I usually end up taking very little back...I'm always terrified I'll end up needing whatever it was I had extras of... consequently....I've got a bunch of 90 degree pex fittings laying around.....
post #1845 of 2094
This thread is still active? Wow.

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post #1846 of 2094
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Originally Posted by premiertrussman View Post

+ buy a tool you need to finally finish project 1 even though you know you own one, you just aren't sure where it is...

This is so true. I think I've bought tin snips three times now....... rolleyes.gif
post #1847 of 2094
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This thread is still active? Wow.
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Jamis,

You made me laugh out loud with that. Priceless! Yup, I'm like a bad penny I just keep showing up. Glad to see that you still check in from time to time. biggrin.gif

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1848 of 2094
Thread Starter 
All too often we go through life forgetting that our children (when they reach teenage years) start to think their parents are stupid idiots and think (mostly to themselves) how their parents survive without them around to "enlighten" them. I was reminded of this fact while getting our home ready for our Thanksgiving guests.

During my construction of the basement and theater I prewired for just about every conceivable wiring contingency plan. This included running HDMI component, composite, and audio (L,R RCA) and some extra coax cable "just in case". This enables me to watch in the kids room whatever is being viewed in the theater. This has obvious advantages for times when I have more than seven people for an "event". Well while I was cleaning the downstairs my oldest son wanted to watch a movie in the theater. So while he was in the theater, I was in the media room watching the movie he was watching. For some reason he paused the movie and came out of the theater. He came into the media room and noticed the same image on the TV. The following conversation ensued.

Son: What are you watching?

Me: I'm watching what you are watching

Son: How are you doing that?

Me: I have it set up so I can do that.

Son: How do you have it set up that way?

Me: I prewired the room so that I could take advantage of the receivers ability to do that.

Son: Did you just figure that out?

Me: What?

Son: When did you figure out you could do that?

Me: Ummmmmm like I just said I prewired so I could do that.

Son: You mean you knew you could do that? Before today?

Me: Yup (now getting slightly irritated) Why?

Son: So when you were building the basement you thought about being able to do this?

Me: Yes, that's is what I'm saying. I preplanned, thought ahead and ran all the wires so I could do that.

Son: How did you know to do all of that?

Me: Because I'm not as dumb as you think I am.

Son: Yeah, I'll have to admit, that was pretty smart. That will come in handy for like the Super Bowl and stuff.

Me: Yes it will........rolleyes.gif

I know why some animals eat their young.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1849 of 2094
^^^ You know, your son is just going to brag how awesome his Dad is! smile.gif
post #1850 of 2094
You mean it's not just my son????? That makes me feel much better wink.gif
post #1851 of 2094
Funny, great story!
And here I thought I had the only son that might assume I am slow
post #1852 of 2094
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

All too often we go through life forgetting that our children (when they reach teenage years) start to think their parents are stupid idiots and think (mostly to themselves) how their parents survive without them around to "enlighten" them. I was reminded of this fact while getting our home ready for our Thanksgiving guests.
During my construction of the basement and theater I prewired for just about every conceivable wiring contingency plan. This included running HDMI component, composite, and audio (L,R RCA) and some extra coax cable "just in case". This enables me to watch in the kids room whatever is being viewed in the theater. This has obvious advantages for times when I have more than seven people for an "event". Well while I was cleaning the downstairs my oldest son wanted to watch a movie in the theater. So while he was in the theater, I was in the media room watching the movie he was watching. For some reason he paused the movie and came out of the theater. He came into the media room and noticed the same image on the TV. The following conversation ensued.
Son: What are you watching?
Me: I'm watching what you are watching
Son: How are you doing that?
Me: I have it set up so I can do that.
Son: How do you have it set up that way?
Me: I prewired the room so that I could take advantage of the receivers ability to do that.
Son: Did you just figure that out?
Me: What?
Son: When did you figure out you could do that?
Me: Ummmmmm like I just said I prewired so I could do that.
Son: You mean you knew you could do that? Before today?
Me: Yup (now getting slightly irritated) Why?
Son: So when you were building the basement you thought about being able to do this?
Me: Yes, that's is what I'm saying. I preplanned, thought ahead and ran all the wires so I could do that.
Son: How did you know to do all of that?
Me: Because I'm not as dumb as you think I am.
Son: Yeah, I'll have to admit, that was pretty smart. That will come in handy for like the Super Bowl and stuff.
Me: Yes it will........rolleyes.gif
I know why some animals eat their young.
Regards,
RTROSE

Lol...you know what my first thought was....Crap....did Dad see i was watching that Hanna Montana marathon....the other day... wink.gif
post #1853 of 2094
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Originally Posted by premiertrussman View Post

Lol...you know what my first thought was....Crap....did Dad see i was watching that Hanna Montana marathon....the other day... wink.gif

My thoughts as well. Except Hanna Montana isn't the genre I was thinking rolleyes.gif
post #1854 of 2094
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Originally Posted by J_P_A View Post

My thoughts as well. Except Hanna Montana isn't the genre I was thinking rolleyes.gif

HAHAHA!!!! Well rest easy gents, he was watching Kill Bill actually. Nothing to unsavory anyway, but I guess this did put him on notice that "Big Brother" is watching! biggrin.gif

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1855 of 2094
Slick.

Kids say the darnest things. Sounds like a pitch for a TV show. Oh, wait. It's been done. Twice.

I never thought of running cable from the basement to the rest of the house. I DID think about distributing to the basement bar and bathroom, though.
post #1856 of 2094
RT...what was that sub you guys moved this weekend? Your description was quite the sales pitch!
post #1857 of 2094
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Originally Posted by premiertrussman View Post

RT...what was that sub you guys moved this weekend? Your description was quite the sales pitch!

Well, I know it is a "horn" type of sub, basically a commercial version based on the "Danley" type subs to the best of my recollection. Vik told me but my mind was so rattled my short term memory was obviously affected! biggrin.gif

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1858 of 2094
Enjoyed the story RT! Mine are still young enough that I can "fool" them into thinking I'm all knowing. wink.gif But I can see what's ahead of me through your eyes.
post #1859 of 2094
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

Well, I know it is a "horn" type of sub, basically a commercial version based on the "Danley" type subs to the best of my recollection. Vik told me but my mind was so rattled my short term memory was obviously affected! biggrin.gif
Regards,
RTROSE

Lol. Nice. I still have plans for a THT LP. It calls for a 15" driver, but I've got a 12" driver from adire audio that specs out almost exactly like the driver they specify. Right now its in small sealed box. I REALLY need to find them time to build my THT and let loose the beast. I'm VERY curious too see what kind of a difference ill get going from small sealed enclosure to a horn type.
post #1860 of 2094
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Originally Posted by tony123 View Post

Enjoyed the story RT! Mine are still young enough that I can "fool" them into thinking I'm all knowing. wink.gif But I can see what's ahead of me through your eyes.

Tony,

I can't add squat of value to this fancy subwoofer discussion (surprise!), but I can offer you one bit of fatherly advice on how to prolong that fleeting period of time when the kids think their old man is pretty smart.

Make sure to follow up all your commands with the regal declaration: "So let it be written! So let it be done!"



It worked like magic for me.



For about a month, years ago.

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