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Discussion in 'DIY' started by Mike B, May 13, 2012.

  1. Barry_NJ

    Barry_NJ Well-Known Member

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    Very nice Mike!
     
  2. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    The finishing touch! Before;

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    And after;

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    Just a 5 mm thick pc of birch ply varnished with a molding. Held on with 2 screws for easy removal when needed. And the area under the desk is no longer a rats nest.

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    Only power cords on the floor. I'm really liking the Vizio soundbar with the sub up on the shelf on the left adjacent wall. It blends well and the bass appears to come from the soundbar. It works better than I was expecting.
     
  3. Carl V

    Carl V Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    looks nice...
    Is that the sub on top to the left of your sound bar
    with your i-phone next to it?
     
  4. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    No, that's the wi-fi transmitter, the sub (aux woofer) is up on the top shelf on the adjacent wall.

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    Vizio manual said to put it in a corner of the room and it sure works good where it is now. The desk is on the other side of that doorway. The doorway is 48" x 80" and had a pair of "short" doors on it that we tossed. Soon will have a pair of bi-folds installed. Got a new sexy wood file cabinet ordered up too. It's going next to the gun safe and the printer will be on top of that.
     
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  5. Carl V

    Carl V Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    Sounds great. Looks great. Happy that your are pleased with the results.
     
  6. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    We're gettin' close to the finish line! The middle BR just needs flooring and my BR needs flooring and paint. My BR will be the only room in the house with carpet. Deep soft and lush. Not hard and loud like laminate. Women...
     
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  7. Carl V

    Carl V Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    Area rugs. Designer rugs. Pinterest will guide you. :astonished:
     
  8. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    Have rugs now, want carpet. Plush carpet on a thick pad. Footgasm
     
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    pillatier Well-Known Member

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    Met an old friend for lunch today - he said he made a home improvement swapped out his long time live-in girl friend for a younger nubile one recently.
     
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    Carl V Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    Funny. A new house woulda been cheaper in the long run. Reminds of the photo of the beautiful model adjusting her shoes on the bumper of a Ferrari. The tag line is the Ferrari is cheaper.
     
  11. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    Buy the car to get the girl and then lose big time eh? Must be why I drive a Chevy!
     
  12. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    My fourth DIY water heater install, 3.5 hours, I'm getting really good at this with practice!

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    Filled and fired, no leaks water or gas and we are in hot showers again!

    Replaced 4 tube florescent puff fixture in kitchen with 4400 lumen LED fixture that uses less than half the energy and is less than half the size too!

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    Office nearing completion, gun safe moved, file cabinet in, color laser printer in and a solid mahogany shelf too! Pics soon after done - :)
     
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  13. Dustin B

    Dustin B Well-Known Member

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    Don't you live in California? How the hell do laws there let you install your own water heater? I'm not even allowed to install drain plumbing

    Although apparently I can install my own supply lines. Just if they ever leak I supposedly am likely to get any insurance claim against it denied.
     
  14. Drew

    Drew Well-Known Member Top Poster

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    Laws apply when you get caught. ;)
     
  15. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    And I didn't want anyone to see my illegal unvented gas heater either - :)
     
  16. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    This may be my last water heater DIY. I'll be almost 75 when this one croaks. Old age trumps all laws.
     
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  17. Carl V

    Carl V Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    Surprised you put back in a traditional after heater. And not one of the new tangled instant hot water in demand types.
     
  18. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    I hear those have improved, but I'm still jaded by past experience. There was one in here when I bought the place. Probably not one of the modulating flame ones. It would shut off when the water flow was low. Like taking a shower with the low flow head. I needed to crack the hot tap in the sink to prevent the thing from cycling and freezing or scalding you repeatedly. Yup, hot water down the sink. That's really saving energy eh?
     
  19. claud

    claud Well-Known Member Donor

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    Got one of those instant on, never runs out hot tankless water heaters. It hangs on the side of my house. Takes awhile to get hot water upstairs. Other than that its great!! Last one was a traditional one in the attic. It busted and damaged down to top living floor till I could shut it off. Glad I was home. Insurance paid a bundle. I may have posted pics here.
     
  20. John Celardo

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    I got an indirect water heater about 2 years ago. It works off the heating system boiler which is also relatively new. There's a stainless coil that uses hot water from the boiler to heat water in a stainless tank. It was expensive, but it's the last one I'll have to buy. No more fuel for hot water, and there's no more need for our chimney. It does mean we have to leave the home heating system on all year, but it's a very efficient boiler that only runs when the water needs to heat up. I love it.
     
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