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Family Room – Above Fireplace – Part 4

Family Room – Above Fireplace – Part 4

The image above shows added insulation.  High temperature caulking was applied to all fireplace gaps.  Aluminum tape was used for some of the insulation joints.  On either side of the image is partial images of recessed lights that are hanging because the ceiling still needs to be painted. The two boxes on either side of the fireplace is for left and right surround (5.1) speakers.  The center speaker will get its connection from one of the blue boxes above the…

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Family Room Problems – Signal & Power – Part 3

Family Room Problems – Signal & Power – Part 3

Added to this wall: A second AC outlet just to the left of the fireplace to power all the expected electronic components. Conduit (white conduit) to offer HDMI runs. AC above the fireplace to power the TV set that will be mounted over the fireplace. Nail plates to thwart drywall screws from going into electrical and conduit runs. Note that blue paint tape is used to expect to show the bottom of the TV set when it is mounted.  …

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Family Room Problems – Lessons Learned. Part 1

Family Room Problems – Lessons Learned. Part 1

Customer had to have the ceilings scraped of popcorn due to asbestos.  In the family room they also had the paneling removed.  Over the fireplace was a drywall box installed that needed to be removed.  When the paneling was removed termite damage was discovered.  Fortunately, the termites had only eaten the paper covering of the drywall.  The ceiling and walls were not finished.  Drywall tape and mud was missing on the walls.  Ceilings were not finished. Next Part >

Family Room Problems – Lessons Learned – Examine and Plan – Part-2

Family Room Problems – Lessons Learned – Examine and Plan – Part-2

Family room remodel – problems and planning: The drywall box was removed on top of the fireplace.  All drywall on the termite walls was removed.  Decisions needed to be made.  The client wanted to mount a TV over the fireplace.  In my mind this required that power, antenna, optical audio and HDMI connections needed to be provided above the fireplace, out of sight and run to the left side of the fireplace where the support electronics would be placed: Cable…

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Hard Wire A Broken Malibu Light Instrument Trick.

Hard Wire A Broken Malibu Light Instrument Trick.

My daughter loves to decorate for Halloween every year. Her boyfriend brought over a lot of decorations that were pretty good. One category of items was plastic pumpkins. The pumpkins came with a large hole on the bottom, perfect for placing over a Malibu light.

Lock and Key Bumping.

Lock and Key Bumping.

Lock Bumping and Key Bumping Pertains to: Home Business Storage facilities Other Lock bumping is a silent, undetectable method of home, business or storage facility invasion. The perpetrator can walk in though your front LOCKED door quite easily and quickly! Because this method of invasion leaves no evidence, insurance claims might be denied. This method of crime is currently being taught on web sites to anyone who looks for this information. The tools used to perpetrate this crime are readily…

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Fabricating And Installing A Small Home Irrigation System – Cooper Work.

Fabricating And Installing A Small Home Irrigation System – Cooper Work.

This article will share one method of fabricating and installing a small irrigation addition to a home. The problem faced with this project are as follows. Problems Three front yard planters were not provided with an irrigation system. The existing anti-siphon valves were old and leaking (but still functional). The anti-siphon valves were too low to the ground and probably violated code requirements. There was no provision for just adding another anti_siphon valve to the existing ones. The whole valve…

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