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Someone just posted on "Nextdoor" looking for some work for their 17 year old for the summer.  I imagine cheap labor for a kid will help level the front out a bit and maybe we can have some actual sod laid down!

 

Hoping to tackle the gate on the other side this weekend, and maybe build a platform for our new (well, it's old now but still boxed up) shed.  In the coming weeks we will be trying to level the back yard off a bit so we can finally build our deck!

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lol hire the kid! get it donneeee

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I thought that finding someone for general labor in FL was as easy as it is in AZ, just takes a trip to the local home depot and you can get as much help as you want there.  

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9 hours ago, ttocs said:

I thought that finding someone for general labor in FL was as easy as it is in AZ, just takes a trip to the local home depot and you can get as much help as you want there.  

Now you wouldn’t be stereotyping a certain race would you?!?! Lol

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Bwahahaha you can sometimes find help that way, but I would rather employ a kid for mindless labor.

 

We did a metric ton of work over the weekend out front - 

 

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Once I get the irrigation fixed up we will be looking at some sod.  I made us up a to do list so we can tackle things without distraction!

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Alright, so a little bit of an update. We’ve been busy:

I conned some friends into coming over to help. I worked on their truck and they let us use it to bring a bunch of stuff to the house!

So, we built some borders around the palms. They are not perfect, but they look better than what was there. I don’t have any pics of all the flowers the boss lady has done though.

Anyhow, a little before/after:

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We also did some pavers around the other little garden, but no pics of that. Man, I am slacking!

Basically, the front yard is “getting there” – this weekend I finally got around to doing the gate on the other side! I realized, I did not have any pics of it before, and I forgot to take any before taking it down. The next two pics are about as close to “before” pictures as I can get:

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Nothing too special, just a crappy old gate that would no longer latch, so it was obviously time for a replacement!

Decided to make this gate a little larger than the old one, it’s about 68” wide. We built it out of 2x4 for strength. Anyhow, here’s an in progress shot. We are 4 pickets shy of it being complete so I don’t have a finished shot of that either! Maybe this is not much of an update lol!

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So, with the gate being a bit larger, I need to do some more land leveling. I am laying pavers under the area where the gate opens to prevent grass from growing there and limiting my ability to open up.

I just got started on that and felt like I was going to die from heat exhaustion, so I turned in for the day. We went to pick up the new Mustang from the tint shop though. Paint correction, ceramic coating and a film, along with tint obviously. I will let her have the glory of posting those pics though. I must say, it came out beautiful!


Anyways, onto the important part of this update:

I bought and ran the surround sound setup last year as a proof on concept. The TV I have is 4K, but the receiver can only handle 1080p, so I was missing out!

I had a credit to Monoprice, and found a good deal on a 2017 Onkyo receiver from Amazon. So I bought the Monoprice premium speakers, which are apparently just knock offs of much more expensive speakers, and apparently compete just fine with speaker sets that cost $1,000 or so. I am no audiophile, so I am sure they will do just fine!

Anyhow, basic shopping list for this update:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XVFY3M8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 – Onkyo TX–NR575 - I paid $280

https://www.amazon.com/Monoprice-Premium-Channel-Theater-Subwoofer/dp/B00EOZFUYI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1531100562&sr=8-3&keywords=monoprice+5.1 – Monoprice Premium 5.1 speaker setup - I bought these from Monoprice because I had a credit to their site. Monoprice does charge shipping so just be aware if you notice any major price differences. When I purchased my speakers, Amazon had them for $210 and Monoprice had them at $190 or so. It looks like Amazon has them on sale right now for $165 with free shipping!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076X89GRW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 – Bias lighting - $25

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JE9LD4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 – Belkin 4320 Joule surge protector

https://www.amazon.com/Monoprice-5-Port-Unmanaged-Gigabit-Ethernet/dp/B01KYD0L3I/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531101080&sr=1-4&keywords=monoprice+ethernet+switch – Five port gigabit switch - $15 or so from Monoprice

Also, I had some cables and such around the house, but I needed some banana plugs and an RCA splitter.

So, on with the setup:

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I started with the bias lighting because it’s simple. I wiped the back of the TV down with some alcohol wipes. Plug in the lighting to the USB port on the TV, figure out a route, and run it. 

For those who don’t know what bias lighting is – all others can skip:

The idea behind bias lighting is that it takes strain away from your eyes when looking at a bright screen in a dark room, based on the way your eyes work. It’s supposed to make your darks look richer as well.

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In the pic above, the center bar is the same shade the whole way through, but it looks much darker with a light background, it’s the same concept. If you get headaches from looking at screens for too long in dark rooms, this is supposed to alleviate that immensely. I will report on that later.

Anyhow:

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Pulled out the entertainment center, and plugged in the cable.

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Bias lighting!

Then I set up the beast:

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I picked this one because I really like the option for 6 HDMI inputs. Plus all that other stuff lol!

And here is a shot of one of the Monoprice speakers – I will include a pic of the Onkyo it is replacing for comparison:

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The quality is MUCH higher on the Monoprice units, not that the Onkyo ones were bad, but you can tell the difference.

This new system has way more features than I will ever use. It’s a 7.2 setup, so I am working on getting two more speaker for it - probably going to stick with one sub for now though. The receiver can connect to the internet, hence the switch. It can play Spotify, Pandora, etc straight from the box. Or you can connect via bluetooh. Dolby Atmos. I am just excited about it, woo!

I feel like I half-assed this update. In every part, I gave you just enough to wonder what the end result was, and never gave the end result!

Sorry, stay tuned!

Next couple things are to re-sod the front, build the deck and the shed out back. I am also planning to update security, so I will certainly be in touch with Logan for that.

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really coming along guys! well done and it is looking great!

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On 7/24/2018 at 11:30 PM, Shifty said:

really coming along guys! well done and it is looking great!

 

 

Thanks bud!

 

We got a new dinner table, with a bench style seat to save some room in our little kitchen.  I laid some pavers behind the gate in the side yard to keep the gate opening flawlessly for a while.

 

Hoping to do a new storm door out front and start on the deck this weekend!

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Alright pretty big update:

 

Here’s the easy stuff – new kitchen table.  Much better than the Wal-Mart table we had in here:

 

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Here are the pavers I laid down in the side yard.  I need to get rid of the major grade behind it, but that’s another day.  For now, this works and will keep the gate happily opening:

 

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The gate all squared away.

 

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This was buried under the old gate.  I have no idea what it is.

 

Unfinished project:  Storm Door:

 

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Here is what we started with. 

 

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The new door is a Larson model.  The top half has a screen that slides down.  This way we can open the front door and have some air blow through, but we don’t need to worry about the animals getting out or destroying the screen.

 

I forgot to grab pics of it mounted.  We still have not finished it though, but right now it is at least hanging in place.  We need to get the strike plate sorted out so it hangs on a bit better.  While working on this I also replaced the weather strip on the door, it makes a MUCH better seal now.

 

Next, the deck in the back yard – its 20’x20’ – built out of 2”x8” and 6”x6” posts with normal 1”x6” decking.  I was going to do composite decking but it’s 8 times the cost.  If I planned to live in this house forever, maybe.  At this house?  No sir.

 

So here are some pics:

 

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This is getting it laid out for the first time.

 

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I imagine most people can figure this out, but we did the classic truck unloading method – drive quick in reverse and slam the brakes.  It got all the wood out in one shot, which sure beats unloading.

 

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Here is my neighbor helping me out.  My dad was also there helping! 

 

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Framed out and digging for the stringers.

 

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We were initially planning to have 10’ on each side with a gap in the middle.  But because the consistency of the boards is so, well, inconsistent – we went with a staggered approach the following day.  It looks much more “professional” and might be stronger, who knows.

 

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Here is how it sits this evening.  Note the grill.  Tonight was the FIRST time we used it since I bought it last June.  It will be nice having a good place for it.  Some people think we need seating/railing around the edges, and that might be something we add eventually.  Right now I am just so happy to have a porch.  This should help mitigate the dirt from tracking into the house anytime I step out the back door.

 

So, that’s it for now.  I will try to get some updated pictures soon!

 

 

Thanks for looking!

 

 

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Looking good Jermy! You made the right choice of staggering, unless you had bought fancy schmancy lumbar, there's no way to get around the inconsistencies 

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12 hours ago, Det_Riot said:

Looking good Jermy! You made the right choice of staggering, unless you had bought fancy schmancy lumbar, there's no way to get around the inconsistencies 

 

I priced out the PVC stuff, there is no way I could justify 8X the cost lol

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10 hours ago, Number Tew said:

 

I priced out the PVC stuff, there is no way I could justify 8X the cost lol

 

Are you talking about the composite blends? Where it’s wood pulp and plastic blended?

 

if so that stuff is the best option if you plan to live there a long time. Figure up the cost of staining real wood repeatedly and the work that goes into maintaining it and it adds up quick. 

 

But if this his home is only for a few years then I wouldn’t do it either. 

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On 8/15/2018 at 7:57 AM, Evilcw311 said:

 

Are you talking about the composite blends? Where it’s wood pulp and plastic blended?

 

if so that stuff is the best option if you plan to live there a long time. Figure up the cost of staining real wood repeatedly and the work that goes into maintaining it and it adds up quick. 

 

But if this his home is only for a few years then I wouldn’t do it either. 

 

 

I didn't see anything like that, just straight composite

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7 hours ago, Number Tew said:

 

 

I didn't see anything like that, just straight composite

https://www.fiberondecking.com/blog/how-its-made-composite-decking/

 

some is pure pvc and you don’t want that. The stuff blended with wood will naturally fade the first year as it’s suppose to then it never needs paint or stain. It will outlast you. 

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6 hours ago, Evilcw311 said:

https://www.fiberondecking.com/blog/how-its-made-composite-decking/

 

some is pure pvc and you don’t want that. The stuff blended with wood will naturally fade the first year as it’s suppose to then it never needs paint or stain. It will outlast you. 

 

Maybe on the next one lol

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Time for a house update!

 

We finally got around to doing some shelves in the guest bathroom.  Prior to these shelves we just had one of those rack shelves designed to go over the toilet.  Obviously, way clunkier than this – overall it added room for storage, and gave a much cleaner look.  Unfortunately I don’t have a before shot.

 

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Monoprice had some good deals on television mounts on Black Friday, so I ordered one for the bedroom and one for the garage.  I got around to hanging up the bedroom TV.  I still might raise it up some, but here it is.

 

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The one in the garage should be up soon, which will be great for working on cars!

 

Next step, was to get the shed off of our porch!  As some may recall, I struck our old shed with a tree, and it had been needing to go for quite some time.  So:

 

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The shed is 8X10 – so we built a 12X12 platform to have some “porch” space around it for storage.  Overall size is bigger than the old one, and there is room to stand up straight which is a plus!

 

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The dog wanted to check out this new stage!

 

The shed is up I just don’t have any finished pictures.  It’s one of those Lifetime plastic deals.  Should more than suffice for what I need it for….storage.

 

Thanks for looking!

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Okay so brief update; it’s been a productive weekend!

 

First, just some quick pics of the next big project I plan to tackle.  The space is about 12’x19’ – I want to bust up the old slab and pour a new one, then build a screened in porch.  I may have someone lined up who can do the work at a very reasonable cost!  Anyhow, I never really documented this crappy side of the house, so:

 

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The shed is up!

 

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Next on the list, the ramp for the shed (as opposed to the plywood laid up on some pavers I had before).  I had some spare decking material left over which makes for a nice sturdy unit.  And I know what you’re thinking “Um, you’re not centered to the door.”  Yes, I know.  I put shelving in on the right hand side.  The shelves stick out to where the ramp starts.  Having a ramp to drive into the shelves just did not make any sense.  Now my little mower can feel like a king ramping in and out of this shed!

 

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I hung up the all-important garage television!  The plan is to hook the laptop up out there when we’re working on varying projects.  A Youtube machine for all intents and purposes.  I might put a Fire stick out there as well, mostly for music.

 

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Now, onto one of the bigger updates!!  I had someone give me a hand, because I was not comfortable cutting 8 inch holes in my ceilings.  Anyhow:

 

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So, I know it’s probably hard to tell, but the speakers are angled, to account for the 10* angle in the ceiling.  This way they are pointed about straight down, like they should be for Atmos.

 

I got the Atmos processing all setup on the receiver, but have yet to watch anything in Atmos.  I was hunting Walmart’s movie collection the other day, but they had slim pickings on Atmos material.  From what I read, some good titles are supposed to be:

 

Deadpool (1 and 2)

Fifth Element

Mad Max

 

If anyone has Atmos that knows “You need to watch this!” say so.

 

Anyhow, I also rearranged the front speakers a bit, to be more conducive to the end goal:

 

Understanding that they might be hard to see there:
 
 

Thanks for looking!

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our black friday purchase this year was a onkyo 7.2 receiver and onkyo 7.1 speaker setup.  one of the first movies that was amazing sound wise was Mad Max.  so i would definitely recommend that.  supposedly tron: legacy was supposed to be good too but it was lacking.  ready player one was decent at times.

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On 12/26/2018 at 9:49 AM, Prokiller said:

our black friday purchase this year was a onkyo 7.2 receiver and onkyo 7.1 speaker setup.  one of the first movies that was amazing sound wise was Mad Max.  so i would definitely recommend that.  supposedly tron: legacy was supposed to be good too but it was lacking.  ready player one was decent at times.

 

I heard Mad Max was a really good one, especially from an Atmos perspective.  I bought John Wick 2 the other night but have not been able to watch it just yet.

 

I am bad about not wanting to watch movies over again so I doubt I will buy Ready Player One just to hear Atmos lol.

 

You probably have a similar receiver to mine then :)

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