Archive for March, 2009


Starting to look nice

March 16, 2009

So, quick update.

This weekend I spent ages doing the wiring for the speakers in the living room. The cables are all run under the house (clipped neatly) and into panels on the walls. The contacts go through to my rack alcove. The amp will live here. Apart from buggering up the sum wiring (I flipped the polarity AND created a short circuit) which requires me to perform a quick repair, it all went smoothly. I have to now make a mount for the center speaker to hang it below the TV. I’m not sure if this will look very good, but meh.

You can see the audio points on the wall in the corner

Starting to get a pretty large collection of wallpoints in the alcove.

Yesterday (in the pooring rain) I noticed that there was water getting into my garage. After a quick look, I determined that it was the tree next to the shed which had grown into and broken the guttering. I cut the fuckin tree down, and replaced all the guttering. Now the water all drains to the drainpipe, and the flooding stopped. (And of corse, as soon as I finished the guttering, the rain stopped bucketing down.)

No pics of this as I didnt want o take photos in the rain

Also, we finished the living room (except for the windows which still need repairing and painting). Starting to look baller.


So, next up on the list is to finish sanding the dining room, and start getting that painted. Should be sweet to finally get that finished.



Shed fun

March 9, 2009


We successfully put the garage door up after around 4 hours of mucking about with it. Its a bit of a bitch to get working but the answer lies in the spring (remember the spring that made it turn while we were carrying it? well, we accidentally turned it the wrong way, and so the door was trying to forse itself closed. Kinda sucked for the motor which was trying to lift the entire door AND counter-act the force of the spring). Well, we got that working, and now I have a awesome garage door with remote beeper and everything.

After that, things got exciting.

Kylie cracked the shits because I hadn’t checked if I could invite people over, and she kicked everyone out. Was kinda embarrassing, but meh. I was stuck between arguing with Kylie and trying to calm the masses. Before I had done anything, people kinda started to leave (figuring they didnt want to be around for our domestic).

Anyway, was fun while it lasted.

So anyway, this is what the garage door looks like once its mounted.

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Garage door looking like the shizzle..

Could do with a paint, but apart from that, it glides quite easily. The motor section had to be moved a little into the wall cavity, but thats nothing that cant be fixed with a little artistic plaster work. Thankfully the concrete is ‘reasonably’ level. You can see the gap on the left hand side between the bottom of the door and the ground, but it shouldnt cause any dramas. If it does, I guess i’ll have to level out the concrete by re-covering it.

Today, I decided to clad the outside of the shed with hardiflex. Its super awesome to work with. Really string, but still cuts with a circular saw quite easily. Doing it by myslef was a bit of a challenge as there were a few times where I had to balance whit with one hand whilst holding soemthing with the other and pressing against it with my foot.

I think the final product came out pretty good. Really depends on what colour we paint it. I’ll have to find some bigger flashing as I managed to make the gap 160mm in some sections even though my flashing is only 150mm. Stupid me. So anyway, now I am using the shed for its intended purpose. Storing tools!

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The ouside of the shed in all its unpainted glory

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Oooh, look at all that awesome.

Now for a quick update on the rest of the house.

Scott and I put the rack inside, and it fits like a glove. The cabling should workout quite well, but will still be a challenge not to get the rack to run over it when its wheeled out. We also mounted the TV on its mount, and it looks awesome. Only problem with it is the dodgy Soniq mounting bracket was built by a blind taiwanese man, and hence is uneven. We fixed it by sliding the TV (substantially) to the side. (Jake, whats the return policy on these fuckers? I dont want to rip the ‘wall’ section down, i’d just like to return and swap the ‘TV’ section of the mount. Possible?)

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Room looks awesome. Sorry no pics of the TV.

Last week I had the electricians through. They ran a new circuit to my study, and commented on ‘OMG, the wiring in this house is 50 years old’… duhhhh! They have now wired me with two RCD’s and 6 seperate circuits for the house. For teh study, we have a seperate RCD+fuse for its own little run. I had them install 3 x 4port GPO’s under the bench, and 3 x 2 port GPO’s which were isolated by a switch on the wall. This means that when I walk out of the study, I flick a switch near the lightswitch, and all my monitors and speakers and all that accessory junk goes off. (now, Donks and PJ. I dont want any funny business when im playing CS-S. flicking off my monitor right befoer the kill shot will get me angry :-P)

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Nice pic of all the new wiring. Taken before the cover was put over it.

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See the GPO’s under the bench

Anyway. Thanks muchly for your help this weekend fellas. Is awesome to have a shed again! I promise Kylie wont be a crazy bugger next time I see you. I told her never to do it again. Twice. Once in each eye. (Note for Scott. Previous sentence not to be taken literally :-P)



Update March

March 1, 2009

Quick update on how everything has been going.,.,

Yesterday and today I have been working on the shed a bit, and have managed to get quite a few things done.

The window is now in (and has been moved) and the supports for the roller door have been installed. The engine hoist has been painted, and I have done all the GPO (and some of the lights) wiring.

The new roller door supports. I have bolted the brackets to them, and gave them a quick coat of black paint.

The wiring is almost done. Finally I now have some working GPO’s in the shed. 16 ro be accurate!

The shed as it appears from the outside. Note the lack of bricks and shit around it. I moved them to a pile out of the way…

The newly painted engine hoist. I think it looks awesome, but kylie was all like “Why didnt you paint it black and try to hide it?”. Wimenz. Silly creatures.

Kylie has been hard at work inside, and has painted the ceiling in the living room. It looks baller. Tomorrow we will have the cornice in the dinig room finished, and this will mean that we are getting quite close to completion on the inside.

The living room ceiling

This thursday the electricians are coming and taking 3500ish of our hard earned dollars to do a few measly bits of cabling :-P Nahh, we are having a new circuit run to the study, a new power meter, a new safety switch, a new box, new cables from the power pole to the house, and I am having a isolator circuit installed in the study. Should make turning off the monitors and shit a very easy task.

So… This means that I need to raise the roller door some time. Anyone got any good suggestions for when? We will probably need four people I reckon. Taking it down with three was possible, but one more wouldn’t hurt. Should be a bit easier now that we know how it all works and the fact that I have bought all new bolts for it.

Anyways, im off to bed. Catch all!