Archive for May, 2014

Some finishing touches

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

The major work in the basement is done, as I’ve probably mentioned before, it’s now all just fiddly bits with furniture and stuff. Today I finished wiring the network switch, so all my network ports throughout the house are live. I’ve still got some work to do on the software side, but I can plug a computer into any network port I have and if there’s a problem, it’s with the port I’m plugging in to, not with the switch or wiring cabinet. Here’s what it looks like:

switchThe next addition ot the wiring closet will be a wall-mounted LCD panel for the house server.

I picked up an entertainment center from Rooms To Go as well – it was delivered last Thursday. I’m not at all impressed with the quality – it’s not even, it has alignment problems, and the end blocks aren’t right, but if you look away quickly enough it looks good. Here it is in place where it will live, and eventually be populated with A/V components and gaming consoles:

entcenterI’m pretty sure the next time I get a new entertainment center, I will build the damn thing myself so that I know it’s built right. This doesn’t look too bad, but I’m very disappointed in the quality given that I deliberately avoided the low-end mass market stores like Wal-Mart, Target, or Best Buy. On to the next bits!

Going from house to home

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

So the basement is finished, and has been for a few weeks now. I just need to add furniture and make into an actual living space, not just an empty (if updated) basement. The problem with that lies in the furniture selection available to me, which is – to be quite blunt – complete crap. I found an entertainment center that I somewhat like at Rooms To Go yesterday and bought it. It is to be delivered a week from this coming Thursday. I found a computer desk I’m willing to live with at Office Max today and bought it – it’s assembled and in place now. I’m not entirely happy with it – actually, I’m really not happy at all – but I’m willing to live with it short-term. I had intended to immediately start working on my railroad table, but I think I’ll have to start working on a computer desk at the same time. There are some features I need in it (for my workflow) that just aren’t available commercially.

I had intended to start at least the railroad bracing today, but I woke up with more sinus and coughing issues, so I’ve been dosing myself up on DayQuil most of the day. Heck, I was luck to have enough energy to actually assemble the computer desk after I got it home.

My greater plan is to start the railroad shelf, the computer desk, and find a second house to rehab more or less simultaneously. The first is for my enjoyment, the second for being able to work from home, the third as an investment. Oh yes, there’s a fourth item that is also for my enjoyment – the suspended railroad in the living room.

On a side note, I will probably be getting rid of my aquariums soon. I have a 75g with canister filter, a 29g with a power head filter, and a 10g with power head filter, all with appropriately sized stands. If you want one, or know of anyone who does, make me an offer. You might be surprised how much I’m willing to accept for them. I have to empty and clean them, but if they aren’t gone by the time that’s done, they’ll go up on craigslist.