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Basement Makeover

Basement Makeover

well hello. it’s been awhile since I last blogged something. so as the title of this session states is that since I sold my pool table I have decided to divide my basement into more rooms. the first is that I put up a wall between my media/TV room and then created another office/library room.  since I have used my old computer room as my train room I decided that I needed another room to do most of my pc repairs and also thought that in this room I can make most of the walls with built in bookcases. hence the reason I was naming it more of a library then an pc room. here are some pics of the room in the first couple of modifications. since I already had my drop down ceiling installed I really did not want to tear it down and redo the while ceiling so I had 3 main beams extend thru the ceiling and mount to the main rafters but all the rest of the 2×4 would attached to a top board screwed between the main supports.  only thing I would need to do is to place a crown molding at top of the wall to hide the end of drywall that stops at the ceiling. this will make it have a nice looking line.

so far I have finished with the framing and also finished with the drywall. I have a couple of patches to finish and sand then the drywall will be finished. while I am waiting on a couple of spots to dry I started to trim the walls with primer. while I wait for that to dry I’ll have to finished the worst part.. cleaning up my mess. cleaning is one of the worst things I hate to do when I start my projects. but after I get it all cleaned up and I feel more satisfaction of completing my project.  next thing I will be doing is building my desk.  I plan on using counter tops for my desks. this is a cheap and very affordable way to have big hardy desks.  the fist desk will be on the back wall and I have some cabinets that would be the base of the desk. this desk would be 36” high and I will have some shelving between the cabinets under the desk. I also plan on building book shelves about the desk also. this desk will be around 10’ long. plenty of room to have as a work station to do all my pc repairs that I do for friends. from there there would be another 6’ table that stretches to the right of the 13’ . this desktop will be 30’” high and at the end have another 90* right angle 6’desk that will come out 6’ from the wall and be my main desk. the rest of the room will be bookshelves to hold my books and magazines.  I will post more pics as I finish the room.

2012 Focus Hatchback

2012 Focus Hatchback

I just received my new 2012 Ford Focus Titanium Hatchback last Friday and have been running around town in it lately here are some pics.

check the pics out.sweet. I got the yellow blaze metallic color. it will shift different yellows in the light because of the metallic in the paint. sweet.  love driving it. here are some things about it

PROs

  • spunky and fast
  • fun to drive
  • keyless locks and ignition. keep fob in pocket walk up to the locked door touch the handle and it will unlock, then sit inside put foot on break and push start button and zoom your off.
  • have heated leather seats
  • auto headlights
  • auto wipers, yes auto just have them on and when it rains the sensor on windshield detects the rain and the wipers will automatically turn on, sweet
  • I have the 5 door hatch. put down the back seats and my two dogs fit in the back no problem. they are viszlas and about 80 lbs. dogs but they have room to roam in.
  • heated side mirrors, auto dimmer rearview mirror
  • have full my sync navigation system
  • Sony 10 speaker ultimate stereo system
  • gas mileage is twice a better than my truck.

 

CON’s

  • front seat bottoms could be a little bigger. I’m not a big guy but I kind of slouch when I sit and I need to get use to the smaller seats
  • have locked up my navigation system 3 times in one day
  • navigation is not that all wonderful my little Garmin is a lot easier to set up destinations and poi then the fords system. of course I was to get booklet on navigation but I don’t have one yet will get one Monday to see about programing the nav system, read a couple of articles online and what I found so far is that you can’t program the nav system from outside source. boo, I can set up my Garmin on my pc then transfer the settings over to the unit with no hassle hope to be able to that with my ford nav.
  • since I have automatic transmission you get a slight delay when driving. this is due to the trans being an electronic trans and it has to calculate which gear to be in for the best gas mileage.
  • even though I get twice the gas mileage of 30+ mpg on my new car vs. 16 mpg on my old explorer. I still get about the same distance with a full tank. this is so because my car has a 12 gallon tank but my old suv had a 22 gallon tank. but in the long run I get the same distance but half the price
  • when switch from radio to nav to phone or from station to station there is pauses that they sync system has. for a system that is pretty well advanced it seems to be on the slow side like they need to boost the memory on the system or use bigger cpu’s.

overall so far I really like the car. I can get adjusted to the smaller seats but the only compliant would be the sync system with navigation. they still need to make some better tweaks in the software for it to run better. I am also having a hitch put on it to carry my bike rack and I thought that now I need to get a little utility trailer. since I don’t have a truck any more I would need something to carry my wood, drywall, big odds and ends that wont fit into the smaller car now. I also am having a roof rack for the same reason put on. on the roof rack I am having the kayak adapter installed for within next month I will be buying a kayak for this summer. another hobby I am trying to get into. spend about $1000 on new equipment and hopefully will save me on thousands for having something cheap to do for the summer. more n the kayak when I get it.

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