Basement Room Project

Daryl Jones

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Well, much was gained over the weekend on my "man/music cave" downstairs. The transformation from hobby/project space was far more tedious than I originally surmised. Something about 20 or so years of changing attitudes and ideas and the accumulation of em, crap certainly slows down conversion processes. It's amazing just how much "stuff" you can ignore for a long period of time. But, gone is most of the clutter, and there is now room to bring in my instruments and amps and associated wares. This is a "mine only" room, not intended to host other players to jam with, I have the remaining open basement space should there ever be a gathering of my friends that want to play inside at our place.
I left my hobby workbench in the room as a table top to keep miscellaneous small stuff, and more of an organized space for accessories. That will still need to improve with time anyway but will be much less of a dog's breakfast than it was upstairs. I left a couple of my storage wall cabinets up as well, and my gun cabinet will remain along with my white tail deer mount. For some reason the missus won't have the critter on display anywhere else in the house :)confused:).
I still will have to deal with better electrical and lighting but that will require some professional assistance; reno's are always more a voyage of discovery and shortfalls than a ground up build. My main panel is just next door, but it's over 30 years old so I won't get carried away with running extra feeds until such time as I upgrade the panel to a current updated code type. So for now I'll make due with a couple power bars and maybe an additional floor lamp. I have some acoustic foam panels ordered for the walls and I'll likely add more in the future to better control the "noise" factor. The walls and ceiling are textured and insulated so it should be pretty decent for that anyway.
I'll be moving the guitars and amps and other items after work tonight so will take some pictures of the current state of affairs once that's done. I'm kind of glad that I didn't take any "before" shots, let's just suffice to say it was horrible. Thus far, at least herself is more than pleased. That and the fact that the spare bedroom will once again be a guest room LOL. Kind of a win win thing. Stay tuned for a few pics tomorrow.
 
Nice! I have a room for "me only" as well. I mostly get to keep it. Occasionally, the Mrs gets something in there. Goodwill donation piles, mostly. However, there was a time two years ago when we got a new tub/shower installed. The plumbers thought they were going to have to create an access panel in her closet in our master bedroom. Closet got emptied into "my" room. Then the fun started. Manufacturer shipped a unit that was damaged. Plumbing company notified them of the issue, and then the backorder. So, from January to the end of May, 2019 "my" room went from picture one, to pictures two and three. Sucked the life out of me!!!!!!!!!!

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I can see where that would "hurt" and throw a monkey wrench into things. But home renovations often create large disruptions, and these days would be even worse with all the delays and supply chain holdbacks. Now as we (she and I) step into our later years, both of us are really trying to de-clutter as much as we can. Doggone hard though...
 
I can see where that would "hurt" and throw a monkey wrench into things. But home renovations often create large disruptions, and these days would be even worse with all the delays and supply chain holdbacks. Now as we (she and I) step into our later years, both of us are really trying to de-clutter as much as we can. Doggone hard though...
So true about home improvements. We moved all of the stuff out of her closet in early January. Had no idea it was going to take 5 months to get it worked out. The kicker, in the end the plumbers didn't have to do the access panel. Closet was emptied for naught.
 
bodia, that is one stellar piece of kit!:cool:
Now, back to my project...
So, it isn't much, but it will serve the purpose. Acoustic foam should be here in a few days, but just a short stint last night and the sound wasn't bad (at least to my ears). I may need a second humidifier, that little guy I had in the bedroom upstairs might not cut it. I'll give it a couple days and go from there. Biggest issue on that front is I shouldn't use the water from our well for humidity, too much mineral and it usually builds scale on filters and heating elements quickly. So I have been getting jugs of r/o water at the store in town. Hate the idea of packing them up and down stairs all the time. Since I do have a tap in the room I'll do a test run for a while and see just how long it takes to destroy a filter. It's a cool mist unit and it works pretty well, not as big a build up of scale as a warm mist with an element so maybe it won't be all that bad.
I might move the multi rack from where it is right now when I get the rest of the needless stuff out of there. There's two 4' x 4' sheets of mirror tiles that I'll need help with removal, they're just too heavy and awkward for me to handle by myself anymore. Why I didn't get rid of them years ago is beyond my ken. Too soon old, too late smart.:(
But the extra room on the rack is sorely needing that new SE Piezo! Talked to my dealer the other day and they still have no idea how long it will take getting here. But the final payout is getting smaller and smaller as the time goes so :D

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Nice start! Not sure how big your room is, but my basement (excluding laundry/furnace room) is about 350 sq ft and I use this humidifier:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Honeywell-1-5-Gal-Cool-Mist-Top-Fill-Tower-Humidifier-HEV615B/305599108

I don't run it wide open (on all the time), I have it set at level 4 of 5 today, so it turns on and off based on the humidity level. We keep the thermostat in the house at 65. These are able to keep the humidity in the low/mid 40s%. We use one on the main floor, and one in the bedroom. The main floor humidity stays about the same. The bedroom is constant at 50%
 
It's 100 sq/ft with 8' ceiling, certainly not huge. It's never had a humidifier in it before so it may take a couple days to bring it up to where I want it (40-ish%), barely 30% this morning when I left for work. It only has a linen (full length) draw curtain, not an actual door and that may affect the moisture level somewhat. I haven't seen that particular model from Honeywell in any of our Canadian retailers, or on Amazon. I'll try Home Depot online and see what I can find. The Bionaire warm mist units we used for so long are nowhere to be found anymore, they were great except for the mineral buildup. Really appreciate the idea though.
 
It's 100 sq/ft with 8' ceiling, certainly not huge. It's never had a humidifier in it before so it may take a couple days to bring it up to where I want it (40-ish%), barely 30% this morning when I left for work. It only has a linen (full length) draw curtain, not an actual door and that may affect the moisture level somewhat. I haven't seen that particular model from Honeywell in any of our Canadian retailers, or on Amazon. I'll try Home Depot online and see what I can find. The Bionaire warm mist units we used for so long are nowhere to be found anymore, they were great except for the mineral buildup. Really appreciate the idea though.
I like the Honeywell because no white residue on everything. Happy hunting
 
Well, found one on Amazon, Home Depot Canada was a bust. Your link showed Kalispell MT...thought you were out east? Kalispell, Coeur d'alene, Spokane are some of my favorite spots to visit on the bike. Only an easy day and a half ride from here and so much to see and do/ride.
10 years ago:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/jif7ojoccwlzi75/East Glacier.jpg?dl=0
 
bodia, that is one stellar piece of kit!:cool:
Now, back to my project...
So, it isn't much, but it will serve the purpose. Acoustic foam should be here in a few days, but just a short stint last night and the sound wasn't bad (at least to my ears). I may need a second humidifier, that little guy I had in the bedroom upstairs might not cut it. I'll give it a couple days and go from there. Biggest issue on that front is I shouldn't use the water from our well for humidity, too much mineral and it usually builds scale on filters and heating elements quickly. So I have been getting jugs of r/o water at the store in town. Hate the idea of packing them up and down stairs all the time. Since I do have a tap in the room I'll do a test run for a while and see just how long it takes to destroy a filter. It's a cool mist unit and it works pretty well, not as big a build up of scale as a warm mist with an element so maybe it won't be all that bad.
I might move the multi rack from where it is right now when I get the rest of the needless stuff out of there. There's two 4' x 4' sheets of mirror tiles that I'll need help with removal, they're just too heavy and awkward for me to handle by myself anymore. Why I didn't get rid of them years ago is beyond my ken. Too soon old, too late smart.:(
But the extra room on the rack is sorely needing that new SE Piezo! Talked to my dealer the other day and they still have no idea how long it will take getting here. But the final payout is getting smaller and smaller as the time goes so :D

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7kj0ntlydr1x2ad/20220117_205930.jpg?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/b2f2mn115tknwbw/20220117_205635.jpg?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4h3u5vywnn7c606/20220117_203734.jpg?dl=0

Dude...I think a deer ran thru your wall.:D

Sorry it couldn't be helped.

Coming along nicely man!
 
Nice! I have a room for "me only" as well. I mostly get to keep it. Occasionally, the Mrs gets something in there. Goodwill donation piles, mostly. However, there was a time two years ago when we got a new tub/shower installed. The plumbers thought they were going to have to create an access panel in her closet in our master bedroom. Closet got emptied into "my" room. Then the fun started. Manufacturer shipped a unit that was damaged. Plumbing company notified them of the issue, and then the backorder. So, from January to the end of May, 2019 "my" room went from picture one, to pictures two and three. Sucked the life out of me!!!!!!!!!!

hWUTaUP.jpg

s7mNUu0.jpg

5e41zZf.jpg

I always forget you have that white DGT. That one makes me feel all tingly inside.

I feel your pain bro. We just got a new mattress, so the old one is propped up against boxes of the GGs stuff (crap she doesn't wear or use anymore) stacked against the wall in "my room" I started to tape the floor like a border...nothing goes inside the tape!! :mad: But...my area was quicky overtaken by her ever growing pile of stuff (crap). I've just put the amp on a stand in the corner of the living room, and I keep a guitar on the sofa or on a stand at all at all times. I just jam when she's not home, or thru headphones if she is. She doesn't like having my gear in the living room, at all, but I figure it might motivate her to get rid of her old stuff (crap)! Yeah that ain't gonna happen. But it sounds good in theory anyway. ;)
 
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Hehe, Scott, if it wasn't for the arrow in his lungs he might have gotten away:D Actually was my first archery buck many years ago. I'm not a trophy hunter, but being my first arrowed one I had it mounted. I was young and impressionable...I'm far more sedate now (bwahahahaha)
 
Daryl, that's looking like a fun room. Now you just need a big ol' amp to blast away with! ;)

By the way, I liked seeing the pic of you and your S.O. with the bike! Much fun to be had. I've been tweaking away with my studio for years. I'll post a pic at some point soon. Just redid a lot of stuff.
 
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