Dividing Room Space


There have been lots of updates in our 37 year old house over the years. Somewhere in its life the previous owners removed the wall that was between the living room and family room. While this great big open space has lots of benefits (more light, more openness) the missing wall had made it really hard to place furniture. Additionally with the family room being used as a play area for this kids lately, the toys get everywhere, something needed to contain this chaos! In our previous home there was a half wall between the kitchen and family room and with this issues in these two rooms, we thought that type of feature would work well here to. So after a quick sketch we decided to make it happen over the Christmas break.

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Headlight Restoration


While out shopping for other things, on a whim I purchased this headlight restoration kit. You see, the car the wife drives has one headlight that is so oxidized that I swear no light makes it though the lens. The kit was only $8 and works like most others kits out there.  The kit contains the typical tools for the job:

  • 3 sanding pads of various grits from 1800 to 8000 grit
  • 1 – 4 fl oz clarifying compound
  • 1 – 4 fl oz sanding lubricant
  • 1 – Lens sealant wipe

So here we go!

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Building a Home Theater PC

My wife and I love our gadgets, technology, and toys but it’s even cooler when they can be hidden out of site.  Why?  Because most of the time they are ugly, bulky, and rather unsightly.  While you can’t always hide a TV, you can hide the DVD player, a receiver, or in our case, the Home Theater PC.

This is the story of  how we built our new Home Theater PC (HTPC) and for this project we had three simple goals:

  1. It must  be completely hidden from sight with the exception of an IR interface, if needed
  2. It must be able of playing BluRay, DVD, and other media over the network and internet (no optical drive)
  3. Must play and record over the air TV (ATSC)

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