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What did you do today?
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Post 16 made on Wednesday June 27, 2007 at 19:07
Super Member
May 2002
Helped someone reconnect to the wireless network over the phone.

Stopped in at my local A$#D branch to pick up some Chairs that were put in today.

Went on a walk through where we tossed the entire system and started over. Its 45 mins from home BTW.

Talked to 3 manufactures about various things.

Set up a webcam...
Post 17 made on Wednesday June 27, 2007 at 20:26
Long Time Member
May 2003
First time caller, long time listener. Seriously, been lurking for months and finally decided to post. These are from about a month ago. Whole house via Audioaccess with Audio Control amp and Stealth Acoustics speakers in 10 rooms. Family room and theater include Arcam receiver and DVD with MX850 remote. Pearl in theater with Screen Research and Triad inwalls. Theater performance took a back seat to interior design. Overall a great experience: easy to install and use. Customer happy. Profitable.

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Post 18 made on Wednesday June 27, 2007 at 23:27
Super Member
April 2004
icom - whats with the sub wiring in the first photo and the left speaker jammed to the wall?

2nd photo - does the ceiling grid rattle and do you have back boxes or are the speakers free air?

mwstorch - nice job(s)

BTW- Today I boringly installed 2 900s with mrf300. Clients gear sucked. Philips plasma and lcd, old JV Junker reciever that the audio inputs bled together like a B rated horror flick.

Ended up selling a new receiver and 2 dvd players to replace POS philips combo units. No photos. It'd make you puke.
Diplomacy is the art of saying hire a pro without actually saying hire a pro
Post 19 made on Thursday June 28, 2007 at 00:00
Loyal Member
April 2006
Great pics mwstorch!

Nice work. Great product. Clean Install. Great photographs.

Thats magazine worthy!


I walked a hotel in RSF that needs some updates and intergration. Should be a good project.
Bulldog AV - San Diego, CA
Post 20 made on Thursday June 28, 2007 at 00:20
Advanced Member
January 2004
mwstorch...those are very nice...I was just wondering why they went for the exposed rack thing when they didn't want to see speakers anywhere?
Tact is for people who aren't witty enough to be sarcastic!
Post 21 made on Thursday June 28, 2007 at 00:29
Ethereal Home Theater
July 2003
What did I do today?

Woke up, fell out of bed
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup
And looking up I noticed I was late
Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke
Everybody spoke and I went into a dream.
Brent McCall
Paid Endorser for
Ethereal Home Theater (386) 846-7264 Cell
Post 22 made on Thursday June 28, 2007 at 00:34
Loyal Member
September 2003
I went to Starbucks... twice
It's a bird, no it's a plane, no it's mediocre man.
Post 23 made on Thursday June 28, 2007 at 01:59
Loyal Member
November 2004
I did a pre-wire.
About 3:30, I stuck my hand on the top plate of my main run hole to the basement to guide another run through and found out the enthusiastic high school kid working for the builder had just 'foamed' the hole!!

I still have sticky crap on my hand! Most of the 'sticky' has worn off. Now I just have black stains!!

After I finished laughing, I gave him credit for doing a thorough job as he appoligized.

The kid was hauling a$$ all day.

I've got half a notion to ask him if he wants change 'careers' and work with me!!!

I can post a picture of my hand if you would like!
Every day is a good day.......some are just better than others!
Post 24 made on Thursday June 28, 2007 at 02:57
Mr. Stanley
Elite Member
January 2006
Today... Suuuuuuuuuuucccccckkkkkkkked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have been shopping for a nice clean, Mercedes 300te wagon... for about 3 or 4 months now.
One popped up on Craigslist last night... A Mercedes mechanic was selling his... I raced over to his shop first thing this morning, in my Miata, which I only drive on sunny days --- usually it's in the garage, and being it's kind of a "girlie car" I don't drive it much at all.

On the way over to Bellevue, to check out the wagon, I got pulled over by the Bellevue cops... "WHERE IS YOUR FRONT LICENSE PLATE"???

...Uh, I dunno... Hmm, must have fallen off or maybe I left it in my garage?

Can I see your license, registration and insurance card...? Uhmmmm... hmmm had my registration here a while ago... can't seem to find it... Uhmmm... don't have my insurance card either, officer!

I had left the card and registration in my garage, because I had removed my glove box to install a new heater core a few weeks ago, and didn't put the glove box back yet.

I had also slapped the plate from my truck on the Miata becuase the Miata tabs had expired... Cop said "Hey this plate (the license on the back of the Miata -- which was actually my Truck License)---doesn't match up with your car"!!! I said yeah, well actually that is from my truck! (Now I was actually sweating!!!) SH#T!!!!

He goes back to his squad car, and another squad car shows up...

After I swear, about 20 minutes he comes back to me "No insurance card $400.00" --- "Tampering with License, and I forget what the hell else he said... oh yeah, no front plate, or registration" $504.00... Total $904.00!!!

He even physically removes my license plate off my car and keeps it...( Now I don't have a license plate for my truck!) I almost got hauled off for using my truck license on my Miata... The cop actually called in a "backup" and they had a loooong conference on wheteher or not to haul me in!
I, somehow or other was given the opportunity to "just go back to Seattle" and get my tabs taken care of... (After getting the ticket)... The cop was a real hard-ass too...

Well, that really shook me up... but the Mercedes wagon was located about 2 miles from there, so I asked the officer if I could go to look at the car... He scowled and said sure, just be forewarned if you get pulled over again you'll be fined again!

So, I drove over and looked at the wagon... It was just what I've been looking for... I drove it around for a while, and thouroughly quizzed the mechanic about it until I could see he was getting a little impatient. I didn't even "dicker" on the price...

...So I drove (the wagon - since IT was licensed properly), to the bank, got a cashiers' check, paid the guy, did the paperwork, and told him I'd leave my Miata there, and drive the wagon home and get my Miata in a day or two... He said fine.

The Wagon was running awesome... everything worked (all the little wierd electrical devices and all that even worked)...

...So I am on a busy Hi-Way (405)...heading back to my home in Seattle - (in the Wagon), and the car just DIES like it ran out of gas... I coast off to the shoulder of the road... and after cranking it for a couple minutes it starts up again... I go about 5 miles and it dies again!

...So I call "Frank" the mechanic who I bought it from... He says..."Oh, that must be the gas pump relay...They tend to short out sometimes, it never did it for me though... Let the car cool down, (the relay will cool also), then drive it back to the shop here and I'll get a new relay because I am 95% certain that is the problem!"
I VERY nervously drive it back to the shop in rush hour traffic. When I get there the shop is now closed... so I drop the keys in the key drop with a note "Fix this car, or the deal is off - Thank you"!

I can't drive my Miata back until I get the license stuff straightened out, so I call my son, but can't get ahold of him, so I call a friend to come rescue me.

So... my friend eventually gets there and I go home, and in the driveway, is a HUGE puddle of oil!!! I jump out of the my friends' car and inspect the puddle...It must have been 3 quarts!!!
This is where I had parked my OTHER recent purchase... a 300SE coupe... My son had it somewhere, and I needed to contact him ASAP to tell him it was hemoraging oil!!!

My 18 year old has it (the other Benz) over at his friend's house... I frantically try calling him over and over again... no answer... Finally I text message him "Call your Dad ASAP"!!! --Park the Car it is out of oil!!!

He calls... Paul where are you? DON"T DRIVE F#CKING THE CAR... I race over in my Truck, (half way there, I remember has no license plate, since the cop took it off my Miata earlier, so now I'm all paranoid about getting pulled over again and having to explain the situation to another cop) to this friend's house where the car is... huge puddle of oil under it... I crawl under with my flashlight... a small crack in the front of the oil pan... (He bumped one of those curb things in a parking lot)... He said when it happened he got out and took a look, but didn't see anything unusual at the time...

I check the oil dipstick... it is DRY... I replace 6 quarts...I leave my truck there & drive home (5 miles) the 300SE... now I am looking at having the oil pan replaced.
If my son had driven it any further, the engine would have melted down.

Overall, a pretty stressful day...

Tomorrow I'll see what the mechanic has to say about the wagon, and have to also shop around for a place to get the oil pan repaired or replaced.

I DID however, get some new business today, and finished up a prewire...

It's past my bedtime, but I'm still too tense from all of the above to go to bed.

Still not sure how I escaped going to jail for the swapped license plates, because the one cop that pulled me over was really ticked off, like it was a huge deal, but his "backup" partner who showed up was a little mellower, and I think that he saved me from going to jail. (never been to jail, never want to either)...

Tommorrow is a new day. Man, today sucked! But it could have been worse:

My kid could have kept driving the car and burnt it up...

I could have gone to the pokey.

The Wagon will be repaired.

I can make payments on the ticket!


Edit: FYI I am not talking about much money at all for either of the Mercedes... They were both older models... A lot less (combined) than a new van. I'm not trying to make anyone think I am anywhere near a high roller!!!

Might even drive the Wagon to CEDIA for the hell of it! 8>)

Last edited by Mr. Stanley on June 28, 2007 09:21.
"If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger."
Frank Lloyd Wright
Post 25 made on Thursday June 28, 2007 at 04:45
Senior Member
November 2004
Mr. Stanley, after some, well, almost mundane posts recently, YOU'RE BACK!! We can certainly sympathize with you over what should have been a simple trip turning into a nightmare.
Hope it eventually works itself out for you.
Post 26 made on Thursday June 28, 2007 at 04:52
Super Member
August 2005
On June 27, 2007 at 12:41, Icom said...
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I just finished this job not too long ago. 50" LG, Truaudio
6.1 surround.

Ah....Burnout Revenge! That game ROCKS!
OP | Post 27 made on Thursday June 28, 2007 at 06:14
Select Member
May 2005
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This is one i did a while back but doing maintenance at the moment.
4 plasmas with surround, dedicated theatre in basement 16 zones of crestron audio, yada, yada, yada. Cliftop holiday home overlooking ocean. The equipment in this cupboard literally goes from floor to 10 ft ceiling and runs 2 of the plasmas and the crestron gear.

I guarantee I'll tell you the truth and I guarantee I'll tell you what you need to know but I can't guarantee that I'll be telling you anything you want to hear.
Post 28 made on Thursday June 28, 2007 at 06:49
Super Member
August 2004
No MA rack...that sucks.
Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish...
Post 29 made on Thursday June 28, 2007 at 09:07
Mr. Stanley
Elite Member
January 2006
On June 28, 2007 at 06:49, vwpower44 said...
No MA rack...that sucks.

My thoughts exactly! Must have been a PIA!
"If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger."
Frank Lloyd Wright
Post 30 made on Thursday June 28, 2007 at 09:20
Long Time Member
June 2007
Are those Artison speakers? I've not heard them but heard some good things about them, and I'm wondering what you all think about them. I've got an MDU that I'm working on and there's a good chance that several of the clients will want this type of solution.
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