February 29th, 2012

Chop Shop | t500rs + ps3 + gt5 = geekfest

When the first floor was about 1/2 way done, I received my t500rs wheel & PS3.  I’m way late on this one yes.  No one could believe I dumped so much on a system, when I haven’t touched a game since SNES. But I think everyone who’s played gt5 with the wheel have since changed their minds.

PS3 Unboxing.

The T500rs was pretty hefty. 40lbs!

Cockpit V 1.0.  You can google t500rs and read about it; solid wheel/pedal set.

Yeah V1.0 didn’t last for long.

I never used my creeper that much… especially with the texture on the garage floor now. That became the chassis I put everything on. The square iron was from an old workout bench.

Seat mounts out of some scrap 2×4.

That was the basic layout of the V 2.0. The wheel pivoted out of the way when getting in and out.

With no weight at the front it got ass heavy… especially if you had long legs… skateboard wheels were perfect for a wheelie bar.

This was a crude setup… but you get the point… It’s pretty sweet.

How approves.

As nice as that setup was, it still wasn’t there. The force feedback was too much for the shotty build.  I knew I needed something stronger.  Since It was going to be a finalized version, I inverted the pedals to “gt” style (upside down).

Here it is set into the frame.

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So I’m not too sure why I didn’t take any photos inbetween… But here it is… Finished.

The final cockpit was compact and there was no steering column between your legs.

The new steering column extended horizontally on a rail system and was set with the wingnut.

Finally mounted the PS3 and the wheel’s power supply.

A look from above… gt5 is so zen and frustrating at the same time.

A look from below.  No column in the middle is way better.  I would definitely like to give the Logitech G27 a try someday to compare.  But I’m more than happy with the current setup.

February 29th, 2012

Renos | Mirror rorriM

A mirror in the front foyer is your double check before you walk out.

That had been missing for a couple weeks now. With everything painted and buttoned up. It was time to put the new one up.

You might have wondered what that structure was.  Well if you remember removing the last mirror (glued to the wall), I definitely didn’t want that kind of damage. The solution was a few angled cuts off a 2×4, essentially creating a locking system.

The result was 4 screws into studs. Minimal drywall damage, tonnes of support.

Mount and paint the frame. Oh yeah run your wires as well.

Cause shit’s backlit yo.

February 29th, 2012

Renos | Closet coordination.

With the closet finished… I had an Idea.

To put a standard plastic drawer organizer in for the little things.

Here’s how it looked.  I then built a shelving system around it with some scrap.

Quick test fit.  Now to put some shelves and poles in.

 

 

February 27th, 2012

Made | Front door threshold

The front foyer was lookin better.

Except when you opened the door.

The extruded plastic threshold took a beating from the contractors.

When they were removing the tiles… they used the threshold as a fulcrum for their pry bar… grrreat.

Of course that piece was so old there was no replacement.

So I ripped my own out of scrap leftover from the flooring.  Wooden extrusion ftw.

Close up of how everything pieced together.

February 27th, 2012

Chop Shop | S40 HID retrofit.

Ring

Anna: hey rob.

Rob: what’s wrong with your car?

Anna: How’d you know?

She broke her passenger headlight.

I’m not too sure what was wrong with the factory housing from the get go.  But she was burning through halogen bulbs every other month. Not cool

I ended up grabbing another set of Morimoto Mini H1’s and 5000k bulbs so they’d last .

The chrome shrouds made the retrofit look a bit more OEM.

Typically most people would just cut a hole out of the factory boot to run wires.  But of course I wanted the ability to return it back to factory specs.  So I found a rubber drain boot that fit perfectly to the diameter.  Just a little trimming.

Sittin flush!… bit more wiring and I’m done.

 

February 27th, 2012

Renos | Foyer & hallway.

I’m approaching the 4th month of the reno… and the little things that were missing began to drive everyone crazy.

For example… the front foyer’s closet.  There was no door for over a month.  Ughh… everything was exposed. I forgot to take a before picture but it was a mess.  I don’t like mess…. Here it is, gutted, ready for a makeover.

Closer look at everything… the hell was I thinking years ago when I installed that closet organizer?

At least the outside started looking respectable.

Hallway return vent centred and painted.

Staircase stringer straightened.

I ended up painting from the hallway to the kitchen.

 

February 26th, 2012

Renos | Family room. Finally.

The next morning… I started priming.

Blew through a whole can for both sides.

A good paint job is all in the prep work.  I was really happy with how it turned out.  It made all that sanding worth while.

Paint is up.  We just went with the same paint colour as the back wall.

We had the flooring contractors custom make a ledge in cabreuva.

My favourite part was actually the baseboard mitre. Took me a couple tries to get it right.

The post doesn’t look so out of place anymore does it.

Here’s a shot from the kitchen looking in.

Quick shot of the room with the important furniture trickling in… namely the sofa and the television.

 

February 25th, 2012

Renos | More filling & sanding

While I was waiting on yet another skim coat to dry.

I started ripping off the trim on this column.  It was a bit tacky and on top of that it was painted using the same high gloss white as the baseboards… bleh.

Done.

Much better.

Sanding near the crown moulding.

Hallway return vent hole almost ready for primer.

Hole in wall is pretty much complete, one last coat of filler on the post!

February 25th, 2012

Renos | Small adjustments.

I recently read an article in Businessweek on Michael Woodward’s fiasco with Olympus. When he was working his way up the ranks, he headed up a small division.  His entire staff focused on the smallest client oriented details.  “It was the thousand little things that set us apart from the competitors”.

Over the years, our home took its toll. There were many areas that needed obvious improvement, yet some stayed invisible to most.  No one really understood why I went through the trouble of correcting something that couldn’t be seen. I would have just done myself a disservice by building and compounding upon those defects.

Case and point… The stringer.  It was warped pretty bad.  It didn’t deflect over the years, the builders chose a deformed piece of wood and built upon it.  Upon realizing, they put a shitty piece of moulding to cover the gap.  Ripping out the stringer would have meant taking the entire first set of stairs out.  I compromied and made the necessary changes.

I first trimmed the visible side so it was perpendicular.

Then added a block to visually extend the stringer.

Added 1/8″ thick scrap with the same stain, filled, sanded, and replaced the baseboard.

All while I was adjusting this grossly off centre return vent.  Everyone thought I was making more work for myself… that I was starting a new project.  I wasn’t, look at the baseboard… to have a new vent fit, the drywall would have to be raised. That seam was going to be long and difficult to fill.

So measure and use 2 short seams… Voila! c’est bon.

And while that was drying… put the nth coat of filler on the wall… that was getting old.

And while that was drying… the paint had set on the frame, so I put it up.  The Powder room looked complete.  That was a major turning point in the reno… the First finished room!

February 24th, 2012

Chop Shop | Sibling rivalry

What is this???

Another E30???

Yissir!  Honestly, I couldn’t be happier that Tiff is the proud owner of this machine.

I mean Look at those panels!  The previous owner was a meticulous BMW aficionado. As a matter of fact, it took us over a month to convince him to sell his baby.

If you thought the body was clean… peep the bay.

Best of all, it was an ix! At least I know she’ll be more than fine when the snow hits the ground.

Unforetunately, Tiff had to leave her with me the first night to look after the caliper.  Six months in and she’s still looking great! Good jorb Ti.

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