Figured this fits well into the DIY area.
A dedicated HT is something I've wanted to do for nearly 20 years. After seeing my first one so many years ago I fell in love with the idea. Amazing to think I've reached a point in my life where it became a reality. This turned out to be the biggest and most complicated thing I've ever done. I would have found it easier to tear down the engine in my motorcycle and completely rebuild it.
Let's start at the beginning...
I bought a house over a year ago. It is actually my grandmother’s house and has been virtually untouched in terms of updating, etc since it was built in 1946. I have many memories of being in this house as a kid and there is even part of the driveway that is dated 1974 with the grandkids names written into the once wet concrete along with an impression of my foot from when I was a baby.
So.. you have a couple of rooms in the basement that need some serious updating. My grandfather was a cheap bastard and wouldn’t spend a dime on anything. Some of the jerry-rigged crap I’ve run into shows this mentality.. A $2 part to fix a broken drain was too much.. so he used a piece of radiator hose, some clamps and a ton of silicone to fix it… only one small example of what I’ve run into..
Let’s start with this room… No idea how many games of pool I played on that table.. That’s 99% of my grandmothers stuff in there..
Clear it out and get rid of the paneling..
Replace paneling with sheet rock.. and redo the texture.. plus fix the missing plaster from under the windows from leaks..