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You should.
Man caves/command centers/custom built rooms just for awesomeness are always really exciting to watch happen.
Your build was much more involving than mine... At least I had all four walls already here when it started. I didn't know about your build until midway through mine... It kinda motivated me to continue and make things better. Good job!
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post #122 of 367
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Sorry for the lack of updates, but I just got back from ATL on a business trip.

I got back late last night, just to catch the lame UFC 111 fight...

I have been busy trying to fix some hiccups which I encountered in my room...

I have to get some ZZZs now, but I will post the details later.

Thanks everyone for your comments!
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UPDATE 3-31-10: IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH

Well, nothing like few bad buffalo wings to clean you out and knock you out for few days...

I dunno what it was, but after eating some left over buffalo wings from BW3 I got from UFC111, I was KO'd for couple of days... I couldn't even keep water in my system long enough to get hydrated...

After two days of misery and sickness, my stomach is finally starting to come around, and I started to eat something other than plain white rice and water.

I feel a lot better now, but I think I am going to stay away from chicken for awhile... I guess I will just have to eat mor beef...

ANYWAYS...

That unfortunately wasn't the only hiccup that I had encountered before my trip last Thursday... While mock assembling my office with my PCs, I encountered few problems...

1. The desks were not as solid as I originally thought, making them kinda shaky when I bumped them. This obviously was NOT a big problem for most, but one thing I HATE is shaky furniture... During the assembly of the furniture, I even reinforced them with generous helping of Gorilla Glue, but it still made them some what wobbly...

2. My 32" LG Monitor was not of correct height once it sat on the desk. My desk has a 3" riser of sort, and it made it really uncomfortable to work on.

3. My plans to use my Netgear 24-Port Proline Gigabit Switch has been scratched due to the cooling fan on the switch itself. Believe it or not, I can handle the low hum of my 2000RPM Panaflos but I couldn't handle the high pitched whine of the 40mm fan on the switch. More I tried to ignore it, more I kept noticing it, so it had to go. This was a problem since now, I am having to reconfig my original network cabling.

To take care of the wobbly desk problem, it took a lot of time and trial and error to get a solid work surface, without altering the desk too much.

I came up with these...


I braced the two legs where the "L" comes together with this...


I got four of these reinforcements to join the two desks together on each wall.


This was the most tricky, but did the most to improve the problem. Basically I got a corner finishing block, drilled them into a stud (to create enough space between the wall to compensate for the depth of the base molding), and used a wide "L" bracket to join the desk and the block.

The result?

The desks will not wobble or even shake with any kind of force. These things are here to stay!!!


As for the monitor positioning problem, here is the fix...


I bought a telescoping mount for the TV... It comes out of the wall about 9" and will retract itself back to about 2" from the wall. It also has multiple adjustment points, for whatever...


And this is MUCH MUCH better now... I think it looks a lot cleaner too...

While I was mounting this, I decided to mount my new 47" TV too...


I went with FIXED rather than TILTING... This mount has the option to do both, but it's perfect at the fixed position...


A little teaser for a final product...

In efforts to make myself feel better, I did all I could to distract myself from the sickness for the last couple of days by working hard on my office.

I got a A LOT done, and currently the office sits at about 97% done.

But I don't think I will be done 100% (Meaning NO MORE WORK PERIOD) for another week or so... The reason is... Here is a little teaser...









However, I want the final shot to be dramatic, so I am going to hold off on the final shots until it's officially done.

I will post pics of the final shots before the PC upgrades though soon... Thanks for watching!
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Thanks...
Mancave / Work Space, depending on time of the day...
Great thing about working from home is I get to have all this, and still be able to justify it to my wife... I don't think she would have been so understanding if it weren't for the money coming in from working from this space.
What exactly do you do at home, by the way?

Sorry if it's been asked before
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Your build was much more involving than mine... At least I had all four walls already here when it started. I didn't know about your build until midway through mine... It kinda motivated me to continue and make things better. Good job!
Glad I could've been of some assistance.

I know half way through my build I just wanted to give up, I saw the bill for the carpet and I had recently bought a computer for my ex, which she never got so I was out a bunch of money as it was. But the end result always will pay off.
Keep up the good work.
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What exactly do you do at home, by the way?

Sorry if it's been asked before
I own a specialized IT consulting company... Too much to go into details, but basically I work with dental professionals.

I work about 8 to 10 hours a day at the office, and the off time is my "man cave"...
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post #127 of 367
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Glad I could've been of some assistance.

I know half way through my build I just wanted to give up, I saw the bill for the carpet and I had recently bought a computer for my ex, which she never got so I was out a bunch of money as it was. But the end result always will pay off.
Keep up the good work.
I hear ya... Between working my butt off during the day, and trying to get this project finished in the evening, I was running out of juice pretty fast, burning candles at the both ends...

And, I am WAY over budget on this, and it seems like it was the unexpected things that added up more than the planned stuff...

I am just about finished though... Just... Have... To... Finish...

Thanks for the word of advice...
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congrats! And I'm glad you are feeling better.

Why are you changing the cables for the networking? Just getting a different switch or what?
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post #129 of 367
I wanna see the finished product now! =).

My room is basically done, just ran out of cash to finish it lol. And I was seriously about to buy that EXACT same desk the ther day at Staples, but it was $170 .

And how nice of you to build me a new rig. I really need an upgrade and thanks to you I'll have one lol.
    
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This is really quite the transformation! Thank you ever so much for documenting this effort in such detail. It's awesome to watch this undertaking progress.
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