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    SO, make use of it for moving a largish piece of furniture instead.
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    Ooooooo...IC. That might happen this weekend, but I am feeling vaguely depressed about the whole thing (there are more pieces in play) and probably won't do anything at all. This year has been a struggle house-wise, and I'm just about out of fight as far as it's concerned.

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    Word.
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    Finally got to a sensible temp around 8pm so I started back on the garage. The story isn't important, but check out the wack "construction" between the shop and the garage....

    From the garage towards the shop: https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resi...&ithint=photo%

    Going the other way: https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resi...nt=photo%2cjpg

    Dafuq?

    Thank Dog I had a long ass drill bit.

    Cutting the hole for a low voltage box was a mistake, obviously. So, oops. Gonna have to go surface mount, hopefully it covers the hole.

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    In all, I will definitely say you've got a building that's been added on to.
    Okay, looks like you've got three layers going on. Good deal. That first pic appears to be some sort of cheap fiberboard siding - not too terrible to deal with, but it will flat-out devour saw blades and the like. Then you've got old, bias-laid 1x4 (or 6) with black(maybe tarred) paper sealant on one side (visible in the second pic). Finally, there's textured 1/2 inch sheetrock mounted to some kind of 1-by-x toe board or spacer. A pain in the ass, but no real big problems. You could do an inset box, but it'd be a ton more work for little actual gain. If you're worried about covering the hole, use a surface mount double outlet box intended for outdoors use - It'll cover the hole, be sealed from dust, and you'll be able to attach conduit to it if you need/want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thesameguy View Post
    Cutting the hole for a low voltage box was a mistake, obviously.
    Why, cant you use things like gypsum anchors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshInKC View Post
    In all, I will definitely say you've got a building that's been added on to.
    Okay, looks like you've got three layers going on. Good deal.
    Yeah! I always thought the workshop was added onto the garage, but now I think it's the opposite. Maybe the workshop was a garage converted into a workshop and then the garage was added on. Very odd. I cannot figure out the wall construction behind the drywall in the shop. That toe board is all sorts of weird. It's 15" or so down from the ceiling, like in the middle of the wall. No idea why you'd need something like that there. Not understanding the reasoning behind the construction, I opted out of the cut-in box - I don't want to inadvertently compromise some weird-ass assembly. So, surface mount it is.

    Quote Originally Posted by mk View Post
    Why, cant you use things like gypsum anchors?
    Not enough depth unfortunately. The sheetrock is laid over what appears to be solid wood construction *mostly* - not a modern stud framing. Very odd. At least I know now why my studfinder was having such a hard time finding studs.

    Fortunately I cut the hole for the cut-in fairly undersized, so a replacement surface mount box covered it.

    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resi...nt=photo%2cjpg

    I need to order more speaker wire to connect it to the receiver.

    For the rehab'ed Bostons, I got some EZ Anchors to facilitate hanging them:

    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resi...nt=photo%2cjpg

    I love EZ Anchors.

    $8/pair Monoprice speaker mounts are not bad. Not good, but not bad,

    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resi...nt=photo%2cjpg

    They hang 28lb/ea Bostons ok.

    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resi...nt=photo%2cjpg

    Got the garage side wired up without issue. I will wait for testing before securing the speaker wire any better.

    Inside the garage, really awful $3/pr mounts hold some Pinnacle monitors. These mounts are SCARY BAD. I will replace them soon - I am pretty sure they are going to melt in the heat, and that's not an exaggeration.

    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resi...nt=photo%2cjpg

    So, I just need some additional speaker wire and, I think, an "impedance matching speaker switch" -

    http://www.parts-express.com/wired-h...8-out--300-974

    I could do some math and get non-impedance-matching one and get some better power out of the amp, but with three sets of 8 ohm speakers to deal with, it's just easier this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thesameguy View Post


    Not enough depth unfortunately. The sheetrock is laid over what appears to be solid wood construction *mostly* - not a modern stud framing. Very odd. At least I know now why my studfinder was having such a hard time finding studs.












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    I like the first one--it looks like it stabilizes in more directions.
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