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Ok Comboomer
Oct 20, 2007



Iím the stone accent wall ripped out of a Marriott Suites lobby with a teeeeeeeeeeny tiny drop-in fireplace in the middle of it


are you BeatMasterJ?

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eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

Arrrr ye landlubber

The real fireplace behind it had serious firebox damage, was ugly painted brick and had a 24Ē brick ďbenchĒ sticking out the front that was dangerous for the kids and built lovely.

When I chiseled out the bench, the lower wall was just exposed cinderblock. Plus when I insulated and built out the drywall on the side walls, the fireplace was actually set an inch back

It made more sense to just frame out a fake fireplace in front of it for depth. Biggest insert that would fit in the holeís 4:3 aspect.

Iíd never done brickwork, and one goal of my basement finishing project was that I learn all the trades needed and not hire any contractors. Veneer panels seemed like the easiest to learn, and these were the ones my wife liked.

come at me again.

eddiewalker fucked around with this message at 01:45 on Mar 16, 2019

Ok Comboomer
Oct 20, 2007



eddiewalker posted:

come at me again.

hire somebody if you canít convincingly do something yourself

this is like when my parents tried ďtilingĒ the kitchen with stick-on ďslate lookĒ linoleum tiles in the 90s

remember watching a marathon of SOAD videos on mtv2 while some dudes finally replaced those abhorrent things with laminate

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

Arrrr ye landlubber

I like it. I donít even know what I wouldíve asked a contractor to do different.

The Dave
Sep 9, 2003



Yeah itís absolutely fine.

Queen Combat
Dec 29, 2017



Lipstick Apathy

I think it's ugly but not terribly done or anything. Just a matter of taste at that point.

Do personally hate fake fireplaces though.

Hippie Hedgehog
Feb 19, 2007

Ever cuddled a hedgehog?

eddiewalker posted:

I hung a tv above a fireplace. Come at me.



TCL65r617, Andrew Jones L+R, matching center going above as soon as I decide how to build a wall shelf. Polk OWM3s in the rear because they fit nicely. There’s wire in the ceiling for Atmos someday.

I’d like to upgrade my old Pioneer VSX-9040 receiver, but right now the TV is my only 4K source so I don’t see the point when I’m just using hdmi audio-return.

Looks awesome!
How does it sound?

KillHour
Oct 28, 2007






You need a rug. And maybe some acoustic panels on the wall. I bet that place echoes like a cave.

Harry Potter on Ice
Nov 4, 2006
Someone on the internet doesn't like me





The Dave posted:

Yeah itís absolutely fine.

Did you click and see the vertical white lines through the breaks in it? It's pretty rough. I think it might be off center left as well but it could just be an optical illusion

Harry Potter on Ice fucked around with this message at 15:11 on Mar 16, 2019

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

Arrrr ye landlubber

Harry Potter on Ice posted:

Did you click and see the vertical white lines through the breaks in it? It's pretty rough. I think it might be off center left as well but it could just be an optical illusion

The centering is an illusion. The white lines are because I had to chisel out and replace 6 panels beside the insert where I mismeasured and havenít scrubbed and sealed the new joints yet.

Yea, itís kind of a 5-foot project, but itís mine and I learned a lot. The black curtained fuckdungeon wasnít my style.

eddiewalker fucked around with this message at 15:54 on Mar 16, 2019

Harry Potter on Ice
Nov 4, 2006
Someone on the internet doesn't like me





eddiewalker posted:

The centering is an illusion. The white lines are because I had to chisel out and replace 6 panels beside the insert where I mismeasured and havenít scrubbed and sealed the new joints yet.

Yea, itís kind of a 5-foot project, but itís mine and I learned a lot. The black curtained fuckdungeon wasnít my style.

For sure, most people won't notice it. Good job taking it on yourself and saving some money! Next time you do one just avoid having the terminating ends line up as often as they do below the left and right sides of the tv on concurrent levels and you won't see the sheets at all.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

Arrrr ye landlubber

Harry Potter on Ice posted:

For sure, most people won't notice it. Good job taking it on yourself and saving some money! Next time you do one just avoid having the terminating ends line up as often as they do below the left and right sides of the tv on concurrent levels and you won't see the sheets at all.

The way the ends line up was kind of an unfortunate reality of the ledger panel system. The corner-specific pieces are 6 rows tall and all the same length so all of the joints end up in the same place.

TheMightyHandful
Dec 8, 2008



Electric Bugaloo posted:

Iím the stone accent wall ripped out of a Marriott Suites lobby with a teeeeeeeeeeny tiny drop-in fireplace in the middle of it


are you BeatMasterJ?

A bit a lot of HDR will fix it right up.

Itís fine. Nothing wrong at all. Itís a great job considering itís all diy

KOTEX GOD OF BLOOD
Jul 7, 2012



eddiewalker posted:

I hung a tv above a fireplace. Come at me.



TCL65r617, Andrew Jones L+R, matching center going above as soon as I decide how to build a wall shelf. Polk OWM3s in the rear because they fit nicely. Thereís wire in the ceiling for Atmos someday.

Iíd like to upgrade my old Pioneer VSX-9040 receiver, but right now the TV is my only 4K source so I donít see the point when Iím just using hdmi audio-return.
Gonna come at you man: this is pretty dire. Scrap the fake wall and teeny fireplace, hang the TV at a height that won't give you neck problems, get a rug, books, art. If you need heat try a mica-panel space heater.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

Arrrr ye landlubber

KOTEX GOD OF BLOOD posted:

Gonna come at you man: this is pretty dire. Scrap the fake wall and teeny fireplace, hang the TV at a height that won't give you neck problems, get a rug, books, art. If you need heat try a mica-panel space heater.

Nitpick the couches all you want. Itís what we already had, and Iíll buy something that fits the space better when they wear out



With 3 small kids, TV is a nice trade off height between comfort and constant fingerprints. I had to ditch my tower speakers when a kid pulled one over on himself and it dominoed into our last tv. Keep in mind, itís only a 7ft tall room so at least itís not ďmantel height.Ē

Fireplace is on a z-wave appliance relay so only adults with phones can turn it on. Space heaters make me nervous with small fingers.

That pic is a small part of the total project that involved hauling out nearly 4 tons of waste, insulating and reframing 1500sqft, plumbing in a new half bath, and hanging/taping 40 sheets of drywall. Alone. Iím really tired and happy with the result.

eddiewalker fucked around with this message at 18:23 on Mar 18, 2019

Ok Comboomer
Oct 20, 2007



eddiewalker posted:

Nitpick the couches all you want. Itís what we already had, and Iíll buy something that fits the space better when they wear out




ITS SO WEE!!!

OHMYGOD IT LOOKS EVEN SMALLER WITH THE COUCHES THERE

the couches are fine, btw, and look comfy. I donít think anybodyís nitpicked the couches

BUT THAT FIREPLACE

Like, I get that itís an insert my dude. But that things like 3 feet off the ground and it looks like an oven just floating in the middle of the wall. Like I almost expect a pizza to come out of there

TomR
Apr 1, 2003
I both own and operate a pirate ship.

Personally I think TVs and fireplaces don't mix, ever, as they are both kind of a focal point of a wall. However this space looks like a fine place to hang out with your kids and watch cartoons so good job completing a DIY project.

Endless Mike
Aug 13, 2003





It doesn't look like a fuckroom so that's good/bad.

(Really, though, I like it but I think you need an end table or something to put drinks and snacks on.)

KillHour
Oct 28, 2007






TomR posted:

Personally I think TVs and fireplaces don't mix, ever, as they are both kind of a focal point of a wall. However this space looks like a fine place to hang out with your kids and watch cartoons so good job completing a DIY project.

The problem is people want a fireplace. Fireplaces are nice. But they also aren't going to hang out in a room without a TV because that's not how we live anymore. I'd probably have put the TV on the long wall with the couch opposite and had the fireplace to the side, but sometimes that doesn't work for whatever reason.

TomR
Apr 1, 2003
I both own and operate a pirate ship.

KillHour posted:

The problem is people want a fireplace. Fireplaces are nice. But they also aren't going to hang out in a room without a TV because that's not how we live anymore. I'd probably have put the TV on the long wall with the couch opposite and had the fireplace to the side, but sometimes that doesn't work for whatever reason.

I agree. I didn't mean to say that a fireplace and a TV can't be in the same room, just not generally on the same wall stacked one on top of the other. I would also move the TV to the other wall. My living room has the TV on the long wall and a fairly large aquarium on the short wall, similar to how a fireplace would be in this case. As a parent I can totally understand not wanting small fingers being able to reach my nice stuff. When my kids were younger I had a puppy pen as a crowd control gate in front of the TV stand so they couldn't get to the TV, receiver, etc.

BigFactory
Sep 17, 2002



KillHour posted:

The problem is people want a fireplace. Fireplaces are nice. But they also aren't going to hang out in a room without a TV because that's not how we live anymore.

I guess I donít really watch tv more than a half hour or an hour a week, but this seems sad to me. I donít have a tv in my living room and if people come over we hang out in the kitchen.

KillHour
Oct 28, 2007






I don't think I watch the TV in my living room more than an hour a month and I mostly use it to display the Chromecast slideshow as a digital picture frame, but having a big TV over your fireplace is the middle class status symbol du jour.

KOTEX GOD OF BLOOD
Jul 7, 2012



KillHour posted:

The problem is people want a fireplace. Fireplaces are nice. But they also aren't going to hang out in a room without a TV because that's not how we live anymore.


You can live however you like and IMO having your TV in a separate room from the living room is infinitely better. Certainly a lot of the people I hang out with do this, although they are also snobs.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

Arrrr ye landlubber

Y'all are real hung up on this fireplace thing. I've got a nice fireplace in the big room upstairs. 15ft ceilings, arches and poo poo. There's no TV there, so we set logs on fire just to watch them burn. It's where we greet guests and have Christmas morning type stuff.

Sorry I stuck an insert in the downstairs flame hole. Sorry the existing hole wasn't big enough for anything larger. I'll try to do better next time.

BigFactory
Sep 17, 2002



eddiewalker posted:

Y'all are real hung up on this fireplace thing. I've got a nice fireplace in the big room upstairs. 15ft ceilings, arches and poo poo. There's no TV there, so we set logs on fire just to watch them burn. It's where we greet guests and have Christmas morning type stuff.

Sorry I stuck an insert in the downstairs flame hole. Sorry the existing hole wasn't big enough for anything larger. I'll try to do better next time.

The fireplace is fine. Iíd lose the TV.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

Arrrr ye landlubber

BigFactory posted:

The fireplace is fine. Iíd lose the TV.

where's the "post about how you don't own a TV" thread?

BigFactory
Sep 17, 2002



eddiewalker posted:

where's the "post about how you don't own a TV" thread?

Youíd think it would be in TBB, but youíd be surprised!

wandler20
Nov 13, 2002

How many Championships?


eddiewalker posted:

Y'all are real hung up on this fireplace thing. I've got a nice fireplace in the big room upstairs. 15ft ceilings, arches and poo poo. There's no TV there, so we set logs on fire just to watch them burn. It's where we greet guests and have Christmas morning type stuff.

Sorry I stuck an insert in the downstairs flame hole. Sorry the existing hole wasn't big enough for anything larger. I'll try to do better next time.

Don't apologize for anything. It looks just fine, serves your purpose, and you like it.

GnarlyCharlie4u
Sep 23, 2007

I have an unhealthy obsession with motorcycles.

Proof


I finally figured out a way to make everyone happy.
..sort of.




Emotiva UMC-200 + XPA-200 fixed my problem of needing a receiver that is ~5" tall and can still produce <100WPC and be controlled by my Samsung TV's smart remote.
I only use it with the Optical coming from the TV because the in-laws don't stand a snowball's chance in hell of figuring out how to juggle 2 remotes.
Despite the fact that it works the same way that it always did with the Rotel RX-1052 or with just the TV speakers, my mother in law still managed to become severely confused and forget how to use the ONLY REMOTE they've ever used at my house. Father in law still prefers the Comcast remote and that's fine because I got the volume to work with that too.

BigFactory
Sep 17, 2002



What are your speakers?

Barry
Aug 1, 2003
Hardened Criminal

Looks good.

GnarlyCharlie4u
Sep 23, 2007

I have an unhealthy obsession with motorcycles.

Proof


BigFactory posted:

What are your speakers?

Vadersteen 2ce Signature II

BigFactory
Sep 17, 2002



GnarlyCharlie4u posted:

Vadersteen 2ce Signature II

Like em.

100% Dundee
Oct 11, 2004


Everyone roasted the poo poo out of homeboy for a fake fireplace and half-assed veneer wallpaper, but no one's going to mention my dudes 36in TV above with the 82inch speakers? With the 2 foot thick cabinet and speakers sitting in front of a wall mounted TV so that poo poo looks like it's at the bottom of a well? With the two foot thick cabinet that still doesn't fit any of the components so they dangle out the front?

Feeling really let down right now y'all.

100% Dundee fucked around with this message at 03:15 on Mar 23, 2019

BigFactory
Sep 17, 2002



100% Dundee posted:

Everyone roasted the poo poo out of homeboy for a fake fireplace and half-assed veneer wallpaper, but no one's going to mention my dudes 36in TV above with the 82inch speakers? With the 2 foot thick cabinet and speakers sitting in front of a wall mounted TV so that poo poo looks like it's at the bottom of a well? With the two foot thick cabinet that still doesn't fit any of the components so they dangle out the front?

Feeling really let down right now y'all.

This one probably sounds really good though.

Ok Comboomer
Oct 20, 2007



100% Dundee posted:

Everyone roasted the poo poo out of homeboy for a fake fireplace and half-assed veneer wallpaper, but no one's going to mention my dudes 36in TV above with the 82inch speakers? With the 2 foot thick cabinet and speakers sitting in front of a wall mounted TV so that poo poo looks like it's at the bottom of a well? With the two foot thick cabinet that still doesn't fit any of the components so they dangle out the front?

Feeling really let down right now y'all.

Nah I donít see that. Maybe the components being a bit big for the cabinet but I honestly canít tell. IDK, I had my HPMs flanking my TV for a while and theyíre huge and looked great.

KOTEX GOD OF BLOOD
Jul 7, 2012



100% Dundee posted:

Everyone roasted the poo poo out of homeboy for a fake fireplace and half-assed veneer wallpaper, but no one's going to mention my dudes 36in TV above with the 82inch speakers? With the 2 foot thick cabinet and speakers sitting in front of a wall mounted TV so that poo poo looks like it's at the bottom of a well? With the two foot thick cabinet that still doesn't fit any of the components so they dangle out the front?

Feeling really let down right now y'all.
The TV is too high up but otherwise the components are nice and the aesthetic effect doesn't evoke a cum-encrusted man cave.

falz
Jan 29, 2005

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I'm just surprised he didn't find a black Wii instead. Also what's it there for, retro emulation or grandma wanting to play Wii bowling?

Hippie Hedgehog
Feb 19, 2007

Ever cuddled a hedgehog?

100% Dundee posted:

Everyone roasted the poo poo out of homeboy for a fake fireplace and half-assed veneer wallpaper, but no one's going to mention my dudes 36in TV above with the 82inch speakers? With the 2 foot thick cabinet and speakers sitting in front of a wall mounted TV so that poo poo looks like it's at the bottom of a well? With the two foot thick cabinet that still doesn't fit any of the components so they dangle out the front?

Feeling really let down right now y'all.

Nothing wrong with wall mounting a TV if you have kids. Modern day size TVs are not sturdy on stands.

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GnarlyCharlie4u
Sep 23, 2007

I have an unhealthy obsession with motorcycles.

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They're awesome but I have to say they sound best paired with my Acurus DIA-100 though. That thing is just sooo sweet.
Eventually I'll have something else in the living room though because I've got a toddler and I've heard that kids and speakers don't mix well.

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