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When I bought my house, the deal was that the house is mommas - the garage is mine. Sweet. That being said, the garage was in VERY rough shape when we moved in. The wall were bare studs, only 2 electrical outlets in the whole place, the concrete leaked under heavy rain storms, and overall it was in need of some work. I left it like it was for 2 years - finally got a fire under my ass to fix it up. Well, I put $400 worth of electrical wiring n stuff into it (all for materials - 32 total outlets for beer signs, AC, bar room dart board, MAME cabinet, etc..), fixed the leaky concrete, and now I'm working on inuslating it. Got about 2/3 of it insulated tonight. Rock will take place Friday and Saturday. Hopefully we can get it all rocked in 2 days. Buddy of mine hooked me up w/ track lighting for what will be the bar area, poker table area, and a 3rd set for the end of the garage where the dart board and MAME cabinet will sit.

WAAY too much work, but I think the rewards will be worth it.

Oh, and some pix for those who give a shit.

http://www.fusionlangaming.com/up/0205/garage1.JPG
http://www.fusionlangaming.com/up/0205/garage2.JPG
http://www.fusionlangaming.com/up/0205/garage3.JPG
 

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It'll be worth it.

I wish I had a space I could pimp up for poker, but my garage is also a wood shop, motorcylce maint. shop, winter practice range (gotta keep my awful golf swing grooved!) not to mention storage for my wife's car and my bikes when a game's not in session.

Ssomeday I hope to have a true poker room, but for now we'll just have to settle for a foldup table, heaters and fans, ice chests and a little extra effort to set up and break down every time....
 

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I thought about turning my garage into a wood shop before I was into poker. But once I caught the bug, it was all over LOL

So I have a lot of game room paraphernalia already in here - slot machine, big ass dart board, poker table, TV's, etc etc etc. Kinda put the cart before the horse, but the stuff was kinda "get it now, or forget it" so I had to jump on it.

Makes for a lot more work in the long run, but we're makin progress slowly.

EDIT: And once it's done (well, will never be 100% done, but you know what I mean) I'll host a big game so others can enjoy it as well.
 

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Ok, so an update on where we are as of today.

I was chillin in our LAN party IRC channel, and mentioned to one of the gamers that I was gettin ready to rock the garage. He offered to help, so I was like FUCK YES! Well, as we were discussing what needed to be done in the garage, it became 1000 times more involved. Long story short, my garage is 2' higher on the garage door side than it is on the opposite side. And 35 years ago when the house was built, smoking weed must have been legal cuz the dipshits ran 2x6 joists from one side to the other - ON A SLANT! So my buddy tells me "Hell man - my dad and I will mob out there and we'll bang it out in a day." Come to find out, his dad is a journeyman framer, turned Super Intendent <sp?> for some large contracting firm. Dope! Well, I score some materials - 2x6's, 2x4's, drywall screws, etc etc. Today was to be the day.

They showed up at 8:15 or so - truck loaded down w/ ladders, air nailers, saws, and an extra body to help out w/ the work! After assessing the situation (and some pretty obvious 'wtf have I gotten myself into' groaning), we set up shop. With the garage virtually empty, they set up ladders, and started hacking away. As they worked, my buddy Acelefty and I headed to the Depot to pick up some rock - 20 sheets of 1/2" (yeah, I'm a pussy) for the ceiling - $153 (unF)!!! We got back, and the boys had been bustin some ass in here. After working for about 5 1/2 hours, we were just about done. Long story short, we got the 4 existing joists leveled out, and added 6 more, ran nailers for the drywall all around the room, and had 10 furring strips up to compensate for the 2' drop. By the time we got the last piece of wood nailed up, it was painfully apparent that there was NO way in hell we were gonna rock this place up today. I was completely good with it too. Just as we were getting done cleaning up, the wife came thru like a champ with about 40 lbs of taco fixins. A few beers and a dozen or so tacos later, all seemed right with the world. Keith (my buddies dad) said for me to take back the drywall we bought, and that he'd be back in 2 weeks with a truckload of the stuff so we can bang it out....de gratis!

So as it stands now, I have the electrical about 90% done. Still need to install the track lighting, ceiling fan, and 15amp outlet for the margy machine and coffee maker (yeah, I know - but they're both insdustrial models that need MOAR POWAR!). I have to run about 4 more coax leads for future entertainment possibilities. I'm also gonna plumb it up for Cat5e - cuz gigabit is the ONLY way to go for a wired connection. Drywall will happen in a couple of weeks, so I have a little time on the aforementioned tasks. Once the drywall is done, I'm gonna paint, then lay carpet. Moddy's Casino and Grubhouse should be ready to hold it's first game since the remodel :D

As Keith was leaving, I gave him $300 and his buddy $100. They flat out REFUSED it. WTF? You come here on YOUR day off, bring your buddy, and work your asses off. Unacceptable. Reluctantly they took the cash - but I wouldn't have had it any other way.

Pictures will be posted at a later date, as my camera is all the way in the house - and I'm so fucking tired right now that I can barely hold this beer.
 

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Ok, here are some pix of what we did. All pix are clickable.

In this pic, we trimmed around the chimney. Who in the HELL builds a house w/ a chimney in the GARAGE?


This pic shows the additional joists, and that they are all level. You can also see the furring strips where the electrical runs thru it. This gives the ceiling a nice transition.


In this pic, you can't see it very well, but there is a race that holds all of the electrical that goes to the main part of the house. It was very poorly constructed back when the house was built - and we were kina forced to leave it. We are going to have to drywall around it, as parts of it are lower than the joists :(
 

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does this need to be in the mancave section?
 

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The room has been taken apart and turned into a bedroom about a year ago.
 

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The room has been taken apart and turned into a bedroom about a year ago.
well crap.....dug deep to find it only to discover it doesn't exist any more. Feel like the guy looking for Nessie.
 

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well crap.....dug deep to find it only to discover it doesn't exist any more. Feel like the guy looking for Nessie.

Hate to do it JP, but you :fail:

Read it all and was soo excited to see some pictures and it's gone...:mad:
 

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Awww shit I get nuttin but red X's and no pics from the links.
But I'm usin my imagination and from that I say shift the plant it looks gay!
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