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by DanM
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2694
Views: 63838

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I miss toys made with actual metal. They were already on their way out when I was a kid (I'm 40) and most stuff was plastic but the really good stuff was still metal at that point. They just don't make 'em like they used to that's for sure. Speaking of plastic junk, anyone remember big wheels growin...
by DanM
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Holes in drywall mud
Replies: 13
Views: 275

Re: Holes in drywall mud

Yup just force it into the holes , no need to cover the entire surface with a coat again. I find mudding over painted surfaces you get these bubbles more often. Ya mudding over painted walls is almost always the cause of this problem. I've heard it's because the 'backside' of the mud (against the p...
by DanM
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Safety
Replies: 18
Views: 306

Re: Safety

I have to admit in all honesty when you are framing (residentially especially) IMO there is no real safe place to tie off in that case and if you did , it would be a tripping hazard as well.And the addition of that air hose is even worse in combination to a lanyard line. This x1,000,000. We get in ...
by DanM
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2694
Views: 63838

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I still don't know why Nutzy keeps coming over to help you. Poor guy has the worst luck every time he shows up at your place. I don't know why either ! He feeds us the 'cheap' beer ... lots of it ... then puts us to work and films the ensuing mayhem :mrgreen: Ok, well it's the free beer that keeps ...
by DanM
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 961

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

That is really cool. Nice job. Of all the random junk that passes through my head daily, I can honestly say building an arcade style machine with a Pi never made it through. :) Thanks. When you finish your bathroom you should build an arcade machine. Us guys need a 'just for me, not her' project to...
by DanM
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2694
Views: 63838

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I still don't know why Nutzy keeps coming over to help you. Poor guy has the worst luck every time he shows up at your place.
by DanM
Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 961

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

Oh I'm definitely still doing the logo. Just figuring out what else I need to get printed professionally and then doing it all in one shot. Maybe you'll see some Pacman. I just keep using Double Dragon since the screen is mostly black. A bright screen messes with my phone camera and makes it either ...
by DanM
Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2694
Views: 63838

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Shannon wrote:
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:37 am
emtnut wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:09 pm
In my head, I'm still 18 ... just high mileage :lol:

I think we all feel the same, young at heart?

Depends on the day, sometimes at the end of the workday I feel old and sore lol.
by DanM
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 961

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

Well I got a little more out of the way. I added some LED striplights to give it a blue glow behind and above the cabinet, and below the control panel. I used a second set of LEDs to make the marquee lights. Best part of that was finding a reason to buy a good soldering iron and learn how to solder ...
by DanM
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2694
Views: 63838

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Damn, two halloween birthdays? What is this sorcery. Happy Birthday to you too Aaron!
by DanM
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2694
Views: 63838

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

So Nutzy's birthday is basically halloween. That kind of explains a lot lol.

Happy Birthday!
by DanM
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 961

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

Ok, sounds good. I toned down things so they're a little subdued to blend into the background and make the text stand out more. Thanks!

And Nutzy of course I have pong on there, not that I'm gonna play it but it's less than 10kb. Might as well in case someone gets the urge.
by DanM
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 961

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

Well I mostly designed the marquee for the top of the cabinet. Do you think it's too 'busy' visually with all the circuit looking stuff? I'm kinda stuck on whether or not I should get rid of all the red sub-circuits and just keep the main blue ones. Going for kind of a Tron-ish vibe with it https://...
by DanM
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 961

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

Thanks! Ya the finishing up always sucks, but it's worth it in the end.
by DanM
Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Drywall basement ceiling directly to floor joists or ...
Replies: 9
Views: 347

Re: Drywall basement ceiling directly to floor joists or ...

I always strap joists/trusses for drywall for a few reasons. It allows you to straighten things out better since joists/trusses are never perfectly flat. You can use shims between the joists and strapping to fix up any wavy spots, then just nail through the shims once it looks good. It makes life ea...
by DanM
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 961

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

For this part yes, but it'll be weeks before all the artwork and random detail stuff gets done.
by DanM
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 961

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

Well I just used regular latex paint and it seems to have gone fine, no swelling or excess moisture anywhere. A few pics of where she's at now, still lots of detail work to get done but she's fully operational. The buttons and joysticks are wired up to their own USB encoder board (computers will aut...
by DanM
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2694
Views: 63838

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Is it really a prank if you aren't being a jerk though? I think you have to cross that line even the tiniest little bit for it to count as a prank.
by DanM
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 961

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

For most of the cabinet I'm just priming and painting with semi-gloss. For the Marquee I'm going to get something printed out (not sure what material yet but probably vinyl) and sandwich it between two pieces of acrylic and have a 5V led strip backlight. The side panels are going to have graphics th...
by DanM
Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 961

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

Pretty much that. I used a piece of 2" ABS to trace each radius and then cut them as close to exact as possible with the jig saw. I used a palm sander (the square type, not orbital) + 220 grit paper to smooth out the surface. They aren't 100% perfect but it's close enough that the eye can't tell. Th...
by DanM
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2694
Views: 63838

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Ya, not to mention all the fun conversations at break like "Do you remember the time when so and so did blah blah blah". That's probably 1/3rd of our break time talks. It was always useful too, especially when the my boss' Dad used to run the show. If you wanted a longer break you had to master the ...
by DanM
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2694
Views: 63838

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Ya sometimes work ain't so bad when you get to do stupid stuff. I like to save up all the bent discarded nails in a box, then when someone isn't looking I'll fill their pockets up with them and put a layer of good nails on top. One time I saved up a whole box and put it in the trailer and made it lo...
by DanM
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 961

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

Thanks! It fits a 24" monitor which is more than enough, old school arcade monitors were smaller than that and they always looked pretty big to me since you're standing so close to it. And ya I just got a used 16:9 monitor to mount up. Good CRT's that would take RGB input (Ain't no way I'd use compo...
by DanM
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2694
Views: 63838

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

LOL, we have similar ways we mess with new guys just carpentry oriented. For us the secret is you have to yell really loud and fast for full effect so they don't have any time to process it they just high tail it back to the truck. "Go back to the truck and get the wood stretcher" / "...Round squar...
by DanM
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2694
Views: 63838

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

This is why you don't let the greenhorns around Nutzy and Aaron. :lol: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4cNxSMyfQo That was hilarious :lol: Brings back memories of some of the crazy things we used to pull off. Usually just the "go back to the truck and get me the sky hook and wire stretcher" We had...
by DanM
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Misplaced support posts and incompetent contractors
Replies: 176
Views: 3953

Re: Misplaced support posts

Ya it's really hard to describe things with words sometimes. I wish I had a picture of something similar since that'd be 1000x easier to explain.
by DanM
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 961

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

There definitely are wired Xbox 360 controllers, I have a pair of them plugged into my computer. I don't have an Xbox 360 though so maybe it only came with wireless ones. I know what you mean about consoles, I haven't owned one since Playstation 2 many moons ago. It's so much easier just to emulate ...
by DanM
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 961

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

That's basically what I've done for a long time (PC + Emulators). Your Xbox 360 controllers will work with Windows since both are Microsoft products. IIRC Wired ones you can plug right in since they're USB, wireless ones you need a receiver for the PC that you can pair the controllers with. In each ...
by DanM
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Misplaced support posts and incompetent contractors
Replies: 176
Views: 3953

Re: Misplaced support posts

The header wouldn't need to be 16ft long. What you would need to have done is have each header sit in the corner of the wall (the top of the header flush with the top of the wall). Usually what I would do is put 1 regular stud + 3 jack studs at that corner to support the load from the header. The ja...
by DanM
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 961

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

Sounds good, thanks Nutzy! Glad you like it, I'm hoping it'll be worth all the flak I'm catching from the wife... "How much is that stupid thing going to cost?", "I don't understand you have a computer you can play games on, why do you even need this" lol. 3 females + me in here, so there's a lot of...