Apr
0

1969 Mark III Project – Met with Heart Pounding Performance Today

I found a great local shop to work with. I took the car in today and Thomas over at Heart Pounding Performance looked it over and gave me a quote for getting the windows & door locks working and reinstalling the armrests. He also put it on the lift and found that the motor mounts need to be replaced and the car is leaking oil & coolant. Monday work begins on the interior. They will get back to me with a price for the other stuff.

The car has undercoating so the frame is solid, no holes anywhere and barely any rust. I looked at paint chips today also. We talked about removing the vinyl top vs cleaning it up. I like it but i can feel rust bubbles under it. Makes more sense to take it off and paint the car once instead of dealing with it again in a year or 2 when the rust eats its way passed the vinyl. I want glossy black on the sides and a satin black on the top. That or maybe a ‘brilliant’ black on the top. That way the car is all black but it will have some character.

Best part about today was that i found out the AC works… and works really well. Worst part about today is that i found out that i can’t buy freon for it once it stops working and i will have to replace the entire system. Win some lose some :).

Apr
0

URC MX-980 MRF-260

I chose the URC MX-980 and MRF-260 for an install where i had 4 rooms with TV’s that needed to be controlled reliably 100% of the time. I avoided 2way control because it wasn’t neccesary. Each zone got an MRF-260 and an MX-980. Each room controls a TV and a cable box. 1 Room has an additional Blu-ray player to control. All TV’s were same model. All Cable boxes were same model. Wiring was not ideal…

No sluggish control. No cross talk. Every room worked perfectly. I wouldn’t hesitate to use this combination again.

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Apr
0

Zektor SoloCAT – Single Cat5 A/V Balun

HDMI and black boxes in general are stressful for me these days. Its rare to plug something in and find that it works as advertised without major product-taming. I decided to start listing products that do work the way they are supposed to.

Last week i used the Zektor SoloCat Component + stereo or digital audio balun for the first time. I normally work on whole house systems where matrix switches are handling video distribution. I had a unique (to me) situation where i had an RG6 and Cat5 at each TV location in a clients apartment. I needed to hide the cable boxes in the control room and somehow get IR/Video/Audio to the display with those cables. I decided right away to skip HDMI because this is a temporary (24 months) apartment and i didn’t run the UTP cable so i cant stand behind the quality of the product or installation. I decided to use the RG6 for IR and the Cat5 for A/V (component and stereo) to each TV.

I plugged the 3 pairs of SoloCAT’s in and to my surprise they all worked. No tweaking, no firmware, no setup…. just on and working.

This was a tightly scheduled install for a very high profile client and Zektor’s SoloCAT made it happen.

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Apr
0

1969 Mark III Project – Picked up the car

I found a 1969 Lincoln Mark III in South Beloit IL. I have family there so they went over and took a look at it for me and gave it the thumbs up so i went and got it Saturday night. Driving it home was fun with the exception of the small sparking issue :). The drivers size door panel is off so the wires were exposed and started sparking on the way home.

Car is solid and the interior is very good. Black leather, head liner is perfect. The only thing that needs immediate attention is the drivers armrest. Someone took it off and didn’t put it back on. They made a mess of it so i am calling in a professional on this one. The body has a few rust spots that are visible but nothing a paint job wont fix.

The plan is to get the interior fixed and make sure everything under the hood is in good shape. Then paint, then wheels then air bags. That will get me going for the summer and this winter if the bank account allows i will have the engine pulled & polished.

1969 Lincoln Mark III

1969 Lincoln Mark III Restoration Project

Mar
0

Update! The Skinny on Monster Cable

Update! Both cables are defective. Couldn’t get either one to work properly. Glad i didnt waste my time fishing them.

I needed a 15′ HDMI cable for a retro-fit project where i had to snake it across the face of a fireplace then a sharp 90 degree turn back then another sharp 90 into the cabinet. I am replacing component-stereo cables with the HDMI cable.

I wanted something as thin and flexible as the cheese HDMI cables that come with DirecTV & cable boxes. This is difficult because those cables are 6′ and the typical 10’+ HDMI cable is twice as thick.

I found Monster Cable “Flat Screen” HDMI cables. They are just a hair over 1/8″ thick. Much smaller than the cheapo HDMI cables and super flexible (think USB cable). The connector is very small also. Should be easy to fish (hopefully) 🙂 $65 at Amazon.

Monster Cable HDMI

Monster Cable HDMI

Mar
0

Earthquake & Tsunami Relief

The devastation from the Tsunami is horrendous. Wish you could do something more to help? You can. Pull out the change from your sofa cushions and donate to Red Cross right now!

All proceeds from guijaboard.com & 39websites.com are going to be donated to Red Cross. Clean up those ugly touchpanels and websites for charity!

Red Cross

Red Cross

Mar
0

39websites is online!

I have been unofficially providing website & logo services to fellow CI’s over the last year or so. Last week i decided to make it official. Tuesday night i started at 8PM and finished at 1AM. I still have some things to add but its ready for public viewing :).

Need to get a site up? Want to clean up what you have? Working with a budget and out of children to trade for services? Contact me today about your project! Check out the portfolio for examples of our offerings via screenshots and live URL’s to completed projects.



http://www.39websites.com

Proceeds from 39websites.com & guijaboard.com help fund the future installers club program and various other philanthropic activities such as Kiva and Susan G. Komen. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Feb
1

Stanley 516150M – FatMax Tool Bag

I spotted this $20 bag at walmart today. The reason i noticed it was because of the plastic water proof bottom. One of my pet peeves with CLC bags was the cloth bottoms. I would find myself working outside all day wiring up rock speakers or CCTV cameras and water would soak right into my bag usually destroying the carboard base making the bag flimsy. It was also cause surface rust to build up on my hand tools.

The bag is small but loaded with pockets. The plastic at the bottom isn’t as rugged as the VetoProPac bags but its a step in the right direction.

516150M – FatMax® Tool Bag

Height 5-1/2″,139.7mm
Length 18-1/8″,460.38mm
Width 10-1/2″,266.7mm

Feb
Jan
0

What ever happened to the HP Slate?

Ever wonder what happened to the HP Slate? It was buzzing around the blogs for a while then pfft.. nothing. I found out where HP put them! In their printers!

Ok.. maybe they aren’t re-purposed Slate’s.. but they are removable 7″ wi-fi android “Zeen” tablets. No access to apps according to websites i have read. Screen quality sucked. Looked like 16 bit graphics or seriously stretched images. I wonder if these are being counted in the iPad vs Android polls.