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Loft gameroom build DONE!


By MT45

11 months ago



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    #251 15 days ago
    Quoted from MT45:

    Yup. We camped out there last night. [quoted image]

    How do you NOT fall out of that at night....and if you did.

    #252 15 days ago
    Quoted from MustangPaul:

    How do you NOT fall out of that at night....and if you did.

    I actually thought about that BUT ... then I asked myself how many times I've fallen out of bed in the last 20 years or so?
    Answer was 0, so I'm counting on that remaining so!

    Got some more done today
    Framed and hung my Simpsons donut.
    It's a styrofoam and paint donut made for and displayed at the Kwik e Mart store that was on Universal Studios property
    It's a cool prop (8" around!) and was on display at the checkout to encourage donut sales.

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    #253 15 days ago

    Got my fridge out of the box and temporarily set up in the bathroom
    Also wired in the ceiling light

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    #254 15 days ago

    Got my new rolling toolbox setup too.

    Northern Tool rolling cart with Dewalt TSTACK drawers
    Had to build up the base of the cart with a simple plywood stand in order to open the bottom drawer

    This setup makes it super easy to roll it right to the game and have everything right there to work on it
    I'll add an extension cord to it as well so I can solder from the cart too

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    #255 15 days ago

    Super tired but finally got the furniture up there!

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    #256 14 days ago

    I hope you will be spending many hours enjoying your new spaces. Nice to have all those pins and they are not crammed together.
    Absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing.

    #257 14 days ago
    Quoted from drummermike:

    I hope you will be spending many hours enjoying your new spaces. Nice to have all those pins and they are not crammed together.
    Absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks man! It is and the extra space around them is soooooo nice when I have to work on one

    #258 14 days ago

    More progress today ... got rest of craftsman style furniture up there (pics tomorrow)
    Set up the Hypnocube on one end table.
    Also got my stuff from Andy's Mom and Dad ... if you remember or knew Andy, you'll know we lost a special guy at just 38 years old last October

    The book I wrote about him is sitting on the table along with his treasured Oakleys
    His Scally Cap is hanging on my acoustic guitar (Andy was a guitar player too)

    Link to the digital version of the book if you are interested

    https://thepinballloft.com/andy-part-2/

    Hung up my wifes signed Houdini flyer from Joe Balcer
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    Got all my Viewmasters set up for guest to check out if they're so inclined
    Also put out my Ghostbusters Funko Pops and wifes custom painted (by Dirty Donnie) Sparky
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    #259 14 days ago

    Great job MT! Your room's design and execution is flawless. I hope you & your family get many years of enjoyment out of it!!!

    #260 14 days ago
    Quoted from KrustyBurger:

    Great job MT! Your room's design and execution is flawless. I hope you & your family get many years of enjoyment out of it!!!

    Thanks ... very kind and I sure hope to enjoy it!

    #261 14 days ago

    Hi from UK,

    This is Incredible

    Congratulations!

    #262 14 days ago

    Very very nice sir. Will there be any arcades as well?

    #263 14 days ago

    Very neat job, congrats!

    #264 14 days ago
    Quoted from Sako-TRG:

    Hi from UK,
    This is Incredible
    Congratulations!

    Thx!

    Quoted from HarrieD:

    Very very nice sir. Will there be any arcades as well?

    Plan is for one ... Big Buck Hunter HD

    Quoted from Peanuts:

    Very neat job, congrats!

    Thx!

    #265 13 days ago

    Picture of the new craftsman style furniture I promised.
    New to the Loft, but had this set in our summer home a few years ago. Still love it

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    #266 13 days ago

    Just finished around 10:00 PM here tonight but I got the Dolby Atmos channels installed in the theater below the Loft

    RogerSound Labs C34e in ceiling

    Link
    https://hometheaterreview.com/rsl-c34e-in-ceiling-speaker-reviewed/

    Super easy to install and I had already run the wires before sheetrocking. With good pics beforehand and great measurements, when I cut the holes ... sure enough, the coil of speaker wire was right where I left it!

    Tight fit as the RSLs are a 10" hole between 16" on center trusses ... you carpenters out there know that this only leaves about 13 1/2" as a mounting space. Measure 3x cut once!

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    #267 13 days ago

    Again, this place is amazing. This is quite an accomplishment, congratulations and looking forward to hopefully meeting you someday, at the very least to say thanks for such and entertaining ride this thread has been to enjoy!

    #269 13 days ago

    Again my compliments to you on such fantastic work. What an amazing space you’ve created. Seeing those view master reels really took me back to

    #270 12 days ago

    You mad person Great work, i'll show the wife!

    #271 12 days ago
    Quoted from MT45:

    Finally resolved the challenge I had to protect my new floor. It literally took 3 months of on and off of researching and asking for advice but at long last I think I've got the best solution for me. The below thread was my ask here on Pinside for help:
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/gameroom-floor-protection
    Here is what I'm going with:
    New leg leveler feet where the old ones might need replacing
    https://www.pinballlife.com/heavy-duty-leg-leveler-with-nut.html
    Under the leg leveler, adding the wonderful casters from Pinball Life
    These stay attached to the leveler even if you pick up the game - a huge win
    https://www.pinballlife.com/perfectplay-silicone-leg-leveler-casters-set-of-4.html
    Under those, a great product I purchased from Amazon. It's got EVA foam on one side and felt on the other
    They work felt side down to protect the new floor and the EVA foam (although there is no adhesive) "sticks" to the Pinball Life silicone casters
    They are just a smidge smaller in diameter than the Pinball Life casters but they work great (see pics)
    amazon.com link »
    On the hardwood floors where I've tested this set up, I can easily pull a game away from the wall with minimal effort AND the games stay put when playing
    I'm super pleased with the results!
    Pics of the silicone casters from Pinball Life sitting on the counter (all 180 of them!)[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

    great idea.....i have felt pads under my legs and they always come off and get glue residue on the marble floor.

    #272 12 days ago

    Super Cool....Awesome Job...Everyone who reads this thread will be jealous!!!!!

    #273 12 days ago

    What are you using for the home theater subs? Same model as the pins or some beefy 12" ones?

    #274 12 days ago
    Quoted from gentrsa:

    Again, this place is amazing. This is quite an accomplishment, congratulations and looking forward to hopefully meeting you someday, at the very least to say thanks for such and entertaining ride this thread has been to enjoy!

    Thanks and the invite stands. Just call ahead when you're going to be headed this way!

    Pretty sure I posted pics of my last theater there. Built that one from scratch. Walls and all.
    New one will be even better!

    Quoted from Flowst:

    Again my compliments to you on such fantastic work. What an amazing space you’ve created. Seeing those view master reels really took me back to

    Thx. Probably got 300+ reels and I collect and restore the much favored "model D" ... think I have 6 or 8 of them.

    Quoted from 3pinballs:

    great idea.....i have felt pads under my legs and they always come off and get glue residue on the marble floor.

    So far these are working great

    Quoted from 3pinballs:

    Super Cool....Awesome Job...Everyone who reads this thread will be jealous!!!!!

    Thanks!

    Quoted from mbwalker:

    What are you using for the home theater subs? Same model as the pins or some beefy 12" ones?

    SVS PB12 Plus ... two of them. They move concrete
    They should as they cost 15 times what my Polks cost!

    #275 12 days ago

    Got my key stand done tonight. Was almost a "must have". Got the little hangers from Home Depot
    Just need to stain it

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    #277 12 days ago

    Unbelievable! So great. Good work!

    #278 12 days ago

    Fantastic. Can’t wait to see this place and hang out with you. Again, I am amazed at your skill. If I ever did something like this I’d need a contractor as I don’t know how to do crap.

    #279 12 days ago

    Following

    #280 12 days ago
    Quoted from bendowswell:

    Unbelievable! So great. Good work!

    Thx so much!

    Quoted from VolunteerPin:

    Fantastic. Can’t wait to see this place and hang out with you. Again, I am amazed at your skill. If I ever did something like this I’d need a contractor as I don’t know how to do crap.

    Eager to actually sit in one of those chairs and just chat with you my friend!

    #281 12 days ago

    Have you considered keying them all the same, and use one key?
    -mof

    #282 12 days ago
    Quoted from mof:

    Have you considered keying them all the same, and use one key?
    -mof

    Yep. In the home environment the fewer the keys, the better!
    Steveo

    #283 12 days ago
    Quoted from mof:

    Have you considered keying them all the same, and use one key?
    -mof

    One Key to rule them all, One Key to find them, One Key to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.

    But only if he has a Stern LOTR.

    #284 12 days ago

    Amazing! Loved the walk through video. We especially enjoyed the Wipeout yelling out in the middle. Very underrated game, we love ours.
    I think the blend of pinball, memorabilia and a fun lounge hang out area make this easily one of the best game rooms I have ever seen!! Enjoy it!

    #285 12 days ago
    Quoted from mof:

    Have you considered keying them all the same, and use one key?
    -mof

    A few years ago, I bought a bunch of coindoor cam locks, all keyed alike from pinballlife.com. I don't think it was all that much money either.

    #286 12 days ago
    Quoted from mof:

    Have you considered keying them all the same, and use one key?
    -mof

    Might just do that now that I’m settled in! Thx

    #287 12 days ago
    Quoted from Parkshow30:

    Amazing! Loved the walk through video. We especially enjoyed the Wipeout yelling out in the middle. Very underrated game, we love ours.
    I think the blend of pinball, memorabilia and a fun lounge hang out area make this easily one of the best game rooms I have ever seen!! Enjoy it!

    Thx and yes, Wipeout is a blast and I was a competitive skier as well years ago and loved the sport so has a special place for me ... now how do I keep this game quiet! Seriously, I’ve not had even a minute to look up how to stop the attract sounds

    #288 11 days ago
    Quoted from MT45:

    Thx and yes, Wipeout is a blast and I was a competitive skier as well years ago and loved the sport so has a special place for me ... now how do I keep this game quiet! Seriously, I’ve not had even a minute to look up how to stop the attract sounds

    I’ll let you know if I find it. I only have 3 pins so me and my family get a kick out of hearing their attract sounds coming on when we are playing Skee ball or just playing toys with my girls when we are in the basement with everything on. After hearing yours go off it made me realize that I hear my simpsons and comet go off all the time but never wipeout!
    Having a background in winter sports really helps sell that game I think. A lot of people don’t like it. I snowboarded a lot in college, not competitively just for fun, so playing a game on it brings me back.

    #289 10 days ago

    I mounted the Definitive Technologies Gem XL surrounds tonight.
    Carpet comes next week, then I can finish the rest

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    Also, the flooring team got all the floors sanded, stained and sealed over the past 4 days

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    #290 7 days ago

    Got the crown molding up in the theater. Just about the only crown in the house (other than cabinet tops)
    I needed to install this to hide the RGBW strip of LEDs that is going to be tucked into it.

    LEDs @ $50
    Simple pine casing and crown @ $200 + $13 for conditioner + time to stain it and then tape outside edge and stain the edge - yuk (but it's done)

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    #291 7 days ago

    Took some rare time to shop out my X-Men Magneto edition - just picked this one up a few weeks ago and have not had one second to even look at it
    Many, many LEDs were out and still have a few flashers out and the playfield was super dirty
    Also, the slings were about to tear apart and quite a few rubbers looked the same - still have a few rubbers to get to when I do the deep clean on this one
    Needs a new spinner decal too

    Also started using my Pinball life glass holder - works great!
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    #292 7 days ago

    And just after lunch ... put together the new porch furniture
    2 gliders and and 2 Adirondack chairs + small table

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    #293 6 days ago

    Clear coat lacquer on the crown molding in the theater tonight and my wife helped me lay in the LED strips.
    Really like these WenTop 24 volt LED from Amazon. You get over 60 feet of LEDs and all driven off one PS. No noticable voltage drop either

    amazon.com link »

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    #294 6 days ago

    Built the cedar frame for my Loft sign that arrives later this week
    The MDF circle in the middle is 12" around and 1/2" thick ... the same width as 10mm LED tape.
    I plan to wrap the MDF circle in LEDs and then mount my 18" sign on top of the MDF using silicone
    Because the MDF is mounted to the sign frame with just 2 screws, it can easily be removed to repair or replace the LED strip if needed

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    The sign is aluminum stock and being made here

    https://www.roadtrafficsigns.com/18-x-18-custom-circle-signs

    I use this company here on the ranch to make directional signs, speed limit signs and others. Great quality, price and fast shipping too.

    The cedar will be stained the same color as the house trim

    There is room in the back of the sign to mount the transformer pack and I planned to put the sign at the top of the stairs and added an outlet there specifically for this purpose when I was framing and wiring the room.

    I did a scale drawing of it in excel before building it

    Should have some pics of the whole thing completed by end of the week!
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    Added 3 days ago:

    Edit: for those thinking of making a sign similar to this, I removed the 12" MDF and replaced it with a 17" piece.
    The 12" piece pulled the LED strip too far away from the edge of the aluminum sign and was barely visible.
    It's now quite visible and does a good job lighting the perforations in the rolled steel too

    #295 5 days ago

    Got the sign frame stained, sealed and mounted the LEDs
    Going to add a piece of perforated rolled steel I got from a local company
    Next pics should have it hung and lit!

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    #296 4 days ago

    Tonight I bought, hauled upstairs and put together the Craftsman parts cabinet, tool chest and rolling stack cart.
    I'll use the tall cabinet for pinball parts, the bottom drawers of the tool chest for larger power tools and the top drawers for screws, fuses, springs, nuts and bolts (all small parts really)
    Finally, the stacked rolling unit will hold all playfield cleaning and polishing supplies - pads, Novus, Meguiars, waxes, polishing drill, etc

    Lowes is stocking the Craftsman brand and the quality is pretty good as is the price
    Tomorrow I'll move all the supplies into the new cabinets
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    #297 3 days ago

    And ... the sign is up!!

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    #298 3 days ago

    You’ve made your loft into a major tourist stop in TN.

    #299 2 days ago
    Quoted from Vyzer2:

    You’ve made your loft into a major tourist stop in TN.

    Just need to start charging admission to pay for all this work!

    #300 2 days ago

    Chris and I got all the parts, tools and cleaning material moved today!
    And ... got the garage cleaned in prep for coating the floor
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    Tool chest drawers from the top
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