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Yet another gameroom build thread


By amkoepfer

3 years ago



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    #101 3 years ago
    Quoted from amkoepfer:

    That is amazing. Its expensive, but itd be worth it

    You can build it with a raspberry pi for next to nothing . Amazon even posted a guide.

    #102 3 years ago

    Even better. Ive never messed with rasp pi, but it would be a fun project

    #103 3 years ago
    Quoted from Syco54645:

    You can build it with a raspberry pi for next to nothing . Amazon even posted a guide.

    Yup, the software that the echo uses is open source. You just need to find a Raspberry Pi 3, I believe (older revisions will not do).

    OP, The compatible outlets cost around $20 or so, but you can always connect a power strip to one to multiplex what you have to keep the costs down. I can't think of a better way to turn on and off your games! Good luck with the gameroom build, btw. Looks like it'll be a rewarding project for you.

    Edit: The software will run with a raspberry pi 2, however since it lacks an internal wifi adaptor, you'll be forced to use an ethernet cable to provide it with internet. The raspberry pi 3 has a built in adaptor.

    #104 3 years ago

    Thanks a lot, i agree, that is the best way ive heard to turn them on. Plus i can do the same for tv, stereo, lighting, anything at all!

    #105 3 years ago
    Quoted from amkoepfer:

    Plus i can do the same for tv, stereo, lighting, anything at all!

    Even better, you can connect a couple of high quality loudspeakers to it (you'll probably need a pre-amp), and use it as a voice activated music hub to play things from your music library directly from it.

    #106 3 years ago

    Great ideas. Once im done with this it looks like ill be learning raspberry pi

    #107 3 years ago

    Update 2: Did some research, and the raspberry pi method required you to turn on the microphone each time you make a command, then turn it off again (using the mouse on an on-screen interface). A deal breaker for me. Amazon though, sell the Echo Dot, that is only $90, does everything the Echo does, but doesn't have a built in speaker. It's designed to be used with bluetooth speakers or some other existing set up. That might be your best option honestly. Considering that the Pi sells for $35, plus you'll need all the odds and ends to get it working, the Dot might be your best bet.

    #108 3 years ago

    Dot would work, if there are bluetooth controlled outlets. I believe i saw something like that on amazon. I dont need the speakers, i would use an external stereo anyways

    #109 3 years ago
    Quoted from mbaumle:

    Update 2: Did some research, and the raspberry pi method required you to turn on the microphone each time you make a command, then turn it off again (using the mouse on an on-screen interface). A deal breaker for me. Amazon though, sell the Echo Dot, that is only $90, does everything the Echo does, but doesn't have a built in speaker. It's designed to be used with bluetooth speakers or some other existing set up. That might be your best option honestly. Considering that the Pi sells for $35, plus you'll need all the odds and ends to get it working, the Dot might be your best bet.

    I did not know about the Dot. to not have to piss with the piss poor pi* it may be worth it.

    *Disclaimer: I am allowed to say that being that I used to develop for Linux (Kernel level stuff) and have yet to find a use for the 4 rpi that I had. They are underpowered and generally just crap for any task I have thrown at them. Was going to try making an echo but would rather just buy the Dot.

    #110 3 years ago

    Im thinking the dot, with bluetooth outlets for the games. Wonder if i can make jarvis the trigger word. Jarvis, its time to party. All pins come on, lights dim, music plays, and the bar lights up. Hey, a man can dream!

    #111 3 years ago

    I'm finishing my basement right now and am going to go with Zwave outlets for all the machines. There will be an iPad mounted in the wall running the app for my controller. Then it's just a matter of setting scenes for whatever I want to turn on. There will also be a list of all the machines so I can turn them on and off individually.

    #112 3 years ago

    Thats a good idea, i considered just a switch to turn them all on too, but the voice activation i think has me sold. At least until my son keeps saying the trigger over and over and keeps turning them on. How far along are you on yours?

    #113 3 years ago
    Quoted from amkoepfer:

    How far along are you on yours?

    Everything but the theater is ready for drywall. I've been too busy to have them put me on the schedule.

    #115 3 years ago

    My latest update.....i hate drywall. I mean, a lot. I would rather have my toenails removed with a rusty pair of vice grips by a blind man than do drywall. Em room is getting close, but its slow going. Im hoping it will be drywalled by friday, and i am probably going to bring a pro in to finish and texture that room, so i can prime it, and clean it, and move everything in there to seal that room off so i can finish the rest. Holy run on sentence batman!

    #116 3 years ago
    Quoted from amkoepfer:

    My latest update.....i hate drywall. I mean, a lot. I would rather have my toenails removed with a rusty pair of vice grips by a blind man than do drywall. Em room is getting close, but its slow going. Im hoping it will be drywalled by friday, and i am probably going to bring a pro in to finish and texture that room, so i can prime it, and clean it, and move everything in there to seal that room off so i can finish the rest. Holy run on sentence batman!

    You won't be sorry hiring a professional to do that.Believe me.

    #117 3 years ago

    I know i wont. I know its only maybe a third of the basement at this point, but id rather not move everything to seal it up just so i can move it again. This way i dont have to worry about it, and i can work on drywalling the rest while he works on one room.

    #118 3 years ago

    I don't know what it costs now but I paid $2500 to have my whole basement,2000 square feet taped and textured including the ceiling about 5 years ago.That was with materials.It took two guys a week to do it.

    #119 3 years ago

    Thats pricey, but worth it in my book. Itll take me 2 months to tape and texture. Im looking at 3k for carpet, so im trying to keep cost down now, but i can wait awhile on that. I just need to be able to play and work on my games. Im going crazy!

    #120 3 years ago

    Here is what I was quoted if it helps for your comparison. The theater is separate since it gets a double layer of 5/8" for soundproofing reasons.

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    #121 3 years ago

    That does help quite a bit since they are similar in size it looks like. Ill have materials bought and drywall hung, so hopefully the finishing is close to the same price as yours! Although that is them hanging their own so it may be cheaper for you

    #122 3 years ago

    The workers were really happy since I had done such a good job on the framing and hanging of the sheet rock.It made it way easier on them to do a nice job.They even asked me if I wanted a job but I could never do it fast enough to make it profitable.

    #123 3 years ago

    Drywall is a major pain. Especially if you are planning to paint the walls. Someone please correct me on this if I'm wrong, but I believe you can now buy solid color wallpaper to cover drywall instead of painting it. I believe that wallpaper is significantly more forgiving with bumps and seams if you're spackling game is on the weak side--or if you're just too lazy to spackle everything perfectly.

    #124 3 years ago
    Quoted from mbaumle:

    Drywall is a major pain. Especially if you are planning to paint the walls. Someone please correct me on this if I'm wrong, but I believe you can now buy solid color wallpaper to cover drywall instead of painting it. I believe that wallpaper is significantly more forgiving with bumps and seams if you're spackling game is on the weak side--or if you're just too lazy to spackle everything perfectly.

    Wallpaper is crazy expensive these days...and like cabinet decals, it is unforgiving when it comes to bumps or depressions in the surface of the drywall.

    #125 3 years ago

    You're right about it being more expensive, but we used some lightly textured wallpaper on the ceiling of our freshly remodeled kitchen to avoid the pain of ladders and dust created by sanding away all the seams. I believe we still had to paint over it, but it cut our time down significantly. The paper was pretty thick, and did a really fine job covering up our lackluster spackle job. Now, whether that was the product's intention remains to be seen--it may have just been another one of my dad's hair brained ideas to get things done faster.

    The question though, would it be a feasible option to cover entire walls to avoid the enormous amount of labor it'd be to spackle everything?

    You're probably right though, ForceFlow. I'm just a lazy DIYer trying to pass on some advice, haha. Take everything I say with the smallest grain of salt!

    #126 3 years ago

    I think wallpaper would take longer than knockdown texture. They just spray it on and knock it down. I really have no idea though.

    #127 3 years ago

    Ok, i didnt get as much done as i was hoping, but the music area drywall is done, i should be able to have the em room done soon

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    #128 3 years ago

    Coming along nicely

    #129 3 years ago

    Looking forward to seeing the EM room. Probably finish that first because you may decide it should all be EMs.

    #130 3 years ago

    If i build it, they will come. No ems in my collection yet, but i have a cpl wedgeheads lined up, and more will come

    #131 3 years ago

    Todays work. Not a ton, but not bad for a tuesday. Its still the em room, hope i can get it done soon

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    #132 3 years ago

    Looking Good.

    #133 3 years ago

    Without looking at my collection, what game is that in the last picture?

    #134 3 years ago

    Strange science. So do I win the prize!?

    Don't let that beauty get dusty!!

    #135 3 years ago

    Hmmm.... i never thought about a prize! You didnt look at my collection did you??! She got a little dusty before i covered it, but i cleaned it prior to covering it and will clean it again before im done. The bad one is going to be the megatouch underneath it. I forgot it was under there, and its pretty dusty. Thatll need a very good cleaning prior to starting it up

    #136 3 years ago

    This is looking great. Going to be really kick ass when done. Looking forward to seeing it.

    #137 3 years ago

    Thanks. Ill be having a pinball party when its done! Got some work done today, finally starting to look like something!

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    #138 3 years ago
    Quoted from amkoepfer:

    finally starting to look like something!

    Yeah,something great.

    #139 3 years ago
    Quoted from amkoepfer:

    Thanks. Ill be having a pinball party when its done! Got some work done today, finally starting to look like something!

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    Cool! Let me know when. Hell if you need any help, let me know. I'm just over the border and can be in Toledo in less then an hour.

    #140 3 years ago
    Quoted from rottenrobert1313:

    Cool! Let me know when. Hell if you need any help, let me know. I'm just over the border and can be in Toledo in less then an hour.

    Will do. Im thinking of hiring someone to finish what i started after today. Today was cleaning day!

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    #141 3 years ago

    Now you have to put on the cornerbead.

    #142 3 years ago

    Bought the cornerbead today, but i want to finish more drywall first. Im up to 70 pieces humg, probably 10% waste, just picked up 30 more pieces. Im expecting 120 to 140 pieces total, so im past the halfway point!

    #143 3 years ago

    Nice! That's a whole lot of pinball space.

    #144 3 years ago

    Em room is ready for cornerbead and finishing!

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    #145 3 years ago

    Other part of the basement. Next section to get ready. Needs plumbing done and some wiring as well still

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    #146 3 years ago

    Just got off the phone with my drywall finisher. Hes a friend of the family, and hes charging 20 an hour to finish it. Any guesses on how long itll take to finish the em room? Im only doing that room for now, until i get the rest drywalled.

    #147 3 years ago

    If he's a full time mudder I'll guess 7 hours and even then I think I'm overestimating.

    #148 3 years ago

    I was going to say a day.

    #149 3 years ago

    Just for the em room? I was thinking a total of probably 12, but then again, i know nothing!

    #150 3 years ago

    Goes without saying but wear gloves when doing the corner bead, extremely sharp. I always fold it in a little bit to make it fit nicer on the corner.

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