Progress still coming in small increments

So all the outlets are wired. The bathroom switch, light and fan are wired. I have the cans mounted in the ceiling for the recessed lighting, but I still need to run the wiring for the lighting, and put a mount in for a light in the closet.

I also need to rewire the part of the basement that’s going to remain unfinished. That’ll require dealing with some of the existing wiring, though, so I’m thinking that one over carefully to make sure I know exactly what I need to do before I start.

Once that’s all done, I’ll call the county and get it inspected. Assuming I pass, I’ll install the outlets and switches, then call in my friend who’s going to help install the subpanel and hook up the new circuits.

After that? Drywall! Then ceiling, tile floor for the bathroom and bar area, wet bar construction and, finally, laying down the laminate.

One short line of words to describe what will undoubtedly be months of work.

But I’m motivated by thoughts of the finished project. Adding to the motivation, I bought some of the AV equipment. Yamaha in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, a Sony powered subwoofer and a Sony STRDH830 Sony 3D 7.1 Channel A/V Receivers. (Oh, I redid the speaker wire, too. Out of ignorance, I had put in 18-gauge speaker. When I bought the sound equipment — 140-watt-per-channel amp with speakers that can handle the power — I realized I really ought to go with a larger gauge. So I bought 12-gauge wire and installed that. What? You didn’t know that 12-gauge is actually bigger than 18-gauge? Yeah. Neither did I.)

Just to sweeten the deal even more, for Christmas, I bought my wife The Coppola Restoration of the Godfather trilogy on Blu-Ray for Christmas. I’m a romantic, I know. Actually, she’s never seen The Godfather, so we decided that should be the premiere movie when the man cave is finished.

Looking back, serious work didn’t get started on the basement until February. I thought this would be about a six-month project, but I had no clue what I was doing, so I probably should have tripled that estimate to start with. With the weather turning nasty, there should be some prime time to work on the basement to make some genuine progress in the coming months. I’m looking forward to the finishing the electrical, which has taken a lot longer than I anticipated. I think once dry wall starts going up, I’ll begin to feel like the project is moving again.

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