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Garage Conversions - Remodeling Questions
1.00 What Equipment Must I need for a Music Studio at home?

Q. I have many music and lyrics and original songs made by me to record. the thing is, I really dont have the time ( nor the effort ) to actually go into a studio. I have a spacious rented room that I really want to make as a studio. What specific things do I need to record and actually make it sound as it came from a CD album? Im talking about professional equipment that can fit a medium sized room. ( specific mics, Audio settings, etc. )

A. YOu can do some simple things with garage band and some basic equipment but it will not be "professional" Sounds like you don't really know much about sound or sound equipment which really can put you at a disadvantage for knowing how to really produce a disc. Mastering it is a whole nother game. I suggest you start haning out with sound techs and at studios to find out what they do and what they need to know to even begin a decent recording project. Our band discussed this very topic of buying thousands of dollars in recording equipment, sound proofing the room and mics vs paying the same for a recording. It all came down to having to know how to use the equipment and being a sound producer. None of us wanted to try and become an expert with no training on all this stuff. We went to a studio and it confirmed that it was the right decision for us. Our studio created a radio ready recording for us and we could never have produced that quality by ourselves and mastered it as well..

1.00 The folks in the cleaning category have really let me down. Maybe a scientist can help?

Q. How would you science experts separate broken glass from the coins that it once contained? The crystal vase was something that I found at a garage sale. I used it to toss coins in, probably less than $10.00 in it when it dropped. Some of it was contained in the tablecloth that slipped off at the same time. I scooped up the coins and glass that went over on to the carpet, and vacuumed there. I am left with a plastic box that contains the tablecloth, coins, and broken glass. Is it possible to salvage the coins? What about the tablecloth? So far I have discovered that water will wash down the glass dust - but the shards are still mixed in. Kevin, have you ever successfully picked up coins with a magnet? Or is it the glass that it should pick up. . . . . .

A. You can try using a magnet. If the copper has significant amounts of Iron or Nickel, it will be attracted. Nickel coins should have no problem being separated either. Hope this works.

1.00 I work for a friend, who is very unorganized.?

Q. I was laid-off from my job in the fall and started to work for my friend who has a candy business out of her home. She could really have a very sucessful business if she was better organized and did not waste money! She lives in a very large home which gives her a lot of room to collect a lot of stuff! She has a lot of money invested in her company. She is not getting a pay check from the company all money is going back into the business. So anyway, the house is a total wreck not just the business aspect but that home life, she has 3 young children. There is no organization, they throw their school bags, shoes and coats at the bottom of the steps! There is always dirty dishes on the countertop. I know there are mice in her garage and her basement! I feel like it is not my place to tell her how to run her life, especially since she is my parents age! I know she could go very far with her company if she was willing to change. She is also overweight, which is something else I have given her advise about as well! I was glad when I got laid off because I was out of a very stressful work environment, now I feel like I get high blood pressure walking in to the chaos every day! Her and her husband are very unorganized and just let things pile up and don't take care of it. Their children see it and just take advantage of it. I feel like they are sinking fast! I want to help her on the business aspect! I have gone in the basement and started to organize things which she has seen how much money and time she is wasting by not staying organized! She would just order more instead of going to look for a needed item. She is at a turning point in her business, her job is in danger or being laid off at his job, which is has know for sometime and has not started looking for a new one! She could go back to working a full-time job and I could work for her business with her supervison. Or she could just give it up all together! I would hate to see her give it up, not because I would be out of a job, she has brilliant ideas, she just needs help being motivated and being organized. I have worked very hard cheerleading her and talking about what needs or should be done and then she is all about it and the next day I come and see the same dirty dishes, wrecked office, kids items not put away. i just don't know what to do. She really needs to seperate the business from the home life, which she cannot move it out of the home, it is not worth the money. I have read several articles about setting a work schedule and talking to the children,but the kids and the husband are very set in their ways! I want to help her! I don't want to cross the line though! Thank you!


1.00 Where do I find the drain bolt to my carb?

Q. I have a 94' honda VF 750 and it's been sitting in a garage for years. Got new battery and tried to start last week. It sounds like it wanted to start but can't. I went through some simple trouble shooting but can't get it to start. I did some research and found most results suggested carb cleaning. I'm going to learn a lot more about my bike this week as I've just bought my first service manual. To begin, where do I find a drian bolt to the carbs?

A. Forget draining them...they want removed and cleaned my Via my avatar...ill send you a link for a free downladable manual for it.

1.00 Which Upgrades Are Best?

Q. We are building a new home, and trying to decide which higher-cost upgrades would be best: 1. Irrigation/sprinkler system (home is in Southeastern US) 2. Fully fenced back yard - (approx 1/2 acre yard) 3. Extra bathroom in bonus room - (house is already a 4 bdrm 3 bath) Just for clarification, we have a huge lot - probably at least one acre. Since it is on a cul-de-sac, most of this will be back yard, backing up to a large wooded area. Already has a 3/12 car garage, Jimmy - got that covered.

A. Personally if I had the cash, I'd add a mud room and wrap-around deck.

1.00 Average cost per square foot for a home addition?

Q. I am considering an addition of 785SF of living space to my home above a new two car garage. How much should I expect to pay per square foot? Minimal escavating is needed to add the garage.

A. It's hard for me to provide this estimate to you being I don't know your home, tastes, and region, but I can give you an idea or scope for the project, garage with above living quarters, $65 to $100. per square foot. Mike Lonergan TradesProfessional, Inc.

1.00 Im thinking of taking a housing Investment..and these are the terms..?

Q. Its a $53,191 house thats like ¢500,000,000 in my local currency dollar rate of ¢9400 per dollar $266 per month for 2 years then i get the Keys to the house.. Its a 3 bedroom Compound house, with a garage and drive space Partially furnished. Then continue paying $266 for 20 years.. DO you think its Viable, should i take it...My annual salary is about $7660.. Ive converted everything to dollars from my local currency.If its not viable let me know why, and what kind of questions i should ask them. Financial Advisors Only Please... its a $53,191 house thats like ¢500,000,000 in my local currency dollar rate of ¢9400 per dollar $266 per month for 2 years then i get the Keys to the house..and move in. Its a 3 bedroom Compound house, with a garage and drive space Partially furnished. Then continue paying $266 for 20 years.. DO you think its Viable, should i take it...My annual salary is about $7660.. Ive converted everything to dollars from my local currency.If its not viable let me know why, and what kind of questions i should ask them. Financial Advisors Only Please... After paying $260 for 2 yrs, i get the keys and move in.

A. I don't understand the line that says "$266 per month for 2 years then I get the keys to the house" are you saying you pay every month for 2 years but don't own or live in the house during this period? I don't know what is standard practice in you country, but in Canada, You pay a down-payment and sign an agreement to pay like you outlined, but you are registered owner immediately, get the keys and move in now. I would be leary of your method if you don't get ownership and keys for 2 years.

1.00 How to trust the findings of the garage you took your car in for repairs, are correct?

Q. Driving up a small road, council workers trimming branches of trees, and headges. They leave tree branches behind in the road, you drive past, large branches go under the car, hear a bang. About 8-10 miles later, you see smoke which appears to be coming from the exhaust. Just get home, car making a wirring noise. Call out RAC, who say's "there is a leak in the gear box". NOT engine oil, as this is too thin. Checked the engine oil levels, OK. Evenutally flat bedded transported to a main dealer garage, Main dealer for Renault, not knowing the extent of the damage, nearly give me a heart attack - they say needs NEW gear box £2500 inclusive. But you WON'T BE ABLE TO CLAIM FROM INSURANCE, AS THE LEAK IS ?? ENGINE OIL ?? AND THE ACCIDENT WOULD NOT HAVE CAUSED THIS . IT IS A MECHANICAL FAULT - CANNOT CLAIM ON A MECHANICAL FAULT. Why would the garage say this? The car was fine until this incident. The garage is on a list of authorised repair garages for the Insurance Company.

A. Something similar happened to me and I attempted to claim compensation from the council rather than put it through my insurance policy. The council rejected the claim saying the damage "wasn't consistant" with what I was saying, therefore they rejected the claim. I took the car to a garage later and was told that there was numerous problems with the car which was additional damage (from the incident in question) which I didn't know about previously. Had I know about all the problems, maybe this would have been "consistant" and my claim would have been paid out on. Later I found out that had I got an 'independant Motor Engineer Report' ALL faults would have been picked up on. My advise would be to get one of these reports NOW at a cost of about £50 but it will be well worth it. Good Luck. PS Submit a claim to your local council and with this report you should be quids in!.

Garage Conversions

 Remodeling - Garage Conversions Converting a garage is one of the easiest ways of getting extra space in your home, without adding an entire room. By taking care of waterproofing, opening up windows and bringing up a wall, you can convert your garage into a bedroom or family room. Remember, that a garage conversion will include electric and plumbing work, and installation of heating and cooling systems. You can also create additional storage space to continue using your garage to hold seasonal items and materials, household and gardening tools etc.

 home remodeling contractor in Shreveport, Louisiana When you plan your garage addition, make sure you have a clear picture of what you want to use your garage for. For instance, if you're looking to convert your garage into a home theater, expect additional expenses on electrical wiring to support the new system. If you're converting your garage into a kitchen, plumbing and electrical fixtures will be needed. A garage kitchen addition will involve the installation of heavy duty appliances like deep freezers, and these may demand additional wiring requirements. Always remember to include a small storage closet in your garage to be used for storage.

Look into local Shreveport, LA area building code requirements before you begin your garage addition project. You may not always be able to convert your garage for a specific purpose. Make sure all building permits are in place before you begin converting your garage. Plan your garage addition at least the few months before work begins to ensure a hassle free project.

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