Thursday, September 1, 2011

Electronic Front Gate Installation Almost Complete

The front sliding gate installation is almost complete.

Waiting for the completion of the wiring for the call box to be able to ring the telephone in the manager's house.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Save $4,000 to $5,000 on a Projection Screen for your Home Theater

I was looking to purchase an eleven (11) foot diagonal projection screen for our home theater and prices from some of the leading home theater screen companies ran between $4,000 to $5,000.

I had seen that one of the low price leaders for audio/video cables and Cat 5/6 cables, a company that I have recommended on several of the radio shows that I appeared on, was going to offer home theater projection screen kits so you could build it yourself.

I ordered the eleven foot diagonal projection screen kit which is shipped in one ten foot long carton and contains all the parts needed to build a finished professional looking screen.

This kit was so easy to put together and everything you will need is included even the metal frames are lined with velvet to make this look as professional as you can get. It took less than two hours to install and hang on the wall. offers this screen in many sizes to fit most rooms and they even offer motorized version but since we have a dedicated theater room we chose one that hangs on our wall. Picture is to the right of the finish product. offers Motorized and Fixed Projection Screens in many different sizes. The fixed frame screen like I used comes in sizes from 106" to 150" (Nine to twelve and a half feet diagonal) and the eleven foot diagonal size projection screen that I installed sells for only $480.50

Here are the link to put in the search box "projection screens"

Friday, March 18, 2011

Hunter Douglas Blackout Shades In Place

Just received our pair of Hunter Douglas Blackout Shades for our Home Theater and they are perfect for our application.

These Hunter Douglas Shades are controlled via a remote control and a we did not need to have an electrician install electrical outlets as these are battery operated.

Check out Hunter Douglas's website at:

You can check out pictures of our installation at:

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Waiting for the home theater and living room furniture

Checked with Berkline today and they said that the order for the home theater (ten power reclining seats) and the sofa and love seat plus the two 360 degree swivel chairs were going to be shipped today from Tennessee to California today.

Most of the furniture has arrived.

We were busy in December placing the new furniture in most of the rooms in the house.

You can view the new furniture at

Putting the finishing touches on the project

It has been a long project building the "Technology Lake House" it has taken longer than expected and we received our final inspection at the end of October 2010.