I just placed a couple of orders via Amazon and Monoprice for items I will need for the upcoming move. I settled on a new receiver, wiring and other general networking needs. However, none of that excites me like the power tool I purchased to make my life easier this time around.
First, the necessities I purchased:
- After the price on the [amazon_link id="B003FSTAVY" target="_blank" ]Onkyo HT-RC260[/amazon_link] jumped by over $60, I was left without knowing what to get for my new living room receiver. CT chat buddy braigo64 showed me the [amazon_link id="B003BEDQQW" target="_blank" ]Onkyo TX-SR508[/amazon_link], which I definitely was aware of, but had no idea that it was so low in cost ($248 and free shipping). It’s an older generation, but it has what I need.
- 100ft 16AWG CL2-rated speaker wire for in-wall installation from MonoPrice. Furthest run I have is only about 20ft, so anything heavier really wasn’t needed.
- A bunch of CAT6 keystone jacks, Ethernet crimp-on jacks and cable boots from MonoPrice.
- [amazon_link id="B0006G0WCO" target="_blank" ]6.5″ in-wall speakers[/amazon_link] for left and right surrounds.
- [amazon_link id="B003OARTDY" target="_blank" ]5″ in-ceiling speakers[/amazon_link] for back surrounds.
- 4-speaker binding post single wall plate for surrounds with banana plugs (no more messy speaker wire mess)
- 6-hole 2-gang wall plate and keystones to build my own custom HDMI, component, Ethernet and subwoofer wall jack mount.
- 3-gang wall mount for the last two wall plates to rest on. 1-gang recessed wall plate for TV power cord to pass through.
- 6ft and 3ft HDMI cables. 3ft component cable. New dual emitter for Xantech IR block…my other one was damaged, so I never got to use it for two devices.
I will be picking up a 1000ft spool of CAT6 in a couple of weeks when I begin to start running that. Micro Center has it for $99.99 and I couldn’t find it anywhere cheaper that also had reasonable shipping.
Now, for the prized portion of my total order. The [amazon_link id="B00063K0PQ" target="_blank" ]RotoZip RZ01-1100-RT Spiral Saw with 3 Bits[/amazon_link]. The one I ordered is factory reconditioned, but it should make a nice addition to my tool kit. With all the cutouts for Ethernet jacks, speakers and whatever-needs-a-hole-cut, there was no way I was going to use my little manual drywall saw again. I’ve wanted a RotoZip for a while and now I have one. I haven’t even received it yet, but I already have an obsession - I just can’t stop thinking of all the projects I want to do that include this little thing.
Fun awaits…read about it here!