Installations: The House That Jim Built - Part Two Page 5
|:: Hitachi 55-inch CRT rear-projection HDTV :: Martin-Logan Quest Z speakers :: DirecTV HD satellite receiver :: Sony DVD player|
I also really underestimated the complexity of wiring the house and constructing the home networks. Without help from Hudson Valley Home Media, I might still be ripping up drywall to rid my TV of 60-cycle hum bars or be up to my ears in Cat-5e cables trying to get the network to work. Installation specialist Paul Delgado and his crew really knew what they were doing. While they put in a solid 5 days to help get my systems up and running (at an average price of $100 per hour; you can do the math), they ultimately saved me a lot of money by helping me avoid costly pitfalls while there was still time to fix them without major reconstruction. And they created a centralized demarcation area way more professional and comprehensive than anything I could have envisioned, let alone installed. While my ego took a bit of a hit when my lack of knowledge about parts of the project was exposed, better my ego than my wallet - especially with a still-unfunded home theater project looming on the horizon.