11/07/04 - The Color Purple – This was the weekend for home improvement. I didn't plan it that way, but I kinda got into the mood. I started out by hanging some blinds on the back door and finished with adding a deadbolt to the garage door. However, the main project was adding the rope lights to the theater room.
I used a small strip of molding, offset about 8mm from the ceiling (for maximum "glow" effect). I also added a new light switch for separate control of the theatre lights. One of the biggest problems was finding enough rope light to go around the room. I originally purchased an 18' section of purple light several months ago when I was testing out different ideas. I wanted to keep the color purple, but I was going to need two more sections in order to complete the room. Unfortunately, when I stopped at the nearby Home Depot, I found out that color had been discontinued! They checked all of the nearby stores and discovered that there was no stock remaining. Afterwards, I checked a variety of other home improvement stores, Wal-Mart, and the Internet. Unfortunately, I just couldn't find any purple lights. On a whim, I checked a different Home Depot, and although their computer report zero in stock, they had two sets on the shelf. Whatdoyaknow - it turned out to be my lucky day after all!