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On ‎5‎/‎29‎/‎2017 at 2:06 AM, dtel said:

One idea is eventually put many things online, so people who can not make it in person can still learn of the history and accomplishments of PWK, we just want the true story to be preserved and shared, it's well worth it, even if you're not particularly into audio.    

 

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15 hours ago, Thaddeus Smith said:

Is there an overview of what the budget goal is, how much has been raised so far, and what the funds are providing? What are the longterm goals for self-sustainable (or partially) operations? you guys are obviously amped up and taking the charge to get this going, but what plans exist to rotate the board members, either by choice or urgent need?

 

Curious about that sort of stuff and am not seeing any threads which answer those types of questions.

I will be answering these and  many more questions once we have our fourth meeting of the Board of Trustees on June 1. 

 

In the meantime, here's a video of some of the work being done on the basement. 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, staygroovybaby said:

Does anyone know if the Klipsch company has made a donation to the Museum? 

Yes sir. They donated the land, the building, artifacts and archives to the nonprofit 501c3 corporation, Klipsch Heritage Museum Association. 

 

In addition, they have donated several pairs of Special Edition speakers for the museum to auction. The museum will also be providing research for Klipsch on projects they will be undertaking. 

 

Paul Jacobs, CEO, Matt Sommers, Creative Director and Roy Delgado are all members of the Board of Trustees which consists of nine people. 

 

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Looks like the water problem is getting addressed. Is the elevator still working or are you going to remove it? I also heard on the video they were talking about a back up generator......Maybe you could contact lowes or Home Depot for a donation of a small unit of maybe get one from Harbor Freight it only needs to be big enough for the sump. Heck you could probably do it with batteries and a solar panel. Looks like the stair drain needs to be redone.

I wish I was closer I could help out a lot. Looking good so far.

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4 minutes ago, dtel's wife said:

Yes sir. They donated the land, the building, artifacts and archives to the nonprofit 501c3 corporation, Klipsch Heritage Museum Association. 

 

In addition, they have donated several pairs of Special Edition speakers for the museum to auction. The museum will also be providing research for Klipsch on projects they will be undertaking. 

 

Paul Jacobs, CEO, Matt Sommers, Creative Director and Roy Delgado are all members of the Board of Trustees which consists of nine people. 

 

Great, sounds like things are Rocking & Rolling. I have not followed the Museum and its progress and was just curious. I hope it continues to grow and get bigger and better. 

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4 hours ago, ricktate said:

Is the elevator still working or are you going to remove it? I also heard on the video they were talking about a back up generator....

It's not working right now but it looks like it would not take alot to get it to work, a good cleaning and oiling plus to rebuild the bas that goes up and down. It's not for people but to move heavy things up and down that could not be carried up stairs. The bottom of the elevator where you would set something to bring up was pretty rotted away but all the mechanism for it operate is very heavy duty and looks to be in good shape, the elevator is on the list of long term goals.

 

4 hours ago, ricktate said:

Heck you could probably do it with batteries and a solar panel. Looks like the stair drain needs to be redone.

Well we just replaced the old sump pump and it's working great, we would like to add a battery backup later. What Jim was saying is the ultimate situation would be a small but automatic generator that would cut on if power fails. But that's a little too expensive at this point.

The problem is when the stairs catches water from a bad grade on that side plus rain falling in the stairs it somehow seeps down to the elevator sump and enters through a seam in the cement right under where the hand crank is. 

Cement was added in the last couple of days on the outside to help with that grade where water was being funneled under the stairs causing the problem. 

 

The only water entering the basement is going into the elevator sump which is being handled easily by the new sump pump. What was happening was the old pump died and the sump filled up and overflowed onto the basement floor, many time over the years. right now there is less than 1" of water on the floor in a couple spots with the floor not being completely level. This should dry up now that the new pump is working, we can then start cleaning up down there and move forward to make the basement useable, doubling the SF of the museum. 

 

With the basement drying our next step is to do the grade outside around 3 sides of the building, we have a friend up there who works for a local construction company and he said he can get us all the dirt we need for free. so the grade will be fixed to make all water move away from the building, like you would do on any house. The rest of the basement is not leaking, even with the grade not moving water away, but when you can get free dirt it would just be smart to fix the grade to prevent future problems.  

 

After we are sure these things allow the basement to dry up we will have to make some type of door to seal off that elevator opening, sump pumps always leave a little water in the bottom plus the top of the elevator had two heavy steal door which open as the elevator is raised and this is not completely sealed off fro outside humidity. This way the elevator doors would be kept closed to allow for a future dehumidifier to get the humidity to acceptable levels to store things. 

 

One step at a time, but we really need that extra 1500 SF of the basement. 

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Just trying to explain a little of what's in the video.

 

Watching that video it's hard to believe NO water is going into the basement even through the walls with standing water around the back and some of the sides. But the grade need to be fixed, it's crazy to leave the grade like that, especially with free dirt. We will also add new PVC pipes to the downspouts to get the water out past where we end the grade.

I had serious problems with that torch, it was the smallest tip made and the metal was rusty and I couldn't get enough heat, we went and got a bigger tip, than the bottles were so low it wouldn't work. We went across the street to the plant and switched out for full bottles and we were finally able to cut the rusty plate.

 

The Klipsch plant has been very generous with loaning us whatever we need, forklifts, torches, use of the dumpsters, packing boxes and materials, sometimes tools and everything we have asked for has been no problem.

 

That piece of cement where the water was going under the stairs was removed, that is where the new cement was added going out far enough so the water would not go down and leak into the stairwell but go around that bulkhead heading away from the building. That drain at the bottom of the stairs only seems to work until wherever it goes fills with water. There were some other pipes going into the basement which are fixed, this goes back 76 years to when this was military, we even sealed some pipes that came through the wall that were told were old steam lines long ago. Drains may be not working because they were not tied into current sewage lines used today, a "snake" was used on that stairway drain it was clear for 75', but still eventually does not work long term, it seems to fill and stop draining.

 

Edit; it like looks like a big mess but we're figuring it out, it's really looking good so far. Yes it's messy and dirty in the basement, you just need to wear old clothes and shoes when working down there. It will be pressure washed after it dries and we remove the junk which looks to be the worst part.

 

That piece of plywood at the bottom of the stairs is just to cover the opening where a real basement door will be once we get the water problem under control.

It's going slow because we live 7 hours away and Kevin lives 5 hours away, Jim is only one person and we can't kill him with jobs, it's alot, and he has other things with the museum he stops to work on these things. 

 

Were working it out as kevin says. :emotion-21:

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