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I have a client who would like music to start playing inside the bathroom when she flips the light switch. I've never heard of it but it sounds kinda neat.

Apparently, "in the professional world, it's kind of a thing."

Anyone have an idea more graceful than leaving a stereo in the "on" position plugged into an outlet on the light's switch? And also more graceful than my subsequent idea, which was to hide that stereo above the suspended ceiling.
 

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Just food for thought. We put a plug in back of bath cabinet and use either a clock radio or Milwaukee radio. Motion sensor to the radio plug maybe?

Does she want to cover up water fall noises and such? Is it a bath remodel (insulating the walls helps alot).

Instead of hiding something in ceiling I would aim for hiding in wasted cabinet space. Small speakers in toe kick area? Small drawer in toe kick area. (Similar to toe kick heater idea). A lot of space under sink inside cabinet. Volume control know (like a dimmer) next to light switch?

Am I helping? My guess is someone jury rigged something she saw some were. If it is a product let her spend hours on the Internet finding it and dealing with ordering it. I hate it when a customers send me to go find something that may or may not exist or is too spend only to have them say oh nevermind.
 

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Just food for thought. We put a plug in back of bath cabinet and use either a clock radio or Milwaukee radio. Motion sensor to the radio plug maybe? Does she want to cover up water fall noises and such? Is it a bath remodel (insulating the walls helps alot). Instead of hiding something in ceiling I would aim for hiding in wasted cabinet space. Small speakers in toe kick area? Small drawer in toe kick area. (Similar to toe kick heater idea). A lot of space under sink inside cabinet. Volume control know (like a dimmer) next to light switch? Am I helping? My guess is someone jury rigged something she saw some were. If it is a product let her spend hours on the Internet finding it and dealing with ordering it. I hate it when a customers send me to go find something that may or may not exist or is too spend only to have them say oh nevermind.
She would like to hide the bathroom noises. It isn't really a remodel, just a facelift. It's a temporary rental space that needs to be an acceptable place to bring clients until a more permanent space is found in a year or so. So my scope doesn't really include getting into the walls.

Your post made me think about hiding something with Bluetooth speakers instead, so it's not just a radio in the ceiling.

My concern is that whatever is rigged up will take some time to actually boot up and play music, which would be strange. And lots of music devices now have to be turned back on once the power has been disconnected.

I will ask from where the idea came.
 

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Why mess around.She could have one of these: http://www.lightology.com/index.php...-28.88X36.88&gclid=CI7a6oe9vb0CFe87MgodnAkAxA

Mirror,TV and radio all in one package wit a remote.Who needs a light switch.I was at a casino in St.Louis a few months back and they had these in all the bathrooms.I had never seen them and in the bathroom after a few hours in the casino.Saw a remote on the vanity top and pushed the on buttom.TV came up in one corner od the mirror and about made me quit drinking.About.
 

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That's what I hate about new regulations requiring quiet bathroom fans. I would rather have a fan that makes a good distracting noise and that moves enough air out you would have to redo your hair do when you walk out.

I assumes she does something with clients for a while each visit. And the bathroom is close to main area. The music idea may be to troublesome. Some music may offend some. Non offending music will not mask noise. Technical issues. Expensive and labor intensely costs. Especially just to move in the near future.

I would recommend that for a temporary place go with a temporary solution . Like get an old fan (or a new one and modify it to make a racket) and install it say the current box if big enough to add this noise maker .......errrr i mean music maker. Or get a fan heater combo unit. And disconnect heating element then add say a playing card with a clothes pin hitting the fan (hey made our motor less bicycles sound like choppers as a kid right). Just make sure it comes on with vent fan or someone might think dummy fan is venting the room.

True story. on the second visit to my wife's parents house i had to use the restroom. Fearing i would melt paint off the walls i turned on the fan. Made one heck of a racket.......great two birds one stone. Only to be asked by my wife if i turned on the fan.........yes why? Her dad tried to fix it years ago and since then it runs air backwards and pushes air into hallway instead of out roofside........awesome.
 

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Oh baby I've got so many solutions it's not funny, what's the budget?
This project is definitely on a shoestring budget. But personally I'd be interested in costlier solutions. I like to have a few wacky ideas in the quiver.

Unger, I agree completely. How could you ever pick the right music for a professional atmosphere? Maybe in a spa... Unfortunately what she's got now is a fan unit where the fan doesn't run but also cannot be ventilated without penetrating some masonry. I think if I hooked up this fan it might just recreate your true story!
 

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Cheap radio running 24/7, tuned to an elevator music station. Flipping the switch energizes a relay that connects speakers.

Or spend money.
 

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I'll tell you what she needs to do,.....


Maybe she would like something to wipe her ass to,..,...


Is her husbands first name Yesdear,......:blink:




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f"ck that,....:rolleyes:


Run, Run like the wind.........your dealing with a control freak- switches,,,,,,on/off ...go/stop....etc,etc,....
 

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This project is definitely on a shoestring budget. But personally I'd be interested in costlier solutions. I like to have a few wacky ideas in the quiver.

Unger, I agree completely. How could you ever pick the right music for a professional atmosphere? Maybe in a spa... Unfortunately what she's got now is a fan unit where the fan doesn't run but also cannot be ventilated without penetrating some masonry. I think if I hooked up this fan it might just recreate your true story!
Describe shoestring in numerical terms because Tin's solution is my idea of shoestring.
 

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I should add music in washrooms and common areas is normal in office spaces, gyms, retail stores etc. Why turn it on and off with a light switch?
 
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Describe shoestring in numerical terms because Tin's solution is my idea of shoestring.
Probably $100.

Edit: Now I'm curious for myself. She can get a stereo or let the water run. Scope changed at the last meeting when she decided to save on drywall by hanging fabric with holes for the fluorescent lights. Yikes, goodbye.
 

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I should add music in washrooms and common areas is normal in office spaces, gyms, retail stores etc. Why turn it on and off with a light switch?
I think the music is only to mask bathroom noises. But, duh, it would be better to just have music always playing.
 

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Probably $100.

Edit: Now I'm curious for myself. She can get a stereo or let the water run. Scope changed at the last meeting when she decided to save on drywall by hanging fabric with holes for the fluorescent lights. Yikes, no thanks.
$100....shoestring budget. You see the problems here, right?
 

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$100....shoestring budget. You see the problems here, right?
Oh I'm outta there, forget the $100. If there's a cool idea, though, I'll save it for later.

I learned a good lesson about discussing budget before providing an estimate on this one.
 

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Oh I'm outta there, forget the $100. If there's a cool idea, though, I'll save it for later.

I learned a good lesson about discussing budget before providing an estimate on this one.
Exactly! Been there too many times. And I've learned to watch out for the ones who seem to imply $$ is no object to fix their concern. They can flip on you just as fast, or just want the "solution" without commitment. I throw them a number to gauge it if they can't quantify how much they can afford. Saves a lot of time.
 

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This person sounds like the customer I had who told me don't worry about the price, do the work and we can haggle over the price at the end. :whistling
I had a guy call me up with an emergency, he shorted the output on a card reader and needed it fixed, said go ahead and fix it and tell him the amount after. I fixed it and then he said "so is there going to be a charge for this?"

Just because you asked yes there is a charge. :laughing:
 

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Exactly! Been there too many times. And I've learned to watch out for the ones who seem to imply $$ is no object to fix their concern. They can flip on you just as fast, or just want the "solution" without commitment. I throw them a number to gauge it if they can't quantify how much they can afford. Saves a lot of time.
The implication was that while money is no object "usually", this space/project had a limited budget because it was a temporary rental. No big deal, I'll sweat for less while the weather is poor, I figured, especially for a good new client with future reno plans.

I was bummed because the project would have been a wicked before/after for the portfolio and I'm just killing time waiting for the weather to come around so we can start a new house. I consoled myself at the candy store though:

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Canceling jobs to go tool shopping is probably not a great business model though...
 
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