If I did that I'd use a screw and washer to hook the balun to the elements right?
Yep. But see below.
one with the screws for wires and one with the little Y connectors. When using the stripped house wire, what's the best way to connect the balun to the antenna element if I don't do a wood or pvc base?
Small bolt, nut, washers is easiest.
One end of the balun should have twin lead you can split to reach the 3" feedpoint.
If I do end up having to climb up in the attic (ick), can I run the cable down into my existing cable distribution center in the closet?
I dont know, can you ? heh. If you havent already bought a distribution amp, I would get a quality preamp instead and use a splitter.
I'm really hacked at our local cable company. I was paying $80 a month and the only way to cut that down was to remove groups of channels. So that's left me with 24 channels that cost around $40 a month. given I can get quite a few of those OTA (at higher quality), I see no reason to pay them anything.
Absolutely, theyre insane.
especially since I can buy a Roku box to get netflix for less than $10 a month to fill in the movie aspect and also get pandora.
Yep, and you can rent DVDs for $1 that are way newer than on cable. And with a decent high speed internet connection, you have Hulu.com, Crackle.com, PBS.org, Natgeo.com, TheWB.com, CBS.com, Fox.com and many many more places to watch full length movies and shows with less commercial interruption. And the best part is, you choose the time to view.