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post #31 of 53 Old 05-30-2011, 05:32 AM
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See? I TOLD you that you didn't need any actual building to have a Build thread. That's just a common misconception.

Hasn't been any building going on in my "build" thread in forever, and for some reason it still keeps attracting riff raff!

Happy Memorial Day to the giant Fusion Family!

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You too Hanes.

Spent the day moving 2 cu yards of dirt, and a bunch of heavy stone border (small retaining wall around garden) to finally get our garden in.



Rear wall, 4th stone from the left, weighed about 400lbs. I could 'just' lift it into place.

Now my back feels


I should point out, I am building stuff, just not theater related.
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Even days later I am still doing this



Aleve has become my good friend.

Buddy at work says "You don't recover as fast when you get older".....






Damn.... I thought I had a few years yet...
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Damn.... I thought I had a few years yet...

Didn't we all?


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This is gonna be my motto for the summer:

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If you want a "real" workshop with like power tools and saws and stuff then Plan 3 is probably the best cause those things eat space quickly and you need room to move around a shop area.

Plan 3 has plenty of room for the "Rec Room" depending on how you define it and our preference was a multi-purpose fun room that includes a "Theater" component. Dedicated theater rooms are only for folk to sit in the dark quietly while staring at a wall screen and that is not us - is it you?

Our space is 17ft. X 24ft and it is a bar/game room and theater. It retains an open "feel" while having space for seven pinball machines, stand up, coin-op darts, foosball and a 1950s BIG baseball arcade game. There is still room for a nice oak bar and six large and comfy bar chairs.

How it Works - When the lights are out (or very dim) it is a theater. The projector is shelf mounted over the bar projecting/throwing across the 17ft room width yeilding us a 120in diagonal image which, to us, gives us the "at the movies" experience we wanted.

With more ambient light the PJ/screen works good for a Sports Bar big screen sports experience - even with some of the pinball games lit up.

When not in theater mode we have a small (19in) bar top HD flat screen for when all the pins and neons and decorations and etc are all lit up and we are in full party mode.

The above is what we wanted and, to us, it is about perfect for a multi-purpose fun or "rec room" space.

Now you guys decide what will be your perfect "rec room". Having a theater component is easy and it takes very little space if done right.
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Your basement sounds nice imjay - any photos you can share with us? Do you have a build thread?

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If you want a "real" workshop with like power tools and saws and stuff then Plan 3 is probably the best cause those things eat space quickly and you need room to move around a shop area.

Yes they do... as does the scrap wood pile.. Grows on its own accord.



You never know when you'll need that small 1 ft piece of oak flooring that you bought 10 years ago. Look in the right leg, by the foot.. its there I promise..

Right now a couple of my big tools (Chopsaw, tablesaw) share space with my ever expanding woodpile in the roughed in bath area...

As Hanes says, lets see what you have.. Always looking for ideas to steal from...
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Another $$$ setback. Hailstorm did major damage to roof.

Insurance covers most of it, however, deductible is high (1% of house value)... Yikes! More $$ out of pocket. I should probably change my deductible, ya think?

Plus looks like 2-3 60+ ft trees behind me have dutch elm. Gotta get them taken down or I risk having them fall on house (branches of one already touching roof!)



Feel like I am just flushing money down the drain...

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If it's true that adversity builds character, you must be quite a character.

Hang in there!

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Watched a great movie with my son tonite (on the projector set up in my living room).

The original Tron (1982). I saw it when I was about the same age as him.

Great to see that movie can still hold its own against modern movies.

Watching the new one Tron:Legacy tomorrow nite.


Me too. Awesome!
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Been giving the projector a major workout with the heat in the midwest.

Two shows I'd recommend watching in HD on a 10ft screen/wall:

For the "sick of Twilight folks"
1. TrueBlood (HBO, 'nuff said).

For the wannabe nerds:
2. Through the Wormhole (Science Channel): very cool topics and the animation/planet/star/galaxy stuff is way cool (side benefit my 5 an 7.5 year old are learning about String Theory and Quantum Mechanics, take that Baby Einstein!)
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Checking in. No building done. Guess I am officially Hanes-amatized!

Yes I know this is an old thread...
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I got excited reading this thread, because I have a walkout basement home that I want to do a workshop/storage/home theater in.

I was hoping for some inspiration. Guess I'll move along now . . .
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Yeah, life gets in the way all the time. I keep on having to cut trees down behind me as Dutch Elm keeps killing them. Got another at risk of falling on my house (last really close one). That's 9 or 10 60+ footers I've had to get cut down. And that service is damn expensive.
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Yeah, life gets in the way all the time. I keep on having to cut trees down behind me as Dutch Elm keeps killing them. Got another at risk of falling on my house (last really close one). That's 9 or 10 60+ footers I've had to get cut down. And that service is damn expensive.

I was just messing with ya. I haven't started anything on mine yet either, so I shouldn't talk too much.

That's a lot of tree you're getting rid of. But you need to get rid of them, if that other picture is any indication.
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Yeah... its all a matter of time and money, neither of which I have much of nowadays...
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Allo, allo?! Anyone in there?



Fusion,

Just pullin' your chain a bit to check in and see how life is treating you.

How about an 16 month check up for your faithful reader?

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Nah not much has happened. Life keeps on getting in the way. That and a lack of $$$$$$... sigh... life right now is being spent on a 'free' vacation in cape cod for two weeks at the Grand parent in laws summer cottage. Did the 1500 mile drive in 2 days... 1000 miles in one day 17hrs straight with 2 adults and 2 kids and 2 dogs. Yes we stopped for break every 2 hrs or so but we made it.
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ZOMBIE THREAD REVIVAL ALERT!

Back after a multi-year hiatus.

Lots has happened since then, none of it theatre related other than my Panasonic AE2000U blew up its optical block and forced me to get a LCD TV (at the time cost for a new replacement wasnt in the cards.

However, today my boss (from whom I bought the aforementioned Pany) told me that he is going to sell his old Panny AE4000u and asked if I wanted it? Downside, needs a new bulb (it blew after 5000hrs+) and while thats expensive, the total cost i'd get it for is less than a new large screen TV (65"+).

My basement theater plans are still on more or less permanent hold. Wife is no longer working, (went back to school), had to buy a car... so the income is reduced.

As a result I will have to make do with what I have.

Open floorplan main floor, with a 10 wide wall space (which is what I was projecting on before). Light control (blinds for during the day). Sand colored wall (actually works well for projection).
Electronic gear has upgraded somewhat. Pioneer 1225 A/V (this was the Costco deal from a couple years back). XboxOne, Panasonic BDT-215 Blu-ray player.

I am looking at ceiling mounting this time. Downside is that I will have to pull a long HDMI and Power cable to the projector. Any suggestions on how best to hide this? We don't have crown molding so that is always an option.... Looking at about a 30 (linear foot) run from A/V reciever to the Projector.



So with the reanimation somewhat complete...

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Nice to see you visiting your old thread! Good things come to those who wait!

What's shakin' my large Scandahoovian friend?

I don't have any great suggestions for you on hiding your HDMI run to the projector, short of cutting a couple holes and fishing it through the ceiling (assuming it's drywall). As for the power, you could do much the same with one of those <<searching old dormant memory banks>> power bridges, or whatever they're called, that essentially allows you to run an extension cord to your ceiling projector location, with the other end coming out in a discrete spot near existing power. I installed one in my old HT once upon a time and it worked nice.

Still need to cut some holes in the drywall that way, though.

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Hi Hanesian!

I have the lamp replaced on the projector. Was able to find a Panasonic lamp, 0 hours, local for $199. Also, picked up a Darbee Darblet ($199) as well. Wow, what a difference!!

Haven't purchased the ceiling mount yet. Figured my Bday is coming up in early May so I can ask for that for a present from the family.

If I recall correctly, I think my second floor beams are perpendicular to the run I'd need to make to the wall power outlet.... Will need to figure something out for that. If anyone has ideas I am all ears...
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Send some pics of the proposed run of the wires. If its a main floor with a second floor above, you may have to do the hole approach as Hanes suggested by removing drywall patches at each stud and going back and patching later. If you do that (time consuming for repairing), make sure that you run conduit or some smurf tube to hold the wires and allow for future expansion without doing it all over again.

Good luck!

(I need to start a build thread as I've been redoing basement for 5 years).

Gear: Visio 70" M701d-A3R LED TV | Denon x2100w AVR | Sony BDPS5100 (blu ray) | SONY PS3 | Polk 265-RT (L/R) | Polk 255C-RT (C) | Polk RC65i (L/R rear Surround) | Polk RC80i (L/R Surround) | SVS PB-2000 (Subwoofer) | Harmony Smart Control (Remote)

My basement reno: http://www.avsforum.com/forum/15-gen...l#post33708177
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