So I've done some work the past weekends. Forgot to post some pictures. Lots of unexpected issues with ceiling joists not lining up for my surround speakers, some surprising load bearing walls in my way, and unfamiliarity with tools causing holes in my exterior wall.
The ceiling required a LOT of extra framing to brace the Def Tech RSS speakers. It's a pain in the arse to install framing members using a small 8" x 9" speaker hole. I wound up buying a Kreg pocket hole drill set just so I could install the framing. The fact that I had TJI-210
engineered I-beam joists doesn't help: you have to "fill in" the I-beam space before you attach framing to the beams.
Surround left ceiling hole. I originally wanted to put the speaker by the smaller hole, but after inspection of the ceiling joists it wouldn't work there. Unfortunately I have to place the two surround speakers closer together than I had wanted.
Surround right ceiling hole with access holes to run the cable down the wall chase.
Speaker terminal port. I didn't plan on cutting the baseboard molding until my drill bit got "stuck in the wall" and I needed more eyes on the situation. Luckily I already had a Dremel flush cut tool that makes removing a random piece of molding fairly easy.
Yeah. Two 1.5" holes in my exterior walls. First time using a Greenlee 921 D'versibit Extension Kit. The auger bit got stuck in the wall. Still need to fix this somehow.
And here are all FIVE random holes in my floor when I couldn't seem to get an access hole through the framing sill. The cables you see are for surround speakers.