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Moving right along. BTW, where is Plant City?
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Plant City is in between Tampa and Orlando in Florida.

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Not a really huge town. Some people come down in Feb to go to the Strawberry Festival.

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My good friend Shaun drove down from Alabama just to help me finish building my risers. This was my first project working with wood and I have very little tools. He shows up with skill saws, clamps, router, compound miter saw, drills, reciprocating saw, sander, levels, squares and even a ladder. He knew I didn't have any of those items so he just packed what he figured we would need for the project. What a great friend!

I had NO idea how long it was going to take us. For some reason, I thought 3 hours. Totally wrong. Try 11 hours.

I want to thank Jason (mn_hokie) for the photos of his risers. His room is close to the size of my room so I used his risers as a guide for mine. I chose to go with 2x10's instead of 2x12's that he used.

We decided it would be best not to hard wire the power to the riser but instead made a power plug to go from the back wall into the riser and attached it to a gang box (think that is the correct term). From there we ran Romex inside the riser to the two step lights, two wall plugs on the front of the riser (for my front electric theater seats to plug into) and a toggle light switch that we mounted to the side (just as you enter the room) that would turn on/off the step lights.

Before we added the insulation, we stapled plastic on the bottom side of the riser to secure the insulation when we move or lift it up. This thing is one heavy sucker. We got a workout lifting it up and down to work on it.





We added staggered 2x4 braces to the primary walking area on the risers to add support and to help eliminate flexing or squeeking.



Once the electric was run, we added the insulation, then used construction adhesive to secure the 3/4 plywood to the 2x10's before screwing them together





The hardest part was installing the carpet and padding. Neither of us had ever worked with carpet before. What a chore that was. We first carpeted the top by using staples and carpet tacks to secure it to the sides that would not be seen and to the underside of the lip for the sides that would be seen. We ran a strip around the front and side facing, cut holes for the lights, switch and two outlets. The hardest part was figuring out how to make the corners look good and how to carpet the two steps. The carpet I chose was not an exact match to the carpet that was in the room but I knew that when I bought it. It was the closest they had to it. There is only one seam that is noticable but overall, I am very pleased with the result.





Two outlets on the front will be used to plug in my front 3 theater seats.



We goofed on the step lights. After installing, I plugged in the riser and hit the switch and immediately, the bulbs blew. Uh oh. We figured out the problem. We mistakenly picked up Low Voltage step lights instead of High Voltage. Oops. We went back to Lowes and HD but neither had High Voltage step lights so I guess I'll have to find them online. Anyone know of a good company to buy these from? For now, I have the boxes open and the wires secured with wire nuts and electrical tape until I can get the correct lights for the steps.

Here you can see the switch we installed just as you enter the door. Figures I can easily turn it on with my foot as I enter the room.


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We were able to install the seats to look at placement.

Can you tell which photos below were taken with my cheap Nikon Coolpix point and shoot camera and Shaun's Canon 20D SLR camera? Hint: Look for the white dots in the photos. LOL.





I knew the rear rows would not be able to be centered in the room but they came much closer than I expected since we were able to move it away from the side wall some.





After placing the seats, we decided to move the riser away from the rear wall a few inches so we could move the rear seats further back on the riser to give more room for walking when the footrests are extended. Looks like I'll be adding more carpet to the back side of it now.







The cabinet guy was not able to come this weekend so we held the 103' Elite Screen up to see what it would look like.


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I was going to order the Panasonic AE3000u on Friday through my A/V guy from projector people. They had it in stock and I could pick it up Monday but since it is in Florida, I would have to pay around $180 in sales tax.

I've been patient this long, I think I'm going to order it through an online dealer to save a little. Money saved on sales tax will pay for my ceiling mount. Projector Central shows several recommended companies. Anyone have any recommendations on where I should buy it from? I"m leaning towards using Visual Apex. They currently have three warranty promos for the Panny.

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Warranty Offer
2nd year Limited Manufacturer Warranty
Purchase your PT-AE3000U from Visual Apex between 2/1/09 and 3/31/09 and receive a 2nd year or 2,000 hour extended warranty (whichever comes first, excluding lamp)
The 2nd-year warranty will be available to consumers who complete and submit a PT-AE3000U 2nd-Year Limited Warranty Claim Form.

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Purchase your PT-AE3000U from Visual Apex thru Monday, Feb. 9th, and receive a FREE 1 year Assurant Warranty Instantly! This warranty is in addition to the Manufacturer's Extended Warranty Rebate for a Total of 3 years coverage! Your warranty contract will arrive via postage mail within 4-6 weeks after purchase date. Specific terms and conditions of your warranty coverage will be included in that paperwork.

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Purchase your PT-AE3000U from Visual Apex thru Monday, Feb. 9th, and receive a FREE 2 year Assurant Lamp Warranty Instantly!
Your warranty contract will arrive via postage mail within 4-6 weeks after purchase date. Specific terms and conditions of your warranty coverage will be included in that paperwork.

Any recommendations for a ceiling mount for this projector? I believe I'll need an extension pole as well.

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Nice job on the riser, and thanks for the shout out

What would be even cooler than that switch would be a switch with a motion sensor that turned on the riser when you walked by

I'll have to see if I can find where I got my step lights from. If you do a google search for line level step lights though, you should get a handful. You might want to check out step lights for decks at the local stores as well.
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Thanks Jason. I try to give credit where credit is due.

Neat idea with the motion sensor but not sure if that would work out too well. If you have multiple people entering the room, wouldn't it turn on and off several times?

The "step lights for decks" is what we found in the stores. They are all low voltage. Shaun said it's because most people that install them outdoors and do not want to go through the hassle of burying conduit so they use low voltage instead.

I'm looking online now.

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Looks like your thread was updated with the seats as I was posting my last reply. Dude, they look sweet!

It's not your camera with the orbs though. Even my SLR picks them up if theyre in the air
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Jason, did you see my post above concerning suggested places to buy the Panny from?

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Jason, did you see my post above concerning suggested places to buy the Panny from?

If you check out projectorcentral, there are several there. I was part of the group that went with Projectorpeople. Visual Apex is another trusted one.
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Looks like your thread was updated with the seats as I was posting my last reply. Dude, they look sweet!

It's not your camera with the orbs though. Even my SLR picks them up if theyre in the air

Thanks man. They are not a matching set but I got the front electric ones for $750 and the back row (non-reclining) for $700. Both were in pristine condition. Back row seats I bought from a builder that was shutting down. It was in their model home which got very little if any wear.

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Visual Apex is another trusted one.

Yeah, that is who I'm leaning towards. They have great feedback and have three warranty promos going on until tomorrow.

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Yeah, that is who I'm leaning towards. They have great feedback and have three warranty promos going on until tomorrow.

Shoot me a PM if you have any questions. I know AVS gets a little flaky about pricetalks and stuff in the threads.
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Shoot me a PM if you have any questions. I know AVS gets a little flaky about pricetalks and stuff in the threads.

Thanks for the head's up. Will do.

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I ordered the Panasonic AE-3000u projector this morning! I could have ordered it locally (30 minutes from my house) but it would have cost me $180 extra for sales tax. I opted to purchase it through Visual Apex. It shipped this morning but will not be here until next Monday. I was hoping it would be here by this weekend. Oh well, at least it's on it's way.

I finished mounting the rear speakers tonight. They look tiny in the photos but they actually have an 8" woofer in them. The mounts from JR are great quality, but with big speakers, you cannot swivel them very much before they touch the wall.








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Oh, those are far from small. It still cracks me up that Klipsch calls them bookshelf speakers.
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Yeah, as you can see in the last photo, they are angled downwards the full 10 degrees and they are almost right up against the wall. Man I hope they never come loose from up there. I have two screws in the bottom and they are clamped tight. It would literally kill someone if it fell on their head. Anyone up for movie night on the back row at my house? LOL

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My projector is right over the money seat in the back row. It took me a few days to quit looking up at it everytime I sat down.
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I'm sure. Guess I'll just have to check the screws often to make sure they are secure. I wouldn't want them to work loose due to the vibrations in the room.

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Just read your thread. Looking sharp. Congrats. I am getting ready to wire my room so the details you gave on wiring are really helpful. Thanks.
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Thanks adam. Glad I could help. This is my first HT so everything I've done "construction wise" is all new to me. Good luck with your bonus room. You are going to love it!

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Two weeks ago, I pulled out all my equipment because I knew we would be building the risers and the cabinets were going to be installed. Last week, we built the risers but no cabinets. This week, no cabinets. Two weeks without music was getting rough. Last night I realized, why not hook up the Yammie, the PS3 and use my Klipsch RB-35's as mains just so I could listen to something until the cabinets are installed. The rears had been mounted and installed but I had not connected my bananna plugs to the wires that terminate at the receiver end. Once that was finished, I hooked it up and was really impressed with them. No sub, just them playing by themselves. Lots of volume, very good bottom end (especially for a bookshelf and especially since they are 6 feet off the ground). I went to the front of the room and stood up and they sounded ok, but as I walked closer to the middle of the room where my theater seats are, they sounded sweeter and sweeter. Even sitting down with them firing at the back of my head, they actually sound very nice. I had questioned if they would be mounted too high and if the 10 degrees would be enough. I think they are going to rock as rear speakers. Just wanted to share anyone looking for a great sounding bookshelf speaker, the Klipsch RB-35's should definitely be considered.

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Yesterday was V-day and it was great. I took my wife out to buy some furniture for her sitting room, she bought me some new clothes. Although V-day was great, tomorrow is P-day!!!! What? You haven't heard of it? We're talking Projector Day baby! The Panasonic AE3000u will be delivered. I just looked at the email I received from Visual Apex and saw something that struck me....it says, "True HD (1920x1080 Resolution), 1080p". It's hard to believe that this will be my first experience with HD. Remember, I only have a 32" RCA CRT in the living room. My son has a 17" LCD TV but that's the closest I've got to having HD until tomorrow. I believe our family is going to be in for a major treat. At least I sure hope so. If not, my wife is going to kill me! LOL.

Now if I can get the cabinet guy to get over here and start working on the cabinets, I can bring in the speakers and a/v equipment from my bedroom back into the theater room.

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Yesterday was V-day and it was great. I took my wife out to buy some furniture for her sitting room, she bought me some new clothes. Although V-day was great, tomorrow is P-day!!!! What? You haven't heard of it? We're talking Projector Day baby! The Panasonic AE3000u will be delivered. I just looked at the email I received from Visual Apex and saw something that struck me....it says, "True HD (1920x1080 Resolution), 1080p". It's hard to believe that this will be my first experience with HD. Remember, I only have a 32" RCA CRT in the living room. My son has a 17" LCD TV but that's the closest I've got to having HD until tomorrow. I believe our family is going to be in for a major treat. At least I sure hope so. If not, my wife is going to kill me! LOL.

Now if I can get the cabinet guy to get over here and start working on the cabinets, I can bring in the speakers and a/v equipment from my bedroom back into the theater room.

I thought you were going to say Presidents' Day...you are surely making the transition to HD the right way!!!!
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I thought you were going to say Presidents' Day...you are surely making the transition to HD the right way!!!!

I actually forgot about it being presidents day. How funny is that? I'll be working but that's ok cause my projector is being delivered to my work. I couldn't let it sit in the hot Florida heat with no one to shade it from the UV's? I would be a horrible daddy if I did that.

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Two weeks ago, I pulled out all my equipment because I knew we would be building the risers and the cabinets were going to be installed. Last week, we built the risers but no cabinets. This week, no cabinets. Two weeks without music was getting rough. Last night I realized, why not hook up the Yammie, the PS3 and use my Klipsch RB-35's as mains just so I could listen to something until the cabinets are installed. The rears had been mounted and installed but I had not connected my bananna plugs to the wires that terminate at the receiver end. Once that was finished, I hooked it up and was really impressed with them. No sub, just them playing by themselves. Lots of volume, very good bottom end (especially for a bookshelf and especially since they are 6 feet off the ground). I went to the front of the room and stood up and they sounded ok, but as I walked closer to the middle of the room where my theater seats are, they sounded sweeter and sweeter. Even sitting down with them firing at the back of my head, they actually sound very nice. I had questioned if they would be mounted too high and if the 10 degrees would be enough. I think they are going to rock as rear speakers. Just wanted to share anyone looking for a great sounding bookshelf speaker, the Klipsch RB-35's should definitely be considered.


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I'll second that opinion!

Hey Jason, I can't recall what center channel you are using with your RB-35's. I'm thinking it was maybe the damaged RB-35? Do you have them angled upward towards your ears or are they firing straight ahead?

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