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OK the only way im gonna really start on this is if people keep sayin hows it goin. So as advised im starting this thread on my theater build. My room is 20.5 x 14.4 x 9. The trick is its already in a finished basement and wired as a theater but not the way I want. So it looks like im going to take the drywall down and start from scratch. I welcome and look foward to all suggestions ideas questions and comments. Im not new to HT but im new to the construction phase.
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Welcome to to the support group...err..

Anyway, looking forward to seeing it as it progresses, take plenty of photos.

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So..... How's it goin? Any progress to report? Is it too early for that?

Take lots of pictures, and while I don't have any experience building a theater (yet), I can tell you that you will save yourself a lot of time if you have a detailed plan before you drive the first nail or, in your case, pull down the first sheet of sheetrock.

Can you post some pictures of your space, and maybe a layout that you have in mind?

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so, how's it going?

Actually, just start with allot of reading. Follow others threads who seem to have a high post count. You will learn much about sound isolation and things like that. I would read through many threads before starting construction, and get some plans worked out. Start with a basic layout of your basement and room, and post it, and people can comment on that.

Just make sure there is a plan before you begin.

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Are you finished yet?

I started a few months ago with an already-finished basement too. I have had a wonderful time learning and getting ideas from the other threads on this forum.

Why are you calling it the "40's Theater"?
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ok no progress yet, ive just been kickin around ideas for the space and ive actually been reading a lot of the threads which encouraged me to do it this way. ive always been all or nothing but i see that alot of people have built there theaters over time and I definetly have other places to enjoy tv and sports in the house while i build it. we bought the house not too long ago and i came to avs when i was buying flat screens. i didnt realize exactly how much info and how many areas were covered here. so when we looked at the home of course the theater looked cool and already wired but as i read and reasearched i found i wouldnt have done it that way. im about to hide all the wires from all the other flat screens now and run the boxes to a central location and start on the theater. ill take some better pics this weekend and then i guess its time to spin the wheel...my house is up for the family thanksgiving rotation 2012 so that is my goal.
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I've always been all or nothing but i see that a lot of people have built there theaters over time and I definitely have other places to enjoy tv and sports in the house while I build it.

Good plan. I've always been a PROGRESS PROGRESS PROGRESS NOW NOW NOW kind of guy and this project has certainly taught me patience!

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...my house is up for the family thanksgiving rotation 2012 so that is my goal.

Oh no! Now you've done it! You can't set a date of completion, man! Now you're in deep for sure!
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never ever set a completion date lol!!!

Refer to it as 'an ongoing project' at all times to reserve the right to buy new stuff even when she objects, and leave the space in various states of disarray.

Easiest way to do this in stages lol.

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never ever set a completion date lol!!!

Refer to it as 'an ongoing project' at all times to reserve the right to buy new stuff even when she objects, and leave the space in various states of disarray.

Easiest way to do this in stages lol.

This is good advice. Always keep a pile or two of lumber in there and a healthy assortment of hand tools scattered around!
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Hey.....uh.....so.....uhhhh......How's it going???

Uhhh.....any.....uhhh.....progress to report????

Oh.....uhhh.....and.......uhhhh......are you finished yet??


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So how's it going?

im sittin on the diving board knowing i can swim and everyones in the pool waiting for me to jump in and join the party.

great job on your theater im leaning toward the brown instead of dark gray but havent decided and leaning toward fully rebuilding the room (taking the drywall down) even though money and time say go with what you have.
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HA HA I have to admit that i didnt think anyone would even read or respond so now I HAVE to do this lol. so ill take pics this weekend...
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So as I tackled my mulch beds yesterday I did come to some decisions. I'm going to go with what I have for the time being and do a 2nd incarnation as time and money allow. I would like to do a serious build but there's no way I can do it right now. But in the spirit of "never done" I'll be planning it and ready to upgrade I'm sure by the time I finish this one. Just figured out that I can post pics from my phone thru this app so I'll be doing that today
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So as I tackled my mulch beds yesterday I did come to some decisions.

We have some pretty big areas we mulched this year (about two months ago) my back still hurts !

Anyway, best of luck with your theater, mine has been instrumental in my sanity.

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Wow! That wheel barrow looks pristine! Are you sure you didn't put it in that picture just for looks?

Dude, are you made of leprechauns? Cause that was awesome!

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We have some pretty big areas we mulched this year (about two months ago) my back still hurts !

Anyway, best of luck with your theater, mine has been instrumental in my sanity.

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Thanks. Im sure mine will be too as the rec room is now. "nice theater" doesn't even do it justice so I'll just say you already know lol.

Yeah I shoulda taken that pic with my truck in it to show how much mulch that really was. I got it done tho.
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Wow! That wheel barrow looks pristine! Are you sure you didn't put it in that picture just for looks?

Hahahahaha my first time "mulching" lol so yeah that was it's maiden voyage. Stuff like this is whats kept me from the theater. I bought that and some painting supplies and wires to get started.
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I am looking forward to seeing what you cone up with and how you use the space. You have almost identical dimensions to my room. Welcome to the fun. Greg

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I am looking forward to seeing what you cone up with and how you use the space. You have almost identical dimensions to my room. Welcome to the fun. Greg

Yeah dimensions were a big thing for me I would read about and see HTs and think I don't have enough space. And alot of times the dimensions aren't mentioned but then I started seeing spaces smaller than mine that were hot so I was like I guess I'll do this.
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Ok here we go excuse the iPhone pics it was just easy and I'm rarely near a computer. The kids use the space to play xbox and wii on an old Sony rear pro. That was also part of my decision to go with what I have so as not to displace them during the build. Once I start the more serious build in a couple years they'll be old enough to understand or be out on dates lol. Hope this all makes sense here goes:

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From the rear of the room. U see it's wired assuming flatscreen use. The painters tape marks a 120 inch screen

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In wall speakers. Wire is already pulled to the location for l r and c. Going with the Aperion in wall lc 6 I think it is.

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Back wall closet I can house equipment here or there's a closet just outside room entry.

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This is from the front along the entry wall. I am a little worried about what the sound will do with the bulkhead (?) here

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And from the rear again u can see the component wires and an ac outlet pulled for a ceiling mount projector which is too short to throw a 120" screen image. It's about 10 feet deep and from what I've read it will need to be mounted at about 17-18. They meant well though.


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This is down to the right of the tv/screen location all component wiring and speaker connections as well

I really didn't feel like straightening the room first I've been mulching all weekend lol so please excuse the mess.
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Holy crap we have a theater build thread and the only progress we have is a picture of a wheel barrow and a mulch bed.

You are going to fit in here just fine my friend. Oh as for setting a finish date, well as you progress in this journey you will see the folly of your ways. Don't hang the projector that will stop you in any forward progress for sure.

Hmmm......What am I thinking? I am already thinking progress and all we have twenty some odd posts in is a picture of a wheel barrow. HA! Now if we can just keep Logan and Hanes away you might have a chance.

Welcome to the madness.

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For good measure the rest of these are the reason the theater is a permission granted but "don't-you- buy- another- piece -of -equipment- until..." type of operation.

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Holy crap we have a theater build thread and the only progress we have is a picture of a wheel barrow and a mulch bed.

Haha this was YOUR advice that I followed. I was happy lurking. Lol
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Haha this was YOUR advice that I followed. I was happy lurking. Lol

Following my advise is YOUR FAULT, I did not really think you would, no one else does! But since you did might as well make it worth while for all of us!

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do i NEED to pull the carpet up for the second row risers or can i just put it on top of the carpet. and how should they be secured or will the weight of the would and furniture be enough.
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Following my advise is YOUR FAULT, I did not really think you would, no one else does! But since you did might as well make it worth while for all of us!

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yes this will be worth while for all involved one way or the other lol, still going thru yours and others threads....i see how important it is to ONLY talk about your theater and its progress hahahaha. i was thinking maybe i shouldve started the thread in whole house av or something like that because as you can see in the pics the wiring projects are up next too which is supposed to end up all tied in together...aww hell who cares
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Risers if built sturdily will be heavy enough to not require any fasteners to the floor or adjacent walls. You can just plop it on the carpet if you want, just don't think that in 5 years you can take it out and the carpet will spring back.
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Risers if built sturdily will be heavy enough to not require any fasteners to the floor or adjacent walls. You can just plop it on the carpet if you want, just don't think that in 5 years you can take it out and the carpet will spring back.


thanks thats what i was thinkin...ive followed your thread for some time, figured id pop out there one weekend for a game or somethin lol
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