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Spent a lot of time cleaning and organizing. Finished the wiring in the theater:



Finished framing the rest of the basement:


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Spoke to John from the soundproofing company via email and have some decisions to make. As of now I'm definitely clip/channeling the ceiling and will probably dd/gg it as well.

Also, just picked these up off of craigslist.



Also, insulation is about half done and I didn't putty pad the backer boxes. Any ideas on how else I can soundproof them?

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Small update. Most of the walls in the theater are insulated; now I have to do the rest of the basement or it'll never happen.



As of now, I'm still planning on one layer of 5/8" dw for the walls, and once it's up I'll put the seats in to see how I feel about adding a second layer.

I'm kicking myself for not using decoupling clips on the framing now too.

On a brighter note, picked up a 5.0 set of BIC Acoustech speakers from a fellow member.


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I decided I'm going to go pretty much all-out in my soundproofing efforts. I don't want to regret it later. I'm about to order putty pads, build backer boxes for my cans, etc. I also modified the clips I bought earlier on Craigslist to use to decouple my walls. The modified ones are on the right.



Also, another great CL find:





160 RSIC clips for $125. They were up in MA, but the seller agreed to ship them at my expense. biggrin.gif

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Continuing in the theme of budget-taking measures, I present my budget putty pads:



I wish I had used them before insulating; it would have saved me a ton of time. I'm also going back and reattaching all my top plates with decoupling clips; another measure I wish I had decided to go with earlier.

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Hey AaronN. Couldn't help but to notice the basement window. I covered mine up as well. At first I did it like you by just filling it with insulation then that winter it got really cold. I just happened to pull the insulation back one night and found a butt load of moisture on the window glass and insulation. Well, needless to say I freaked out a little because I didn't want future mold issues. I didn't want to go through the hassle of blocking it in so this it what I came up with. I sealed the window shut with caulk inside and out. Then I purchase some expandable spray on foam and sprayed it right onto the glass and backfilled the opening. Worked like a charm! No more moisture!! I trimmed the foam flush with the framing and drywalled will mold resistant drywall. Problem solved and no more worries!!!

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Thanks, Neaner. I'm probably blocking it in from outside so I'm not too worried.

Update:

Got my order from John at The Soundproofing Co. Everyone here already knows how great they are so no need to elaborate:



Started insulating the ceiling and installing clips:



Got my inlet that I'm going to use for my projector from Amazon;




Started backer boxes. 4 smaller ones for 3" "screen washers." 12 Larger ones for 6" new-construction cans:



The smaller ones are all complete now with cement board and green glue/sealant.

And the trims are painted:





Also, I bought Speakercraft enclosed in-walls for side surrounds. Should I build backer boxes for them anyway? Space is pretty tight there.

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Progress! 95% finished my joist muffler for my HVAC supply into the theater (based on the SIM from John at The Soundproofing Co, but tweaked to my needs). Also, got the first sheet of drywall on the ceiling which felt pretty ceremonial.

The muffler: I took fairly detailed progress pics if anyone is interested.



First piece going up on the ceiling:






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I just realized I forgot to put insulation in 1.5 ceiling joist bays, and I already have one layer of drywall up. It's all the way in the back of the room; not in the theater area. How important is it? Should I take down that sheet just to insulate it?

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Update. This is pretty much my May, June and July.

Drywall came:

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After purchasing 15 sheets of the stuff myself, and lugging it to my basement with my cousin, I was more than happy to shell out the extra dough for them to deliver the last 85 sheets to the basement. Delivered!

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Putting in backer boxes even though my in-wall side-surrounds are enclosed:

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Theater area 95% doubled, with GG:

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Used 5/8" ply where we may hang a curtain to separate the theater from the rest of the room:

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Selfie, after hanging 10 sheets on the ceiling by myself.

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Finally a noteworthy update, or two or three...

Beware, pic heavy!

After hanging 85 out of the 100 sheets of drywall, I got a crew in to hang the rest and finish it as well.

Stack dwindling:



From the screen wall:



Towards the screen wall:



Choosing colors. We were originally going for Black/Red, but wife wanted Ravens' colors.



Wired with Big's help:



Mudded/taped:



Primed! We're getting there!





BLACK:



My help:






Paint theme in the theater area, with bar and pendants:



Paint color in the rest of the room:







STAGE:

Lumber:



Framed:



R19:



Layer 1:



Remnants of GG:



All buttoned up (with wall sconces and screen washers facing the wrong way:




Carpets going in right now biggrin.gif



We went with Shaw Podova in Raven for the theater area, and Shaw Kids Rule in Grape Jelly for the rest of the room.

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Seats and carpet are in!

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Screen is up.

I started my stage 22" from the wall, and only filled it with pink fluffy. I plan on a shorter "stage" behind it that I'll fill with sand for the speakers.

I used a 2x4 nailed to the back of the stage and screwed/nailed into the ceiling with a 2x3 crosspiece. I don't have a picture, but then I sistered a second 2x4 against the others, under the crosspiece and on the stage.

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Screen hung:

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With screen-washers and sconces:

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Without sconces:

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Pretty much completed. I'm a horrible photographer though and pictures truly don't do it justice.

The finished screen wall with 4-way masking. 2.35:1 content is ~132" and 16:9 is ~118".
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Looks good!

I'm a Ravens fan too, and also considering a BLUE or purple. Try taking some pictures with the flash on. It should help wink.gif

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Dude, congrats. Its looking awesome! :)

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Wow, that seemed to go quickly, congrats, it looks great! What dimmers are you using for the light?
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Looks good!

I'm a Ravens fan too, and also considering a BLUE or purple. Try taking some pictures with the flash on. It should help wink.gif

Thanks! We were considering blue or red before the wife decided on purple. I need to buy an actual camera rather than my phone which has a perpetually low battery and therefore no flash.

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Wow, that seemed to go quickly, congrats, it looks great! What dimmers are you using for the light?

Thanks, guys! I was using old Lutron 3-way dimmers but they didn't work well with CFLs so I just swapped em out for the new ones. And it took about 1.5 years, which didn't feel quick to my wife biggrin.gif

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Difficult to see in the pictures, but looks like you did a great job in a difficult space.
I bet the three premium front row seats are filled while the back row sits empty 95% of the time.
Nice to have the extra seating though when you need it.
Have you fired up the speakers to test acoustics and sound proofing? Too bad your wife veto'd the dedicated room idea, but I guess we should just be happy that they put up with our decor invasive hobby at all. smile.gif
You are likely creating the favorite "hang-out" room for your little one(s) and friends for years to come.
Enjoy!

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Difficult to see in the pictures, but looks like you did a great job in a difficult space.
I bet the three premium front row seats are filled while the back row sits empty 95% of the time.
Nice to have the extra seating though when you need it.
Have you fired up the speakers to test acoustics and sound proofing? Too bad your wife veto'd the dedicated room idea, but I guess we should just be happy that they put up with our decor invasive hobby at all. smile.gif
You are likely creating the favorite "hang-out" room for your little one(s) and friends for years to come.
Enjoy!

Yeah, you pretty much hit the nail on the head. I've run Audessy (sp?) through my Denon AVR and it made a noticeable difference. We've hosted on bunch of neighborhood children on every snow day this year; they'd double or triple up on the seats which was really cute. We always have at lease 4 people over so the second row is always in use, also the left seat in the front row can't recline due to placement so people avoid it.

Lastly, I'm shocked at how soundproof it is. You truly can't hear anything upstairs when listening at average sound levels. Although, we don't have a subwoofer yet so that may change.

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Great! Nice to see all this effort put to good use.
Glad the soundproofing is working for you. Sub frequencies are obviously much more difficult to block, but if everything else is under control you have all but won the battle.

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