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Ok spent the last few days painting the front of the soffitt tray. The blue is a lot "bluer" in the photo - actually a navy blue in real life.

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looks great so far!
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Thanks! Work has slowed due to lack of funds. Working w/ Bryan Pape on wall coverings.
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Working on some different things. First, finished the subwoofer!




Didn't really need to paint it but wanted to see how it looked. It will be behind the screen.
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I took Brad's suggestion and stuffed drywall into the large gap of one of the doors. Didn't need glue as it fit pretty snuggly. Then foamed the rest of the spaces. Also filled in a few spaces on the opposite door.

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Also working on building a simple cabinet in the corner to house the equipment rack. Just the frame so far but I want to attached fabric covered panels to cover it. The front one on hinges to access the BD player or other and a removable panel on the side to access the rack back.



The other issue is there is a vent inside the soffit of the equipment "closet". I left it in to vent out the heat from the equipment to another room. I was thinking of running a conduit to the top of the rack and attaching a fan there. (the rack has cutouts for fans). Also I wanted to line the duct with something to reduce sound transmission but have no linacoustic and only need a little bit. Can anyone suggest an alternative?

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Then, the plan for the walls. Been working on some ideas from Bryan Pape and waiting on his latest response but this is what I am thinking about at this point. Front wall has corner bass traps and lined w/ 2" ECOSE panels (equivalent to OC 703) and extending outward on the side walls about 5 ft from floor to ceiling. For the rest of the side walls - and I'm not sure I am understanding his instructions correctly - 2" panels up to ~ 5' on each side. The back wall has 7.5" thick panels (they call them Monster panels). Love to tap into the collective wisdom while I wait to hear back from Bryan.

Screen Wall & Back Wall


Left & Right Walls
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Concession stand!!



Apparently the Gottschalks in our area closed in July 2009 and this local business couple bought all their display cases. They were unable to put them in their business because of a fire and these cases stayed in storage all this time. They have lights, mirrored walls and locking doors all built in!
Just need to cover the sides - prob with some MDF or melamine? And probably repaint the rest.
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Looking at some carpet designs. These are some I like:



But I'm really leaning towards this one. The outside edge of the soffit has a similar blue and I kinda like the funkiness of the design

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Considering this design for columns - inspired by Moggie's Old Vic columns but I chickened out with the straight edges instead of curves:





The bottoms will just have fabric inserts and the speaker goes on the shelf shown. Just for modeling they are made of plywood but I'll probably use lumber
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Anyone use something like this with Zero door seals? Right now I just have subfloor under the door.

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Any flat surface will do, provided the door seal lands flush on the flat surface of the threshold you have pictured. So if you recess the seal into the bottom of the door, then this threshold would be centered with the door when it is closed. If you surface mount your seal, then the threshold would be moved in or out accordingly.

This threshold would be a bit narrow for my liking, though, and would require a high level of installation precision to avoid sound "leaking" past the beveled part. It would be better if you could find a wider threshold to make your installation easier.

If you want the ultimate in sealing performance, Zero International makes a companion door threshold (Model # 564) found here that improves STC further: http://www.zerointernational.com/catalogpage.aspx?pageID=54
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That's right I had seen those before. Thanks!

How easy are these to cut - I have one door that is 35" and one that is 29" wide.
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If you want the ultimate in sealing performance, Zero International makes a companion door threshold (Model # 564) found here that improves STC further: http://www.zerointernational.com/catalogpage.aspx?pageID=54

I have the 564 in my theater. Looks good. I thought it might be a trip hazard but you don't even notice it. The best part is that it's relatively inexpensive. Just throw it on the miter saw to cut.. it's aluminum. Or you can use a hacksaw.

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Sounds good. Thanks!
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Obligatory Screen Wall Tape Outline Shot!

Also ran some speaker wires:

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Also I (think) I've decided on fabric covered panels for the walls:




The two fabrics are GOM: Cobalt (420) & Black (408)
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Received Coax SW cable and installed it along with the rest of the speaker wire.



Over the weekend adding some blocking to the sconces to accommodate for the thickness of the wall treatments:





Spent the rest of the day measuring and putting up furring for wall treatments.




The larger furring pieces are for the columns. Changed the column design some and won't have the serrated edge look now. Thinking of using melamine to make them - any thoughts/suggestions otherwise?
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Those are illegal electrical connections, called an "open air" connection. You need to have a cover on that box and strain relief for the wires. There are some covers available that will accommodate a romex connector, but given these are the final connection wires the best I could advise at the moment is to "sleeve" the finish wires with a piece of romex jacket prior to being secured by a connector. I'd have to do some more looking to see what could be done from a legality and safety perspectives, but hopefully Mr. Tim can chime in as well. I don't believe they offer box extenders that deep either.
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I would recommend that you either relocate the existing box to sit flush with the rear of the fixture or purchase some octagon box extenders to extend the existing box so it's flush with the rear of the fixture.

I am not aware of any prohibition on stacking box extenders, so two 1-1/2" extenders will probably get you where you want to be.

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Yeah as I was doing it I was wondering if this was legit...

Thanks for the suggestion Mr.Tim; would a piece of grey conduit or flexible conduit work as well? I don't know if it makes any difference but the actual connection of the wires is inside the box.
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OK, been busy with work, travel (volunteer medical mission to Jamaica!) and not much updating.

I had started my minimalist screen wall but realized I need a longer cross beam. Have been slowly putting up furring on the walls to attach acoustic panels/frames.





Also for Mr Tim: I did fix the sconces with box extenders - thanks!
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Also for Mr Tim: I did fix the sconces with box extenders - thanks!

You're welcome!
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Here are some pics of the extended boxes:

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So tomorrow is the 1 year anniversary of the start of this thread. Many times I think I haven't progressed very far but as I look back I see I have. I guess it's a common feeling here that it's never fast enough?
Certainly money issues have slowed me down but hopefully that will improve over the next 3-6 months.

So a while ago as I was putting up the furring to attach wall treatment I noticed a problem on the back wall. Let me go back a little - the current theater room is a combination of a bedroom and 1/2 of the previous TV room. There were 3 total heating vents between the 2 rooms:



So I had the contractor cover them up and I was willing to go without any. (I know, I know) Where we live (far Northern coastal Cali) the temps are between 40-60 pretty much year round. In fact, this summer we had 2-3 weeks total of weather in the 70s - and records were broken most of those days. So it NEVER gets really warm here. Even in this enclosed room it will never get too warm. But the HVAC guy and my contractor explained to the construction noob we have to have at least 1 vent but he could put in the back of the room out of the way. Great - go for it.

You can see it here kinda - the cat about to jump in it:



So the acoustic plan from Bryan Pape calls for 4" on the back wall. (I'm going to do 1.5" of space and 2" panels on top) But as I'm puting up the "2x2"s on the back wall I look down at the vent hole....and then measure.



Not even close - the treatment will cover half the vent.......

So I created a hybrid buffer/spacer out of some scrap MDF. The bottom foot is only ~ 1" deep and then it slopes up to 4". I will just cover this w/ the fabric and hopefully it will look decent.


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I think you're closer to done in a year than I will be in two... good going, keep up the good work.

The geek in me really liked the circuit-board patterned carpet. smile.gif
M.T.Nest likes this.

Under construction: the Larch theater
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Yeah I liked that one too - not much WAF but she says "It's your theater!"
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We have a goalpost! Touchdown!



And then made Cajun

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Nice progress.  You're moving right along.

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