Originally Posted by JRock3x8
I broke the rule that every single build thread talk about - don't buy the projector...
...I feel like a failure for giving in on the projector though
Don't feel too bad. Your're not the only one.
For several reasons, I had to settle for a two phase approach to our theater project.
Phase I was to include removing a wood burning stove and its platform, certain lighting changes, a riser, paint, carpet, and setting up a nearly new 65" plasma display on the wall where the screen will eventually go.
Phase II, once I save up the money (again
) for more extensive remodeling, would be to replace existing walls and ceiling using currently accepted sound isolation methods, installing better lighting, building a false wall with AT screen, installing screen and projector, upgrading some or all of my audio equipment, and some lighting and AV control system yet to be determined.
But here's where I screwed up: We turned on the display before the rest of the room was completed.
Last December we accelerated our work on Phase I to accommadate various contractors' schedules in the attempt to get the room usable during a Christmas party and a family visit over the holidays. We ended up getting all of Phase I done in time except for the track lighting, rope lighting on the riser, and touching up the paint from where the carpet installers and volunteer wood stove platform removal helper scuffed up a few spots. (Damage wouldn't have happened if we'd painted AFTER the platform was removed, like any sensible person would have done)
Anyway, it's been nine months since we first used the room in it's Phase .8 configuration. Still no rope or track lighting installed. All of the materials and equipment have been on hand the whole time.
Worse yet, it's now (American
) football season. I'm going to have to really ratchet up my commitment to get the lighting done any time soon.