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Wow, what a great Christmas present from my mom. A fabric stapler for the home theater construction! Thanks BIG for the idea.
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Matching poster lightbox arrived today. Poster not exactly lined up and a below average picture but....

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Matching poster lightbox arrived today. Poster not exactly lined up and a below average picture but....


She is so sexy in those movies! My goodness!

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She is so sexy in those movies! My goodness!


She wasn't too bad in this one either. smile.gif



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She wasn't too bad in this one either. smile.gif




Yea! She is cheat-on-your-wife-worthy! Actually I would probably get a hall pass for her. biggrin.gif
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Finally NFM has home theater chairs on sale. Picked up 3 to match the four I have. Went with the Palliser Rhumba...love 'em.
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Is this a special worth pursuit? A guy here in KC is looking for home theater chairs. Tatersly.

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About 10% off. Nothing super but better than nothing and free delivery.
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In case anyone doesn't know, NFM stands for Nebraska Furniture Mart and it is the largest furniture/appliance/electronics store in the the US and probably the world. It currently has stores in Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas and will open a store in Texas in 2015. The retail space of each store (except Iowa) is near 500,000 square feet!
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Ordered the 10 gauge Belden 5000 speaker cable from Blue Jeans and just received it today. Looks like some serious cable.
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Any sump pump experts subscribed? I did install two sumps in my basement with one being in the theater equipment room. I've done quite a bit of searching on sumps and backup strategies but looking for more input if anyone has any.

Also is there a way to monitor how much the sump actually runs over a given time period. There's gotta be an app for that :-)
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just figure out how many watts it uses per minute, plug it into this and come back later..

http://www.smarthome.com/9034/P3-International-P4400-Kill-A-Watt-Energy-Meter/p.aspx
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just figure out how many watts it uses per minute, plug it into this and come back later..

http://www.smarthome.com/9034/P3-International-P4400-Kill-A-Watt-Energy-Meter/p.aspx

Nice! I just picked one up. Been having some questions about some of my electronics and current pull and this is perfect!

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Any sump pump experts subscribed? I did install two sumps in my basement with one being in the theater equipment room. I've done quite a bit of searching on sumps and backup strategies but looking for more input if anyone has any.

Also is there a way to monitor how much the sump actually runs over a given time period. There's gotta be an app for that :-)

I'm certainly not a sump pump expert, but I did install a backup system for the frequently running sump pump located at the front of my previous HT. My former neighbor works at a plumb supply company and helped design the system to address my pervasive sump pump paranoia. As part of my sound isolation plan, I decided to enclose the sump pit in my stage with an access door and reroute the PVC tubing under the stage and behind my DD/GG and out to the sewer - so not very easily accessible. I wanted a system to address the potential of 1) Failure of the primary pump; 2) Momentary AC power failure; 3) Extended duration AC power failure.

In addition to the AC powered primary pump which was located near the bottom of the pit, we added a float triggered AC powered secondary pump higher up in the pit. The pumps were also powered by a rechargable back up battery. The battery charger was equipped to sound an alarm when it detected a lost of AC power. I do not recall the flow/pump cycle rating, but the system was intended to function on backup power to the secondary pump for three or four days I believe. The battery and charger sat on top of the stage behind the proscenium.

In addition, to mitigate my poor plumbing skills, my neighbor attached a piece of PVC to a second primary pump that I kept in storage. In order to change the primary pump I could just loosen a screw clamp on the check value, swap pumps, tighten the screw clamp and be back in business. He told me all of this was way over the top and very likely unnecessary but I wanted the piece of mind. So, unless both pumps failed or the power went out and stayed out while I was out of town for a week, I felt better prepared.

Here is a picture just after install:



Here is a pic with the proscenium framing going up for scale:





Hopefully, you will get a few actual experts to chime in here, too. Good luck!

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Any sump pump experts subscribed? I did install two sumps in my basement with one being in the theater equipment room. I've done quite a bit of searching on sumps and backup strategies but looking for more input if anyone has any.

Also is there a way to monitor how much the sump actually runs over a given time period. There's gotta be an app for that :-)

Hi David,

Like we discussed when you were over, I have two of these connected in my sump basin:
http://www.homecontrols.com/Sump-Bobber-Water-Level-Sensor-LGSB1

They are both attached to my Elk security system which is then communicating with the Cinemar software to provide on screen information to all the touch screens.

The one is used to count how many times the sump actually triggers just by setting it just below the level of where the sump runs.

The second sensor is in between the level of the first sump and then the backup sump.

I can review how many times the sump runs every day by reviewing the touch screen interface. Through the Cinemar software I have it continually counting the number of times it's tripped and then clear it out each day but keep a log going.
If the 2nd sensor trips, the alarm sounds and an email is also sent to me in case I'm not at home.

In my case, I don't have city water, so I needed a way to power the sumps in case of power outages...which is usually when the water is at it's worst. So I installed a whole house generator. If you are in city water, you can get a backup sump that uses the city water pressure to pump.

You might consider a 2nd backup sump in your theater basin. I also made sure the two sumps route out their own PVC and to two different locations outside the home. I had an occasion where the grass actually froze over the one sump drain outside and it looked like a huge pillow in the grass. I had to poke the frozen grass with a spike to relieve the water pressure and allow the sump to continue pushing out the water. Had both sumps been routed to the same drain, having two sumps wouldn't have prevented a flood.
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Thanks for the sump input guys. I think I use a combo of both. Definitely don't want to leave it to one builder grade lonely sump. Did you guys use any certain brand for the sump? I've read that Zoeller sumps last forever but as soon as I say that I'm sure it will fail the first day in rains.

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I used Zoeller for the pumps and back up system on the recommendation of my neighbor.

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Thanks for the sump input guys. I think I use a combo of both. Definitely don't want to leave it to one builder grade lonely sump. Did you guys use any certain brand for the sump? I've read that Zoeller sumps last forever but as soon as I say that I'm sure it will fail the first day in rains.

Thanks again.

My primary is a Zoeller M-98 Flow-Mate 1/2 hp. Based on my research, it was highly rated at the time. Back in 2010.
My backup is a Little Giant 1/2 HP Cast Iron Submersible.
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Picture update...making some progress on the HVAC.

Flex duct coming in for the supplies toward the front of the room:



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Carrier Infinity furnace installed:

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It is coming together! When is your house suppose to be ready to move in? Also, are you going to be doing most of the work to complete the theater or are you subbing that out?

edit: ok I see that it is suppose to be ready anywhere between Super Bowl and May 1st.

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Why is there a pan under the furnace?
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Why is there a pan under the furnace?
My guess is to catch any condensate that may form. It looks like there is a white drain plug on the side.
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My guess is to catch any condensate that may form. It looks like there is a white drain plug on the side.

This and any overflow but usually they remove the pan when installing next to a floor drain. Not sure why they didn't in this case.
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Yeah, have not seen this before. The coil has its own condensate drain, so was just curious what the pan was for. No big deal just curious.

Your build is fun to watch. Thanks for sharing it.
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That pan is all about damage control, Even with a plumbed drain from the coils a couple of things can go wrong. The drain pipe can clog and the coil area up in the hair handler is inside an area with it's own drain pan. That can fail. Either of those situations can cause minor flooding to occur and trust me there has been more than one theater taking a hit from just such an event documented here on the forum.

I just grabbed a picture of my setup.



The white pipe is the drain to floor drain about 5 ft away. You see a device clipped to the side of the pan. That is a water level shut off switch that will kill the AC if water starts accumulating in the pan.

Looking at your picture I see a plumbing fitting going no where. I have that in my attic and it is connected as a secondary drain via pipe, It works there because of the elevation, But that pan also has kill switch in-case the secondary drain gets clogged.

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Back to your situation, That white plumbing fitting should be capped if it isn't already and a kill switch installed. That way if the drain backs up you are covered And there should be no damage to your finished areas. You condensate drain will connect to one of those connections on the side. I see none of the piping is installed so you can cut them some slack until they are done.
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It is coming together! When is your house suppose to be ready to move in? Also, are you going to be doing most of the work to complete the theater or are you subbing that out?

edit: ok I see that it is suppose to be ready anywhere between Super Bowl and May 1st.

Most of it is subbed out but I'm doing a fair share of the theater once we get to the acoustic treatments, fabric panels and speaker runs. All the electrical, HVAC and framing is being handled by the builder so hopefully it will be done much faster than I could do it. :-) The key part is to make sure its done right...that's the part I'm nervous about.
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Don't worry, it will be done right. You have been on this forum enough to know what to do. Just supervise the crap out of what is being done. I don't care how pissed off somebody get for me looking over their shoulder to make sure it is done right.

When you are doing some of the work and you make a mistake, no worries, it can be reversed. That is what I kept thinking when I first cut a giant hole in my wall for my rack. That was the first thing that I did when I started my theater, and that was fresh into my new house. I was super scared that I was going to screw up, but just kept going knowing that it could be fixed if I messed up. Thankfully I didn't screw it up.

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