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post #61 of 185 Old 09-04-2017, 07:27 PM
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I installed and wired 6 of the 7 recessed lights yesterday in the soffit to make sure I liked the positioning of them which I'm grateful I did this. The lights were configured with 5 going around the soffit where the riser is, then the other 2 were spaced further towards the stage leaving about an 8' gap....did not look right. I ended up cutting that piece of soffit out and drilling a new hole above where the Grafik Eye will be instead of on the other side of the entrance door making it look much better. It's finally starting to look like a theater, hopefully I will have the soffit completely finished on Thursday with the last soffit light and stage lights installed. Next step will be the columns and stage.

In this picture, the light furthest to the left above the light switch box is the new location of the light. It originally was about 4' further to the left.
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In this picture are you using any other lighting for the photo other then the soffit lights? If not those are nice and bright and I will have to remember those
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In this picture are you using any other lighting for the photo other then the soffit lights? If not those are nice and bright and I will have to remember those
No other lights were on except the soffit lights in that picture. I opted for the 3000k temperature, I'm just not a big fan of the super white look. These are fantastic and are very slim.
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What color red and sheen did you use?

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What color red and sheen did you use?

I'll look at the container later this evening for you and find out

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Although I wasn't able to 100% complete the soffit yesterday, I did make huge progress with it.

I started with framing around this support beam with 2x2's, then stuffing with more insulation before closing it with MDF

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I finished extending the existing soffit I started last week, connected it to the enclosed support beam and installed the last 4" LED
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These LED's are THIN!! Here's an example of how much real estate I still have left after they are installed...
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Now that the support beam soffit is done, I started framing the soffit above the screen wall. The dimensions of the screen wall soffit allow it to come out 40" from the front wall which should be plenty to accommodate for the false wall.
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Once I had the 2x2 mounted on the drywall and the soffit wall mounted to the ceiling, I built somewhat of a "comb" out of 2x2's. This was the perfect approach to making everything even and level

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Installed the 3 3" led's that will shine onto the screen

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Stuffed the soffit with insulation batts, now it's time to test everything and light this place up...
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Looks great! The black bezel on the LED lights will save you a ton of time. I'm trying to decide how to paint mine - the "lens" or whatever it is called does not come out so I can't separate the bezel from the fixture. I may have to try and cut paper circles to mask off the lights (11 of them!) because I'm not sure what else to do.

You made quick work of the soffit and were able to keep it in a nice low profile. Your room is coming along nice!
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Thank you very much. One of the best decisions I've made when building my theater was using 1/2" OSb before 1/2" drywall....I couldn't imagine doing double drywall and giving myself a headache locating studs when installing the soffits around the entire theater.

For your lights, you could completely tape them off, then use a sharp utility blade to cut around the lens, then peel off the tape still attached to the bezel

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Thank you very much. One of the best decisions I've made when building my theater was using 1/2" OSb before 1/2" drywall....I couldn't imagine doing double drywall and giving myself a headache locating studs when installing the soffits around the entire theater.

For your lights, you could completely tape them off, then use a sharp utility blade to cut around the lens, then peel off the tape still attached to the bezel
I agree completely - I used OSB on my ceiling for the first layer in anticipation of coffers and it was WAY easier to hang everything. I would recommend it for pretty much everyone.

Great idea for the lights. I'm going to test one this weekend and assuming it works I'll do the rest. After I go to sleep on Sunday my goal is to not have to open another can of paint for the theater. What's next on your list?
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Once I'm finished with the soffit, I'll start building 4 columns to house the side speakers, rear speakers and each will have a sconce. We've been looking at sconces for awhile to find something we like and seen these on Lowes website today...

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Portfolio-5...Sconce/3031021

They are small, simple, affordable and come in matte black...we may have a winner

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I like them. I was going back and forth with whether I wanted sconces or not and ultimately decided not to get them. I'm still not sure if that was the correct decision for my room (but it saved me some money haha)...
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I like them. I was going back and forth with whether I wanted sconces or not and ultimately decided not to get them. I'm still not sure if that was the correct decision for my room (but it saved me some money haha)...
I've decided not to use them as well, but am a little worried. Thinking about painting my ceiling black ahead of time to see what I'm working with, since I could still technically do some in-the-room wiring to add sconces still. Hard to know all the variables though even with the ceiling black since I plan on washing my screen with light which should help pretty significantly as well. I think no matter what it won't be impossible to add later, just becomes more and more annoying the more finished it gets.
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I've decided not to use them as well, but am a little worried. Thinking about painting my ceiling black ahead of time to see what I'm working with, since I could still technically do some in-the-room wiring to add sconces still. Hard to know all the variables though even with the ceiling black since I plan on washing my screen with light which should help pretty significantly as well. I think no matter what it won't be impossible to add later, just becomes more and more annoying the more finished it gets.
The only reason I didn't add sconces was because I had 11 cans around the room in the soffit and I thought that the room would be plenty bright with just those (and I was right). However, from a purely aesthetic viewpoint, a theater room looks classy as hell with the right sconces! Figuring out all of the variables is definitely the hardest part of this whole process. it is hard to know what something will look like or perform like until it is installed but by that point it is probably too late to rewire or relocate!
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Cool - Thanks - Theater is looking good!

Question - Did you attach the ceiling OSB directly to the ceiling joists?
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Thank you and yes the OSB is attached directly to the joists

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Home with strep throat today and of course, I can never sit still so this looks like an opportunity to finish the soffit.

As I've been working on this step, I kept thinking of the best way to store the power supply for the color changing led's that will hide in the crown moulding. The original plan was to install a pass through plate in the soffit and if I ever needed to access the power supply, I could unscrew the plate and have just enough room for my hand to fit through. I didn't really want to do this because the wall plate would be very visible. However, today I had an idea and already confirmed it with hitlights.com to make sure overheating and ventilation would not be an issue.

I was insulating the soffit and pulling the recessed led's out for now when I realized a recessed led cutout would probably be big enough to squeeze the power supply into and have enough of room for it to sit without being disturbed....plus the recessed led's just pull down for easy access. This is perfect as I won't need to have a visible wallplate!! I just need to drill a hole in the mdf for the led's to snake out and the crown molding will hide that

Here's the space the power supply will sit in.
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Since the led's wont be here until Monday, I had to make this block that replicates the exact dimensions of the power supply to ensure fitment
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Everything fits beautifully with some room to spare!! Here you can see the outlet I installed which is accessible if needed
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The soffit is all insulated and ready to be sealed up. I did not put insulation by where the led strips power supply will be.
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Soffit is all done.

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Next step is to build the columns, put some quarter round trim where the soffit meets the ceiling, corner trim around the bottom soffit and start patching all the holes with MH Ready Patch
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We have the column sconces!! The Grafik Eye remote arrived today as well

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Once I'm finished with the soffit, I'll start building 4 columns to house the side speakers, rear speakers and each will have a sconce. We've been looking at sconces for awhile to find something we like and seen these on Lowes website today...

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Portfolio-5...Sconce/3031021

They are small, simple, affordable and come in matte black...we may have a winner

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This sconce have me rethinking whether to use sconces... Thanks a lot! Just when I thought I was passed the sconce vs soffit lighting issue.

You need to keep cranking on your theater because it is motivating me to work on mine.
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The led's from hitlights.com came in today. These will be hidden in crown moulding and travel along the soffit around the theater

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Yesterday I was very productive working on the theater....All 4 columns were built!!

I started by framing the base of each column on the wall using 2x2's

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Next it was time to cut the 3/4" MDF. If I ever need to use 3/4" MDF for a project in the future, remind me to go buy a corded hand saw. This 3/4" is no joke, each 8' cut drained an entire lithium battery in my cordless saw. Even though I have 2 batteries, they were too hot after use and the charger wouldn't juice them back up until they cooled off. Because of this, I had to use a corded jig saw to make a majority of the cuts, but I made sure those cuts would eventually be hidden behind trim since there are more imperfections.

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I attached the 5 1/4" sides to the 2x2's

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Added insulation

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Attached the face and installed the sconce electrical boxes

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Test fit the speakers to make sure everything sits nicely.

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The dimensions of each column are 6" deep and 15" wide. The center of each light electrical box is 9" from the bottom of the soffit and the top of each speaker it 24" from the bottom of the soffit.

Full theater shots with all the columns built

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Woke up this morning and started patching all the holes in the soffit and columns using MH Ready Patch

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I sanded the columns and soffit today. Next step is to build the stage and fill it with sand. I'll be using dry sand, but I'm thinking I'll still leave it open for a few day just to be sure I wont have a mold issue later on

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Loaded up the truck at HD with supplies to build the stage and couldn't help but think of some Final Destination scenerios happening on the highway with this load. Good news is nobody was impaled by the extra 8' hanging off the back so everything was good

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Laid down the leftover sound absorbent mat I had which was just enough to reach across the room, framed the stage and slid it into place. A gap that ranges from 1/4"-1/2" separates the stage and walls.

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I pre-cut the OSB for the top, but did not secure it yet since I still need to fill it with sand

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Picking up about 3500 lbs. of dried sand that BIG suggested in another thread from Lowes on Sunday.

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Build the platform the MA rack will sit on in the equipment room

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Laid some roofing felt between the concrete floor and the 2x4 base

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Here are a few shots of the equipment room. As I was finishing the basement, I ran a few conduit pipes to different locations in the house in case I ever needed to run wire or anything. 1 leads to my storage room which is next to the electric panel and where the cable enters the house, 1 runs to a pass through wall plate in the upstairs living room and 1 runs to another pass through wall plate located behind the electric fireplace downstairs. Also installed the whole house humidifier.

Here you can see all the outlets for the theater equipment. The 2 white face outlets share 1 dedicated breaker for the amps
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My wife and I are still debating between black and blue or black and red (or burgundy) for the theater colors since painting is the next step. For black, I want the "mouse ears" color. Picked up these samples today when I was at HD getting the black outlets and wall plates

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Also the theater will be measured any day so we know how much carpet to order. Comparing these 2 styles...what do you guys think?

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My wife and I are still debating between black and blue or black and red (or burgundy) for the theater colors since painting is the next step. For black, I want the "mouse ears" color. Picked up these samples today when I was at HD getting the black outlets and wall plates


Also the theater will be measured any day so we know how much carpet to order. Comparing these 2 styles...what do you guys think?
Looking great man!
I remember toiling over colors too. I always like the red and black combo.

Carpet is similar to what I put in our theater.
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I agree, looking really good. I'm having to deal with my wife's belief that the colours should match the rest of the house.

My opinion, I like burgundy/black with the second carpet pattern. The nice thing about going black is it's seem less with the front stage.
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