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I look over at the screen and there is a big bulge in the SMX material towards the bottom of the screen!

Hehe, he said big bulge...

Glad it was an easy fix and not permanent. I have the same material, but it is still in the box waiting for its glorious day where it can transform into a screen. When it can fullfil its destiny and become all it can be.

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jamis........???????????

Nothing on your thread since 8-26????????? Holy space time continuum.........What have you been doing. Besides enjoying your theater????? Updates my man, updates. You have to at least keep your thread on the first four pages. Any further back is sacrilege my friend. Inquiring minds ya know. Surely it is time for at least a keg update. Or have you slowed down in the consumption of liquid libations? Sheesh, I am so disappointed in you jamis. Shamie shamie (wags index finger in a violent manner towards the computer screen). Chop Chop hubba hubba lets get to it!

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I've been around... really I have. I'm glad someone is nice enough to bump my thread every once in a while..

As for the current keg (Harp), it's got about 1/3 left. Probably by the end of the month I'll be placing my next order. We've been drinking more scotch (currently working on an Oban 14yr, Talisker 10yr, and that bottle of JW Blue we've had for a while) and martinis lately, so the beer consumption is down a bit.

As for the theater... no real updates. Just enjoying it. Though with the new Panasonic AE4000 just announced at an incredible retail price of $1999... I am actually tempted. I'll probably wait for the AE5000 next year though.

Oh, and supposedly, my theater may be in the print edition of Electronic House soon. That should be interesting.




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jamis........???????????

Nothing on your thread since 8-26????????? Holy space time continuum.........What have you been doing. Besides enjoying your theater????? Updates my man, updates. You have to at least keep your thread on the first four pages. Any further back is sacrilege my friend. Inquiring minds ya know. Surely it is time for at least a keg update. Or have you slowed down in the consumption of liquid libations? Sheesh, I am so disappointed in you jamis. Shamie shamie (wags index finger in a violent manner towards the computer screen). Chop Chop hubba hubba lets get to it!

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These are the under cabinet lights I went with instead of rope lighting. May or may not be what your looking for.

Its a pretty big image, so I am just hyperlinking it.

http://www.akgaming.com/kendall/cabinet_lighting.jpg
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These are the under cabinet lights I went with instead of rope lighting. May or may not be what your looking for.

Its a pretty big image, so I am just hyperlinking it.

http://www.akgaming.com/kendall/cabinet_lighting.jpg

I had something similar to that in my old condo. Xenon?

As for the rope light, it works well enough and I still have a bunch left over. I'm happy enough with it for now.
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1st, Awesome thread for an incredible theater. I spent pretty much all night reading the whole thing, and I am seriously envious here. Wow. I think it's better than the one that guy built in his garage. You know, the red and black one?
2nd, Would it be possible to post the google sketchup file? I just tried my hand at drafting out a basement floor plan with sketchup and it's really easy to do. That program is so cool. You are absolutely right about starting with the floorplan and then raising into 3D. I learned that the hard way. Your basement is very similar to ours and it would be a handy reference. Either way, good job start to finish.
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I'll see what I can do. Might be a few hours though.
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1st, Awesome thread for an incredible theater. I spent pretty much all night reading the whole thing, and I am seriously envious here. Wow. I think it's better than the one that guy built in his garage. You know, the red and black one?
2nd, Would it be possible to post the google sketchup file? I just tried my hand at drafting out a basement floor plan with sketchup and it's really easy to do. That program is so cool. You are absolutely right about starting with the floorplan and then raising into 3D. I learned that the hard way. Your basement is very similar to ours and it would be a handy reference. Either way, good job start to finish.



Here is a link to the final version... I have a bare basement version as well, but not on this computer.

http://mostlyharmless.org/theater/basement8.skp
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thanks! my step father wants to convert his basement into a home theater/bar. I've been collecting ideas to show him. Your project is an excellent example.
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Update!

The mailman dropped off a couple copies of the latest edition of Electronic House. Kind of surreal, actually.


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That's sweet man, Big Congrats!!!
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I really need to stop flipping through the magazine... there are some truly amazing theaters in this issue.

Don't get me wrong... I love my theater and there is very little I would change (I feel it is 'appropriate' for the price range of my house and not an over-upgrade)... but some of these theaters and houses are absolutely stunning (like some on this forum) . Many many steps above mine. More than anything, I worry about upgraditis...

Time to really step it up so I can fulfill my career goal of becoming a professional lottery winner.
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CONGRATS!!! on the write up... Awesome job
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Congrats!

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Congrats, I don't get the magazine, so I need to know, do they discuss which keg you are using?

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Sweet. I will have to see if I can find me a copy.

Man, that took longer than I thought it would...

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Congrats, I don't get the magazine, so I need to know, do they discuss which keg you are using?

They do mention the kegerator... but given the ever changing beer on tap, it probably would have been out of date come the date of publish...
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That is very cool! Congrats man. Maybe if you had offered some of the contents of the keg-r-ator then your theater may have shown up in print much earlier!

Nicely done. Enjoy the spoils of your work you deserve it!.

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Speaking of the keg.... the (second 1/2 barred of) Harp kicked this weekend.

Trying to decide what to order today. The front runner is a local ale which we like (Wachusett Country Ale).
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Congrats on the write up that is truly awesome my man! Now if only i could find a copy.....

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Speaking of the keg.... the (second 1/2 barred of) Harp kicked this weekend.

Trying to decide what to order today. The front runner is a local ale which we like (Wachusett Country Ale).

Well no matter what you choose, a keg update is required/expected!

Now if I only lived close enough to share a brew with ya. Oh well, can't have it all.

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Minor update...

1. New keg acquired: a 1/4 keg (7.75gal) of Wachusett Country Ale. We'll probably be ready for something else a couple weeks before Christmas.

2. Ordered parts for (identical) new computers for both my wife and I... specifications:

Intel Core i5-750 (2.66GHz) processor
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4GB DDR3 1600 RAM (PC3 12800)
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APEVIA X-QBOII case with 500W power supply
ASUS 23.6" wide-screen LCD (1920 x 1080)

We were both WAY over due for new rigs.
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Hello,
Question regarding your Island and riser- how is that working as far as step is concerned? I've seen other threads where there is a step up in your aisles for example then a step down to first row- in other words the riser is wall to wall. Thoughts?
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Question regarding your Island and riser- how is that working as far as step is concerned? I've seen other threads where there is a step up in your aisles for example then a step down to first row- in other words the riser is wall to wall. Thoughts?

In my room, I like having the aisles between the wall and riser.

It has a better and more natural flow and you only need to go up on the riser if you want to sit up there (lower ceiling). Especially since we typically sit in the front row, it would feel weird to me to step up and then step back down to get to my seat.

The only downside was that I had to cut a trench in the cement floor to run electrical to the riser... but it was worth it.
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Minor update...

1. New keg acquired: a 1/4 keg (7.75gal) of Wachusett Country Ale. We'll probably be ready for something else a couple weeks before Christmas.

2. Ordered parts for (identical) new computers for both my wife and I... specifications:

Intel Core i5-750 (2.66GHz) processor
ASUS P7P55-M LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Motherboard
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4670 1GB (will upgrade next year)
4GB DDR3 1600 RAM (PC3 12800)
320GB 7200RPM Western Digital hard drive
APEVIA X-QBOII case with 500W power supply
ASUS 23.6" wide-screen LCD (1920 x 1080)

We were both WAY over due for new rigs.

The i5 is a nice chip, the AMD x4 also released a new one at a sick sub-$100 price point which competes quite handedly as well. The i5 is not that much more so its a real toss-up. What are you going to do for an OS. Sinc these are new builds I really do recommend Win7, I love it, they did a really nice job with it. Unless of course you plan to go the free Linux route.
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The i5 is a nice chip, the AMD x4 also released a new one at a sick sub-$100 price point which competes quite handedly as well. The i5 is not that much more so its a real toss-up. What are you going to do for an OS. Sinc these are new builds I really do recommend Win7, I love it, they did a really nice job with it. Unless of course you plan to go the free Linux route.

I was considering saving a few bucks by going for a Core2 quad 2.66 (slightly cheaper chip but much cheaper motherboard) but figured getting the 'current' tech was a nicer option for once. I looked a bit at the AMD chips (my old PC was an Athlon XP) but decided just to stick with Intel this time around.

We'll be using Windows 7 Home Premium (OEM version). I may dual boot mine with Ubuntu or use VMware for flexibility.

This will be my first new desktop PC (not counting my HTPC) since 2002. It died recently and I've since been using my Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop (1.4GHz centrino, 512MB, 32MB video) hooked up to my monitor in the meantime which is actually slower overall than my old PC. My wife's old Dell is from early 2003.

Way overdue.
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Both computer builds were successful with no issues.

I can't believe how easy computers are to build these days. It took about 3 hours total to build 2 complete systems from scratch and get through the initial Win7 installs.

Enjoying the performance boost.
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So....


All you shed-heads got me motivated for a project. While I don't have the outdoor space for a shed, I figured the next best thing was to build a free-standing, massive, overbuilt behemoth of a shelving system in the garage instead.

Here is what I came up with in sketchup. I will use 1/2" OSB for the shelving. All shelves will have cripple studs at the posts for added support.

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Parts list:
  • 16 - 2x4x8
  • 12 - 2x4x10
  • 8 - 2x4x12
  • 6 - 4'x8' 1/2" OSB
  • 1" screws for the shelving
  • 2 1/2" framing nails
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