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post #1621 of 1645 Old 03-01-2013, 09:31 PM
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Still working to get the amp and Feedback Destroyer configurations worked out. I did want to capture something I posted elsewhere in my thread.

There was a question in another thread about popcorn recipes. We tried a lot of different combinations of oils, popcorn and pre-made popcorn packs before we settled on one that we really liked.

So here's our recipe for popcorn:

CJ's Favorite Popcorn

1 1/2 Tablespoons Coconut oil
1 1/4 cup popcorn
1/2 - 3/4 tablespoon Flavacol

That's all there is to it. Here are the ingredients that we find work best:

Coconut Oil


Available from Amazon for about $21 for a three pack using Subscribe and Save. Here's a link.


Popcorn


Available at WalMart for around $4.50. Available at other outlets as well.


Flavacol


Available on Amazon for about $11 for a two pack. Here's a link. We purchased a two pack 3 years ago and have 1/4 of the second package left.


Here's a photo of the Great Northern per-packaged popcorn that I purchased. We hated it. The oil tasted oily, the popcorn was small, and it didn't taste as good as the stuff we made. I've tried it a few times and we still feel the same way. YMMV.


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I was able to replace the lamp in my projector yesterday and we watched a movie last night. Though we limped along with the sub, the picture was top-notch.

Here's a photo of the bulb that was replaced:


I ordered it from ProVantage and it showed up 2 days later (I used regular shipping). The bulb came with a replacement filter. Installation was rather straightforward, and I had it replaced within about 20 minutes or so. I took this as an opportunity to set up the projector's image again...that took quite a bit longer.

The picture is really bright again. I was really surprised by the brightness!

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Welcome .. there are several AVS'ers in Ashburn / Loudoun County as I'm sure you have discovered. Myself, Morph1c, Cathan, BritInVA, bmackrell, BIGmouthinDC (close by) ..probably more.

If you are considering inwalls ... (IMO) Triad should be on your short list.

Add me to the list. We are taking ownership of our new construction in Ashburn on march 27th. Already have been chatting with Big about my build. I have a 20'x12' dedicated space I'm going to be working with. New place is in Stonegate (new neighborhood off smith switch behind the ashbun ice house)

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Hello

Do we have an outcome on the subwoofer?

Thanks for documenting your build in such detail, I am going to contract out my proposed retirement build since 3 years might just be a third of the years left to me, and anyway I have neither your patiece or skill.

But you kind people who have posted so much means that I now have enough knowledge to keep everyone from designer to painter honest, so they serve more than a DIY motivational purpose.

I read all of your pictures, and the biggest part of your text.

The most confusing part was when a poster said, about half way through, that he had read to there in 2.5 hours.I suppose he must have read all of the pictures and none of the text......


Thanks again for generously sharing your time in posting all of this.

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As my kids get older, their heads were popping into my viewing area more and more frequently (they are 19 and 17 now ). I also noticed that the center of my viewing area is a bit lower than I had wanted it to be. So, I built a platform to go under the back row seats. OK, I have to confess, I built the platform three years ago and finally got around to ordering carpet to cover it before Christmas. This week's project has been to cover the riser and install it.

I didn't take any photos of the covering, but I can give you details about the riser. It was 10.5' wide by 42" deep. I used a 2x4 frame and covered it with 2 layers of 5/8 plywood with construction adhesive between them. The cavities were filled with insulation. I placed it under the seats in the back row. I only have finished photos, so here they are.







This raises the seating position about 5 inches or so. We watched a movie this evening and reclined 1/3 of the way, my eyes appeared to be right in the middle of the screen. No trouble seeing over the heads of my kids. I love this new riser!

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LOVE Charlie Skinner from Newsroom! LOVE that show!

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With the seats being higher, does it feel odd when you go to sit?
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Thanks for the popcorn recipe!! and I agree, the Great Northern packs aren't that good. The texture and taste just doesn't seem right compared to movie theater popcorn.
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With the seats being higher, does it feel odd when you go to sit?
Yes, a bit. I really prefer the height. We'll get used to getting in and out.

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What a fantastic job!! Congratulations, well done.

I thoroughly enjoyed following your step by step descriptions and process pictures. It gave me a lot of good ideas for my theater.

Once again- GREAT JOB!
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Thanks. That's why we do this...to help each other!

Good luck with your build!
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Woah!!!! CJ and Hanes show up in the same read? This is almost to much nostalgia to digest in one helping!!

Good to see you both checking in and doing well (and still hanging around these parts)

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Woah!!!! CJ and Hanes show up in the same read? This is almost to much nostalgia to digest in one helping!!

Good to see you both checking in and doing well (and still hanging around these parts)
I know. All us old timers need to disperse and keep everyone on their toes!

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Whats up CJ any new updates or additions to the theater

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Not a single one Scott.

I've been enjoying it by using it! Before we had the theater, we used to watch movies on a 50" rear projection TV...you know, the ones with a specific cone of brightness that you had to sit within to get the best picture. Sound was provided by a cheaper Yamaha receiver and a set of Polk speakers. We saw quite a few movies in commercial theaters.

After the theater, we see lots of movies and LOVE spending time together as a family in the space. My kids are now 20 and 18, with the oldest in his second year at William and Mary. My youngest has been accepted to a religious institution outside of Knoxville, TN, so in the fall, the wife and I will be empty nesters.





I've been reflecting on the perceived extravagance of having a dedicated home theater, and the enormous benefits that we receive from it. When we went into this endeavor, we did so for purely personal reasons...love of cinema and a a disdain for rude patrons. In the end, we gained much, much more than expected. We've build a gathering place, a sanctuary to film and togetherness. My wife and I have been able to share our love of movies with our sons, gone in cinematic adventures, and misadventures (what did we just see?).

I'm continually reminded of how lucky we are to have the space and resources to have pulled this off. A few weeks ago, we held my wife's school Christmas party. My wife had casually mentioned our theater a few times to here co-orkers (yea, I like Dilbert), but most envision a 50" screen in a basement somewhere. As we were chatting with some guests, one mentioned that they wanted to see our setup. As we headed down for a demo, he was describing his setup, but was blown away when he came around the corner and saw our theater. Over the next 2.5 hours, folks heard the bass drops from the floor above and wandered down to find the source. Without exception, all were blown away to see the dedicated space, see the huge screen, and hear the sound. It was nice to share and help people see what is achievable in a home setting.

As I said, we're very grateful to be able to own such a space, and challenge anyone sitting on the fence to "go for it". You will receive so much in return...

Merry Christmas all!
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I look at the pictures of your helpers and I remember the projects that I worked on with my Dad, that is probably what leaned me in the direction of being a DIYer. And then there was the time we started to assemble the canoe kit in the basement and I asked if it would make it up the stairs, We tested the few pieces we had together and couldn't make the turn, we finished it in the garage.
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Its pretty cool to drop by the AVS forum after all these years and still see some of the same people from way back when this thing all started.

MERRY CHRISTMAS
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I'm with ya! I built my theater for many reasons. One of the fringe benefits is that my boys buddies all tend to gather and hang out here. Now that they are 20 and 17 the oldest in college less of that happens but still nice to know where your kids are when they are home.

I too find when talking about having a home theater, most just assume it is a room in a basement with a flat panel and a HTiB. I love having people come over expecting to see just that and then see the big screen, theater chairs, and the surround sound set up. Lots of fun to see their faces.

Merry Christmas to you (late) and Happy New Year!

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I've enjoyed these last few posts! Merry Christmas to all!

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