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post #3301 of 3638
Was thinking about you with all this rain, when saw big red text thought the worse but sounds like all is well.

Long may it contine.
post #3302 of 3638
I know I've said it before, but sump pumps, rain, lots of rain, and sump pump problems make me shudder. I am in the routine of checking my pumps on a daily or every other day basis and even then problems can sneak up on you. When we have heavy rains here I try to hover as close to home as I can just so I can check in periodically to make sure everything is alright. Nightmares! I think I'll go down and check my pumps again!

Glad you were able to get things straight before issues arose.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #3303 of 3638
Glad to hear everything is OK.
post #3304 of 3638
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. We had another pretty heavy rain Sunday night and everything was fine. Of course, we were down there watching a movie, so I was right there if something DID happen.
post #3305 of 3638
Thread Starter 
Inch and three quarters of rain last night in a pretty short downfall. Dry as a bone. I was at a rehearsal and nervous as hell. LOGANESS says she heard the pump a couple of times and I could tell by the rut in the grass this morning that is actually ran. So, so far, so good.
post #3306 of 3638
Oh my! No updates, no bumps, and no heckling since 5/30? Man o man have we ever slipped. Sheesh! We should all be punished HARSHLY!

Regards,

RTROSE
post #3307 of 3638
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the bump RT!

I WAS going to update about the recent storm and power outage here, but since Big had a thread going I took the easy way and posted there.

One of these days I'll get around to uploading pics.

A few things I've done......
I bought a cheap electric screen and replaced the material with the original SMX AT material I had on hand and hung it. Got all four chairs in the room. Installed Insteon dimmers, built equipment shelves and cleaned up the corner of the bar area I need to work on next. I also bought the wood to make the screen wall, which I'm hoping to get to this weekend (since last weekend was a bust with no power). Been catching up on movie watching too!

Also, FINALLY finished up the kitchen lighting (from a year ago, give or take --- rewired for 6 LED recessed lights and added two pendants over the island) and painted the kitchen-family room-entry-way ceiling. installed two dimmers in the kitchen (I did that while the power was out anyway. LOGANESS thought I might get electrocuted, but I figured if the power came back on while I was working on it, it would be worth it), Also painted the kitchen and preparing to paint the family room.

It's not like I haven't been doing ANYTHING.
post #3308 of 3638
There are just a few things in life you can count on - one of them is Tom not finishing his build :-)

Good to see you again Tom
post #3309 of 3638
Thread Starter 
I did build the screen wall last weekend.

To do this weekend....

1) Finish painting the Family Room
2) Upload progress pics of theater
3) Watch movie
post #3310 of 3638
Quote:
Originally Posted by tlogan6797 View Post

I did build the screen wall last weekend.
To do this weekend....
1) Finish painting the Family Room
2) Upload progress pics of theater
3) Watch movie

Predicted actual progress:
3) Watch movie
post #3311 of 3638
Thread Starter 
Everybody's a comedian. Didn't I see you get kicked off America's Got Talent last night?
post #3312 of 3638
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Originally Posted by tlogan6797 View Post

Everybody's a comedian. Didn't I see you get kicked off America's Got Talent last night?

haha, I've never actually seen that show, but I'm guessing that's not a flattering reference. tongue.gif
post #3313 of 3638
Thread Starter 
Good guess.
post #3314 of 3638
Thread Starter 
LOTS of updated Pics!

OK I forget where I left off with pics so, I'll start here...

Three of four chairs in theater:
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Bought a cheap electric screen....
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...and mounted it.
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AND HUNG PROJECTOR!
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PROJECT 1

I did some surgery. I've had some of the original SMX material lying around. The plan is to replace the material that came with the screen with the AT SMX material.

Here is the original material.
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First thing was to unmount the screen and unroll the material.
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Then I cut the material off the roller and rolled it around the bottom weighted rod. What you see here is the back of the material rolled up and the empty top roller it WAS attached to.
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The first problem is that the screen is designed to be mounted against the wall so that the screen drops down along the wall. I need to mount it to the soffit at the top of the proscenium. So I need to reverse the mounts. Not to mention that in order to get the roller out, I have to remove the mounts and pull the motor and other end with the roller pin. Did I mention that the Axiom M60s showed up and were installed?
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Original SMX material in box.
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Rolled out the SMX. TIP OF THE DAY....
DO NOT CUT OFF THE OLD SCREEN UNTIL YOU HAVE VERIFIED THE CONDITION OF THE NEW SCREEN MATERIAL.

The material had been in the box, stored upright for so long that a couple of creases developed. WE tried to iron them out but no luck.

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I went ahead anyway. I measured for the diagonal cut. I forget exactly, but I think I used 15%. Using the material this way, I only have enough for one screen. Under the original fixed screen size I THOUGHT I wanted, I SHOULD have had enough for two. What are you gonna do?
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Made the cuts and squared it off. Also bought a 10' length of black electrical conduit to use as a new weighted bottom rod.
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Mounted the screen to he roller using some tape I ordered from the company that I WAS going to order all the parts from.
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Slid it back into the case and used the same tape to create pocket for the bottom weight. I laid out the bottom rod, applied tape to the screen above the rod and folded it over to create a pocket.
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Remounted the motor, roller pin and mounts and rehung.
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And believe it or not, the slight gathered areas are completely unnoticeable when watching a movie. I'm not sure it's worth the cost of new screen to fix it. I reserve the right to do in the future if it turns out that it bothers me, but so far, it's GREAT.

Project 2
Insteon dimmers arrived.
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What's inside the box? A LOT of expensive stuff.
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Four of them installed.
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Project 3

Built out the screen wall. Went pretty fast and I worked it in little bits as I had time and I kept forgetting to take pictures. Pretty straight forward process...ripped 2x4s in half, measured and build frame, painted them black, stapled remaining black GOM. Fiction fit in place.

It's hard to get good pics...it's really dark around the screen

Before
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After
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And Project 4 (that held up a lot of this)
Before
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After
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AND I installed the pendants and we just finished repaint the kitchen and family. MAYBE I'll get around to uploading pics of that someday!
Edited by tlogan6797 - 7/23/12 at 5:34am
post #3315 of 3638
great progress!
post #3316 of 3638
looks great ....... brave man to take apart that screen
Edited by snickers1 - 7/22/12 at 7:41pm
post #3317 of 3638
nice work - I too have a simlar box of SMX lying, waiting, in my basement. Bummer about the creases. You think if you stretched it across a frame they would improve or go away?
post #3318 of 3638
Thread Starter 
Thanks! I realized that there are more pictures to take. Maybe I'll do that tonight, while I'm, you know, on roll.
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You think if you stretched it across a frame they would improve or go away?
Yes, I think if you are planning a fixed frame screen you can probably stretch them out, but I think you want to build a beefier frame to hold the tension. Ironing helped (steam setting, using a cloth in between the material and the iron), but not completely. I recommend using a scrap piece to get your iron set properly. There is almost a plastic feel to it and you don't want it to melt.
post #3319 of 3638
Excelent progress! I'm motivated to install my insteon gear now!
post #3320 of 3638
Thread Starter 
That's what I'm here for.
post #3321 of 3638
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Originally Posted by Gerry S View Post

nice work - I too have a simlar box of SMX lying, waiting, in my basement. Bummer about the creases. You think if you stretched it across a frame they would improve or go away?

Quote:
Originally Posted by tlogan6797 View Post

Thanks! I realized that there are more pictures to take. Maybe I'll do that tonight, while I'm, you know, on roll.
Yes, I think if you are planning a fixed frame screen you can probably stretch them out, but I think you want to build a beefier frame to hold the tension. Ironing helped (steam setting, using a cloth in between the material and the iron), but not completely. I recommend using a scrap piece to get your iron set properly. There is almost a plastic feel to it and you don't want it to melt.

I would suggest laying it out in the sun for a couple of hours if you have the lawn space. Being a vinyl material it should soften nicely and get most creases to smooth out. Applying tension over a frame in the sun would probably work even better.
post #3322 of 3638
Thread Starter 
It's not really a vinyl material...it just seems to have a light coating. It could work, though. Provided you don't have any birds lying around.
post #3323 of 3638
The original SMX Fabric composition is App. 22% Polyester, 78% Vinyl. I suspect his version 2.0 is the same just a different weave.
post #3324 of 3638
thanks for all the info on the material.

For those of you that have been around awhile, you may recall that SMX initially sold fabric to DIY'ers, but then changed their business strategy and only sold complete screen packages. After they pulled the fabric only option, there was a small uprising, so they decided to give DIY'ers one last chance to purchase fabric only. That is when I bought mine. He mentioned it was the new(er) stuff (or at least new at the time) when I bought it.

Logan, I always enjoyed reading your thread, but never really appreciated its motivational power until you posted the pic of the SMX box. Powerful stuff smile.gif
post #3325 of 3638
Yes there is a bird factor. One of those cheap thin plastic drop cloths from HD or Lowes should do the trick.
post #3326 of 3638
Thread Starter 
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Logan, I always enjoyed reading your thread, but never really appreciated its motivational power until you posted the pic of the SMX box. Powerful stuff smile.gif
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That's what I'm here for.
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SMX Fabric composition is App. 22% Polyester, 78% Vinyl
Well. THAT explains why it felt all vinyl-ly.
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Yes there is a bird factor. One of those cheap thin plastic drop cloths from HD or Lowes should do the trick.
But still, I know it's been running in the 100s here in VA, but that's STILL not hotter than the LOGANESS'S iron on the steam setting. I'm just sayin'. No harm in trying.
post #3327 of 3638
Logan, I know you've explained this before, but I really don't understand...

Why put up with the hassle of a retractable screen when the room is set up as a dedicated room? Why not just build the darned frame, get rid of the wrinkles once and for all, and have something you won't have to apologize for?

Just askin
post #3328 of 3638
Yeah, Tom, I thought you scrapped the tv behind the screen. I cut my hiPower off the roller and made a fixed frame. I was planning to mount a tv behind, then decided against it.
post #3329 of 3638
Thread Starter 
A couple of pics to finish up my big pic post....

Here's the kitchen painted and with the lights installed over the island.
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I also roughed in a couple of shelves in the equipment closet. Just standard slide out MDF shelves at this point. We'll see what I need to do when I cover the opening.
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And I got a stand for the center speaker. Puts it right about in line with the M60 tweeters.
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By the way, that last pic had the retractable screen raised.
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Why put up with the hassle of a retractable screen when the room is set up as a dedicated room? Why not just build the darned frame, get rid of the wrinkles once and for all, and have something you won't have to apologize for?

Mainly I'm still only 99.9% sure that I'm NOT putting the 65" Mits down there. Turns out it MIGHT fit, but I'm working on LOGANESS to put it in the family room for our main TV watching. And there IS the cool factor. I certainly COULD have made a fixed frame, and I might yet do that. I reserve the option. And finally, it was in the plan, it was something I was going to build from scratch just for fun, but it turned out cheaper this way. So I did it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
post #3330 of 3638
Your kitchen and mine are nearly twins.
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