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post #121 of 183
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Framed the AV panel/box under the front row and painted the back supports Formal Maroon, same as the walls. This pic shows the difference in the mounting distances because of the varying lengths of the chair brackets.

post #122 of 183
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Finished the A/V panel box. The ports include Ethernet/LAN, USB, HDMI, Component, composite video, RCA & mini stereo jacks and a 110v outlet. All of these feed back to the equipment rack.

Not the prettiest panel but, once the seats are installed it should be hardly visible and more accessible than at the front of the riser.
post #123 of 183
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The theater is cleared out and damp mopped. Carpet comes in the morning!

post #124 of 183
Congrats! That's a major step once that's in. smile.gif
post #125 of 183
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Originally Posted by Nightlord View Post

Congrats! That's a major step once that's in. smile.gif

Thanks, Yes it is. The carpeterians arrived right on time this morning and 5 and a half hours later came this:

Some very exciting stuff. We upgraded to something called the "Nike" pad so it feels cushy eventhough the carpet is a tight weave.
post #126 of 183
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Made some major progress in the lounge/bar area this week too. Helped my brother install the cabinets, countertop, sink, dishwasher and fridge.

post #127 of 183
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Two of our three cats insisted on inspecting the latest arrival and addition to the equipment rack, a Tripp-Lite 1000VA UPS. First Wally's turn:

Then Indigo:

A feature of the Tripp-Lite line I really like is the adjusting display for upright or sideway placement.
post #128 of 183
Looking good.
post #129 of 183
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While the carpeterians were installing the carpet I kept busy with some Spic N Span and a putty knife cleaning the chair brackets and scraping of lots of gum! I also sanded the armrests and later repainted them gloss black, made a huge difference.

Edited by dvmiller - 5/27/13 at 7:42pm
post #130 of 183
Looking good!
post #131 of 183
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Thanks ohiodaveht and Mfusick, its definitely getting exciting here, still plenty to do though.
post #132 of 183
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Once the carpet was done I got back in the room to install the air return vent and step lights. The lower level of our house is on it's own zone but, there is no air return ductwork to tie into. All air is returned to the system under the door at the top of the stairway. During construction of the theater and lounge I created a return between the two by building boxes in the wall and ceiling and connecting them with insulated flex ducting routed in a circuitous fashion to limit sound travel. For the theater vent I spray painted it black and also painted the interior of the box and wall surface behind the vent cover Mouse Ears black.

On the lounge end of the vent it enters on the ceiling above the equipment rack. In some informal testing with a radio on in the theater I could not detect any sound through the vent, of course a movie soundtrack will be the real test.

I installed step lights on the upper of each set of steps on the riser.

These are the ones I chose, got them through Amazon. They use the common C7 bulb so would be easily dimmable but, for now I just have them on an on/off switch controlled through my X10 system. The fixtures come with nice metal covers (they come with vertical and horizontal ones, which is a waste of two). They don't offer them in black so I got the white ones and sprayed them black.

Edited by dvmiller - 8/19/13 at 9:35am
post #133 of 183
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I installed the projector and connected the power and a/v cables. The projector has a dedicated outlet wired to an inlet behind the equipment racks that is fed directly from the UPS. No worries about progress being slowed as none of the a/v equipment is hooked up to the projector yet. Actually I'm finding this to be a motivator to finish the theater! A nice Sanus mount came with the projector. Although it was silver I painted it black as well.

post #134 of 183
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I spent the weekend doing the final installation of the theater seats. I am very happy how they turned out given there's a mix of 16, 17, 18 and 19 inch chair widths. All but the middle 4 in the second row have rocker backs. The widest ones were placed in the sweet spots, the middle of each row. Now that they are fully mounted to the riser and bolted to eachother they are very solid, as good or better than I expected. I think they are actually quite comfortable. The pics don't really do them justice but, here they are:

Here's a before and after of seat number 3. Before upholstery cleaning, Spic N' Spaning the metal parts, sanding and repainting the armrests:

And after:

post #135 of 183
Great job. Now you can bring in the busloads of people! lol
post #136 of 183
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I’ve been building the DIY acoustically transparent screen. I started with a cardboard mock-up to experiment with the projector and determine the final size. The frame is made from 1x3's and metal corner supports. I learned a few things from the DIY Screen section here on AVS. To avoid reflections from the frame I mounted the vertical supports from behind and painted them and the interior edges the same Dark Cavern color of the screen wall. I mounted two "cleats" to the wall which will hold the screen by a 1x2 that is anchored to the back of the frame.

Here is a test fit of the screen. The unpainted frame can be clearly seen through the fabric. This will not show as the projected image area will be to the inner edge and the face will be covered by the 3 ½ inch trim border.

I wrapped the trim border in stretch velvet from JoAnn Fabrics and stapled it to the back.

Looking like a fish out of water, the screen lays on the floor with the trim border placed and ready to attach.

The screen fabric is a Polyester/Spandex (10% I think) blend from JoAnn’s. I purchased 7 yards of it and attached 2 layers of the material, had zero leftover or to trim but, didn’t feel like it had to be overstretched to fit. The surface of the screen is 3” off the wall. The distance from there to the front of the Panasonic AE2000 lens results in a throw of 15’ 5” and sets the diagonal size of the 2.40 to 1 cinemascope screen to 148”. Size of the screen is 56.75” x 137.50”. The distance from the screen to the first row is 12’ 4” and the second is 16’.

Last night after I had finished the screen and just connected the front, center and surround speakers, my wife came down to check on things. Perfect timing! So I put on Quantum of Solace and together we both got the first taste of the theater watching the first few scenes. Right away we looked at each other and had the “oh my, this is going to be something!” moment. Then I said “this is without the subwoofers connected”. It was also without the bass shakers, any fine tuning of the projector or sound system or acoustic treatments. wink.gif
Edited by dvmiller - 6/20/13 at 8:20am
post #137 of 183
That is one heck of a screen. Nicely done. I think we need some screen shots.
post #138 of 183
+1 on screen shots
post #139 of 183
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Originally Posted by BllDo View Post

That is one heck of a screen. Nicely done. I think we need some screen shots.

Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

+1 on screen shots

Thanks guys. Here are a few shots. Keep in mind no adjustments or fine tuning has been done. I am resisting this for now so that the theater actually gets finished. The first two are from Quantum of Solace with the sconces on very low.

The next two are an NBA finals game 6 shot with the sonces on low and an MLS corner with sconces and skybox lights on full.

post #140 of 183
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For the proscenium frame we wanted to create a column look. Using fluted trim from Home Depot I created the "columns" and attached a plain trim board across the top. Searching on Amazon I found a company called Zago that makes trim mouldings out of a polymer. We purchased a pair of column capitals, trim for the horizontal face and an onlay applique. Here's a pic of the capitals before and after painting with aged copper oil base.

Here it is all installed, in a flash shot that is much brighter than the room normally appears.

A close up of the onlay, again in a flash, that shows the imperfections created by my brad nailer, to be touched up.

Last night my wife and I watched our first full movie, Skyfall, in the theater. Now with the sub woofers and base shakers connected, we were both wowed by the experience. I don't have high-end equipment, mainly just middle of the road and some old stuff so I was very impressed with how close it was to a commercial theater feel.
post #141 of 183
Old stuff doesn't suggest bad stuff.
post #142 of 183
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Originally Posted by Nightlord View Post

Old stuff doesn't suggest bad stuff.

Thanks Nightlord. I guess I was just thinking in comparison to a lot of the great equipment I see on here.
post #143 of 183
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A long overdue update. For the bath we found a corner pedestal sink and two matching mirrors.

Got the 32 inch tv installed with about two inches clearance.

The stools and plywood top are stand-ins for a custom top and some real barstools.

post #144 of 183
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I've been working on some detail items in the theater. I planned wiring for base shakers on a few of the center seats. They're Dayton pucks, which are mounted to wood blocks and bolted to the chair frames. The shakers are powered by a Sony receiver with A and B speaker circuits which are wired to the rows separately so they don't have to both be on unless needed.

For the wall base trim in the theater we decided to paint it the same as the wall color and the inside of the door was well.

Some of the armrests for the chairs had donor nameplates in their prior life which were removed before giving the seats away. My wife designed a custom artwork in the Cinemascope style and we had plates made and printed. We like the added touch.

post #145 of 183
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Although the premiere opening is a ways off with finishing details yet to be completed, this weekend we hosted the first "unofficial" theater event, a slumber party for the girls in my daughter's wedding party.

I played the part of butler and tech support to make sure audio/video equipment performed well. It was actually a lot of fun seeing the theater and bar in use by guests for the first time. Not surprisingly they watched a girly movie, Bridesmaids.

The list of items still to be completed includes: installing acoustic foam wedges behind the screen, building the acoustic panels, movie poster frames, bar & theater signs, a wine rack in the bar, decorating etc. Another is finishing programming the iRule remote. I've got it working on a very basic level as I find there is a bit of a learning curve since it has so many capabilities.
post #146 of 183
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This past weekend I attached the 2 inch foam wedges to the screen wall. I used 3M spray adhesive for drywall corners which worked great. It was superior to the medium strength Loctite brand I first tried. That could be due in part to the drywall texture. Spraying both the wall and foam was key.

The gaps between segments was necessary to clear the screen frame supports which are only 1 1/2 inches from the wall while the screen itself is 3 inches clear. Next up I plan to start on the acoustic panels.
post #147 of 183
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The acoustic panels are coming along. I purchased six 2' x 4' panels of 2 inch thick Roxul Rockboard 60 Mineral Wool from ATS Acoustics. I made the frames from 1 x 3 boards.

Before assembly I painted the edges of the frames Mouse Ears Black to prevent the light wood from showing through. A strip of the door trim mounted upside down works great to hang the panels. I test fit each panel to measure for the speaker cutouts and then cut the Roxul with a jigsaw. Then I staple stretch velvet from JoAnn Fabrics over the frame and to the inside of the back. This seems to pull the frame snugly and helps hold the Roxul in place. Before hanging the panel I remove the speaker grill and foam insert to reduce sound attenuation. Initially the speakers do not seem to be visible which, is of course one of the goals.

There will be a total of seven panels: 2 2x4's on the right wall; 1 2x4 on the left wall; 1 18"x4' on the door; and 3 2x3's on the back wall.
post #148 of 183
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The acoustic panels are done!

Here's a more accurate photo (without flash) of what the scene looks like.

A major acoustic improvement based on my ears hearing of the room.
post #149 of 183
So.. what do you do for a living?
post #150 of 183
nice I like them
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