Have you guys found black lag screws to use with your mounting hardware or did you paint them black? I need (4) 5/16" x 2-1/2" lag screws to secure the plate to the blocking in my ceiling. Ideally, I'd like to find screws already finished in black so I don't have to paint the heads. Painting is easy enough, but I think the paint would chip off as I ratchet them into the ceiling. Anyone know if black ones can easily be found at HD or Lowe's or should I start looking at some of the specialty fastener places online? I was also thinking of placing a flat washer between the screw head and plate, depending on the size of the hex head. If anyone has a good source for black lag screws, I'd appreciate it. It would save me from running all over town.
You'll be better off painting them IMO. And I recommend washers so you won't rip the powder coat on the ceiling splat.. Home depot carries SPAX which are better than normal lag screws. They will be easier to paint than a zinc coated lag anyway. If you found black it would be black steel or black oxide. Black steel will eventually rust. Paint with Home Depot's cheap black paint (goes on thin, grayish can), let dry, install, touch-up with artist brush or mask and respray. That paint has about the same luster as the chief parts.
I saw these rubber bushings used in KnoxVegas' thread. Is this something commonly used in most pj installs or more to address specific vibration problems.
As installed, they would not do anything but act as a washer. If installed as true isolation dampers they would only help typically with high frequency sound transmission, like might come from a motor, not the very low frequency vibrations a PJ mounted to a ceiling membrane might experience.
Spaceman, your theater is coming along great. I signed up for this forum just to write this post after reading through this entire thread. Our house had about 50 X10 switches and keypads when we moved in. I have been migrating to insteon and been very happy. You will probably want to create scenes so you can press a single keypad button and have the lights adjust accordingly. These may include all on, all off, movie, etc. I don't recall how many switches you want to hide but may want a specific keypad button for each. If 8 buttons is not enough, then maybe you will need two keypads. I use Houselinc to set up scenes, very easy, and a smartlinc so I can control lights with the iPhone app. I probably should have gone with the isy controller. Check out the smarthome.com/forum for help if needed.
I have been playing with xbmc for a month and tried mayhem. I was able to use my mce remote to send commands to my htpc to be able to control insteon lights. Very crude and no scene control, but at least I can dim and brighten the lights from the remote. I am considering trying the insteon ir linc, but revies are to good.
I just received a bunch of lag bolt covers today which I ordered to cover the bolts for mHy epson 5010 that I installed 5 days ago in our movie room. Unfortunately they sent me someone else's order, so they are black instead of white. Got them from here. http://www.pro-dec.com/hex-caps-bolt-covers-bolt-caps
I'll keep reading and enjoying and unfortunately getting inspired to gut our movie room.
Thanks for stopping by, Eric. I hope to have the Insteon switches installed in the next few weeks. Those hex caps are pretty cool. For some reason, they don't have ones for 5/16" hex heads. I painted mine today and will see what they look like once installed.
Welcome to the forum. You'll find lots of inspirational builds on here.
The ceiling is looking great. Looks like you'll be done in no time.
I'm getting there, but my to-do list is fairly long with lots of little items. As with most projects, it's the last 10% that's a killer. That's when you need to button up all the little details.
Originally Posted by andymo
Wow - I love love your ceiling.
Even the wife wanted to do star ceiling, but time and money ... time and money ... (especially the time!!)
The stars in my room took more money than time, but compared to a fiber optic ceiling, it didn't take a whole lot of money either. Jeff painted my entire ceiling in 5 hours. My only time investment was building the light trays to hold the black lights. If you planned it right, you could have Jeff in and out while your wife was at work and surprise her with a star ceiling when she got home.
My wife has been excited about the project from the beginning, but she really got on board when stars became part of the project. We had originally planned on doing fiber optics, and as the budget was put together, that part of the project kind of fell off the table. I could tell she was disappointed, so fortunately we were able to make it work by going with a mural. As a bonus, we both like it more than the fiber optic ceilings we've seen.
Figuring out how to incorporate the black lights is the hardest part. Once you do that, you can really add a painted mural at any time.
Hope your theater is staying nice and dry with all the rain you guys have been getting. My parents still live in the Bay Area and they had some standing water in their garage. Not too bad.
So Jeff just finished his sky mural marathon of Texas and Oklahoma, starting and finishing in Houston. On his way back through town, he contacted me to make sure I was still happy with the work he had done last week. I told him everything still looked great. My only comment was that if we could do it again, I'd like the Milky Way to stand out a little more, but that it wasn't a big deal because the ceiling really looked awesome. He immediately offered to swing by that night and get it just how I wanted, even though it was 9:30 at night and he had just driven 4 hours from Dallas.
I know everyone here is pretty familiar with his work and I don't really need to sing his praises, but when it's well deserved I have no problem letting other people know. Thanks again, Jeff.
If you don't like carpet pics, you came to the wrong post. My photography skills are pretty poor, so the color seems to change from one photo to the next, but you'll just have to trust me when I say "It looks better in person". The patterned carpet is the same one Mario used in the Cinemar Theater (Masland Quadrate Times Square #18404). The stage is Masland Signet Black #287. It took 3 guys 4 hours to install. (Please ignore the temporary OSB threshold at the entry door. That is just a place holder until I find a better solution).
I also supplied them with a piece of our original carpet, which they installed in the new media closet.
The fabric on the back wall is fire-rated Rose Brand "Black Speaker Cloth". It sits on top of the acoustic treatments but behind the fabric panels to keep the shiny facing of the acoustic treatments from showing through the outer fabric. You'll also see the vents along the back wall as a half-hearted attempt to get the riser to act as a bass trap. No professional input on their size or placement. I just put one in every joist bay. Before placing the register over the carpet, I put a scrap of the Rose Brand speaker cloth inside each hole to lay on top of the pink fiberglass. Keeps the fibers inside the riser and looks cleaner.
I also just ordered one of these for my wife to put under the tree (URC R40). Edited by Spaceman - 12/12/12 at 8:40am
Looks really good Spaceman! From the pictures it appears like they did a really good job with the install. I hope my install this Friday goes as well. Any words of advice, things I should look out for, while they are installing?