Progress a little slow last couple weeks, nothing particularly picture worthy yet - well the exterior is stuccoed / painted, I guess I should post a picture of that. We were on vacation for a week, then our contractor was on vacation for a week.
Since our last episode:
- outside of the garage stucco patched, exterior painted
- entry door locksets installed
- electrical fixtures installed and tested (outlets, switches, interior and exterior lights) - except Grafik Eye, which I received today (4 zone)
- equipment closet door installed
- repatched some drywall on the garage side that the contractors missed
- started priming the HT side and the garage side (only the ceiling will be painted, the rest fabric panels, but it somehow seemed the right thing to do to at least prime underneath - dust, durability, etc.)
- spent days on end sifting through, organizing, dumping 20+ years worth of clutter before just cramming it back into the garage - want to build shelving before the remainder goes back in
- too many trips to Lowes to buy/return those "last few things I need for this stage" - its so nice when you open a box, and the contents don't match the box, or are broken, or are missing pieces *(@&#$(*
Not a lot to report, been distracted by other things lately.
Removed the 3x plastic wallbox, installed 4x metal wallbox, and got the Grafik Eye installed. I had to rewire one of the circuits - contractor misundertood, and thought the junction box near the ceiling was for an outlet, not a light - so had it tied to the outlet circuit instead of the lighting circuit, so I had to redo that. Even after double checking all the wiring with a meter several times, I still cringed a little when I flipped the breaker back on, half expecting to hear a loud pop somewhere. Fortunately it worked out fine, everything working as expected.
Installed the smoke alarm, exterior lights.
Finished priming the garage interior, and almost finished priming the HT side (still need to do the equipment closet). Need to paint the garage and then install shelving, so I can get all the garage stuff back into proper storage (much of it in plastic bins outside in the back yard - not good).
Started talking to Roman about seats... Won't be ready to use them for a while still, but the power buy is on, so must take advantage. I guess I'll need to nail down room colors, so I can decide between black and brown for the chairs.
My current plan is to have all the equipment hidden in the closet - but waffling on whether I should maybe have the front of the rack poke through an opening into the room (with access to the back of the rack from the closet). What would you do?
pros to all hidden: better sound isolation, keeps the equipment heat out of the room, clean look.
pros to exposed to the room: easier access for popping a disc in, wireless controller access to PS3, XBOX 360.
Thanks for the support / encouragement, superleo, JJ2K1, chinaclipper and premiertrussman.
Debating whether to make do with my current B&W 5.1 bookshelves (2x dm602, 2x dm601, cc6), maybe adding an extra pair for 7.1 - or put them all on audiogon, and shell out for more suitable HT speakers (TCA PRO-10s).
oorrr...you could just give me the B&w's and i will continue to support whatever other choices you make from here on out.
Depends I guess, Id say definitely set up for 7.1 at least, as that seems to be the most popular format, especially with the advancement of blu ray and HD audio tracks. As far as trading out for different speakers...not sure, im not real familiar with those bookshelves. I'd say do whatever you think you MIGHT want to do even in the future, if you are gonna do it...do it right the first time...assuming financially it makes sense
drywallers buzzed off the screw holes at the bottom for the A/V plate - boo - will need to replace it unless I can jury rig something:
Sorry Brad, the wires should have been balled up inside the box and those plates should have been safely tucked away during the drywalling. Just like you shouldn't have any switches or receptacles in place until after the drywalling. The outside of the box is the rotozip guide and anything sticking outside is a PIA.