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post #691 of 956
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Originally Posted by Iusteve View Post

What this thread needs is an UPDATE!!! Lets go already slacker....you act like you live in California with your laid back lifestyle and all.

Updates, hmm, lets see, I got Fall camo on the Mini Uzi, finished the Sit Rep Pro VI challenge, and am working on F2000 extended mags.

Oh, you mean theater??

Not a lot lately - since the projector and screen went in, coincidentally - and was on vacation for the last couple weeks (despite continuing to post via iPhone). I did a few minor items on the to do list, like covering the last panel that's under the GrafikEye, putting a cover strip over the extension cord running to the back row of seats, etc. Nothing particular pic worthy though.

I was a little pissed that that last panel doesn't quite match - looks darker than the rest - must have reversed the material. Maybe I'll just put another layer of material over it, since I have extra, haven't decided my level of pissed yet, if I care enough to recover it.
post #692 of 956
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Originally Posted by Brad Horstkotte View Post

Updates, hmm, lets see, I got Fall camo on the Mini Uzi, finished the Sit Rep Pro VI challenge, and am working on F2000 extended mags.

Oh, you mean theater??

Not a lot lately - since the projector and screen went in, coincidentally - and was on vacation for the last couple weeks (despite continuing to post via iPhone). I did a few minor items on the to do list, like covering the last panel that's under the GrafikEye, putting a cover strip over the extension cord running to the back row of seats, etc. Nothing particular pic worthy though.

I was a little pissed that that last panel doesn't quite match - looks darker than the rest - must have reversed the material. Maybe I'll just put another layer of material over it, since I have extra, haven't decided my level of pissed yet, if I care enough to recover it.


This is some funny stuff. I haven't played MW2 in about 2 weeks. Been hitting theater progress semi-hardcore. It rings a bell/hits a nerve with me about your fabric mishap. When covering one of my 4 columns I "mis-cut" heading into a corner to the tune of about 4". This resulted in a large open wound type situation. It is at the top of one of the rear columns. I decided to continue on and finish that column since I wrapped them (not including the 3 panels)in one continuous piece of fabric which would have meant throwing out the 3 yards of fabric ($45) and re-doing but but worse yet it would have meant I would of had to wait to finish that column since it was my last 4 yards. So I decided to install it and "see" what it looked like. Well since it is against a VERY black ceiling and in the back of the room it is extremely unnoticeable to even me who knows its there. I "may" redo someday but in all honesty once the seats go in noone will be back there near that column let alone inspecting the very top of it, it just REALLY REALLY REALLY pisses me of. I guess I am too much of a perfectionist hence the reason for destroying the first columns I built only to build new ones even before they were installed. I need to find a way to be a frugal perfectionist. (Sorry for the rant)
post #693 of 956
My apologies for going waaaaaayyyy back into this thread, but I'm trying to figure out a soffit plan for my build and I want to do it AFTER the drywall like you did here but I have a couple questions that I hope you don't mind answering. I'm focusing on the sidewall soffits here, not the screen wall.

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Originally Posted by Brad Horstkotte View Post

I got the soffit mostly framed in over the weekend - still need to add a curved section at the front, and relocate the screen lights down into it (wasn't originally planning a soffit); as well as add the rope light tray and fixtures.


1. I'm following what you've done (I think!) up until this part but a few pages later, you've added the rope light and covered the bottom of the soffit in commando cloth and there's a picture where you've got the rope light on and it looks like the light is shining onto what WOULD be the plywood in this picture that rests against the ceiling but it looks smooth like painted drywall, so I'm confused. Did you cover the plywood in this picture?

2. Which Juno lights did you use? Are the rear housings exposed on the top of the soffit tray or did you build backer boxes? It almost seems like they should be poking out above the tray but still in front of the plywood facing from my last question.

Thanks and hopefully that makes sense. Great build, BTW!
post #694 of 956
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Originally Posted by Stinky Pinky View Post

1. I'm following what you've done (I think!) up until this part but a few pages later, you've added the rope light and covered the bottom of the soffit in commando cloth and there's a picture where you've got the rope light on and it looks like the light is shining onto what WOULD be the plywood in this picture that rests against the ceiling but it looks smooth like painted drywall, so I'm confused. Did you cover the plywood in this picture?

Yes, I added a layer of drywall onto that plywood face that you see in that picture, and mudded the junction with the ceiling.

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Originally Posted by Stinky Pinky View Post

2. Which Juno lights did you use? Are the rear housings exposed on the top of the soffit tray or did you build backer boxes? It almost seems like they should be poking out above the tray but still in front of the plywood facing from my last question.

They're not Juno lights, they're from Commercial Electric - 3" halogen fixtures, Home Depot and Lowes carry them: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053 .

The housings actually don't land in the tray, so they don't stick up through the tray - they're in the "enclosed" side of the soffit. 14" wide plywood was screwed to the bottom of what you see above, with 8" on the "inside", and 6" on the "outside" - give or take. The fixtures are mounted through a hole on that 8" "inside" part. Then a narrow furring strip went on the back side next to the wall, insulation went in, and fabric was stretched and stapled over the whole thing. Let me know if that doesn't make sense, maybe a drawing would help if not.

Thanks for the thumbs up!
post #695 of 956
Wow Brad, incredible build thread and your color choice and sense of style for the theater is excellent. I am truly impressed. m Amazing to think it was a garage not that long ago, huh? Anyway, maybe I didn't see the response but in quite a few of the screenshot pics you have there seems to be light bleed on the upper right of the framing around the screen. Is that just a camera artifact or is there something else going on?
post #696 of 956
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Wow Brad, incredible build thread and your color choice and sense of style for the theater is excellent. I am truly impressed. m Amazing to think it was a garage not that long ago, huh? Anyway, maybe I didn't see the response but in quite a few of the screenshot pics you have there seems to be light bleed on the upper right of the framing around the screen. Is that just a camera artifact or is there something else going on?

Oh, that's a reflection off the piano hinge that the screen is supported by. It will be covered once I add the panels around the screen.

Thanks for the kudos!

Here's a before and (almost) after for fun:



post #697 of 956
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Originally Posted by Brad Horstkotte View Post

Here's a before and (almost) after for fun:


Doesn't that feel good
post #698 of 956
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Haha, you know it - will be even better when I can remove that "almost" of course! That damn projector temptress has me its its grasp though!
post #699 of 956
Ahhh thats what I was looking for - an almost complete photo!

Looks great so far. How is the piano hinge working out - any shots with the screen up? I plan on doing the same.
post #700 of 956


Brad the finished space looks great. I do see a major problem in this picture.

You've set up the projector in what looks like a temporary manner. We all know this is a big issue leading to weeks or months of delay in actually finishing the last 5%. Enjoy. I sat in my theater watching movies for over a year before I got the carpet installed.
post #701 of 956
omg my jaw dropped at seeing that picture of the seats and projector/ almost finished product? ITS BEAUTIFUL! Well done! I look forward to seeing more pictures!

-Kevin
post #702 of 956
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Originally Posted by MysticalJet View Post

How is the piano hinge working out - any shots with the screen up? I plan on doing the same.

So far so good - but haven't had to lift it much - I'll take a picture with the screen up when I get a chance. I still need to make some sticks to hold it open with, have just been using a couple scraps from the wood pile, need something that fits into like sockets on both ends, so it won't fall out. Any ideas?

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Brad the finished space looks great. I do see a major problem in this picture.

You've set up the projector in what looks like a temporary manner. We all know this is a big issue leading to weeks or months of delay in actually finishing the last 5%. Enjoy. I sat in my theater watching movies for over a year before I got the carpet installed.

Thanks Big - definitely enjoying it! And am into the months as far as delay, but everyone else thinks its done, so I can take my time. I need a newer picture though, I did at least do a proper ceiling mount, and finish that back panel behind the projector.

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Originally Posted by pokekevin View Post

omg my jaw dropped at seeing that picture of the seats and projector/ almost finished product? ITS BEAUTIFUL! Well done! I look forward to seeing more pictures!

-Kevin

Thanks Kevin - there are more pictures a few pages back, and shoot some more when I get everything buttoned up, or at least the screen wall panels in.
post #703 of 956
Looking at the other pictures right now...wow...just extremely well done!

You said you were from torrance cali?
post #704 of 956
I'm going to have to drop by sometime and check this thing out.

When are you going to order your chief mount?
post #705 of 956
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Originally Posted by pokekevin View Post

Looking at the other pictures right now...wow...just extremely well done!

You said you were from torrance cali?

Thanks Kevin. You're welcome to come by sometime if you want to check things out. I work in Irvine, so I pass by you every day (well, within ten miles anyway).

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I'm going to have to drop by sometime and check this thing out.

When are you going to order your chief mount?

You know you're welcome any time you're in the neighborhood, which I'm sure is just all the time. And I swear I do have it ceiling mounted, I guess I better post some photographic evidence.
post #706 of 956
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Originally Posted by Brad Horstkotte View Post

So far so good - but haven't had to lift it much - I'll take a picture with the screen up when I get a chance. I still need to make some sticks to hold it open with, have just been using a couple scraps from the wood pile, need something that fits into like sockets on both ends, so it won't fall out. Any ideas?

An idea I had, although did not think it thoroughly through, is to use an eye bolt on the screen and/or ceiling and then have a hook or chain that could be used from the screen to ceiling. Of course you would have to have the eye bolt on a ceiling joist and wouldn't want it to be distracting ... anyway, just a thought which I haven't put much design effort into.
post #707 of 956
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Thanks Kevin. You're welcome to come by sometime if you want to check things out. I work in Irvine, so I pass by you every day (well, within ten miles anyway).



You know you're welcome any time you're in the neighborhood, which I'm sure is just all the time. And I swear I do have it ceiling mounted, I guess I better post some photographic evidence.

ahh the city of Irvine! My father works near the backbay area lol. I would love to check out your amazing set up sometime! Thank you for the generous offer. I'll be at Camp Pendleton for sometime till next week but if you are free to demonstrate your system after that, that would be awesome.

Back to the theatre, I wasn't able to catch it but how will you be playing content? HTPC?

-Kevin
post #708 of 956
Brad,

Great job with the theater. It looks awesome! I like your choice of earth tone colors you selected. It really looks sharp. I am sure it sounds as good as it looks.

All of your hard work shows in the end result...

Jim
post #709 of 956
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Originally Posted by MysticalJet View Post

An idea I had, although did not think it thoroughly through, is to use an eye bolt on the screen and/or ceiling and then have a hook or chain that could be used from the screen to ceiling. Of course you would have to have the eye bolt on a ceiling joist and wouldn't want it to be distracting ... anyway, just a thought which I haven't put much design effort into.

Forgot to say thanks for the suggestion - I had been thinking of supporting it from the bottom, off the false wall frame, like a car hood - but supporting it from the top, off the ceiling, is a good alternative (and would keep the supports from being kicked out while working behind the screen), assuming I could find a way to hide the hooks or whatever.

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ahh the city of Irvine! My father works near the backbay area lol. I would love to check out your amazing set up sometime! Thank you for the generous offer. I'll be at Camp Pendleton for sometime till next week but if you are free to demonstrate your system after that, that would be awesome.

Back to the theatre, I wasn't able to catch it but how will you be playing content? HTPC?

-Kevin

Been kind of hectic at work and family stuff on the weekends, but hopefully we can get to it soon - PM me the weekends that are good for you.

Oh, as far as source, I have a Bluray player and an HD DVD player connected right now - and a 1 TB external USB drive connected to the Bluray player, as it can play mkv/mp4. I also have an XBMC HTPC in the works, hopefully can get that set up in the HT soon - ordered an IR receiver, so I can program the Harmony remote and control it.

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Originally Posted by trek737 View Post

Brad,

Great job with the theater. It looks awesome! I like your choice of earth tone colors you selected. It really looks sharp. I am sure it sounds as good as it looks.

All of your hard work shows in the end result...

Jim

Thanks Jim!
post #710 of 956
Someday I assume some sort of progress and/or updates will be attached to the above post/comment from you Brad. Until then enjoy your 90% finished theater while the rest of us try to get passed the 65% finished mark.
post #711 of 956
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Haha I deserved that. I am tempting Logan, but he hasn't taken the bait yet.

I actually did make a little progress this weekend - I built the frames for the panels on the sides of the stage, and covered one, using Commando Cloth, since I still have a ton of it (they sent me way more than I ordered). At first I thought it looked terrible, it was puckering on the sides - but I hoped that it was because I hadn't braced the middle, so I added a brace, and it pulled all the dimples out, and I ended up pretty happy with it. Still need to cover the other one. I'll take pictures when I have the rest of the panels up.

And I received a nice box from partsexpress - driver for THT LP #2 - need to make a run to Lowes to pick up three sheets of arauco ply.

Also upgraded my HTPC with two 2 TB internal drives, and updated XBMC, and ordered an IR receiver - will program the Harmony to control it.
post #712 of 956
Ya know, you can talk about progress all that you want, but without pictures who is going to believe you? I'm just sayin'. Oh, and nothing good comes from tempting Logan.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #713 of 956
I agree. For all I know, that projector is still humming next to your headrests.
post #714 of 956
Nice Work!
post #715 of 956
Great work dan i read all 24 pages of your adventure...
whats the price tag so far!!!
Pm me if your wife reads this forum, lol.
post #716 of 956
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Originally Posted by perensen View Post

Great work dan i read all 24 pages of your adventure...
whats the price tag so far!!!
Pm me if your wife reads this forum, lol.

dan?
post #717 of 956
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Originally Posted by HuskerOmaha View Post

dan?

+1

dan??

Maybe "Dan" is "Brad's" alter ego........or.........maybe "Brad's" real name is "Dan"!!

I almost feel as if we dont really know who this Brad/Dan guy is.......just goes to show you that just when you think you know somebody then BOOM!!

Almost makes me want to ask...............

post #718 of 956
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Ya know, you can talk about progress all that you want, but without pictures who is going to believe you? I'm just sayin'. Oh, and nothing good comes from tempting Logan.

Regards,

RTROSE

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Originally Posted by HuskerOmaha View Post

I agree. For all I know, that projector is still humming next to your headrests.

I promise this is my last post without pictures - I'll take some tonight of my getting closer to completed screen wall. Watched a movie last night with my wife - she didn't notice the panels. Lol, guess its just a guy thing.

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Originally Posted by OzzieP View Post

Nice Work!

Thanks Ozzie!

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Originally Posted by perensen View Post

Great work dan i read all 24 pages of your adventure...
whats the price tag so far!!!
Pm me if your wife reads this forum, lol.

Thanks Jake! And on the price tag - I ain't tellin' - that's the way we do things here, its a secret kept not only from our wives, but also from others who may follow, lest they discover how much it will cost THEM.

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Originally Posted by HuskerOmaha View Post

dan?

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Originally Posted by Iusteve View Post

+1

dan??

Maybe "Dan" is "Brad's" alter ego........or.........maybe "Brad's" real name is "Dan"!!

I almost feel as if we dont really know who this Brad/Dan guy is.......just goes to show you that just when you think you know somebody then BOOM!!

Almost makes me want to ask...............


Hi
my name is
what
my name is
who
my name is
Chika chika chika
dirty dan



Actually though, my dad's name was Dan, and my son's middle name is Daniel. Trippy, dude.
post #719 of 956
Stop teasing us already and post some pictures already!

Sheesh!

Regards,

RTROSE
post #720 of 956
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No top panel yet, but bottom left and right are done.





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