Andreas...I think you are doing an outstanding job! You have (mostly had!) a lot to do before really getting started on the theater. Kudos to you for tackling the beam project by yourself. I'm sure I'm not the only one who would love to see a couple of pictures of you getting the 800lb beam off the floor and into place!
Hey, Tom! You are my new favorite AVSer.
Thanks for the kind words. You are right, I am jealous of the builds that start off in a new, clean basement. I think they need to move things around too, but probably have higher ceilings and don't have to be as concerned as I am. I have three more months to go (hoping she doesn't come prematurely!), so still need to keep on moving.
I'll take a few pics of the beam install if I am not too preoccupied, although I don't know when I'll be doing it again....so I should document it. For some reason, I don't want to post too many pics of my work since I may not be to "code". The whole project will not be inspected. I want to be safe and do a good job, but there are a lot of downsides to getting it inspected....and obviously very good points.
Naturally I would love to see the rotary sub build but understand why you would want to wait. I built my own speakers and IB sub in a sealed chamber behind my screen but if I would have seen your build first, I may have tried the line arrays first...still would have built the IB though.
I would like to work on the rotary now, but I'd like to have walls, a screen and seating first! I like the idea of IBs. I wish I could demo them somewhere near me. I think that is the way most people should go if they are not concerned with paying for a $1000-2000 sub system that sounds great. I wanted to pay less, bc I like to save money when I can.
The line arrays sound great for what they are. I've had compliments on them several times.
Nice use of the attic space! Do you have moisture issues related to using the garden tub in the attic?
Not with the tub, but we have a washer and drier up there as well. I have a valve off the drier vent (available at HD) that I can open up to the space in the winter that will heat and "moisturize" the attic. That way the heat doesn't get pumped outside the house, and winters are usually dry inside anyway. It tends to fog the windows by the time a load is done. The space is pretty large at 700 sq feet so it can handle a fair amount of moisture, although the ceiling slopes from zero to 10 feet in height.
Very glad you didn't lose eyesight with the PVC glue. If that hurt as bad as the "glue" smells, you must have been in a lot of pain!
It hurts MUCH worse than the smell!
Hmm, somehow I missed this part of your post before. I love McMaster-Carr..... Whoops did I say that out loud?!
Seriously, I buy tons of stuff from them for work (and home) they are usually a bit expensive, but when you can get what you need when you need it... well you know!
In any case, I actually would like the part # if you don't mind. For some reason I can't find it...
Yeah, McMaster is the bomb. I've ordered probably $10k from them! For production supplies, not the cheapest, but they have so many parts easily found on their website that it is a no brainer. Plus shipping to my house is one day and cheap! They are definitely cheaper than buying 6 screws at HD for $1.50.Click here for part 2495K14 (FLOOR DRAIN BACKFLOW PREVENTER, FITS 4" DRAIN ID)
They have other sizes too.