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post #1471 of 1757
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Ok I have lots to show today. The last chair has arrived so I now have a full set. All of the trim is in. And carpet is in!

There is still a significant amount of work to do, but this took the room one really big step closer to being finished. The next few things on my punch list are:
- Finish the entry door and add door seals from Ted
- Add black fabric & additional acoustical items around the screen
- Lighted crown moulding
- Acoustical panels

That will take me a while but it should get me most of the way to finished!

On to the pics!!


I added the trim...the carpet guys asked for 3/8" space between the floor and baseboards:




This is a mock up of the angle from the riser to the floor. I was going to use the same angle created by the stairs but it looked too shallow for me. So I used a 45 degree angle as it had been drawn in the plans. Note to self: Dennis knows this stuff much better than me and is almost always right. I ended up moving the start of the slope back about an inch so the moulding wasn't so close to the outlet.




Final shots before carpet:







AND THEN...














Then I added some seats:








And put the screen back in place...





The stage came out incredibly well - my favorite part for now.




The carpet already needs to be vacuumed tonight because I was carrying so much stuff from my messy work area into the theater. Tonight I will rehang the projector and watch a movie!!
post #1472 of 1757
Fantastic. It's looking great. I like your carpet choice!
post #1473 of 1757
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Originally Posted by mcascio View Post

Fantastic. It's looking great. I like your carpet choice!

+1.

Room looks great, carpet looks great ... Nice Work!
post #1474 of 1757
Wow, that turned out very well!
post #1475 of 1757
Looking really good Ben!
post #1476 of 1757
Very very cool! Congrats!
post #1477 of 1757
The final stretch! Looking really nice...

Keep going and congrats!
post #1478 of 1757
Awesome job there Benji! How's the girlfriend like it? You have much waste in the Stanton Carpet since your room was just wider than the roll...or we're they able to patch some of it in?

Can't wait to hear your impressions of the room now that the carpet and seating is now in.
post #1479 of 1757
Excellent! That carpet looks great! May have to steal it for mine...
post #1480 of 1757
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Thanks for all the kudos guys!

TMcG- The reaction was favorable on all accounts! The higher quality pad was very much worth the additional $. (Can't remember how much extra it was...$200-300 I think.) I also made a conscious effort to only consider carpet that felt very soft when I was looking at samples. This is by far the softest carpet I have walked on - I was barefoot in there all night last night! And I didn't even have to dodge OSB splinters or construction screws!

I cut the bass trapping holes in the riser just before the carpet was installed. (literally just before...like 6am that morning...because I FORGOT to do it earlier. ) The bass seems more defined now, but I can't say whether that's due to the addition of the carpet or the effect of the riser bass trap...probably a combination of both.

There is an immediately noticeable difference in the sound in the room now. I definitely need to re-run Audyssey. I am also getting the itch to start learning REW but I am trying to take it one step at a time here. I haven't worked on my iRule interface in weeks and I still don't have the oppo commands up and running.

Theater construction...then iRule...then REW!
post #1481 of 1757
Carpet looks great AB!

p.s. I can't believe I still haven't done my trim! lol
post #1482 of 1757
Looks great Ben! I really like the way everything turned out. Doesn't seem like that long ago you were talking about insulation .
post #1483 of 1757
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I see you chose a screwdriver instead of a beer..nice...
carpet looks grand!
post #1484 of 1757
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Originally Posted by misugrad View Post

I see you chose a screwdriver instead of a beer..nice...
carpet looks grand!

Thanks! And rest assured...that screwdriver will be replaced by (multiple) beers this weekend!


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Originally Posted by TMcG View Post

You have much waste in the Stanton Carpet since your room was just wider than the roll...or we're they able to patch some of it in?

Sorry - I forgot to answer this the first time around. I got really lucky on this one and there was very very little waste...it turns out that the farthest distance between the riser and the stage is 13'1". The Stanton carpet comes in rolls 13'2" wide so they were able to lay it in the opposite direction. The riser is a little less than 8' wide, so they were able to use the excess width there to carpet the equipment room and stairs. I think I ended up with an extra piece about 6'x2' and that's it!
post #1485 of 1757
looking awesome Ben! Good choice for carpet.
post #1486 of 1757
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Thanks Jon!


Last night I finally had time to put the projector back up. I had a friend over and we watched a few demos. In a word, WOW. It's totally amazing what a difference can be made just by eliminating one hard reflective surface. The change was stunning and the surround sound became so much more enveloping and convincing. It was really amazing and eye-opening to compare carpet vs. no carpet. It is making me want to get on the acoustical treatments wagon right away! But I'm still not quite ready for acoustic treatments on the side and back walls.

I picked up materials for the rest of the front wall acoustical plan earlier this week and ordered black GOM FR701 yesterday. I'm going to order door seals and bottom from Ted today, so those are my agenda items for next week. Then it's on to crown molding and acoustical treatments...and then the finish line!
post #1487 of 1757
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Door seals are on the way from Ted! I just want to say again what a wonderful person he is to do business with. Always cheerful, extremely knowledgeable, and outstanding service. Thanks Ted!
post #1488 of 1757
those door seals are amazing. What a difference they make. Did you also get the seal for the bottom of the door?
post #1489 of 1757
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Yes - I got the door bottom as well. When I stand outside the room now, it's obvious that the only areas where high frequencies are escaping are around the door - I can't wait to see how the seals help with that issue!


A Question on the Door Threshold...
I bought a simple black marble door threshold at Lowes and will be attaching it to the cement slab. Do I really need to go get a trowel and thinset and get into all that stuff or can I simply stick some PL Premium on there and glue it down? I have never used thinset before, don't have a trowel etc...can I skip all that?
Thanks!!
post #1490 of 1757
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Originally Posted by AirBenji View Post


A Question on the Door Threshold...
I bought a simple black marble door threshold at Lowes and will be attaching it to the cement slab. Do I really need to go get a trowel and thinset and get into all that stuff or can I simply stick some PL Premium on there and glue it down? I have never used thinset before, don't have a trowel etc...can I skip all that?
Thanks!!

That is how I mounted my granite threshold. They sell a specific construction adhesive for the granite and I am not sure if it spcifies Marble, but you might want to check.
post #1491 of 1757
Looking really good Ben . Do you have a link to the door seals you are using?
post #1492 of 1757
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Thanks RMK! The door stops and bottom are both made by Zero International. The Soundproofing Company has info on them here. Also, here are the Zero international pages: Seals and Bottom.
post #1493 of 1757
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That is how I mounted my granite threshold. They sell a specific construction adhesive for the granite and I am not sure if it spcifies Marble, but you might want to check.

AZGAMD - sorry but I'm not sure I understand exactly what you're saying. Do you mean that you used a tube of granite adhesive to attach your threshold to the slab? Thanks!
post #1494 of 1757
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Originally Posted by AirBenji View Post

AZGAMD - sorry but I'm not sure I understand exactly what you're saying. Do you mean that you used a tube of granite adhesive to attach your threshold to the slab? Thanks!

Sorry about the confusion. I used Liquid Nails Marble and Granite Adhesive to glue the granite threshold directly to the concrete slab.
post #1495 of 1757
Ben, I put my black marble threshhold in with the real stuff. I still have some plus a trowel and a wet saw. If you want to bring your marble over I can cut it and you can borrow the trowel and thinset. What a bargain!! I might even be able to be coaxed to bring the stuff over soon.

I think there might be less chance of cracking with the thinset. I used PL Premium to glue a solid wood threshold to the cement and the wood warped with the PL giving way. The thinset was pretty easy and you can level it nicely by hitting the marble with your fist on the high spots.

...as always, your marble and your room!
post #1496 of 1757
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Originally Posted by AirBenji View Post

A Question on the Door Threshold...
I bought a simple black marble door threshold at Lowes and will be attaching it to the cement slab. Do I really need to go get a trowel and thinset and get into all that stuff or can I simply stick some PL Premium on there and glue it down? I have never used thinset before, don't have a trowel etc...can I skip all that?
Thanks!!

All though it is tempting to take the quick and easy way for lasting results use the thinset
post #1497 of 1757
The room is looking great and the carpet was an excellent choice.... Nice Work!
post #1498 of 1757
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Thanks for the kind words guys!

I haven't had much time to work in the theater over the past week, but almost all of the materials will be here by the end of this week for the final push.

On Thursday, a Porter Cable US58 upholstery stapler should arrive, alont with staples and some OC703 that I am getting from Kamco Supply. Another plug for your local building supply place...call around before you buy this stuff! I'm paying $0.48/sq. ft. and I have seen some specialty acoustics places on the interwebs selling it for more than double that price. Annnnd Kamco will deliver for free (particularly good because I no longer have that monster truck at my house ).

Below is a pic of the stuff that has already arrived...black fabric from Fabricmate for around the screen wall, door seals and auto door bottom from Zero International/Soundproofing Company, and the wrong Porter Cable stapler. I think I was too excited to get started on the panels and walked out of HD with the wrong gun. Oh well - should've known I would have to order it. Oops!

I'm also going to have to track down Andreas for a trowel and a little bit of thinset this weekend...

post #1499 of 1757
Sorry I missed your carpet update. Looks GREAT! Nice luck with being able to turn it and have little waste.

I forget, what chairs are those? They look an awful lot like mine!

Looking great, keep up the good work!
post #1500 of 1757
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Thanks Logan! The chairs are Palliser - front row is Blade and back row is Bullet. (Same chair but the Bullet adds a tray table and lighted cupholders/bases.)


Whoa - 1500 posts! I never thought I would get to that big of a thread...or that this theater would STILL not be completed.
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