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post #1621 of 1757
Where did you order you GOM?
post #1622 of 1757
great work Ben! I can't wait to see it in person. Any chance it will all be done in time for my next visit?
post #1623 of 1757
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Originally Posted by jimmyk36 View Post

Where did you order you GOM?

Hi Jimmy - All of the fabric came from fabricmate.com. I highly recommend them - good pricing and service.

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Originally Posted by michelmia View Post

great work Ben! I can't wait to see it in person. Any chance it will all be done in time for my next visit?

Absolutely! I made a lot of progress last week and am trying to keep the ball rolling this week (easier said than done redface.gif). I intentionally added a bit of pressure to keep things moving...I am having some friends from law school over for a movie next Friday and I really hope to have everything done except for the top cap trim on all of the panels. Fingers crossed! smile.gif


And TMcG - you're right...it is so weird to watch scenes that I'm used to now with one wall treated. The sound feels very lopsided - I'm amazed at the amount of difference the panels make.
post #1624 of 1757
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Originally Posted by TMcG View Post

Nice save!!! And everything looks really sharp! I am sure your right ear feels dead compared to your left at the moment with the right side panels hung. So when do you think you'll get around to completing the other side?? tongue.gif

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And TMcG - you're right...it is so weird to watch scenes that I'm used to now with one wall treated. The sound feels very lopsided - I'm amazed at the amount of difference the panels make.


Very good, grasshopper....you avoided my trap when I asked you to give me an estimate of when your other panels would be completed. biggrin.gif LOL!
post #1625 of 1757
Looking good Ben!
post #1626 of 1757
Thread Starter 
It is slow going but I am continuing to make progress...

I have the frames up on the back wall except for the one that will go on the door to the equipment room. I need to make a cut-out section for the door handle (how did I forget that when I cut all of that wood?? DOH! rolleyes.gif)


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All of the panels on the back wall are going to be gray...

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post #1627 of 1757
Nice build. Do you have any pics of your extended door jambs and the drop door bottom along with the threshold?
post #1628 of 1757
Thread Starter 
Thanks 235! Unfortunately I don't have any pics of the threshold at this point...if it's outside the theater, it's pretty much not done. rolleyes.gif I haven't decided exactly what I'm going to do for my entrance yet, so I haven't had the carpet guys come back to finish up that area, and that has prevented me from installing the auto door bottom. But that should be done by the end of October, so stay tuned!


I hope to have 11 of the 14 panels installed by the end of the night tonight...the acoustical changes to the space are nothing short of amazing!
post #1629 of 1757
Thread Starter 
Question of the day...is there such a thing as a 2" 4 gang electrical box extender? rolleyes.gif

As you can see from the old pic below, my Grafik Eye is flush against the wall in my HT. It falls within one of the panels I am adding now and I'm wondering if there's a way to move the box out so that the GE sits on top of the panel. Does anyone know how to do this?

Of course the other option is to make a C-shaped cutout in the panel and leave the GE flush with the wall...I just think it may look better if it sits on top of the panel.

Thanks all!

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post #1630 of 1757
If anyone would have it, contact either Graybar or Allied Electric. They are both national and both carry virtually every electrical product you can think of. I haven't stumped them yet with anything I have ever needed.

I don't know if you have the slack to do this or how your current electrical box is mounted, but you could "pack" out behind the electrical box with 2x4 to move the box forward in depth. So the final result would be your same electrical box, but it simply protrudes that inches that you need.
post #1631 of 1757
I just checked. There are several 4 gang box extenders listed on Google although most seem to be 1 1/2" deep and not the 2" deep that you said you were looking for.
post #1632 of 1757
Thread Starter 
Awesome - thanks guys. Looks like I will be able to make this work one way or another.

TMcG - Moving the existing box forward was my initial thought as well, but unfortunately I don't have much slack at all in the wires. Booo.
post #1633 of 1757
Not sure if we're talking about the same thing...but here's how I extended my 4 gang box out to be flush with a panel:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1208912/the-cinemar-home-theater-construction-thread/1680#post_21940451

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post #1634 of 1757
Thread Starter 
Ahh - another great idea. Thank you Mario!
post #1635 of 1757
Thread Starter 
It has over two weeks since my last update! I have been pretty busy lately, but I have still made some progress in the HT. With the exception of the panel over the equipment room door, the panels are all up on the walls! I need to install cap molding around them to hide all of the staples...that's my project for this week.

I used Mario's idea above to build a box extender to mount the Grafik Eye flush with the face of the panel. And as you can also see in one of my earlier pics, the alarm keypad above the GE was white. I took the cover off to paint it black...apparently I touched some internal organs I shouldn't have touched and now the keypad is shorted out. rolleyes.gif Hoping to get that one fxed this week...


Here is a pic of the final panels on the left side of the room. I have been having problems with the doorhandle so I am swapping out that lever for a knob that won't look so squished in that space.

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post #1636 of 1757
looking good! What materials will you be using for the cap mouldings? will these be black?
post #1637 of 1757
Thread Starter 
This is the stuff I decided on...pretty simple, and yes - eggshell black like the baseboard trim. Priming begins tonight! (Assuming I have power...)

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post #1638 of 1757
I like it. It should give it a nice smooth finish
post #1639 of 1757
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Originally Posted by AirBenji View Post

And as you can also see in one of my earlier pics, the alarm keypad above the GE was white. I took the cover off to paint it black...apparently I touched some internal organs I shouldn't have touched and now the keypad is shorted out. rolleyes.gif Hoping to get that one fxed this week...]

We had one of these blow up on us. Fortunately they are extremely cheap to replace through eBay sources. Hopefully there was no custom programming as part of your original keypad.

Nice job on the panels. Looking forward to the full-room shots to see the difference.

Stay safe while weathering the storm!
post #1640 of 1757
Thread Starter 
I spoke to my alarm company last night and they said the problem sounds like I just have one of the buttons depressed on the controller and I may be able to fix it myself. I didn't have a chance to fiddle with it last night (busy with the project below!) but maybe I can avoid having to buy a new keypad...

So I was talking to michelmia yesterday and he convinced me that I needed a new toy. I have been meaning to get a generator to run my sump pump etc. for a while now but I haven't pulled the trigger because I keep telling myself that I'm going to get a whole home standby unit. Unfortunately the National Grid installation guys were apparently busy with some little storm called Sandy and weren't banging my door down to install it yesterday (and those units are pretty $$), so portable is the way to go for now. I searched hi and lo for a good portable unit and finally found one about a half hour from my house. Hopefully this one will do the trick for a number of years...

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oh and after all of that...it barely rained here. Sheesh.

One of my not-so-lucky friends lives in this neighborhood. I'll stop complaining now. eek.gif

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post #1641 of 1757
I was really surprised with the amount of rain that we got. I'm in Troy (at RPI) and they canceled classes yesterday in anticipation of getting hit hard. Just a little rain and some wind. It's actually pretty nice out today.

I'm sure that that generator will come in handy though. If it can save the basement from flooding then it is WELL worth the investment.

The room looks great by the way!
post #1642 of 1757
Yep, I was watching a movie yesterday with a few friends and I was worried about losing power with the all the high winds. I probably shouldn't have been using my projector. It could have ruined my bulb if the power went out there were no fans to cool it down properly. I'm glad it didn't hit as hard as they said it would in our area.
post #1643 of 1757
I've lost power to my old PJ a few times and never lost a bulb. I'm sure it happens to some people, but it is not an absolute. Hey Ben, I have 1500+ hours on my bulb already and it is still pretty bright, eh? smile.gif

You are almost done, Ben! smile.gif
post #1644 of 1757
Thread Starter 
So the first batch of panel trim is painted and installed. Unfortunately, HD didn't have enough stock when I was there the first time. I shopped around yesterday and picked up another 160 ft. of trim eek.gif and now I have quite a bit of priming and painting to do!

One for the "what I would have done differently" thread - I absolutely should have bought a paint sprayer when I started this project. BIG recently posted a positive review of the Graco 2900 ($120 at Lowes) and that would have saved me a lot of time. However, I'm almost done with my project so I think I'll tough it out at this point. smile.gif

Here are a couple of pics of the progress...

First finished panel:
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Most of the left wall is complete:
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post #1645 of 1757
Ben,

Several of us on AVS picked up the Graco 3900 from Gleem Paint for $49 and it came in a couple of days. You may want to check it out. You will be really happy you did. You can't beat the finish.

Nick
post #1646 of 1757
Yeah, for $50, it might be worth grabbing to finish off your project. It's a great little unit. My only complaint is that mine did not come with a new filter as promised. After contacting Gleem, I was told my request has been passed on to the manufacturer, which is another way of saying I'm stuck with the filter I have.
post #1647 of 1757
+1 on the Gleem Paint deal. I bought one and love it.
post #1648 of 1757
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys - interesting find. I can't locate the 3900 model, but there is a reconditioned 2900 model on there for the same price ($49). I almost paid $119 for this yesterday at Lowes. I have never bought a reconditioned item before - should I be scared of this?
post #1649 of 1757
Ben,

It says it is the 2900, but so far everyone has received the 3900. It includes the entire 3900 kit minus the back pack. It is a fantastic deal.
post #1650 of 1757
By the way, don't worry at all about buying reconditioned. Most parts are replaced with new and there is a full warranty.
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