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post #1681 of 1757
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Originally Posted by AirBenji View Post

Fiiiiiiiiinally! tongue.gif I'm looking forward to it - it will surely be a good one!

Sheesh! You act like it's been almost two years or something!!!! Oh, right.....it kind-of has...LOL! tongue.gif

I am looking forward to all of YOUR good advice and tagging along for the ride.

I'll let the cat out of the bag now and let you know that I already made a very large Procella Audio purchase, so stay tuned!
post #1682 of 1757
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Originally Posted by TMcG View Post

By the way Benji, thanks for the detailed materials list with the links. Your materials list comes in extremely handy, so thank you again.

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post #1683 of 1757
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I'll let the cat out of the bag now and let you know that I already made a very large Procella Audio purchase, so stay tuned!

Oooooo FUNNNNN! I have been conducting extensive negotiations with Santa. Unfortunately, she is pretty set on living room and dining room furniture before new speakers. rolleyes.gif But who knows, they may fall down the chimney anyway! smile.gif

p.s. - I like how you gave yourself a deadline in your signature. Now we can really raz you if it isn't up tonight! smile.gif
post #1684 of 1757
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I like how you gave yourself a deadline in your signature. Now we can really raz you if it isn't up tonight! smile.gif
Did you see that it's a floating deadline? tongue.gif
post #1685 of 1757
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p.s. - I like how you gave yourself a deadline in your signature. Now we can really raz you if it isn't up tonight! smile.gif

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Did you see that it's a floating deadline? tongue.gif

OK, I am busted...! Truth be told my wife is pregnant and I suddenly became preoccupied with that all afternoon and evening. Everything is fine now, but that ate up all my "thread starting time". I will be doing it tonight. Please raz away, but be gentle....I had a very valid excuse.
post #1686 of 1757
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OK, I am busted...! Truth be told my wife is pregnant and I suddenly became preoccupied with that all afternoon and evening.

Congratulations. It can take a while to find that peanut butter and pickle ice cream. Man I've been there.
post #1687 of 1757
Congrats, TMcG. Hope the expanding family doesn't throw a wrench into your BTU calculations or seat count.wink.gif
post #1688 of 1757
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Originally Posted by AirBenji View Post

Oooooo FUNNNNN! I have been conducting extensive negotiations with Santa. Unfortunately, she is pretty set on living room and dining room furniture before new speakers. rolleyes.gif But who knows, they may fall down the chimney anyway! smile.gif
p.s. - I like how you gave yourself a deadline in your signature. Now we can really raz you if it isn't up tonight! smile.gif

So it is a day late, but active nonetheless....

The Stonewater Cinema

Would love to see you follow along!
post #1689 of 1757
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I posted this in the poster lightbox thread, but thought I would also add it here. When I ordered the LED strip lights for the box, I received black strips rather than white. I bought 6 strips so I could have 3 per box. Then I decided to switch to 4 strips per box, so I ordered two more strips. This time the correct white strips arrived and it turns out that the different colored strips do not play nicely together when used in one box.

The box on the left below is the new one and you can clearly see the difference in illumination (the black strips are in the middle - look around the "a" in break-up and just left of Jenifer Aniston's shoulder). Crap. Looks like I will have to order 2 more strips.

I'll take another pic tonight without a poster in the frame that better illustrates the problem.

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post #1690 of 1757
Let's see....she wants dining room furniture. You want speakers. Then you pick "The Break Up" as your movie poster. LOL
post #1691 of 1757
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Let's see....she wants dining room furniture. You want speakers. Then you pick "The Break Up" as your movie poster. LOL

Haha - well you know, a little subliminal messaging might be exactly what I need in these negotiations. biggrin.gif



Here is the pic of the poster frame I'm having trouble with...new lights are on the way for the center of the frame...

post #1692 of 1757
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Wow it has been quite a while without a post - I have been using the theater non-stop over the holidays and it has been great! What an amazing project this has been...I really am so glad that I decided to take this on.

So here's the latest. First I will start with the best way to counteract a post-Christmas winter storm:

1) Authentic Utica, NY chicken riggies
2) Beer
3) One awesome AVS-inspired home theater
4) A pile of new Xmas blu-rays




I have been pretty lazy construction-wise lately. (I have been watching too many movies to make any progress!) I did, however, fix the poster frame issue I had with the different-colored LED light strips. That 3M tape backer really sticks well - I was having an impossible time pulling the lights off and it was ruining the markerboard they were stuck to, so I ended up using a knife to score the markerboard on each side of the light strip. This eliminated tearing the markerboard and worked much better.

Pulling off the black lights...




White lights in place...




I also got a few new posters for Chrstmast...the Black Swan poster is really cool - lots of light from this one:




The Campaign:




Everyone needs a Hangover poster:




I also have one of the 40-Year Old Virgin around somewhere. Wow Steve Carell's grin in that one is so ridiculous it makes me laugh every time I look at it!


I also had an unfortunate incident that luckily didn't end up being catastrophic. I was taking some suitcases down to the basement at about midnight on Dec. 30. Walking back to my utility area, I stepped into water. UGH NOOOOO. I walked back to the hot water heater and it was not pretty. The heater was gushing water onto the ground. I am so lucky that I caught it when it did. The water got within about 10 feet of the theater but never actually got there. I spent about 5 hours moving stuff and vacuuming up water. (That shop-vac is a LIFE SAVER!!!) I have an 8 gallon shop vac and I emptied it at least 6 times after vacuuming up water from the floor! eek.gifeek.gif

I have some carpet & pad outside the theater that got very wet and I am considering having a restoration company come in to dry everything out. I have dehumidifiers running down there now but I am really afraid of mold etc. and the carpet is still wet after 48 hours. Time to call in the pros methinks. Unfortunately, a bunch of OC703 bit the dust with this one...

Here is a pic of the situation in my utility area after I moved a bunch of stuff and vacuumed about 25 gallons off the floor.



My alarm company is coming ASAP to install water sensors around the sump pump and water heater!
post #1693 of 1757
Wow, I'm glad to hear you found that leak in time and damage was minimal. Also glad to hear you are enjoying the theater. How bad can it be with a nice Guinness and a plate of Chicken Riggies? You've now inspired me to put off whatever I was going to do in the next 30 minutes and go research snack trays that I can fit in my Berkline cup holders.
post #1694 of 1757
Sorry to hear about the water issue (I can't bring myself to even type the F-word!). I know what a pain it can be. Glad you caught it in time.
post #1695 of 1757
That's terrible! You are really lucky to have caught that when you did. I don't have the time to look for it right this second, but the big box stores sell drain pans for your hot water tank to sit in that have a 1 inch lip. They then place the sensor inside this pan. Some have hose connections that you can run to your floor drain as a stop-gap solution, but the more sophisticated ones are placed in-line with your plumbing and electric and can have the sensor shut off the water supply, cut the fuel (electric or gas) and sound an audible alarm. A bit pricier, but then again if it saves you any future trouble it is easily worth it.

Our hot water tank for the whole house is actually located in our attic above our master bedroom...I don't have all the fancy in-line shut-offs I just described but I think seeing pictures of your mess has inspired me to get serious about getting things squared away. I just can't believe it's not code, especially when located above living space.

...and I'll be sure to bring some Guinness with me when I visit! biggrin.gif
Edited by TMcG - 1/2/13 at 12:25pm
post #1696 of 1757
Hey Benji -

I took a few minutes and found that SmartHome carries the product you may consider installing. This detects the leak and shuts off the water to the unit, sounds an audible alarm, has a battery back-up in case the power fails AND can integrate with an Insteon system. Only $123....

http://www.smarthome.com/7115H2C/Water-Heater-Leak-Detection-FS3-4C/p.aspx
post #1697 of 1757
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Thanks for the info TMcG - much appreciated! And spaceman - yes, grab some trays asap...they are great (although my seats have a separate slot for the tray). I use mine a lot for snacks and also for my computer when I'm half watching TV / half working in the theater.

Some good news on the water heater situation: I had a cleaning and restoration company out to look at the situation yesterday afternoon and they said that things are drying up nicely. I have two dehumidifiers running down there as well as some fans etc. and they said that there is no need to do much more. They said I am lucky that I have a felt pad underneath the carpet (I guess other materials are more prone to mold). I will hit the area again with the shop vac over the next few days and hopefully it will be good to go.
post #1698 of 1757
Bummer on the water damage.

Ironically I ordered some water sensor alarms to put next to my water heater, well bladder tank and the bathroom above the theater. Although, now I'm thinking that Smarthome shut off valve would be a smarter solution in case I'm not home.

Loving the theater. Looking fantastic.

BTW, where did you end up getting those snack trays?
post #1699 of 1757
Wow Ben! Everything looks fantastic!

I too am sorry about your water issues, but it sounds like you came out relatively unscathed. eek.gif
post #1700 of 1757
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Thanks for the compliments guys!

Mario - The snack trays actually came with the seats and have a built-in attachment point (not the cupholder). The model is Palliser Bullet and that's the main reason I bought them. (They also have LED lights underneath them, but I don't really use those.) The front row is Palliser Blade, which is the same seat without the lights and tray table.

Here is a pic of the attachment point. It works well and keeps the tray level, but could have been designed a bit better. The tray interferes with the cupholder at certain angles.

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post #1701 of 1757
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I finally took some time over the weekend and added the last acoustic panel to the equipment room door. I have been watching a lot of movies and enjoying the holidays over the past few weeks, so not too much actual work has been happening.

I really enjoyed getting back to work and finishing up a few of the remaining odds and ends. My last item inside the theater is to fill nail holes. Then outside I need to finish up the door jamb on the double stud wall for my entrance and create a soffit for an HVAC duct I moved.

I also intend to slowly add a few more things throughout this year...a projector hushbox, a more finished equipment room with MA racks, and a ticket booth.

I know this doesn't look like much but wow these always take more time than I think they will...cutting, painting, assembling, installing...then fabric and trim. I'm glad that was the last one!

post #1702 of 1757
Looks great. I'm trying to finish the last of my panels too.

Glad you are finding the time to enjoy the room and watch some movies. That's what it's all about.
post #1703 of 1757
The acoustic fixtures turned out nice. I'm sure they were all a pain in the neck to install.
post #1704 of 1757
Looks great Ben! Enjoy the movies!
post #1705 of 1757
Love it Ben.
post #1706 of 1757
Awesome job on the theater Ben & glad to see you're enjoying it.
post #1707 of 1757
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Thanks a ton for all of the comments guys! Tony and fotto - haven't talked to you guys in a while...great to hear from you. I have been away on vacation and unplugged from the forum a little bit.

I am almost ready to declare the theater really finished! and I am looking forward to having a photographer friend take some good finished photos of the room. smile.gif

On my vacation we stopped in at Disney and Universal's Islands of Adventure for a few days. It was a little colder than we would have liked, but the lines were short and we had a good time. It was my first time at Universal. I have to say that I thought the Spider Man and Harry Potter rides were very cool!

I don't know anything about the Harry Potter books and I haven't seen the movies (they're on my list), but I thought that the town Universal created around the ride was incredible! Oh...and the butterbeer was tasty too. Here are a few pics:










Then there were a few days of this...




And some of this...




And there was WAY too much eating like a fat kid...

This is a gigantic Rice Krispies treat. That is covered in milk chocolate. Then covered in mini m&m's. Then drizzled in dark chocolate. And I ate it. ALL. I feel sick just looking at it. rolleyes.gif




There was also some sort of pumpkin spice creme brulee involved at one point. Pastry crust outside or some sort of other magic voodoo. Uh. May. Zing.





And now I need to visit the gym.


p.s. - It is really nice to see so much building activity going on around here. It took me forever to get caught up in my forum reading!
Edited by AirBenji - 4/4/13 at 8:59am
post #1708 of 1757
Haha, nice. I was in Florida for a week last February and spent a day at Universal Studios. The best ride there was in Harry Potter World. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. It was such a unique ride and totally worth waiting in line for. My mouth was stuck wide open the entire ride I was THAT impressed.

I got lucky. It was 85 and sunny every day. Me and my girlfriend drove from Port St. Lucie all the way to Key West and spent a couple days there. So beautiful driving through the keys.
post #1709 of 1757
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Over two months without a post! Wow! I have been watching a ton of movies and really enjoying the theater.

Question: I'm finally finishing some (never-ending) odds and ends and am putting some flooring into my small equipment room (about 4.5' x 5.5'). My plan is to use rolled rubber flooring. Just wondering if anyone has experience with this stuff. I want to be sure the 1/4" thick version will be ok with a rack with casters on top of it. (The sales rep said it would be fine.) Here's what I'm planning on using: http://www.greatmats.com/shop/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=436&reviewscr=1. Anyone have any input or a particularly good source for it? (I am also going to check local gym equipment stores today.) Thanks!
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Originally Posted by AirBenji View Post

Over two months without a post! Wow! I have been watching a ton of movies and really enjoying the theater.

Question: I'm finally finishing some (never-ending) odds and ends and am putting some flooring into my small equipment room (about 4.5' x 5.5'). My plan is to use rolled rubber flooring. Just wondering if anyone has experience with this stuff. I want to be sure the 1/4" thick version will be ok with a rack with casters on top of it. (The sales rep said it would be fine.) Here's what I'm planning on using: http://www.greatmats.com/shop/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=436&reviewscr=1. Anyone have any input or a particularly good source for it? (I am also going to check local gym equipment stores today.) Thanks!

I see two problems with the rubber, both of which are from my personal experience, but YMMV....

Unless the rubber is glued down with a special bonding adhesive, any rolling item will create a small "wave" of the material ahead of the casters in the direction you are rolling the rack. I'm not sure how quickly this problem would develop, but I know its severity depends on the weight of the item being moved across it. Second, the rack will naturally 'settle' into the rubber, creating an indent that can make it tougher to overcome the initial pull necessary to move the rack.

Have you considered garage floor tiles instead? Something like THIS seems like it would work well for you. Cheap, easy to install and designed to take the weight and provide a smooth rolling surface.
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