Man, for a guy who cannot wait to get his theater done, I sure am slow. With a new little guy (now 4 months old), a number of side projects like building a deck, I have little progress. But, I do have some progress. I have been away from AVS, but I should check in more often to see what others are doing as well.
At any rate, here is where I am. Framing is done and electrical is almost there. I had a new sub-panel installed, and have just a few more electrical items to take care of, like removing the builders electrical and lights that came with the house. I also installed 3 volume controls upstairs for the ceiling speakers, and moved all my cable/internet/phone/speaker wires from the original location to my AV closet. Originally, I had everything just dumped by the electrical panel, but I wanted everything in one place in the closet. It was a lot of work, but worth it, IMO.
I have all of the low voltage wiring in, as well as conduit. I ran two 2” conduits from my AV closet to where the projector will be, as well as two ¾” conduits from my AV closet to the front of the theater, and one ¾” conduit from the projector to the front of the theater. I think this should be enough. All of my speaker wires, coax for the subs, and cat5e have been wired.
While plumbing the bathroom, I installed a frost-free hydrant. This allows me to remove the shut off valve for the water in the back yard, which would have been at the front of the theater. In addition, I also ran Pex to my sump, so that I can install a backup at some point.
Onto the HVAC. Started to install my 8” supply, which will bring air in from the basement, along the ceiling, down into the soffit with flexible duct. As you can see, I made a 9x13.5 box from which I attached my duct.
The one issue I am having is with the duct in the ceiling joists. It is going to be tight, since I also want a 3” pot light there as well. With the wiring, the duct and gas line, not sure if this is viable or not, especially with my pot light so close to the gas line. I guess I may need to go with LED in-contact lights, and just wrap with insulation.
Finally, built a rack out of ¾ plywood, pocket screws, and standard shelf brackets. I wanted a rack feel, so I planed down some pine I had to the exact thickness of the brackets, and made little rabbits along each side so that the bracket locks in and doesn’t slip when I screw them in place.
For those following, I will try and post more regular updates.