I made some good progress today. I ran to Harbor Freight to pick up some halogen lights to use as temporary work lights in the theater. They had them on sale yesterday for $24.95, plus I had a 10% off coupon. They work great as work lighting. Well worth the price I paid.
I also have two single lights without the stand to use when needed. Those can be moved around the room when working. They are super bright, but they also put off a lot of heat!! I could feel the heat coming off of them even when I was up on a ladder a few feet away. I was able to remove the existing porcelain sockets and wiring from the theater. I also had to do some rewiring of the lighting in the rest of the basement since all of the lights in the basement were wired in a series and on a single switch. I will eventually remove the other lighting as well, but right now I am focusing on the theater.
Since I was doing some HVAC work this week, I decided to go ahead and move one other duct to clean up the ceiling space in the main basement area. This will allow me to raise the ceiling in that area by 6". I still have to hook up the gas line to my fireplace, but I am going to wait until tomorrow when it is a bit warmer so that I don't have to turn the heat off (I can't believe how cold it was last night!!).
With all of that said, I think I am getting close to insulation!! I still need to make my dead vents and my HVAC boots, but I need to pick up the wood. My friend said he can probably pick it up for me on Tuesday.
While I wait for the wood, it is time to do some more planning. I am trying to determine all of the wiring I will need for the theater (electrical, speakers, etc.). My plan is to completely seal the room with all lighting and wiring within the room. I will have a single wire coming in to the room to feed a sub panel and then all circuits will be fed within the room from that panel. I also plan to put lighting in soffits and run the speaker wires through the soffits as well. The only other wire I may need to run above the drywall would be for the projector, a thermostat wire and for the smoke detector. Is this the best way to do it? Is there much difference if I run the wires now and seal the boxes before drywalling? I am also wondering about running the speaker wires through the soffits since there will be electrical wires in there as well. I can possibly isolate them somewhat. Plus they will be in conduit.What is everyone's thought on wiring before or after drywall? Which wires should be run before and which after?
All opinions welcome?