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post #121 of 173
Nice. I'd love to replace our builder-grade mantle with one like that.

Can you explain the mounting procedure?
post #122 of 173
Thread Starter 
Certainly !

Here is a diagram:



(A) I bought thick metal strapping (can't bend) and attached to backside of the mantle with 2-3 large wood screws (3"-4"). Where you mount them on the mantle should line up with your studs on the wall.

(B) I then held the mantle up and screwed the top and bottoms of the straps to the studs on the other sides.

If you were to have one side of the strap longer than the other, I would guess that you want the longer part to be on the top. The force of the weight of the mantle will rotate along the bottom edge (Bottom Right in my diagram) thus pulling the top mounting screws (b) outward.

I did a test with my left over 18" chunk mounted onto a single 2x4 with only one screw on each end. I then flipped it over, hung it upside down etc...

Hope it helps!
post #123 of 173
Thread Starter 
Stone Arrives !

(October)



My kids helped me move all the stone down to the basement. One would load up a milk crate and the other would unload in the basement, and I would do all the shuttling. We laid all 100 square feet out so we could pick 'n' choose as we went along.



Built a frame of the exact dimensions of the far wall, and started the jigsaw.



The big hassle is that I had to trim almost every piece in some fashion or another. Which meant running upstairs and outside, cut, and then come back down to see if it fits.

This is going to take some time ...
post #124 of 173
Thread Starter 
(insert several weeks of no progress here)

(including lots of staring at all that rock I have littered all over the basement)
post #125 of 173
That's going to look nice.
post #126 of 173
I've said it before and I'll say it again...by far the most entertaining pictures in any thread I've ever seen. biggrin.gif I chuckle every time.

Theater is looking good too wink.gif
post #127 of 173
Thread Starter 
(November update)

We had a great halloween party, and I finally came to the conclusion that it was going to take me a looong time to do both stone walls. We'll never be done by Christmas. (there, I said it, I have a deadline!)

Got a few quotes and then had someone come in to finish the walls. It took 3 guys two long days to do it. That makes me feel better - and it looks great.



While they were cutting away I worked on lots of little things that needed to be done, like the centre channel stand:



And refinishing the stairway handrailing. It was kind of gross really - sanding 8 years of skin and sweat off untreated pine.
Once it was all sanded thoroughly I stained it and will varnish it later.

post #128 of 173
Thread Starter 
Stone Done !!

And boy do I love it.

Fireplace:



and the far wall:



post #129 of 173
Thread Starter 
Last of the catch up notes:

- ordered Seymour Centerstage XD material for the screen.
- last minute reconfiguring of the riser from an internal wiring point of view. I wanted the capability to gut all the rope lighting and replace it if I needed to, but that took some thinking. All good now.
- had to clear out and mega sweep the basement for the carpet guys.
- Hey ! I never finished tap-con'ing the corner of the floor - stayed up late last night finishing that off.

oh, and ..

... - I BOUGHT A PROJECTOR !

(faint - thud) :-)
post #130 of 173
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... - I BOUGHT A PROJECTOR !
(faint - thud) :-)

Lol.

You know the rules!!! Don't put it up till you're done or you're dead in the water!
post #131 of 173
Thread Starter 
But it's just sitting there in it's box ... all lonely ...
post #132 of 173
...and is it pleading with you to let it out, like my screen did when it was in its box?
post #133 of 173
My projector has been sitting in my bedroom starring at me every morning for the last year. It won't be long though before I get to let him out. biggrin.gif
post #134 of 173
Thread Starter 
Please open me ??

post #135 of 173
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Please open me ??

DROOOOOOOOOOOOOOL....send it to me...i'll open it and keep it warm while you finish your theater....
post #136 of 173
Thread Starter 
Carpet going in!


Edited by andymo - 12/15/12 at 6:23am
post #137 of 173
great to check up on this build. did you thikn of doing faux stone wall panels isntead of real stone?

I just don't know ifI have the energy to do the real stone, either.
post #138 of 173
Thread Starter 
It's actually not real stone! It is a manufactured thin stone vaneer product - that way you don't have to do a mortar and lathe layer. I was looking at the stone vaneers that come in pre-determined jig-aw pieces, but I always saw the lines. This stuff looked much more realistic to me, but takes a bit more work to get it to fit tight.

Here is a picture from the StoneRox box:

post #139 of 173
Thread Starter 
Carpet done !

Here are the standard photos.

I couldn't figure out why the carpet was looking purple in the photos (not that there is anything wrong with purple ... ) until I realized that I had taken all of those photos with the camera set up for the hockey arena.

So, the colour is not quite right in the photos, but the carpet is nice and comfy and squishy !









Woo hoo !
post #140 of 173
Thread Starter 
and the kids gaming area is more or less done.

I think this sequence of photos shows the story of the last 2-3 years. cool.gif





"It's great Dad !  And we no longer have to wear shoes to go in the basement !"

The boys actually rolled around on the carpet once it was done. Great fun. biggrin.gif
post #141 of 173
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Installing the rope lights on the riser steps !

Finally get to attach the rope lights that have been lying on the floor for weeks.

To mount them snugly under the lip I used Fencing Staples:



and ta da ! (once again, my camera white balance is off - still set up for the hockey arena. Gotta remember to switch that back sooner)



Cat approved. Hey ! STOP EATING THE RISER !!

post #142 of 173
Looks great, Andy. I bet the kids are happy to have their own space.

Are there plans to dress up the support poles, or maybe protect them from Ninja Cat?
post #143 of 173
Thread Starter 
LOL - yes, thinking of some sort of wrap-around product. There are a few to choose from, but probably not until next year (out of cash now).

We HAVE had semi-serious thoughts about wrapping one of the jack posts in sisal rope and make a giant scratching/climbing pole! eek.gif
post #144 of 173
Thread Starter 
Building the Screen


I am still undecided about my masking approach, so for safety's sake I attached metal strips to the top and bottom boards in each of the 'corners'. So if I decide to use a magnet-based mask, they are there.



Putting it all together. Poplar boards, 6" corners. Gotta love pre-Christmas sales at Fabricland !



Test... just because ...



Putting the Seymour Centrestage XD on (I must have walked 40 laps around the screen doing this) ...



and BOOM BABY !!

post #145 of 173
Great build and great thread!

You must be in something creative, graphics, design etc?
post #146 of 173
Thread Starter 
Wireless Engineering ! Well, actually, more strategy these days ... I guess I haven't done any real engineering for a while LOL.
post #147 of 173
I'm a software architect (.NET), recently getting more involved into mobile. Still do a lot of development. It's always great to see pictures of the screen go up, and suddenly the room looks perfect.

It looks like you're just testing that out, right? There are ripples I see at the bottom? How are you attaching the seymour fabric to your frame? I was planning to buy a bunch of fabric too instead of one of his frames, as it is cheaper to assemble yourself, but I heard it's "fun" to try and keep it taught.

I remember when I first had my neighbor's kdis over to my house, they were doing somersaults in my greatroom (because it seemed like a lot of area to them) - lol.
post #148 of 173
Thread Starter 
Yes - the ripples are essentially gone. Just needed a few more staples as per the instructions from the nice guys at Seymour. To be honest tho, I never noticed the edge ripples once there was stuff on the screen. Probably because the image is hitting the screen close to 90 degrees, as opposed to the wash lights which are close to zero degrees.
post #149 of 173
Thread Starter 
I .... AM .... "DONE" !

The Maple Ale Theatre is now in service and entertaining friends and family. I say "done" in quotes because there are still a few things to finish (the odd ethernet port, phone line, stair lighting ... ) but this puppy is Live Baby Live !

I owe several updates that I couldn't do because of busy holiday schedule (including an snow-influenced early departure for a hockey tournament in Ottawa) and dealing with a small carpet disaster (more to come).

We surprised the kids by asking them to come down and help me look for any remaining wrinkles in the screen. Unbeknownst to them I had the surround sound cranked and the opening sequence of Star Wars paused at the fade out right after the "A long time ago ...". So while they were squinting at the screen I pressed play, and they were assaulted with STAR WARS and John Williams crashing fanfare. It was hilarious. My one son's jaw dropped down past the the sub-floor LOL.



Over the holidays I have done many demos for family and friends. ScubaSteve's demo disc had been great biggrin.gif : not only does it have a great collection of clips, but it is quick to load (as opposed to all these stupid commercial blu rays that take forever to load and won't let you skip over every warning about opinions and commentaries. mad.gif)

It is so great! I can't believe I built / own this.

On to catching up on notes ....
post #150 of 173
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Originally Posted by andymo View Post

I .... AM .... "DONE" !
The Maple Ale Theatre is now in service and entertaining friends and family. I say "done" in quotes because there are still a few things to finish (the odd ethernet port, phone line, stair lighting ... ) but this puppy is Live Baby Live !
I owe several updates that I couldn't do because of busy holiday schedule (including an snow-influenced early departure for a hockey tournament in Ottawa) and dealing with a small carpet disaster (more to come).
We surprised the kids by asking them to come down and help me look for any remaining wrinkles in the screen. Unbeknownst to them I had the surround sound cranked and the opening sequence of Star Wars paused at the fade out right after the "A long time ago ...". So while they were squinting at the screen I pressed play, and they were assaulted with STAR WARS and John Williams crashing fanfare. It was hilarious. My one son's jaw dropped down past the the sub-floor LOL.

Over the holidays I have done many demos for family and friends. ScubaSteve's demo disc had been great biggrin.gif : not only does it have a great collection of clips, but it is quick to load (as opposed to all these stupid commercial blu rays that take forever to load and won't let you skip over every warning about opinions and commentaries. mad.gif)
It is so great! I can't believe I built / own this.
On to catching up on notes ....


YAHOOOO!!! PARTY PARTY PARTY!
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