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post #121 of 405
Looks AMAZING aaustin! Nice to see how well your build is coming along bro. This is a huge milestone! As for colors, I love option 1 as well. I would say that flat finish paint will reduce reflections the most however they reveal everything so make sure those walls are level after mud and tape. Also, like you said, they scratch/scuff very easily. Keep up the good work and keep the pictures coming!
post #122 of 405
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Hit me loganator. I'm ready

You go around saying stuff like that I just might do it. THEN you'll be sorry. You may be smokin' this build (among other things) but I DO have a reputation to uphold. I can't let some snot-nosed kid go on like that.

I'm watching you.
post #123 of 405
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Looks AMAZING aaustin! Nice to see how well your build is coming along bro. This is a huge milestone! As for colors, I love option 1 as well. I would say that flat finish paint will reduce reflections the most however they reveal everything so make sure those walls are level after mud and tape. Also, like you said, they scratch/scuff very easily. Keep up the good work and keep the pictures coming!

Thanks azula! Yeah I'm pretty excited. It's certainly coming along.
post #124 of 405
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You go around saying stuff like that I just might do it. THEN you'll be sorry. You may be smokin' this build (among other things) but I DO have a reputation to uphold. I can't let some snot-nosed kid go on like that.

I'm watching you.

Ooooo now I'm scared. Is that a challenge? Worried that I'm going to finish before you when I don't even have paint on the walls yet?
post #125 of 405
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Ooooo now I'm scared. Is that a challenge? Worried that I'm going to finish before you when I don't even have paint on the walls yet?


Wow, throw down the gauntlet like that and you will get LOGANED, are you feeling lucky, well do you, punk.



Well now back to paint options. Would flat all the way around be best? Yes, however it is not practical to do so. I did the screen wall and ceiling flat, all others eggshell. No worries, it will work out just fine and be easier to take care of as well.

Just watch your back, Logan is watching, waiting, lurking, be afraid, be very afraid.

After I was Loganed I actually made BACKWARDS progress, so just watch your step youngen'.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #126 of 405
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BACKWARDS progress?!?!?!?

Oh jeez I didn't think it would come to that. I can feel the eyes watching me as I work. Now I'm legitimately scared.

Thanks for the insight on the paint. I will do the eggshell on the other walls.

What would people recommend for the door? Since I'll have the two tone walls I don't know what color to paint it. Carry both colors over? One solid color?
post #127 of 405
Don't worry too much about RT and him mentioning to you the term "backward progress", he started his build thread back in 1976 and is still going strong today!! Now he will more than likely say something back in regards to me and my lack of progress lately but just mention to him that "Steve is on his 2nd build and build thread, so ease up on him". That should settle him down and get him off your......i mean uhhh my back!!

Oh yea and things are looking good. That time when the room is drywalled is a HUGE step toward progress but wait til shes carpeted!
post #128 of 405
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Don't worry too much about RT and him mentioning to you the term "backward progress", he started his build thread back in 1976 and is still going strong today!! Now he will more than likely say something back in regards to me and my lack of progress lately but just mention to him that "Steve is on his 2nd build and build thread, so ease up on him". That should settle him down and get him off your......i mean uhhh my back!!

Oh I'm not worried about RT. It's Logan that's starting to scare me. If he gets a hold of you things seem to grind to a halt.

Thanks for the compliments! I am looking forward to the carpet but trying to not get too far ahead of myself.
post #129 of 405
See that? I don't even have to do this in my own thread anymore. I sit back while you guys sit around jawin' at each other not getting any work done.

Hmmm...I wonder who else is talking about me? And just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're NOT talking about me.
post #130 of 405
Uh, huh.......Well ok then. You have now gained the attention of Logan and Steve and me so the "I feel important" meter must be pegged by now!

I know.....In the time it takes me to build one theater Steve had completed one and is very close to his second, so shoot me. As for Logan, he is his own enigma which best can be explained by singularities, space time continuum, flux capacitors, the theory of relativity and Dimension X (don't ask).

I was Loganed once but like Ron Weasley's wand in Harry Potter I think that the Loganing backfired and double cursed him. That is the way it goes sometimes.

You might have the privilege nay the HONOR of being Loganed, but try as you might even Logan has standards! You my boy just might be too far down the completion pike to be duly Loganized.

Regards,

RTROSE

Oh, and with all of this other chatter I almost forgot the real reason for my post. On the door I would pick one color and go with that. My choice would be for the red if you go that way.
post #131 of 405
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I'm feeling very popular! It's nice to have people commenting on the thread.

Tom;
Don't worry I'm still getting work done. How is yours coming along?

RT;
All this talk of dimension X and flux capacitors is making the dork in me come out!

Thanks for your insight on the door. That sounds like a good idea.
post #132 of 405
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Over the weekend I finished the "odds and ends" that needed to be completed before drywall finishing.

I started by sealing up the opening at the bottom of the stairs that used to lead into the second half of the basement where the screen wall is now.

Before


I built a simple 2x4 stud wall and attached it inside the opening before covering it up with 1/2" drywall.


My sister was happy as she has to walk by it to get to her bedroom. Her first response when she saw it sealed up was "oh good, now I don't have to smell that stuff anymore." I didn't realize it had a smell. I must just be used to it as my lungs are probably filled with the gosh darn fibers by now.

After that I moved on to the back soffit. I debated with myself on how I was going to build it. My original plan was to frame it with 2x2's and then cover it with 3/8" drywall but when I went to the big orange store and couldn't find any straight 2x2's I quickly kaiboshed that idea. I ended up building it like the other two soffits with a frame made of OSB covered in drywall. This time I used 7/16" OSB and 1/4" drywall though to cut down on weight and since it is only for aesthetics and to hold some lights and a duct for the room. I figured the OSB would be useful later for attaching the crown molding as well.

2x2 attached to the ceiling.


Then I hung the vertical piece of OSB from the 2x2.


You can also see the ductwork that I ran through the soffit in this pic. I found a low profile register box that was perfect for inside the soffit since there wasn't much room. The ductwork runs out through the wall where it will enter a second dead vent. I couldn't do a soffit muffler in this situation due to the short length of the run inside the soffit.

Bottom piece of OSB attached.


Covered in 1/4" drywall.


I was worried that the back soffit wouldn't look right in the room and would make it look too closed in but after completing it I really like it. It gives a tray ceiling look that really adds to the room. The rope lighting shining up on the ceiling will definitely be a very cool effect.

This weekend I'm thinking that I'll work on the second dead vent, adding some jamb extensions to compensate for the double layer of drywall around the door, and possibly adding the layer of MDF to the door. Then we are all leaving for Myrtle Beach on April 6th so that pretty much kills the progress for a week. Oh joy...a sixteen hour drive to a place that probably isn't much warmer than it is here right now. I'd much rather be working on the theater during that week off but oh well.....at least I'll get some good meals out.
post #133 of 405
Nice progress.

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This time I used 7/16" OSB and 1/4" drywall though to cut down on weight and since it is only for aesthetics and to hold some lights and a duct for the room.

Good move.


Myrtle Beach..if you're old enough to get in, Crocodile Rocks at Boardwalk on the Beach is GREAT fun. And don't forget mini golf! Can't go to Myrtle and NOT play mini golf! Oh, and dinner at Dicks. It's called Dicks for a reason.
post #134 of 405
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Thanks Tom.

I've never been to Crocodile Rocks. Is that the dueling piano bar? Since I'm 18 now I can probably get in.

Mini golf will of course be on the schedule. I'm not sure about eating at Dick's though. I'm the only one in my family who likes seafood so I don't know if we will stop there.
post #135 of 405
Yes, Dueling Pianos.

Dick's has other things besides seafood. At least they did the last time I was there.
post #136 of 405
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Thanks Tom.

I will definitely check out Crocodile Rocks. Dick's sounds like great fun according to the reviews that I have read. I don't know if bringing the younger siblings there would be the best idea though...

I should also mention that I'm excited to get my 9ft Delta kite up in the air. You don't want to be a lazy sunbather on the beach if that things comes down too quickly.
post #137 of 405
Nuff of this mamby pamby vacation talk boys. There is a theater build round here somewhere.

Actually, have a great vacation. You'll find it will recharge your batteries and you'll be chomping at the bit to get back to it. Oh, wait a tick......You're 18 so your batteries are pretty much always charged. Never mind, enjoy your vacation anyway!

Regards,

RTROSE
post #138 of 405
I'm so jealous! This looks great. Keep up the good work!
post #139 of 405
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RTROSE;

Don't worry RT I still know that there is a theater build happening.

Work has been slow this week due to me having a statistics, calculus, AND physics test. Luckily I'm through with that now though so this weekend will be very productive.

Randy;

Thanks for the kind words. It's a good feeling to see it coming together.

I will also be receiving the Graco 2900 spray station from the man in brown sometime next week. It seems like I've seen this deal popping up lately around the forum but a big thanks to cybrsage especially for being so helpful and answering all of the questions that I had about it.

http://www.gleempaint.com/noname.html
post #140 of 405
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Not a ton of progress on the home theater to report unfortunately as it has been pretty hectic here getting ready for the trip. I did get the other side of the staggered stud walls that back up into the storage space covered with drywall. Just a single layer of 5/8" to seal everything up and cover that disgusting insulation. I'm not going to bother with mudding and taping it completely, just sealing it up.

I also framed the second dead vent at the back of the theater in the storage room. It looks like a phone booth. The next step on that is to run the flex duct, fill with insulation, and then cover with DD+GG.

I don't consider either one of these things picture worthy (yet) so you'll all have to be sitting on the edge of your seats a little longer.

In un-theater related news but still pretty cool, my mom informed me yesterday that we would be taking the cartop carrier with us to Myrtle. Well that's all fine and dandy except that we have never put it on our current Dodge Durango and don't have the cross bars for the roof rack. Uh oh! So I call up the dealer to see if they have any available and I'm told that I can get them for $250!

I said "screw that I'll just build my own". So I went to Home Depot and picked up some 1" square tube steel, four U-bolts, and some heat shrink tubing. I took the steel to school today and used the big drill press in our auto shop to drill holes for the U-bolts. Then I wrapped the bottom of the U-bolts in heat shrink tubing to prevent any scratches and secured them to the roof rack.







Cartop carrier on.


They aren't going anywhere and I'd bet that they're stronger than the ones I could have gotten from the dealer. I'm very happy with how they turned out and they only cost me about $40 for the pair. The only thing that I'd like to do is cut the U-bolts shorter with my Dremel but I'm worried that I'll screw up the thread and won't be able to get the nuts on and off afterwards. Does anyone have any advice on this?

We leave tomorrow after school and will be back the next Friday so no theater progress until that weekend. I'll have to get my daily home theater fill by browsing around in all of your threads when I'm away.
post #141 of 405
^You're like a young Macgyver! Do you even know who that is? lol. Good work on the theater and the carrier, bro. Have fun in Myrtle and the tell the fam I said what's up!
post #142 of 405
Nice thinking on the roof rack!

If you have a metal cutoff blade for the Dremmel, you should be fine. The only thread that may get messed up (that's the nice word for it) is the one you cut through. Use a wrench and be careful to remove the nut and it should re-align the thread as it comes off.

I had to do the same thing for mounting my compound miter saw to my stand. The bolt was in the way of allowing the base plate to rotate all the way to 45 degrees on one side. So I cut it off and when I removed the nut it re-aligned the thread. You should be fine as long you don't completely mangle the thread when cutting it. Maybe practice on one or two first to get the feel of it.

Have fun!
post #143 of 405
Great thread Austin. I was in Myrtle last weekend and I'm going back this Sunday. Don't know if you're into it or not but there is a big golf tournament hosted by Hootie and the Blowfish (that's the band Darius Rucker used to play with) on Monday. If you can get tix it is a pretty fun tournament to attend and Mike and Mike from ESPN host it. Have fun on your trip. There will be a huge spring break crowd down there while you are there. If you want a really good steak dinner at an old school type place I strongly recommend Chuck's off Hwy 17. It hasn't really been updated much since the 70s but it is clean and the food is delicious!
post #144 of 405
^ Have fun in Myrtle Beach. My son is down there as we speak on spring break and has been since last Saturday.
post #145 of 405
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Azula:
I am a huge Macgyver fan. I think my next project will be making a plane with garbage bags.

Tom:
Thanks for the compliments and advice! I will try that with the bolts but most likely not today since I'm pressed for time. I'll put it on the list of things to do.

wraunch:
Thanks for the compliment! I'm not a huge golf fan but I will look into that tournament. We don't really have any dinners planned yet so I'll add Chuck's to the list of possibilities.

Steve:
Who knows maybe I'll see your son! That would be crazy.
post #146 of 405
I've cut off many-a-bolt threads with my Dremel. If there are any stray barbs or anything sticking out after cutting, you can clean them up with a grinding stone on the Dremel. Then as was mentioned just back the nut off and then put it back on. You shouldn't have any problems getting them off and on after that. I rarely do.

Did you do something to keep the steel tubes from rusting?
post #147 of 405
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Thanks Patrick!

I'm glad that you had the same experience as Tom. I will definitely be doing that when I get home.

I did not do anything to prevent rusting at this point. My plan is to prime and paint everything with Rustoleum but I just didn't have the time to do it for this trip. Hopefully we won't get too much rain and they'll be ok for the week.

I guess this raises another question. If I spray paint the U-bolts will I then have trouble getting the nuts on?

In other painting news my Graco 2900 HVLP Spray Station came today. I only had a chance to open it quickly but I'm excited to use it in the theater!
post #148 of 405
+2 on all the bolt talk. I have done the thread cutting a couple of times and not had any issue. I did learn though that you should have the nut on first then cut so you can remove it and it will align the threads. Cutting the bolts then putting the bolt on is not as bullet proof.

Painting the threads should not be a problem if you have a couple of light coats on them. If you are really worried when you cut them off and install them you could always put a dab of silicone on the ends for the duration they are used and that would protect them from the elements.

Have a great time on vacation, I have never been there, but several of my family and friends have and they have all had a great time.

Safe travels!

Regards,

RTROSE
post #149 of 405
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Thanks everyone!

We're on our way now!
post #150 of 405
Hmmm come to think of it that hardware will likely rust if left exposed to the weather. Even if you paint the threads, putting the nuts on will take the paint off most of the threads, and if they're not stainless steel or yellow chromate plated then they will eventually rust. Be careful as it could harm the vehicle's finish.
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