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post #61 of 405
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Someone may be trying to tell you something with the vacuum! Happy Birthday (late)

Thanks Pete!

Yes I think your right. I spent over an hour cleaning up scrap wood pieces, stripped screws, and insulation today. Then the vacuum came in handy for all the sawdust
post #62 of 405
Just came across your thread yesterday and I am really impressed with your work.

I am learning a lot by reading what you are doing as I am just a few steps behind you.

Keep up the great work and know that your documentation of your progress is appreciated!
post #63 of 405
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Phew! Midterms are over and I was able to make some progress this weekend.

I began by building and mounting the backer box for the 4-gang main switch box.



Then I put the finishing touches on the dead vent under the stairs. I connected the flex duct and then filled it with fiberglass insulation (A LOT more than I expected. )



Just before the duct was covered. I put it in an S shape, lifting it so that it follows the shape of the box under the stairs, to make the most of the space.



Filled completely.



Then I covered the front with two layers of drywall and Green Glue.



Next I framed a small wall in front of the dead vent. This is what I will install the shelving for all of the electronic components on. I plan to cover the space between shelves with black fabric and velcro so that I can remove it and access all of the wiring behind.



Then I framed another wall in front of that to house a bifold door which will close up the equipment closet.



All of the insulation is installed!





I left a few spots open to move drywall through.

And all of the Whisper Clips and hat channel on the ceiling are installed!





The next step is officially drywall! I have Friday off from school so my tentative plan is to move the drywall in then and rent the lift on Saturday. If I need some more time I will rent it on Sunday.

I also picked up some new theater seats! These are on closeout at Kmart of all places. For the price we just couldn't pass them up. A row of four was only about $500. For that much we can sell the couch we were going to use and have some "real" seats. I must say that they are very nice and if anyone is looking for a great deal take a look at Kmart before they are gone.



So that's where it stands today. I am looking forward to getting some more work done this weekend.

Now back to that Physics test...........
post #64 of 405
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Originally Posted by Nick in Manitou View Post

Just came across your thread yesterday and I am really impressed with your work.

I am learning a lot by reading what you are doing as I am just a few steps behind you.

Keep up the great work and know that your documentation of your progress is appreciated!

Thanks Nick. Your room looks like it will be awesome as well!

I'm glad I can help you out a little. I learned a lot from this forum so it's nice to know that I am giving back a little.
post #65 of 405
Wow that is some progress. Just looking at all of that insulation makes me itch. I hope you have all of your wires labeled. I used self adhesive colored dots to identify each of my cables. However it took me so long to build the space that by the time I got around to figuring out which cable went to what the stickers had all fallen off. Thought I had a good idea, but proved otherwise. My speaker cable I did write on the jacket and it was still there when I made the connections for those. Stickers bad Sharpie good.

Keep the progress and pics coming.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #66 of 405
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Thanks RTROSE!

Yes I did label all of the wires. I wrote with sharpie on all of the light colored ones and made little "flags" with tape to write on for the others. I should (hopefully) be able to sort it all out when the time comes.

I am very happy that the itching is almost over. I can't wait to cover it all up with the drywall so that I don't have to look at it anymore.
post #67 of 405
The room is coming along nicely Austin! I noticed you have an ode to Michael Jackson in your "wall framing" picture....I'm a HUGE fan bro! lol.
post #68 of 405
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Haha thanks azula!

That would be my mother's picture. But I agree you've got to love the king of pop.
post #69 of 405
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Haha thanks azula!

That would be my mother's picture. But I agree you've got to love the king of pop.


If you are a fan of MJ and not seen This is it, do yourself a favor and do so. Very interesting and entertaining.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #70 of 405
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If you are a fan of MJ and not seen This is it, do yourself a favor and do so. Very interesting and entertaining.

Regards,

RTROSE

Way ahead of you there RTROSE. We own it on bluray
post #71 of 405
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So this weekend deviated from the plan a little (story of my life I know). As I was preparing to start carrying all of the drywall downstairs my little guardian angel named Ted popped up over my shoulder and jogged my memory to the fact that I should install the drywall in the room tight up to the door jamb in order to eliminate that flanking path. So that threw everything off because it meant I had to get the door in first. But in order to get the door in I have to have the laminate floor installed in the entrance hallway so that it can sit on top of it. And in order to do the laminate floor in the hallway I have to have the drywall done in the hallway. So jumping right to the final product.... I have a completely sheetrocked hallway!!!







It took a while because there were so many little cuts around openings. The home theater door is the opening to the left in the first picture. The one straight ahead goes into the unfinished storage space. The third picture is the equipment closet with drywall on the two side walls (keeping the back open with removable panels to access wiring behind.) I also pulled a few more wires for a light in the equipment closet. The box in the third picture is for the switch. I'll be doing a drop ceiling under the HVAC trunk in this hallway.

So there you go! I must say that it is a pretty sweet looking hallway. Its nice to have a semi-finished space and it allowed me to get the drywall juices flowing. Looking forward to more work this weekend!!
post #72 of 405
Hey, I feel pretty good about the progress I have been making...but I have a helper (my son) and we hired a drywall guy to work with us on that step.

Aaustin, you certainly seem to get some work done for someone working on his own!
post #73 of 405
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Thanks Nick!

I've got some help here if I need to do some heavy lifting but I often spend my weekends alone working in the basement.

I am currently chugging along with the drywall and hope to have it completed pretty soon. I am going on a cruise this Saturday so I won't get much work done until the next weekend.
post #74 of 405
Looks good. Amazing how those "little things" get done when those other "little things" get in the way. I had some help along the way, but like most here I was a single man DIY project manager. It is nice to know though that if you need help there is someone there that can pitch in. It can get lonely in the basement sometimes.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #75 of 405
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Well I've dragged myself back from the Bahamas and returned to the construction zone in my basement.

A quick update for you all:

The laminate floor in the hallway is installed (I had a little helper for this job ).



I then moved on to the door install. It took some time to get everything nice and square so that it opens and closes properly. The fact that it weighs over one hundred pounds made this only slightly more difficult. It's perfect now though and I couldn't be happier.



I also constructed the projector "backer box". If you remember this is so that the projector can be mounted inside the wall so that the lens is flush with the drywall in the room. This was necessary to get the size screen that I wanted. The box was constructed out of a layer of 3/4" OSB and 5/8" plywood with Green Glue between to preserve soundproofing.



And finally some teaser pics to get you all psyched for what is to come.





First layer of drywall is installed on the ceiling! And if you're wondering those areas full of screws are where the backer boxes for the recessed lights are secured.

My best friend. Who needs a drywall lift?


I'll close this post with a question for everyone. I'm trying to decide how to deal with the projector "backer box" and room drywall junction. The way I see it there are two options.

Option 1: Install both layers of drywall on the wall and then cut a hole the size of the outside dimensions of the box. Cover the exposed edge of the box with molding.

Option 2: Install the first layer of drywall and cut a hole the size of the outside dimensions of the box. Slide it in and drywall over the box. Then go back and cut a hole in the second layer of drywall the size of the inside dimensions of the box. This way the second layer of drywall will cover the exposed edge of the box but there will be a cut edge of drywall inside the box.

Here's a diagram of the two options showing a side view of the box and drywall:



I like option 2 better because I'd rather not draw more attention to the hole in the wall with molding. But I don't know how I'd deal with the cut drywall edge. Throw some mud on it? Just paint over it? Alternatively maybe go with option 1 and just paint the exposed edge of the box the same color as the wall and hope that it blends in? I'm not really sure.

Any thoughts/opinions/suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks to everyone! I'm looking forward to getting more drywall done this weekend.
post #76 of 405
You went to the Bahama's? Sweet. I just don't understand why the construction fairies or is it trolls did not show up and did not do some work for you.

Floor looks good, I'm sure that it is directly due to your four legged supervisor.

Just make sure you have lots of ventilation for your PJ box. On your unfinished drywall edge, why could you not use some type of corner bead to "finish" the edge. If you can't to that some simple molding would work just fine without drawing too much attention to the hole.

I don't see it as a big deal at all.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #77 of 405
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Thanks RTROSE.

Yes the Bahamas are rather nice this time of year

Too bad I didn't get a visit from the trolls though.

The projector will be mounted upside down inside the box. I oversized it to allow plenty of airflow around the projector. This was after some consultation with Big and Ted. I'm hoping that the heat buildup won't be an issue. I will test it with a thermometer and cross that bridge if I have too.

I like your idea of the corner bead. I think that is what I will end up doing. Thanks!
post #78 of 405
great work aaustin!

for a student, very, very impressive. heck i can't even pull off something like this. good luck, it's going to look great when all done.







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I also picked up some new theater seats! These are on closeout at Kmart of all places. For the price we just couldn't pass them up. A row of four was only about $500. For that much we can sell the couch we were going to use and have some "real" seats. I must say that they are very nice and if anyone is looking for a great deal take a look at Kmart before they are gone.




i've been eyeing those seats for over a year. i wish there's a Kmart where i live. shipping just kill it for me. too bad.
post #79 of 405
Use J channel with option 2, on the exposed drywall edge, and mud.
post #80 of 405
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Thanks smokarz! I really appreciate the kind words. Yes the seats are very nice and I'm lucky to have a Kmart that's only about ten minutes away. It's hard looking at them sitting in the garage though. I can't wait to get them in the theater.

I knew there was a name for the stuff. Thanks Tedd. I will definitely be going that route with the edge.
post #81 of 405
Man I wish I'd seen those seats a few weeks ago when they were on clearance. I love what you've done so far Austin, and you're inspiring me to do my room right instead of the way I usually do things
post #82 of 405
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Thanks Chimera. I really appreciate the kind words. It takes time, planning, and hard work but it will all be worth it in the end. I'm sure that your room will come out great.

The seats have been on closeout for awhile so there might not be any in stock but it wouldn't hurt to check out your local Kmart as they might still have some.

For all those following I will have an update coming soon. I want to finish up the first layer of drywall before I post some pictures. It looks great so far and it's so nice to have something that actually looks like a room. I am very excited!
post #83 of 405
Wow man!! Great work! This is looking amazing. I'm 27 years old and I'm inspired by you and your dedication. Your a senior with great talent and that talent is great dedication and being very ambitious. Wow!
post #84 of 405
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Thanks so much for the compliments Kickoa! I'm glad that I can inspire some people to get started with their project. It is so rewarding to walk down in the basement and see what has been accomplished and picture what is to come.

Last night I got the rest of the drywall down the stairs and into the basment. Whew! I'm happy to have that heavy lifting done. After school today I will spend some time hanging it.
post #85 of 405
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Thanks so much for the compliments Kickoa! I'm glad that I can inspire some people to get started with their project. It is so rewarding to walk down in the basement and see what has been accomplished and picture what is to come.

Last night I got the rest of the drywall down the stairs and into the basment. Whew! I'm happy to have that heavy lifting done. After school today I will spend some time hanging it.

No need for the gym....that's some heavy stuff. Looking good as always bro, keep the pics coming!
post #86 of 405
I can sympathize, I only had to move 8 sheets from my porch to the upstairs theater today but for an out of shape nearly 40-something guy that s**t is heavy!
post #87 of 405
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Thanks guys! It does help to be 18 sometimes I guess

My mom and sister weren't happy though. They had to switch on and off every other sheet

Pics coming soon. Probably not until Friday or Saturday since tomorrow after school I'll be busy preparing for a calculus test and won't be able to get much done.
post #88 of 405
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Thanks guys! It does help to be 18 sometimes I guess

My mom and sister weren't happy though. They had to switch on and off every other sheet

Pics coming soon. Probably not until Friday or Saturday since tomorrow after school I'll be busy preparing for a calculus test and won't be able to get much done.


Wow,

To be 18 again. Umm, no actually. I would like to have the energy of an 18 year old, but I'm very happy in my stage of life at 42 for sure. I LOVED college, but HATED high school. Quite an undertaking for a young guy. It wasn't until I had a home of my own and had been married for a few years before I actually started tackling projects and doing the DIY thing around the house. You are well on your way to learning skills that will pay you dividends far into your future.

Oh and good luck in the calculus test. I hated math too. See I got confused with math as my my teacher stated that pie r square and I said that is a weird pie because normally pie r round. Did not do so well in that class after that.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #89 of 405
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Haha thanks RT!

Eh I'm not too worried about the test though. Just have to review a little. If you're going to school for Aerospace Engineering next year you better like math...which I do...almost as much as building home theaters
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Haha thanks RT!

Eh I'm not too worried about the test though. Just have to review a little. If you're going to school for Aerospace Engineering next year you better like math...which I do...almost as much as building home theaters

Very cool. Yeah, I guess if that is what your pursuit will be, better be pretty well equipped in the math department. Gotta say though that I like building theaters WAY more than I like solving math problems.

Regards,

RTROSE
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