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BIGmouthinDC travels to Ohio to help build a Dennis Erskine designed space

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UPDATE: Yes today I pile my tools in the 4runner and head back to Ohio. Major items on the list are all the trim molding, light fixtures, Acoustic and Fabric treatments, Projection booth exhaust fan, Sit at bar construction. Graphic Eye install, DIY Screen and hanging the Projector.

PART I I'm starting a new project, I loaded most of my tools in my SUV and headed for NE Ohio. I'll be staying in a Hotel and seeing how fast we can get this one built.

The theater owner started some time ago by getting a detailed set of plans developed by Dennis in the summer of 2010. Progress was painfully slow after that with life getting in the way. So I got asked to come over and lend a hand, We are going to see how far/fast we can take this project over the next 9 days.

So we have a set a plans for a 2 rows, plus bar in a width constrained space.



The room has been framed using a true Room within a Room approach and a second set of ceiling joists have been strung hanging lower than the originals.








I arrived at 5 tonight and we assembled some backer boxes and finished running a couple of ducts, tomorrow we will finish and install the boxes, pull in some wiring, run some more ducts and insulate. Maybe get started with the first layer which is going to be OSB for rigidity of the Room within a Room structure.
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Get a good night's sleep - sounds like some late nights coming this week! Looking forward to watching this one rip through.
post #3 of 363
Well, this is exciting. I know what I'll be doing for the next 9 days - reading this!

I hoping to swing a true room within a room also, so I'm interested especially in these early steps.
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The wall framing is attached at the top with only isolation clips. The second set of joists rest on the walls and do not touch the sub floor above so there is no mechanical connection between the theater framing and the rest of the house.
post #5 of 363
Big is on the move!



Subscribed! This should be a fast pace 9 days and am anxious to see the progress...
post #6 of 363
This is going to be an interesting ride! You will shame many of us that are taking, months, years even to accomplish what you will get done in 10 days.
When not hanging my head in shame and embarrassment I will be following this thread closely.

Cheers

Greg
post #7 of 363
Congrats Big. This will be an interesting ride.

For the rest of us who are looking at our build taking years....remember:
  • Big has done this a few times before (this is his fourth+ theater).
  • He has the knowledge and tools necessary to make quick progress.
  • He is motivated (I assume he's charging money for this).
  • He's got a great set of plans to work with, designed by a true professional.
  • He's also got Dennis as a backup in case he needs advice.
  • He's got the time to be fully dedicated to this project!

Any one of these would cause most DIY builders to speed up. Having all six (particularly items 1, 2, 4, and 6), would cause us to go into light speed.

Godspeed Big! We're all pulling for you and looking forward to another great "Built By Big" project!
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Originally Posted by carboranadum View Post

Godspeed Big! We're all pulling for you and looking forward to another great "Built By Big" project!

I think he needs a sticker or a fabric patch or something.

"Built BIG" or "Big Built" could be the brand. haha.
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I think he needs a sticker or a fabric patch or something.

"Built BIG" or "Big Built" could be the brand. haha.

Maybe something like a brass plaque or the like. Or better yet...nothing. I bet Dennis doesn't clutter up a beautiful space with an ad.

I can see him making quite the business out of this. He's got the time, the skills, and the resources to pull this off. When the housing market spins around in NoVA, I bet he'l have more business than he can handle.
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He's also got Dennis as a backup in case he needs advice.

In an effort to support the DIY crowd here, I will do my best to misdirect, misguide and otherwise slow down his progress.
post #11 of 363
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Originally Posted by Dennis Erskine View Post

...I will do my best to misdirect, misguide and otherwise slow down his progress.

Thank You, Mr Erskine! Your efforts are appreciated.
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Damn Big, you're a regular love-em-and-leave-em playa! Poor Damelon's theater seats aren't even cold and you're on to your next Bromance!

LOL, have fun in OH! We'll keep the the projector on in NoVA for ya!
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Two of the respected Masters on this one - Just subscribed.
Should be fun!!
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Originally Posted by Dennis Erskine View Post

In an effort to support the DIY crowd here, I will do my best to misdirect, misguide and otherwise slow down his progress.

LOL, thanks, but we're really pulling for him here. I for one, understand my limitations and am comfortable with them. Building a theater is all about trade-offs, anyhow, right? :-)
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Any chance you want to take a job in wonderful world of Canada? haha, bacon race will be my thread to goto for reference on my build, more the merrier. Good work till now and good luck on next build, will be following this one like a hawk! Lots of pictures please!!!!
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Locked and Loaded... subscribed.
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I see a reality TV show here. Too bad I just killed off DirecTV. I'll have to wait for it to show up on Netflix.
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Forget about where in the world is Matt Lauer. This is way more exciting! On to BIGger and better builds.
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Subscribed. . .let the countdown begin! Good luck guys!

jim
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Originally Posted by damelon View Post

I think he needs a sticker or a fabric patch or something.

"Built BIG" or "Big Built" could be the brand. haha.

How about: "I went BIG!"
post #22 of 363
I suppose this means that Big and Logan broke up.....
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I suppose this means that Big and Logan broke up.....

Maybe it means that Logan has to pay cash for help and advice from now on!
post #24 of 363
Well I'm at about the same point currently in my build. Hmmmmm......what can I get done in the next 8 days? I feel a competition brewing. Although I'm at an embarrassing disadvantage
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I just hope they take time to snap some pics! I love watching Big's builds.
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Whoooo Hoooooo!!!!!!!!! I'm in baby! Can't wait to see this one come together. Go getem' Big and Mr. anonymous builder guy.

Regards,

RTROSE
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Subscribed.

Strap yourselves in for the ride fellas, this'll be insane!
post #28 of 363
Thread Starter 
It has been a really busy two days as the list of items that needed attention before drywall grew exponentially.

Things accomplished include

Removing existing ceiling wiring
Building and installing 10 backer boxes, then pulling in 5 circuits of lighting wiring.
Adding 1/2 inch furring to the new ceiling joists to make sure the ceiling didn't contact the old joists
Insulating the walls and ceiling
Installing a conduit to the Projector location
Running acoustical duct work for supplies and returns
Finally after dinner tonight we hung a few sheets of 5/8 OSB on the ceiling. Instead of drywall for the first layer we will be using the OSB to give stability to the Room within a Room.

Some Pictures, I'll come back later and add comments





















post #29 of 363
Looks like Big has gotten younger, shrank, and lost some weight. Nice to see some "help" pitching in on this build.

I understand the reasoning behind using the OSB for rigidity, what if anything does it do acoustically (pros and cons).

Regards,

RTROSE
post #30 of 363
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

I understand the reasoning behind using the OSB for rigidity, what if anything does it do acoustically (pros and cons).

I'll be doing the exact same in our room one day. Its not good acoustically as its not nearly as flexible as drywall on channel.

I didn't realise this until I saw Greg/Dingaling's room - the flexibility is impressive - I should imagine this has significant benefits for bass

....my walls will be like blockwork
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