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post #61 of 77
That is looking sweet!

Did you end up tiling the countertop? It looks like it turned out very nice.

I know the feeling of thinking about how to always improve the room. I was planning 2.0 during the planning stages for the first one! biggrin.gif
post #62 of 77
Thread Starter 
Actually I went cheap on the countertop and used vinyl self-stick tile that looks like slate. I figured it was worth the gamble and if it doesn't work out I'll do something more costly. It came out well, we'll see if it holds up long term.

Tonight I'm going to clean the shelves off and maybe stick the led strips up with painters tape to get a feel for how I want to run the two 15ft strings. The cabinets are 6ft long so I should be able to run underneath one shelf, through a hole down the next one and back along with a bit to spare, for 4 shelves that works out almost perfectly.
post #63 of 77
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Hey guys, I'm starting to wrap things up on this build but I've run into a problem with my LED lights. Take a look at the picture and you'll see that I can't find any way to make these lights fit in the cabinets that doesn't look like a fairground game! The top shelf is easy as it has a large overhang that I can hide the lights behind, but the other shelves have nowhere to hide and it just looks...bad. Any ideas?? I need to light the underside of the shelf to light the countertop, then light the insides as best as possible. I have 2 x 15ft strings with the controller box inside the bottom left cabinet and the cabinets are 6ft wide. Sorry for the horribly grainy iPhone picture.

Oh, I also ordered chairs this week, Lane 103 Matinees (just 2) and they should be here in 7-10 days. Got a good deal @ just over $360 per seat (manual recline).
post #64 of 77
I would mount one strip to the bottom of each shelf running lengthwise to shine down on the shelf below. Then connect all the strips together end to end with wire. You can use one of these (http://www.ledwholesalers.com/store/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=861) to connect the strips together if the distance between them is 11" or less or some of these (http://www.ledwholesalers.com/store/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=864) with your own lengths of wire between them.

To hide the strips, I would attach a length of quarter round moulding to the bottoms of the shelves and then put the strip behind it. This way the strip itself won't be visible.

Like this:

post #65 of 77
Looks like it coming along. My home theater is pretty modest as well. Nice to see another Vermonter on here though.
post #66 of 77
Thread Starter 
Thanks Alex I didn't know those connectors existed, the 11" long ones might just work. I have some quarter-round somewhere, if I can find it I'll do a mockup but I think it'll work to hide the lights. More cutting, nailing and painting ahead...just when I thought I was done with that wink.gif
post #67 of 77
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Picked up the quarter round today, cut and painted it. As soon as it's dry i'll nail it up, but can't put the lights in until the 11" connectors arrive. Good news today, my chairs shipped and are scheduled for delivery on 11/15. Can't wait!
post #68 of 77
Thread Starter 
ok, lots of progress to report. Got the lights installed and they look so much better, got a little filling and painting to do after drilling the holes but overall they look great -

Biggest thing to report is that my chairs arrived yesterday! Lane 103 manual recline in black bonded leather and I got them for a steal ($360 per), and only took 10 days from order to delivery to my doorstep. I love these seats, they make the room feel complete and even though they cost more than my projector I think it was well worth it.

post #69 of 77
Those lights look great!

I'm glad the quarter round and connectors worked so well for you.

Nice chairs as well! biggrin.gif
post #70 of 77
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well it's been a while since I updated because I've been enjoying the theater. Got a couple of things I want to post about though. Firstly, since my PJ is a Pico the mounting has always been an issue - I was using a Monoprice speaker mount since it has the same tripod threading and it worked fine but since the PJ has no adjustment (no zoom, no lens shift) getting it aligned perfectly was almost impossible. While wandering around the internet a few weeks ago I came across I guy who was using 3 Vivitek Qumi PJs in a gaming setup and to align them he used photographer's focus rails, basically these are sliding rails that can lock in place and have very fine adjustment. I bought a pair so I could have up to 6 inches of movement on both axis, and it worked great - here's a pic of my PJ mounted now :

Also I finally got some of my display items up in the cabinet along with my wife's Wonka stuff and Mousketeer ears, and while my SW stuff looks a little cluttered (I really need to sell a few things) I'm really happy with how it came out, along with the concessions area.

Now on to a little bad news - last weekend we went shopping and while waiting for my wife to get ready I was playing Forza Horizon on the big screen. We left the house, returning 6 hours later to find I'd locked one of the cats in the theater. The carpet at the threshold was destroyed as he tried to claw his way out and the poor little guy obviously couldn't hold his bladder and urinated in one place on the carpet. After soaking it up and a week of applications of "Nature's Miracle Urine Destroyer" I think I've got it out as best as I can, there was never a stain but I know from experience that cat urine will return to smell in warmer months even if you think you've got it all. I'm hoping I got to it fast enough and with enough enzyme cleaner that it won't be an issue, but if it is and I can't stand it at least the carpet/padding didn't cost me a fortune and I could replace it.

Overall I'm really enjoying the theater, watching a lot of movies and basketball games and playing far more Xbox than I should. My wife really loves it too, and that is perhaps the most important thing smile.gif
post #71 of 77
Originally Posted by Chimera2345 View Post

While wandering around the internet a few weeks ago I came across I guy who was using 3 Vivitek Qumi PJs in a gaming setup and to align them he used photographer's focus rails, basically these are sliding rails that can lock in place and have very fine adjustment. I bought a pair so I could have up to 6 inches of movement on both axis, and it worked great - here's a pic of my PJ mounted now :

Wow, that's genius with the sliding rails. I love your chairs, looks nice!
post #72 of 77
Chimera, what did those rails cost you. I am currently drawing plans to finish my basement, and will have a section for a theater area, built around my Qumi. I've also been using a speaker mount for it while it's been in my living room and like you said it is hard to line up right!
post #73 of 77
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I bought two of these : http://www.ebay.com/itm/190605404389?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649 along with one of these : http://www.ebay.com/itm/190605700577?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

I would actually not buy this specific ball mount again as the lock isn't quite strong enough but there are lots of them out there. The rails are perfect and the price was right smile.gif
post #74 of 77
That looks great Chimera! Nice work! biggrin.gif
post #75 of 77
Chimera, that's brilliant! Can you show me what drop mount you used and how you connected the sliders to the tube coming from the ceiling?
post #76 of 77
Thread Starter 
The drop mount is just a Monoprice speaker mount - http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10828&cs_id=1082804&p_id=3012&seq=1&format=2

It comes with the attachment for a threaded mount (speakers, tripods and the Qumi all share the same size mount), and the rails just have a threaded hole on the top - that's also how you join the 2 rails together (mounting screw from one into the hole on the other).

I wish I could take credit for this idea but that must go to "glowplug" from the GTPlanet forums. I just happened to come across his thread completely by accident and it was such a revelation - http://www.gtplanet.net/forum/showthread.php?t=251228
post #77 of 77
Ah okay, thanks. For some reason when you said speaker mount, my mind immediately thought "floor standing."

Thanks, man!
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