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post #211 of 290
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Did anyone roll their primer or is everyone spraying it? Am I better off renting a sprayer to apply the primer or buying that Graco one everyone talks about on here?
post #212 of 290
My own personal experience: I used paint that included primer, and did 2-3 coats, rolled. Tried spraying with my cheapy Wagner sprayer, not a good experience. However, the high pressure, low volume sprayers are supposed to work pretty well, depending on the brand, filtration, experience of the sprayer, etc. You can rent one, unless you plan on spraying more later, but the learning curve may take more time than it's worth. Plus, if you mar it (and that will happen eventually) the entire section would have to be redone in the same way, to get the same quality, consistency, as when it was done the first time. And when carpet is in, and fixtures, it's tougher to mask off and try to re-spray.

Again, this is just my personal experience. I know there are really, really good folks/pros that have no problem with spraying and it looks amazing.

Good luck!
post #213 of 290
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Drywall is finished! Sanders come tomorrow then primer and paint!!!





post #214 of 290
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One question. This room will have carpet and rubber pad but I have a good 1/2-1" gap all the way around the room from the bottom of the drywall to the subfloor. What should I fill that with?
post #215 of 290
If it's a uniform gap, you can rip some plywood down to fit in there. If it's not a uniform gap, then you might end up with a foam backer rod and acoustic caulk. I ended up with a similar gap (which still frustrates me) and I had to go with the foam backer rods. However, I'm planning to caulk around the perimeter boards of my stage and riser to add another layer of isolation for that gap. For the area between the stage/riser I'm planning to run a bead of acoustic caulk under my baseboard as well. No idea if it will be of any use, but it can't hurt.
post #216 of 290
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Thanks. I'll check that. I assume I can get foam rods at Lowes or HD? Also, what's everyone's opinon on painting the soffit? Should the bottom of the soffit be black, same color as the walls or an accent color? My walls will be a Merlot color. I am debating about painting the back wall where my bar will be a different color. Maybe a gray or a goldish color. If I paint the back wall and accent color what do you think about carrying that around the room on the bottom of the soffit? I will have my false wall mounted to the bottom of my soffit and I dont think I will have much of a lip, ie the screen might be flush with the front of the soffit in order to give me enough space for speakers.
post #217 of 290
Why not great stuff foam?
post #218 of 290
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That's what I'm thinking ill do Nick. Also I found a case of jumbo tubes of Titebond Acoustical sealant today at Habitat I might give a try.
post #219 of 290
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Where is everyone getting their switches and outlets and are you really paying north of $25 per dimmer? I went by Lowes today and they don't seem to have much in the way if black outlets/switches. I have the theater covered for the most part with my Grafik Eye but I need other switches. Also has anyone seen a GFI outlet with a built in USB charger?
post #220 of 290
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Any help?
post #221 of 290
I'm not there yet myself but have you searched eBay or Amazon or online ?

Or,

Are you just looking for advice more on a brand that's proven to work well versus just shopping by price ?
post #222 of 290
Good selection here:

http://www.twacomm.com/catalog/dept_id_457.htm?

I have never seen a USB on a GFCI receptacle.
post #223 of 290
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I've looked some. I really like the look of these legrande adorne outlets abd switches but they're very pricey.
post #224 of 290
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OK trying to finalize my paint colors. Using the wine color on the sides and the front wall that will later become my false wall. Thinking about going with a grayish tan in the bar area. What do you think about a gray in the bar and using that for the bottom of the soffit and the trim in flat or eggshell? Trying to avoid the room feeling like a dungeon in the bar area. My false wall will be attached to the bottom of my soffit so you won't see the section on the front wall anyway so I don't have to worry about the lighter color throwing off my optics. Also for carpet is everyone just using a 1/2" rebond pad or are you using rubber?
Edited by wraunch - 9/23/13 at 11:19am
post #225 of 290
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Update time. Lots of painting going on now that electrical is all done.



post #226 of 290
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Ok, so in the pictures you can see my screen wall and the two sides are the Wine Tasting color, rear wall will be my wet bar which is grey. I landed a hell of a deal on trim and that picture is half of the load I got for $40. Full of stuff like finger jointed 6" base, 4" crown, huge chair, 7 1/4 mdf base, base cap, etc. so now I'm am trying to figure out how to best utilize this treasure trove if trim boards. Should I put crown or cove on the bottom of the soffit? Should I use crown at the top of the soffit and paint it black like the ceiling and also have crown below it on the soffit for my rope light? Should I turn some 5" base upside down and mount my crown light tray on top of it? What do you guys think?
post #227 of 290
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Oh last picture is the hardwoods I landed. A guy had pulled them all up. They're 3/4" thick 3 1/2" prefinished boards that I had to denail but I got 900 sq ft for $200! It will be used in my new office and the bar in the rear of theater.
post #228 of 290
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Originally Posted by wraunch View Post

Oh last picture is the hardwoods I landed. A guy had pulled them all up. They're 3/4" thick 3 1/2" prefinished boards that I had to denail but I got 900 sq ft for $200! It will be used in my new office and the bar in the rear of theater.

What wood species is that hardwood flooring? Looks like pine or Australian Cypress. If that is Australian Cypress you scored big time! I paid $8/ft for unfinished.......
post #229 of 290
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Red oak
post #230 of 290
Man you have come a long way, wont be long now....

".....stay on target...." ;-)
post #231 of 290
Looks great I think the larger crown at the top of the soffits instaled like a dining room or great room would look great that is what I am doing
post #232 of 290
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I have tons of different sizes of crown, base, chair, cove, etc. I am debating about using 8" cove at the top of the soffit against the ceiling and using large crown for my light tray. What do you put behind the crown to sit the LED tape on flatly? Should I take some of my extra base (i have MDF and pine in 3", 5" and 7") and turn it upside down so the profile is my reveal below the crown and just let the top edge of that be the ledge for the LED tape?
post #233 of 290
When I do it, I use a jig and build some little gussets. I place a base on the bottom, then "hook" the gusset assembly on the top of the (upside down) base. That ensures the angled surface of the gusset is even all the way across ths span. Then I attach the crown to those gussets, which allow me to face nail, leaving the top open. The gussets result in a "shelf" where you can lay an aluminum strip with LED strip lights stuck to it. You can treat those aluminum "strips" as one large long light bulb. That allows you to position them evenly with the leading edge of the crown and adjust your light pattern. Or to remove it for service/replacement.






post #234 of 290
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Awesome! How far is typically to far or too close for the LED strips to the ceiling to get the right amount of light casting on the ceiling? Do you have a close up of those "gussets"?
post #235 of 290
The farther away, the more diffuse the resulting wash pattern. It's a personal taste thing. In those photos, the top of the crown is 1.5" from the ceiling. Enough to get a tiny roller in there if it ever had to be repainted (a nightmare in a space that tight to do right). But in that room, space was limited. The tops of those gussets were about 4" from the ceiling IIRC. Sorry, no closeups of the gussets. They are just poplar triangles with a small poplar piece the same thickness as the base, cut into pieces big enough to give nailing "wings" on left and right of the triangle without blowing up when nailed with a finish nailer. I make a jig to hold the triangle and locate the wing part, then nail from the rear forming the part. The jig ensures the face of the triangle is identical relative to the bottom of the "wing", the wing rests on top of the base on the cove for installation.
post #236 of 290
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Is there a general rule of thumb for how close is too close or too far from the ceiling for the crown?
post #237 of 290
sometimes I like to mock it up, I also like to use what I call a reflector in the upper corner.





post #238 of 290
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BIG is the rope in that last picture set the same distance from the ceiling as the ones above it? For what you call a reflector is that basically smaller crown painted a lighter color? I am planning on painting the trim in the theater the same grey color I used on the bottom of the soffit and the back wall. I thought the trim at the top of the soffit should be black to match the ceiling but if it should be more of a "reflector" piece should I paint it the same grey? Trying to knock most of these decisions out since I am hoping to do the trim next Monday when I am off. Also, I can mock up the trim but I don't have any LED tape yet.
post #239 of 290
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All, I am trying to decide if these speakers would be adequate for my dedicated theater. I know they aren't the best solution I'm trying to decide if this is a good solution for $500 or if I need to save up another $500 and build my own. These are the speakers the guy has he us willing to sell.

2 - LCR750THX
1 - Center 750thx
2- 550THX
1 - V-1250THX
post #240 of 290
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He is also throwing in an older Yamaha receiver, a DVD player, dual tape deck, and a digital karaoke controller.
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