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post #31 of 50
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Thanks Big!

It looks like you spaced the blocking 4ft apart is that correct? Also thanks for the tip for rope lighting!
post #32 of 50
sounds right, figure out your light locations first and give some room on either side, it helps to drill those holes in the bottom of the light tray when it is still on the ground. Looking up and drilling the holes is no fun. You need goggles and a mask, even then it gets in your eyes.
post #33 of 50
I too used that soffit design. It's fairly easy to do but the finished product makes it look amazing. I am just ahead of you on the install. I will be finishing the front rounded portion and the light holes hopefully this weekend. Good luck with your build.
post #34 of 50
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Quote:
I too used that soffit design. It's fairly easy to do but the finished product makes it look amazing. I am just ahead of you on the install. I will be finishing the front rounded portion and the light holes hopefully this weekend. Good luck with your build.

I am a little uncertain of the curved part and not too sure how ot accomplish that part. As far as the holes, I will have to look at the Bacon Race thread for the size to make again.

For the rope lighting is it safe to use a 1/2" or 5/8" hole in the blocking for the rope lights?
post #35 of 50
I have CAD so I can sketch out everything beforehand giving me the radius that I would need to make my arc. I plan to lay out the two pieces of MDF that will make up the curve in the driveway (already cut to width to fit) and, using string and a pencil, mark my arc then cut with the jigsaw. The radius on my soffit is about 128 1/16" so I will need a good open laydown space.

You can use this formula to figure out your radius.

radius = H/2 + W^2/8*H

H is the height (or depth in this case) of your arc at the midpoint from the W line
W is the overall width of the arc

Here is a picture.
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W should already be set since you have the bottom portions of the light tray figured out. H is basically how far you want the arc to extend out into the room. You will need to offset this dimension some because you will need a straight mounting surface under your ladder structure.

I'm not sure about the rope lights. You'll probably have to ask Damelon about that. I think his actually went above the blocking though. I plan to use LED so I will be running mine above the blocking.

Hopefully that helps you out.
Edited by vanice - 10/3/12 at 12:32pm
post #36 of 50
Just curious Vanice, but where did you get that formula from for the radius? I'm having trouble figuring out how you derived it.

EDIT: Nevermind, I found it. It's been too long since I've taken a geometry class. Intersecting chord theorem......

Anyone that's curious can read about it here:
http://www.mathopenref.com/arcradiusderive.html
Edited by aaustin - 10/3/12 at 1:58pm
post #37 of 50
Google is my friend, I can not lie. tongue.gif
post #38 of 50
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Quick update

Painted the soffit and I am so glad I chased down the paint! It is a deep velvet like black that even my wife commented on.

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I have the electrician coming out today to start installing lights and outlets. I found another thing the drywallers buried so that should be fun getting at under DD/GG!

Also have the stage built and at the popular sand filling point. After we un-bury the outlet and conduit pipe I can build the riser.

Been trying to contact someone for an acoustic plan but can't seem to get a hold of him which is frustrating. Many of you have used him but just not responding after our initial email. With that said, I am in the search to work with someone on an acoustic plan or maybe follow the path of some and do what I have seen others do in their rooms.

Also ordered a steel tube for the bar area to help hold whatever stone top we end up choosing. Not sure if I can add a small curve that would extend a little past the steel just to give it a little visual appeal vs a 8' rectangle.

Soffit lights any ideas? Also for those that added black lights as well, where do you locate them to be hidden and out of the way of the other lighting?
post #39 of 50
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Sorry to neglect on updates. I have been squeezing a little work here and there on the basement and have got to a milestone.

Built bar area



Filled stage with sand and performed my AVSForum right of passage lugging 22 x 70 lbs bags of sand. Seeing the great lengths some have gone to dry sand I was a bit worried trying to find dry sand but luckily winter is close at hand and the local Menards had this



Guaranteed dry and $4.50 a bag. Not bad!
post #40 of 50
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The electrician also spent most of yesterday working on the soffit lighting. We fired up the blue LED rope lights



And then wired the 14 x 3" lights around the room





I have a new grafik eye 3106 waiting to be installed but should be done later this week.

Once lights are done I can close up the soffit, close up the riser, and be ready for doors, treatments, and finishing the bar.
post #41 of 50
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A quick update -

Not exactly the theater, but we have a guy coming out for tile in the basement bathroom and just outside the lounge are where I will have cabinets and a fridge. If interested I will post pix of the tile. It is tile that looks just like wood to give the appearnce of a wooden floor.

Picked it up from lowes - http://www.lowes.com/pd_397694-1813-1095207_0__?productId=3815455&Ntt=tile&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dtile&facetInfo=

Should look nice and interested to finally see it. Also he will be adding some tile to the wall in the lounge area where we will be installing a fireplace in the wall.
post #42 of 50
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Tile guy did an awesome job! He did the floor tile and wall tile in 2 days

Floor tile



Fireplace in the lounge area



It kinda counts as HT if it has a remote right?

post #43 of 50
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Finally completed the soffit minus a little touch paint and will post when I can.

I was downstairs trying to pick up and clean a bit and was looking around at all the scrap wood I have accumulated at this point and wondering what to do with it. My question to everyone is just that, do I toss it? Doesn't seem right with some of the cost of wood. If you keep it, where and how?

I have a good mix now of scrap 2x4, treated 2x6, plywood, OSB, and MDF.
post #44 of 50
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Time to catch things up

I ended up filling the soffits with insulation an sealing

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At this stage I reached out to the Erksine Group for an acoustical layout.
post #45 of 50
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With the layout plan I went ahead and marked panel locations and put up linacoustic on the screen wall



As you can see I also started putting up 2 x 2 s on the wall and building columns.

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I chose Fabricmate System for my panels. It's a good system and I thought based on my skill level and time it was worth the cost. Unfortunately I did not realize until I started with rhe system the amount of cuts required. I got it all up but was it more time than anticipated. For everyone building their theater this could be said for every stage of the build unless you have Big lending you a hand:)

I originally wanted a two tone gray theater



After an exhaustive search for the perfect gray fabric I gave up and went with Red and Dark Gray. After looking around it appears this has been done before so no points for originality.

post #46 of 50
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I realized I do not have a picture of the track going up but after that I decided that building the theater/finishing basement wasn't enough so I built a THT sub.



At this point I think I might need to seek everyone's help. Wait, everyone here is just as nuts as I am when it comes to HT! tongue.gif
post #47 of 50
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I have started putting up the fabric which really has me excited as I can start to see the theater take its final form. I made a slight mistake when putting up the track. Like others here have stated the track is very tight at first. This is especially true with the beveled track that is used to join two panels for a seamless look. They recommend twisting the track prior to installing to break in the track. I did this for most pieces except for three. Nothing seemed to be able to loosen the track and I asked fabricmate and some on this forum without success. Just before I gave in to pulling those tracks down, I had an idea!

When you have a problem you can't solve, get a hammer!






I figured since I already was willing to take it down I thought I had nothing to loose if I broke one. So I used my mini pry bar and gave the track a couple of whacks and heard a loud crack! I pulled the bar away from the track, no damaged. Put the pizza roller tool in the track, success!
post #48 of 50
Like the new color choice, reminds me of Scarlet and Gray for my Bucks!

Anyways, nice progress. Since you are going with the open concept, how will that affect all your sound isolation efforts in you HT room? Did you do the entire basement too?
post #49 of 50
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Originally Posted by tbraden32 View Post

Like the new color choice, reminds me of Scarlet and Gray for my Bucks!

Anyways, nice progress. Since you are going with the open concept, how will that affect all your sound isolation efforts in you HT room? Did you do the entire basement too?

Thanks tbraden32, I spoke with the guys at the soundproofing company and they came up with a solution to DD/GG the entire ceiling of the basement and the theater room. So far I am happy with the results but need to put the solid core door at the to of the stairs.
post #50 of 50
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First panel going up



It's going pretty well and I am happy so far with how it's turning out. The track makes a very professional look.

A few more panels along



I'll post more today hopefully.
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