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post #211 of 983
Did you make a decision on the lip/tray for the rope light? I am interested in seeing what you came up with for a low profile solution.
post #212 of 983
Had the pleasure of meeting avs member and theater owner" RTROSE" today . Here he is lending a hand to Big! smile.gif

post #213 of 983
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Originally Posted by vanice View Post

How much longer are you in town for BIG? I need to pay a visit to this build since I'm only about 45 minutes away.

My pockets are almost emptied...so not long.. you gotta hurry! smile.gif
post #214 of 983
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Originally Posted by NGiovas View Post

Did you make a decision on the lip/tray for the rope light? I am interested in seeing what you came up with for a low profile solution.

The lip tray is already there since last week in the pictures of the stage and raiser. You can see it in our previous posts of pictures showing the raiser steps since we used a different material for them. The lip tray for the soffits is not yet installed.
post #215 of 983
Thanks for the "tour" and letting me barge right in during construction. It was a great pleasure to meet you and Big. You are going to have one phenomenal theater/setup when completed.

Having seen a preview of the rope lighting on the stage I can say it is going to look very slick and will add a nice dimension to the look of the space. I don't know what vikgrao is paying Big, but from the looks of all the construction scraps around there has definitely been lots of progress. biggrin.gif

If I can say one thing about the build, I can say it has been overbuilt as far as the wall construction, that beast is SOLID and well insulated/isolated, vikgrao did not skip anything in "doing it right".

Thanks again guys, it was great to meet you and "talk shop" with people that are truly passionate about home theater.

Regards,

RTROSE

Oh and no charge for holding the "dummy end" of the rope lights. tongue.gif
post #216 of 983
Thanks for the kind words RT. Thanks for holding the rope lights! smile.gif You now have anytime unlimited access to the theater after its done!
post #217 of 983
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Originally Posted by vikgrao View Post

The lip tray is already there since last week in the pictures of the stage and raiser. You can see it in our previous posts of pictures showing the raiser steps since we used a different material for them. The lip tray for the soffits is not yet installed.

Thanks. I was specifically looking for the lip on the soffits. I guess I will have to wait for the BIG unveil (pun intended) biggrin.gif
post #218 of 983
Thread Starter 
it will be a flat piece of wood, 1 3/4 to 2 inches tall, our out and about trip to the big boxes didn't result in an instant hit, so we may just cut some flexible sheet goods like we did for the soffit faces.
Edited by BIGmouthinDC - 11/27/12 at 12:15am
post #219 of 983
Well did you guys get the electrical buttoned up today? You were looking really good to get that checked off of your "to do" list.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #220 of 983
Thread Starter 
We came damn close.

Got the tow cables buttoned up

Got three of 6 Insteon dual band dimmers installed on two inch furring surrounds, Threw the switch and BAM, it tripped. two and a half hours later we had resolved the problem after finding a short in the 6th of 6 connection boxes we took apart and examined. Also discovered that we probably fried a dimmer. as it is stuck on and won't turn off or dim.

So we are one dimmer short on the second set of three that did get installed.

Vik discovered that he had been hoodwinked in the ordering process and instead of ordering from Smarthome ordered from a look alike site called SmarthomePro. Basically their return policy sucks and he is out. so several days more for the replacement.

Vik decided he wanted to add another smoke alarm in the Equipment room in addition to the theater and prewired for that.

We've setteled on ripping some 1/4 inch hard board for the soffit lip and I picked it up after dinner so in the AM it is soffits and rope lights on the schedule. Also grabbed the additional smoke alarm.

Today Vick manned my sander/vac combo and did some finish work on the soffit.

I had to get my respirator out to do some more surgery on the soffits with the jigsaw to get the vents to fit.
Edited by BIGmouthinDC - 11/27/12 at 7:08pm
post #221 of 983
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

Well did you guys get the electrical buttoned up today? You were looking really good to get that checked off of your "to do" list.
Regards,
RTROSE

Yes Big finished all major electrical today and modified the supply and returns in the soffits to accomodate my Nailor diffusers. I did some sanding on the soffits. Will install a couple of smokes tomorrow, work on the soffit lips, do a test run with the rope lights around the perimeter and begin working on the columns. We will also be doing some more shopping for paint and other supplies.
post #222 of 983
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Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC View Post

We came damn close.
Go the tow cables buttoned up
Got three of 6 Insteon dual band dimmers installed on two inch furring surrounds, Threw the switch and BAM, it tripped. two and a half hours later we had resolved the problem after finding a short in the 6th of 6 connection boxes we took apart and examined. Also discovered that we probably fried a dimmer. as it is stuck on and won't turn off or dim.
So we are one dimmer short on the second set of three that did get installed.
Vik discovered that he had been hoodwinked in the ordering process and instead of ordering from Smarthome ordered from a look alike site called SmarthomePro. Basically their return policy sucks and he is out. so several days more for the replacement.
Vik decided he wanted to add another smoke alarm in the Equipment room in addition to the theater and prewired for that.
We've setteled on ripping some 1/4 inch hard board for the soffit lip and I picked it up after dinner so in the AM it is soffits and rope lights on the schedule. Also grabbed the additional smoke alarm.
Today Vick manned my sander/vac combo and did some finish work on the soffit.
I had to get my respirator out to do some more surgery on the soffits with the jigsaw to get the vents to fit.


Funny that the Carton in which they are packed says smarthome.com.
post #223 of 983
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Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC View Post

We came damn close.
Go the tow cables buttoned up
Got three of 6 Insteon dual band dimmers installed on two inch furring surrounds, Threw the switch and BAM, it tripped. two and a half hours later we had resolved the problem after finding a short in the 6th of 6 connection boxes we took apart and examined. Also discovered that we probably fried a dimmer. as it is stuck on and won't turn off or dim.
So we are one dimmer short on the second set of three that did get installed.
Vik discovered that he had been hoodwinked in the ordering process and instead of ordering from Smarthome ordered from a look alike site called SmarthomePro. Basically their return policy sucks and he is out. so several days more for the replacement.
Vik decided he wanted to add another smoke alarm in the Equipment room in addition to the theater and prewired for that.
We've setteled on ripping some 1/4 inch hard board for the soffit lip and I picked it up after dinner so in the AM it is soffits and rope lights on the schedule. Also grabbed the additional smoke alarm.
Today Vick manned my sander/vac combo and did some finish work on the soffit.
I had to get my respirator out to do some more surgery on the soffits with the jigsaw to get the vents to fit.

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Originally Posted by vikgrao View Post

Yes Big finished all major electrical today and modified the supply and returns in the soffits to accomodate my Nailor diffusers. I did some sanding on the soffits. Will install a couple of smokes tomorrow, work on the soffit lips, do a test run with the rope lights around the perimeter and begin working on the columns. We will also be doing some more shopping for paint and other supplies.

Man it sounds as though you guys really were productive today. Sorry to hear about the dimmer issue. Very easy for something like that to happen. I have had a couple of issues like that and while it is not earth shattering, it is annoying if for anything because of the delay for not having what you need on hand to get the job done. On the paint I have used Sherwin Williams, and the brands from Mendards, and Lowe's as well as some use of Porter Paints. I think though with considering all things I have had the most luck/success with the Lowe's and SW paints. I used some of the Menards Dutch Boy paints due to a sale and rebate special and the thing I noticed about it was it tended to spatter/splatter more than the others, but I would not shy away from it in the future.

Good luck tomorrow and I (as well as others) will expect to see some progress pics! biggrin.gif

Regards,

RTROSE
post #224 of 983
That's exactly how i felt today...a little bit annoyed..But with Big on your side that quickly disappears! smile.gif We will mostly be buying the Paint from HD. Sure will post pics tomorrow!
post #225 of 983
Call Sherwin Williams. A lot of times they have great sales going on on paints. Their Super Paint is pretty good. smile.gif
post #226 of 983
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Originally Posted by SierraMikeBravo View Post

Call Sherwin Williams. A lot of times they have great sales going on on paints. Their Super Paint is pretty good. smile.gif

Thanks. Will call and check them out too!
post #227 of 983
hey BIG,
Are you using 3/4 MDF to cover the soffit?
post #228 of 983
Thread Starter 
bottoms and straight portions of faces, On the rounded sections we built up equivalent thickness with multiple layers of thinner material glued together. Where a curved section met a straight I added one final layer of 1/8 just to make the seams disappear.

post #229 of 983
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Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC View Post

Vik discovered that he had been hoodwinked in the ordering process and instead of ordering from Smarthome ordered from a look alike site called SmarthomePro. Basically their return policy sucks and he is out. so several days more for the replacement.
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Originally Posted by vikgrao View Post

Funny that the Carton in which they are packed says smarthome.com.

That's weird about their return policy. They are owned by the same company. SmarthomePro is for dealers while Smarthome is for consumers. You can get from one website to the other just by going to their "About" section. I'd trying calling Smarthome and see if they will take the return.
post #230 of 983
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Originally Posted by scl23enn4m3 View Post

That's weird about their return policy. They are owned by the same company. SmarthomePro is for dealers while Smarthome is for consumers. You can get from one website to the other just by going to their "About" section. I'd trying calling Smarthome and see if they will take the return.

Thanks!
I just rechecked the invoice. The website i purchased the dimmers from ( smarthome-products.com )actually purchased the items from smart home pro since on the invoice it says Sold to Carl : smart home products Largo Florida ship to : Vik Columbus Indiana. I guess i will try getting it sorted out when i have a little time today. smile.gif
Edited by vikgrao - 11/28/12 at 5:39am
post #231 of 983
Vik- Thanks for letting me see your theater this evening. You are going to have an awesome space, there is no doubt about that. I am looking forward to seeing the finished product. If I can be of any help please let me know....
post #232 of 983
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Originally Posted by MatthewH View Post

Vik- Thanks for letting me see your theater this evening. You are going to have an awesome space, there is no doubt about that. I am looking forward to seeing the finished product. If I can be of any help please let me know....

Matt it was a pleasure meeting you. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to pay us a visit. I see your passion when you started helping us out right away. I am looking forward to good movie times with you and RT once the theater is done. I will soon have to visit your place and see your theater! Please feel free visit anytime you come by the area!
post #233 of 983
Rope light test was successful today. Goal was to hide it so that it is not visible and also does not show glow dots where the led's are. the room looked weird and blue with all the white primed walls. In the finished room after painting the glow will be restricted to a thin band along the curves.


Edited by vikgrao - 11/28/12 at 5:56pm
post #234 of 983
Wow, that rope lighting looks better than I could have imagined. Very slick and I think it does exactly what you want it to do. Nicely done. Glad you got to meet Matt. He is as passionate as can be about home theater and has a nice space to boot. So how much longer is Big going to be hanging around these here parts?

Regards,

RTROSE
post #235 of 983
I agree with RTROSE on the lighting. It looks amazing. Nice work guys.
Do you know how hight the bottom of your screen will sit off of your floor, or have you not gotten to that point yet?
post #236 of 983
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

Wow, that rope lighting looks better than I could have imagined. Very slick and I think it does exactly what you want it to do. Nicely done. Glad you got to meet Matt. He is as passionate as can be about home theater and has a nice space to boot. So how much longer is Big going to be hanging around these here parts?
Regards,
RTROSE

Thanks RT. Regarding Big's stay...as soon as the essential to do list is completed or if i run out of funding! I see the second one happening biggrin.gif since it is taking twice as long for everything than we originally planned for eek.gif Big may post tonight with more pics of the rope light and electrical.
post #237 of 983
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Originally Posted by blynk View Post

I agree with RTROSE on the lighting. It looks amazing. Nice work guys.
Do you know how hight the bottom of your screen will sit off of your floor, or have you not gotten to that point yet?

Thanks blynk! From top of my head i can say the viewing area would be around 7-9 inches or a little more off of the stage. But i will post the exact height in the coming days.
Edited by vikgrao - 11/28/12 at 6:26pm
post #238 of 983
Thread Starter 
Equipment Room, four dedicated 20 amp circuits, one on a 10 ga wire, the electron super highway. Three power inlets, projector, and the outlets behind the screen wall. The later will have active speakers and Vik wanted to control those outlets and plug them into power conditioners in the equipment room.







Primed the MDF soffit and lips







Everything is taking longer in this theater and here is one reason. Hanging rope light in a concealed channel under the lip of the stage.







Yes there is a right angle impact driver! This tool has interchangeable heads, it's also a right angle drill, It's also a multitool for sanding and cutting, It's confused about what you want it to do, but it was the perfect tool for this job. You can get the motor in either corded (shown) or battery





Quick get me a pillow I need a nap




Edited by BIGmouthinDC - 11/28/12 at 7:46pm
post #239 of 983
Looks like you found the cut points anyway. How were they marked? Again, very nice work, looks sharp.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #240 of 983
Thread Starter 
it was to the side of those 120v markings, You look into the tube and make sure you are cutting in the clear gap between light segments, they are every 30 inches on this string.
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