It's been a while, but it's time for a real update. Made some pretty good progress over the weekend:
As I mentioned, electrical rough-in inspection was passed, and my panel area now looks neat any tidy, for the most part:
Also ran all of the non-conduit low voltage wiring. This includes:
-3 coax from panel to AV Rack
-6 Cat5e from panel to AV rack
-1 Coax and 1 Cat5e from panel to back room.
-1 Coax and 1 Cat5e from panel to bed side of bedroom
-1 Coax and 1 Cat5e from panel to door side of bedroom
-speaker wire from AV rack to each of the 4 surrounds
-2 Cat5e from AV rack to riser.
conduit going to PJ and behind screen, so I will run all those lines later.
Here's all the low voltage coming in to the panel area:
and running through the ceiling:
and coming into the AV rack
Also got my AV rack fan installed. You can see the duct dropping into the AV rack area in the above photos, and the actual fan is located way back in the back room:
Didn't take a pic, but I also tore apart the theater room switches box, and installed 1 of the boxes required for a 2-box method of wiring the grafik eye. Waiting for my 4-gang box to arrive before I wire that all back together. I ran wires for my riser lights, and soffit rope lights, so with that all of my wiring and low voltage wiring is done. YAY!
Let me be the (probably not) first to say that working with putty pads is fun, but messy as hell. Sucks to clean your hands off afterwards. Interior boxes nice and easy:
Exterior boxes not so much. I ended up playing around with the best way to handle those pesky vapor barrier hats around the boxes.
-put on a single gang hat, essentially cut it off, apply putty pad, tuck tape the hat back together - this worked ok, but is kind of a pain.
-apply putty pad with box detached from the wall. then slip the hat over top the puttied box, and screw to wall - this did not work well, as the hat was much too tight to fit on with the putty, which the hat sticks to. I would not recommend.
-apply the putty pad over top the hat - easy to do, and in theory i think it should work just as well, but I don't get a warm and fuzzy feeling about it. since the putty is attached to the hat, and not the box, it moves around quite easily. I worry it may detach and unseal itself.
-buy a 4x4 square box hat. This gives plenty of working room on all sides of the box. Cut a slit across the top of the box to add a little more working room. apply putty pad, tape the top of the hat back together - I found this to be the best solution. Gives a great seal, easy to do, and doesn't destroy the hat.
After all this, we spent most of Sunday cleaning and tidying the basement, and got all the insulation back in the wall. Don't have all the vapor barrier up yet though, so i had to lock the cats out of the basement (apparently my cats like to eat insulation....). I'll get some pics of the nice tidy basement tonight or Tuesday when i get back down there.
On the to do list before we get to drywalling:
-build pot light backer boxes
-block off the window - still debating whether I just frame it off, or build a removable plug....
-install clips and channel to the theater ceiling.
-insulate theater ceiling and interior walls
-and still have a bunch of bathroom plumbing work to do... one of these days.
I'm hoping to get the drywall delivered before May long weekend.
That's it for now.