Two days after the crown molding, we have accomplished the following:
- Started acoustic treatment. Design follows the basic principles outlined in this forum. Basically, absorption at the front wall and side walls up to the front of the stage (floor to ceiling); absorption at side walls and rear walls bottom half. I used Insulshield Black ($360 for 100 feet). I purchased a single roll for the room which was sufficient. The upper half uses 10 oz. polyester batting from Jo-Anns. Since Insulshield is 48" wide, the side and rear treatments are 4 feet floor up and they following the bump-up with the riser. This stuff cuts easily with a box cutter, but the polyester needs scissors. I got the Insulshield Black from Home Depot special order desk. The "Black" refers to a black coating which supposedly absorbs light. So when I installed it, the black side faced out and fiberglass in. Attachment for fiberglass and batting was roof cap nails (1-3/4" nails with an plastic orange cap). Hammered lightly to pucker the fiberglass and batting slightly, they are not smashed against the wall.
- The chairs are now set up in their proper place in the first row.
- Furring strips are ripped from 40 pieces of 2x4 lumber. A 45 degree beveled is added for a high-tech look. Each furring strip is 1" x 1.5" x LENGTH. It has to be 1" thick because the insulshield and batting is 1" thick.
- Because the sconces are mounted 1" off the wall due to the acoustic treatment, blocking was added for them. You can tell from the pictures that my sconces are triangular. They look like torches. Blocking is cut from 1" MDF, basically leftover from building the columns which was perfect solution! You will see blocking on the rear wall for the rear Klipsch KL-650-THX to be installed later. As the pictures show, these will not be in the columns, but between the two rear columns on a shelf.
- Hung the projector. Used Chief RPA mount which allows 3 degrees of adjustments. Turns out that with lens shift, the adjustability is not necessary, but the mount is very well made. well worth the $200.
- Assembled Middle Atlantic rack. I bought all of these components from avscope on yahoo shopping at a great price. I saw cheaper competitors on Froogle but those other companies charge mucho dinero for shipping. avscope does not charge shipping. The rack was a Slim-5 with 5 shelves and locking casters and their power strip and it costs about $800. Not cheap but I think it's worth it.
- Installed floor in equipment closet. It's a vinyl sheet which looks like little stones. There's a pic for this in the same pic as the rack.
- No more movies. The equipment needs to be mounted in the rack next. Boo-hoo!http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/lawren...bum?.dir=/db28