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post #61 of 192
Josh,

Moving at a good speed. Looks good. Keep up the great work :D

Steve
post #62 of 192
Josh,

Alright! The fun begins. You must have really been excited to start, there's a big wet spot there! My Yamaha arrived today, but I'm too tired and dirty to open it. I just finished the last coat of mud on the ceilings. I have some touch up work and I noticed I've been ignoring one corner, so I'll take care of that tomorrow.

Glad to see you're progressing.

Bud
post #63 of 192
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The wet spot. We hit a water line by mistake. It has now been repaired. More photos in a few hours.

~Josh
post #64 of 192
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We are done working for the night. We got around 90% of the framing done. We hope to finish it up tomorrow and get a good amount of the electrical done as well. I have attached a few photos. The photos are:

Framing 3 - A view from the Theater looking in to the Bathroom.

Framing 4 - A view from the Bedroom, looking down the hall to the Theater. The Bathroom is on the left and the AV Cabinet and Utililty Closet are on the right.

AV Closet - A view of the AV Closet (Currently filled with lots of tools and supplies).

Helper - A view of my four-legged helper for the day.

More updates tomorrow!!!!



~Josh
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post #65 of 192
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The Helper.
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post #66 of 192
Nice Job Josh... It's really taking shape now.

Isn't it amazing how these wide open large spaces looks so big, then they look so small once a few 2x4's are tossed in? lol ... but then the last coat of wall paint seams to open the space back up.

What is your time frame on this job? How long are you planing it to take?
post #67 of 192
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Pringals,

Yes it is amazing how the size seems to change back and fourth. I remember experiencing that sensation when our house (The one the Theater is being built in) was being built. As far as a timeline. I want to have all framing, electrical rough-in and plumbing rough-in done by this Wednesday. After that it will take a couple weekends of doing the insulation, building in-wall cabinets for my in-wall speakers, running wire and putting on the Integrity Gasket. So hopefully by the end of January, I will have all that done and a good portion of the drywall done. I will have to reevaluate the budget at that time to see when the carpeting, vinyl and finish work can be done. I have an aggressive goal of having it done by the Super Bowl, but that is REALLY pushing it. We will see though.

~Josh
post #68 of 192
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Due to a snow storm today and poor weather, the electrician was not able to make it over. Basically no construction work was completed today. I did however meet with my neighbor, who is helping me and we drew up some plans for the remaining parts of the project.

~Josh
post #69 of 192
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Framing should be completed tonight.

~Josh
post #70 of 192
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I also took bids on drywall today. It is actually coming in quite a bit cheaper then I had thought, so maybe I can get that portion done in the middle of January.

~Josh
post #71 of 192
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I have started a new Home Theater Discussion Group on Yahoo Groups. If you're interested in joining, please go to:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HTTalk/

~Josh
post #72 of 192
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I've got a question for anyone who can answer it. I am to the point where I need to do the framing for my AV Cabinet. What are the "Industry Standard," measurements for the typical shelf size. I.E. - How wide should I go and how deep should I go?

~Josh
post #73 of 192
As mentioned, I got the MA Slim 5. Here's a link to check out. If you want to go this route, send me a PM and I'll point you to where I got mine.

http://www.middleatlantic.com/enclosure/main.htm

Bud
post #74 of 192
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I will actually be building my own AV Rack with adjustable shelves. I would just like to know what the average width and depths are for a typical AV rack.

~Josh
post #75 of 192
Hello Josh

Nice to see another theater going up in the Springs. I'm in the Springs Ranch area and framing up walls now. One thing a neighbor did when framing around his windows, was to use 2x6's to acount for the few inches you frame away from the wall due to the insulation. This lets you mount our blinds by the windows instead of a couple inches away. Keep the pictures coming.
post #76 of 192
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68,

Great to hear from you. I am in Claremont Ranch, only a couple miles from you. Today the Electricians continued to work. They should finish tomorrow. Framing should also finish tomorrow. The Plumber is a bit delayed, so that may have to wait until next week. Pictures by this weekend.

~Josh
post #77 of 192
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Tonight we built the seating platform. It is 1ft. high with a 6" step. We also framed the windows in the basement. We also installed the six pot lights and got them working. Tomorrow we will frame around the sump pump which is located in the bedroom closet and we will also frame for the A/V Rack. We also plan on cleaning the place up a bit. Here are some pictures from tonight's work.

~Josh
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post #78 of 192
Hey Josh,

Great progress. If you finish before me, I'll be upset. Is that dricore on the floor? Words of wisdom pass onto me by the AVS gods and now I pass it on to you.... "Tape up those arms on your recessed lights with electrical tape before you drywall.This will help prevent rattling".

Keep it up! I like your riser.

Bud
post #79 of 192
Joshn,

Great work on the 'ole HT. I'm in the same boat as you and Bud. Keep posting those pics.
post #80 of 192
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It is not Dricore on the floor. I will definately use electrical tape around the pot light arms. I appreciate that bit of advice Bud.

~Josh
post #81 of 192
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There was no work completed tonight on the basement/Home Theater project. We will start work again on Saturday morning. More pictures by late day Saturday or early Sunday.

~Josh
post #82 of 192
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Here is an update everyone. Today we finished the framing and the electrical rough-in. Tomorrow the Electrical Inspector is coming over. Wish me luck. The plumbing rough-in should be completed this week as well. I also ran the speaker wire for my 7.1 In-wall Speaker System. I used THX Certified 14 gauge speaker wire and a THX Certified 25 ft. Subwoofer Cable. Also tomorrow I have the Drywallers coming over to do their bid. Just from talking to them on the phone, I am quite sure I will go with them. It is a couple of professional drywallers who do side jobs at a substantial discount. I have posted some pictures with this post. The first is a view of where the screen will be from the riser. The second in a view of the opening for the A/V Rack and the third is a view of the bathtub and bathtub enclosure which we brought down to the basement this evening.

~Josh
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post #83 of 192
Ah yes. Gotta love those under stairs areas. Looks like you're coming along. Keep it up.
post #84 of 192
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I know a lot of people like to use the non-faced insullation for their home theater walls and ceilings. It appears that that will be against code here in Colorado Springs. Since I have to use insullation with a kraft backing, will that make much of a difference in sound quality?

~Josh
post #85 of 192
Looks like a fun project. I wish I still had a basement. I'm having to build a new house to get my room :) My questions are out of jealousy and my wife says I over engineer everything!

A couple Q's. In the POT LIGHT pic a few posts back, it appears you have a vertical 2x4 blocking the frame of the left window. Is that an illusion? If not, you may want to fix that should repairs be needed down the road.

Are the ceiling fixtures rated to be in contact with insulation? I ask because I would be planning on insulating the ceiling to save the people upstairs while the theater is in use :)

Have you considered running a 4 inch PVC through the ceiling from the AV closet to the point where you'll be mounting the projector? Doing this with GENTLE corners in the pipe and leaving a string in the pipe will allow the easy addition of any new wires/cables that may be required in the future.

Have you planned for changing you mind about placement and/or number of subs after you get done? I'd add ALL kinds of extra speaker wire/locations at this point. Visit the high price cable vs lamp cord thread (http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=424550). I'm not an expert but I've had REALLY good luck with 12 guage low voltage wiring.

POWER: have you consider running a separate 20 amp circuit to your closet? Now's the time. You can then protect that circuit at the box, isolate it, ....

Last, check out the home theater seats in Costco. You may be able to put a six pack on your platform and/or two rows if you extend it.

Like I said, I'm not trying to redesign. I'm just jeoulous I can't be doing something like this.
post #86 of 192
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Originally Posted by beatboy77
I know a lot of people like to use the non-faced insullation for their home theater walls and ceilings. It appears that that will be against code here in Colorado Springs. Since I have to use insullation with a kraft backing, will that make much of a difference in sound quality?

~Josh
Josh,
I can't imagine it would be an audible difference. Personally, even if it wasn't a code issue, I'd always use Kraft backed insulation for basement walls, or barring that, a plastic sheet to act as a vapor barrier. For the ceiling I wouldn't worry, I used un-faced insulation there.
post #87 of 192
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by rakstr
Looks like a fun project. I wish I still had a basement. I'm having to build a new house to get my room :) My questions are out of jealousy and my wife says I over engineer everything!

A couple Q's. In the POT LIGHT pic a few posts back, it appears you have a vertical 2x4 blocking the frame of the left window. Is that an illusion? If not, you may want to fix that should repairs be needed down the road.

Are the ceiling fixtures rated to be in contact with insulation? I ask because I would be planning on insulating the ceiling to save the people upstairs while the theater is in use :)

Have you considered running a 4 inch PVC through the ceiling from the AV closet to the point where you'll be mounting the projector? Doing this with GENTLE corners in the pipe and leaving a string in the pipe will allow the easy addition of any new wires/cables that may be required in the future.

Have you planned for changing you mind about placement and/or number of subs after you get done? I'd add ALL kinds of extra speaker wire/locations at this point. Visit the high price cable vs lamp cord thread (http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=424550). I'm not an expert but I've had REALLY good luck with 12 guage low voltage wiring.

POWER: have you consider running a separate 20 amp circuit to your closet? Now's the time. You can then protect that circuit at the box, isolate it, ....

Last, check out the home theater seats in Costco. You may be able to put a six pack on your platform and/or two rows if you extend it.

Like I said, I'm not trying to redesign. I'm just jeoulous I can't be doing something like this.
Rakstr,

I will answer some of your questions. Yes, the Pot Light picture is an optical illusion. There is no 2x4 blocking the window. It was just the angle the picture was taken at. The pot lights are rated for insulation. They are what they call, "Sealed Pot Lights." Yes, the ceiling will be insulated with insulation as well to help cut down on sound. I have ran the subwoofer cable where I feel it will sound good. I may run another sub woofer cable. I have not decided yet. Yes, I did run a seperate 20 amp circuit to the A/V closet. I did run the conduit to the projector from the A/V closet as well. It is on the back side of the bulkhead, so there have been no pictures of that yet.

~Josh
post #88 of 192
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Today I built the in-wall speaker boxes and sealed them with a spray sealer. I also failed the electrical inspection. (Just have to add four nail plates and ground the junction box in the closet). I will be reinspected on Friday. I also hired the drywallers I am going with today. The entire project (70 sheets of 1/2" drywall, 2 sheets of 5/8" drywall, mud, tape, texture and labor) will be $1918.00. That sounds like a good deal to me. They hope to start on 1/07/06. Tomorrow the plumbers are coming over to do their stuff and they will finish the plumbing rough-in on Friday. Also tomorrow the electician is coming over to finish the electrical rough-in as well. Today I also picked up 12 rolls of R-13 insulation for the walls of the theater. I hope to have pictures posted by tomorrow night.

~Josh
post #89 of 192
Josh,

Sounds like you're getting busy. Keep up the great work :)
post #90 of 192
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I was thinking about adding four bass shakers to my riser in the future. So this means I should wire for them now. If some could, please tell me is standard in-wall 14 gauge speaker wire will be appropriate for these:

http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...number=299-027

~Josh
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