I work for a company that does a LOT of government work. You want to know where they make their money - winning jobs that are T&M. The gov't ends up paying out wazzu for these jobs - these are the type jobs that create $400 hammers and $17,000 toilets. ( I actually saw one of these, and they are really a lot more than that lol )
I just had my HVAC work done and payed $1200 fixed cost to have the entire basement duct work and returns installed to my specs. I worked only to a quoted price - you never know when THEY screw up and forget that they can't get behind a wall to run what you ask and then spend 8 hours they didn't plan on. If you are fair, walk them through the job, and let them be the pro's they shouldn't have a problem quoting a fixed price. If you ask me, I only want contractors that will tell me what it is going to cost, up front - even on the smallest of jobs. Just my 2 cents on that.
This is an awesome thread. I am in the very early stages of design and *cough* construction. After reading this thread throughout the day, I have decided to halt construction and cover some bases before moving on. A few things already on my list -
Move the lolli-column that is bugging me 7". I have struggled with designing around it for hours. If I would just pay the few dollars to move it 7", my theater would be centered, I would go from a 88" to a 102" width screen, AND my sub and my center would both fit under the screen (currently it's one or the other and the sub is going to win, so the center would be mounted above pointing down).
I just started an Excel spread sheet and took notes from this thread (as suggested).
I will go to an isolated mount for the PJ instead of framing and plywood.
I would have never thought to run the UPS to the PJ
I don't know why I would need 2 HDMI's at the projector, but from this thought, I will add a 2" wire channel from the PJ to the AV rack and make an access point in the ceiling.
I am going to move the AV rack from beside the screen. Actually, I'm going to turn it sideways, so the front of the AV rack points away but then I put a sold door where the front used to be and have a really nice access panel without needing to build in a sep room
I am pulling the screen 18" from the wall. I can see where more would be nice, but this only leaves my seating a 11', I don't want to get any closer.
I already framed all the soffits and didn't leave the 1" gap for the rope lighting. This was bothering me, but I was just plugging on.
My big lesson is - if it is bothering me, STOP... I have to realize that this is going to take 2 years whether I like it or not. And it may as well be 2 years of fun and creativity instead of frustration and comprises.
Great thread ! And a great forum !