In the equipment room, I installed four separate electrical circuits. Three were install to power the equipment rack, and one for the remainder of the work room. Since I don't yet know what hardware I'll have in this room, I over engineered it ;-)
Work room electrical behind the future home of the equipment rack:
If you look closely, each outlet is listed with the circuit number (number contained in a circle). The box on the right (circuit "11") is a "dead outlet" This will not be wored to power. It's terminus is in the theater on the back wall where the projector will be. We're going to install an outlet on each end. The projector will be plugged into one end. The other end will have a male to male jumper cable that will be plugged into a power conditioner/UPS. I figure this is sort of a poor man's Powerbridge. http://www.powerbridgesolution.com/a...tallation.html
The blue smurf tubes will go to the surround speakers (sides and rears). I may wire to 2 front presence speakers, but I'll feed them through a conduit to the front.
Here's how we terminated each of the new circuits:
We didn't connect them to the panel for safety's sake. We weren't sure whether the inspector would want to see the breakers installed or not, so we erred on the side of caution.
All of the electrical boxes in the theater are Carlon adjustable electrical boxes. We'll be installing two layers of 5/8" drywall in this room, so the adjustment feature is critical. They were more expensive, but they'll be worth it in the end.
Here are some photos of the back of the theater.
You'll also notice that we've installed a 2" electrical conduit to the back of the theater leading from the equipment room to the location of the projector hush box. We used the gray electrical-type based on the recommendation of someone on this board. They said that the sweeps (elbows) will make it much easier to snake cables through. We're also going to install one to the front of the theater for front speaker wiring.
One of the soffits that traverses the theater was used as the central raceway for the new electrical circuits. The electrical panel is on one side of the theater and the equipment room is on the other. We found cool wire clips to secure these wires.
These are available at HD ($16.00 for a box of 20), but they sure saved a lot of space. They are made by Gardner Bender Electrical.
Here they are in action:
Next post will detail the inspections and how they turned out.