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post #1 of 69 Old 10-19-2009, 06:03 PM - Thread Starter
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Well here it is...(EDIT: now finished as of 12/10/2009)

after joining here in Jul 2005, to learn about my last AVR and maybe how to display movies from my PC to my 48" Rear PJ Mitsubishi, and another 60 odd posts, and hours reading about and being jealous of you "real" dedicated HT geeks and my wife telling me too damn many times "Turn it down!!" and "Does it have to be so loud" and most recently "Get that thing out of my Living Room!!"

I'm now drunk from the Kool-Aid you all chug, and with no further ado present my building thread as I progress....

My plan a year ago when I first heard "Get that thing out of my Living Room!!" was to take half my unfinished basement and use my 3 yr old Denon AVR 886, buy a $1,200 projector and maybe display on the wall....Oh well at this point I still haven't figured out which of these fancy schmancy new Projectors I have to have but I did order my screen today (cart before horse?)

So far the list is

Projector!!! settled on Panasonic PT AE4000U
ButtKickers settled on ButtKicker BKA300 Wireless Home Theater Kit
Rope Lights - done
New Receiver -- done replaced with Onkyo TX-NR807 7.2-Channel A/V Surround Home Network Receiver
Subwoofer and or another Monitor 50 to match the other two now that I'm transparent...

added January 2010

Acer AspireRevo AR1600-U910H Black/White Desktop PC

Before the pic I want to ask for a vote on the name for the theater....by way of background I live with three women, well two women and one is blossoming....the girls are huge Gilmour Girls fans, the neighborhood theater in Gilmore Girls is called Red, White and Black, we are big Michigan State Spartan Fans (Green/White), the theater will be dark green and black with maybe a block S on the back wall, my name is Don, the theater is in the basement....

With no further adieu...First of course the layout -- click through to see full screen/size until I move my pics...




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First Empty Room (half a room anyway)
Pre Construction Looking East


Pre-Construction looking SE



Pre-Construction looking SW



Pre-Construction looking NW
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After Framing Looking SE


After Framing Looking NE


After Framing Looking NW


After Framing Looking SW

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Something tells me you're going to call it the Green, White and Black Theater.
This is the best of both worlds, the ladies can say its named after Gilmore girls and you can say its named after MSU. That playseat is gonna be a blast in there.

That Gilmore Girls can really suck the ladies in. My wife would watch it when it was on, man did Loralie get on my nerves, she sounded like a machine gun at times.

Good luck with and enjoy the build.
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Thanks Schneedoo, well the naming vote is running amazingly close.

Surround speakers arrived today! I did a bit of pre-wiring last night and might get a refurb deal on a JVC RS1U with a two yr warranty, even thought this PJ it's two yrs old I've read good things about it.

Insulation ordered and Drywall to be delivered Friday and my heat runs will be moved Friday as well....

Found black carpet!!! my wife thinks it will show lint....but not in the dark
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Are you putting Dricore or any type of sub-floor down? It really makes a difference in the feel of the room.
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yes we are using Dri-Core flooring!!!!
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Keeping an EYE on this one. Cant wait!
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Nice., but forget about the Home Theater.....that Playseat thing ROCKS man. How do I get one....and what kinda $$$?? I want one now. That with a driving game on my 129" screen would be awesome.

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Nice., but forget about the Home Theater.....that Playseat thing ROCKS man. How do I get one....and what kinda $$$?? I want one now. That with a driving game on my 129" screen would be awesome.

ROFLMAO, funny you should mention it as that was the seed that motivated me to build this whole thing, well that and the wife saying "Get that thing out of my living room!!"

As I recall it was just under $250 (Amazon/Ebay/Google) about 15 months ago, I had bought Forza 2 and "liked it a bit", bought a force feedback steering wheel and liked it more, put the wheel on an ironing board (adjustable height) sitting on the coffee table (better), then late one night browsing the net "Honey, do you mind if I buy a driving seat for my birthday? around $250?" "Whatever".....until it arrived and she said "WTF is that?"

The seat really, really makes driving games a blast, hours on end...even for an old fart like me whose thumbs (shooting/sports games) aren't 19 anymore

Even on my old a 48" rear PJ Mitsubishi I sit about 4 ft from the screen and it's "fun" -- but bigger will be better...think about the arcade driving seats, but much more comfortable/adjustable....
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thanks for the reply. That sounds really cool. HOWEVER, I would buy the playseat, then i would "have" to spend another 300 bucks on the G27 wheel... then im looking at around 600 bucks or so...

Oh well, awesome idea, I think i will hold off and keep my eyes peeled for a deal on one.

Good luck with the HT build. Keep the pics coming!

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Looking good so far. Your room size is very nice you will get lots of use out of the room. You will be very happy you put Dri-core down. I did a subfloor as well, different product but with a similar result and instantly made a huge change in the "feel" of the floor and the comfort level of bare/sock feet on the floor. While you are at this stage be sure to prewire for every thing you can think of and then run more. Much easier now vs. trying to do so after the fact.

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Insulated this weekend, all doors hung, built my equipment closet and ready for drywall, well a bit more wires/conduit to do...I'll get new pix up ASAP
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Looking good so far... and you've forced me to order a playseat. I had no idea you could get something like this for not a bad price (well until you add shipping to Canada anyways).

You seem to be flying along, keep it up!

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Finally done with wiring and insulation ready for drywall

Before Drywall looking SE


Before Drywall looking NE


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You, sir, are working at downright Turbo speed!

I think in another thread you had mentioned the price per sq of drywall and that you were in Michigan. I was wondering a general whereabouts as I am trying to put together a rough pre-estimate to see how the financial committee would respond to my hiring out the drywall
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Thanks, I'm hoping to get this room ready by the time I can get a Black Friday Projector deliverd about 12/1

Lansing: at .25 to hang and .35 to finish it was a pretty easy decision, I'm a big DIY guy but I'm not a drywaller, even if I were to have paid myself $10 I'd be "behind" given how incompetent and slow I work

I have been working with a very good carpenter who tolerates me assisting and that has brought down my labor cost as well, he agreed to $25/hr and we have about 30 hours in together....

If you want names and references I'm happy to help...pm me...
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$0.25 a square foot to hang?

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$0.25 a square foot to hang?

Yes realize that is per wall sq foot of wall and x2 for the ceiling DD, my total walls and ceiling were about 1100 sf
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Drywall is all hung, wife is amazed I'm taking the weekend off to let them finish the drywall..w00t!!!

Pre-Mudding SE



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Thanks, I'm hoping to get this room ready by the time I can get a Black Friday Projector deliverd about 12/1

Lansing: at .25 to hang and .35 to finish it was a pretty easy decision, I'm a big DIY guy but I'm not a drywaller, even if I were to have paid myself $10 I'd be "behind" given how incompetent and slow I work

I have been working with a very good carpenter who tolerates me assisting and that has brought down my labor cost as well, he agreed to $25/hr and we have about 30 hours in together....

If you want names and references I'm happy to help...pm me...


Thanks for the information. I might take you up on that - although it's still several months before I will even start framing
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Pre Priming SE


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Nice to see another forum member with a playseat! What do you race, Rfactor or GT-R or do you use a console?

Room is coming along nicely. Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Nice to see another forum member with a playseat! What do you race, Rfactor or GT-R or do you use a console?

Room is coming along nicely. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Currently racing on my 360, but interested in possibly moving to PC racing, was always miserable with mouse/keyboard, even desk mounted wheels from 1995 were lame
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Your riser looks super close to the wall and right in the path as you enter the room. Is that just the way the angle of the picture is? Otherwise the room looks great.
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Holy light speed. Nice progress.

Good to see another MI build. Keep the pics coming.

Man, that took longer than I thought it would...

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Your riser looks super close to the wall and right in the path as you enter the room. Is that just the way the angle of the picture is? Otherwise the room looks great.

you're right it is "super close"....not handicap accessible and not up to code, but my wife and I are thin and I figure this will keep her that way

the room is only 135" wide, my seats will be 104" wide the riser is 120", the plan was for 15" on the left at "floor level" and about 15" on the right in a "step up" on the riser.

I've test walked it countless times now. While not "simple and clear" to walk past it, 15" is really plenty of room to "get by..
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Yeah consoles are fun, but PC is a whole nother level. RFactor is the best out there right now.
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Interestingly I rec'd my chairs last night, they came in 5 huge 4'x4' boxes on a pallet, I had to unpack and carry them downstairs in a bit of a rush as I had basketball tickets (MSU 75 over Gonzaga 71).

Anyway I rec'd two of the wrong chairs, so now I have a row of two "extra" chairs, I'd needed two individual chairs and rec'd "a row of two"...

So if anyone wants a helluva good deal on brand new in the box chairs let me know..
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