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The system is looking good. 6000 BTU's sounds low to me, you probably would have been ok at 9000 BTU's, but 12,000 should do the trick. When I have talked to HVAC guys they said since my basement only has one window there isn't a lot of lose involved in their calculations. I have a 5 ton system and and the main level of our ranch home is 2600 sqft and they said that I should be able to heat and cool the basement and not need to add another unit. I have another guy coming next Tuesday to give me another estimate. He was recommended by a friend who he used when finishing his basement. I hoping he is not to high and we can get going on the HVAC for my basement. Then I can finally get going on the room I want to build and the finish the bathroom.
Thanks. It's awesome that you can tap into your main HVAC system. Mine is in the attic and there is no easy way to pipe it down to the basement. My room is unusually hot and humid for a basement even though windows are not really a factor. That made it difficult in determining how much cooling it needs. The condenser is running at low speed at the moment. It is bound to speed up quite a bit once we get deep into summer.
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It's been fun watching the AC and dehumidifier compete for water removal duties over the past few days. The dehumidifier is a clear winner but the AC does not come out empty handed. The AC condensate was being dumped straight into the trash bin while I manually emptied the dehumidifier once or twice a day. This morning it was time to hook up the permanent solution. The condensate from both systems flows into the blue Little Giant condensate pump, which pumps it across the ceiling to the washer drain on the other side of the room. I don't trust an accident not to happen so the pump is set in the bin to collect any overflow. The bin is large enough to collect the condensate for days in case of any failure - Talk about an abundance of caution. There is a water alarm with the sensor hanging just a couple of inches off the base of the bin for early warning duties. I will replace the bin with a far smaller trash can once I have accumulated enough confidence in the system.

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Strandbeests invade the Fortress!!

I having been mulling over how to tackle this project, as part of the Quick and Easy™ series.




The squares are two feet wide. A sheet of 3/4 inch plywood was sliced into eight of them.







A temporary brace to hold the shelf square as assembly kicks off.




It took me a while to decide how to build the units. I should have taken a little while longer. As soon as I started to screw everything together it was obvious that the top and bottom shelves did not need the stud cutouts. They could have been screwed straight to the stud ends. Three inch screws were driven through the studs into the plywood. Many of the surfaces don't touch well enough for the wood glue to hold. The structure is thankfully rigid enough for its purpose.





The structure was built six inches short of the ceiling. The shortest diagonal was calculated so that it could clear the ceiling when being tilted upright. An alternative would have been to build two separate stackable units that would slot right to the height of the room. I decided against doing so.

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Linacoustic to cover the rear openings.




Laying down the insulation




I'm stuffed!! Care was taken to pack the insulation as loosely as possible




A thin sheet of polyfill to cover the insulation then the mesh stapled to hold it all in place. I'm glad to be done wrestling with and cutting the mesh - It took its two pints of blood.




In other news the emergency condensate collection bin has been downsized.




I need to kick my speaker habit

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The bass traps are not quite complete. After wrapping them in speaker cloth they looked adequate enough to leave as-is for the time being. The frame is nowhere near as prominent as it looks in the photo. The actual reason for building them was to get rid of a huge spare bale of 24-wide insulation that was taking too much space. Surprisingly they have made quite an impact on the sound - I was expecting diminishing gains at this stage.

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That's awesome that it made such a noticeable difference. I can't remember if you have a measurement mic or not but if you do I love to see the before and after measurements.
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That's awesome that it made such a noticeable difference. I can't remember if you have a measurement mic or not but if you do I love to see the before and after measurements.
The good news is I have a mic. The bad news is I haven't made any attempt to use it, so no before plots unfortunately
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After completing the theater, NOW he buys the track saw and impact driver SMH. I'm giving the Makita system another shot. There is method to the madness.

While relaxing and enjoying some programming, a terrifying creaking sound came from the ceiling middle. Did something fall upstairs? Checked, confirmed no. The creaking continued. Are the ceiling joists overloaded with all those four layers of 5/8 drywall? I watched with trepidation, waiting for the ceiling to cave in. A couple more heart-stopping creaks. What the h*ll is going on???

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OK I’m getting scared......maybe take a long level and place it perpendicular to the center line of the theater at multiple points to make sure the ceiling isn’t bowing?


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..So the story continues. My mind is racking up the five-figure sum this pending catastrophe is going to cost, and with each successive creak of doom the figures spin wildly out of control.

However, after the 15th creak that sounded like total joist failure, I am wondering why the room above has not come crashing down yet. Where is the action already? Let's get this over with! Hmm.. I look suspiciously at a small light the end of the room. Could it be? Yup, the sound turned out to be pops coming from the HiFi system which had been left on for days connected to the computer. If anyone has any spare lives, please give them to me as I have lost all nine of mine!
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What does that mean?


Oh, and glad to hear you weren't buried under 4 layers of DW/GG

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Oh, and glad to hear you weren't buried under 4 layers of DW/GG

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"SMH" means shake my head.

I usually have to look up most of the abbreviations anymore!
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"SMH" means shake my head.

I usually have to look up most of the abbreviations anymore!
Yes, it's tough to keep up with the youths these days. I thought it to mean "smack my head".
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Yes, it's tough to keep up with the youths these days. I thought it to mean "smack my head".
LOL just goes to show you that I really don't have a clue!!!

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BTW I actually read through this ENTIRE thread yesterday! You sir are a freaking machine! This thread is the single most memorable thread I have read to date on AVS. It is well documented , very detailed, good pics and excellent humor to wrap it all up.

While I did skip a lot of comments I did read almost all of your posts and I don't remember seeing your comments on the difference the DIYSG upgrade made?
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Yes, it's tough to keep up with the youths these days. I thought it to mean "smack my head".
Thanks, I was like...So Much Help, Headaches, Then I tried adding the normal **** words and just couldn't make it all fit. I'll add it to the Abbreviations thread.

Keep it up.

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BTW I actually read through this ENTIRE thread yesterday! You sir are a freaking machine! This thread is the single most memorable thread I have read to date on AVS. It is well documented , very detailed, good pics and excellent humor to wrap it all up.

While I did skip a lot of comments I did read almost all of your posts and I don't remember seeing your comments on the difference the DIYSG upgrade made?
..Man, I am truly humbled.. Thanks!! I've come to learn there are gods that live upon us here in this Home Theater forum and work that makes my jaw drop to the ground. It has been a conscious effort to spin a yarn out of this HT build story and I am deeply gratified that you have enjoyed it! As for the DIYSG speakers, this post best describes my feelings about them: https://www.avsforum.com/forum/155-d...l#post57989384
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Height is at a premium so the hat channel is being installed parallel to the joists. The clips were spaced out with a piece of 2x4 to clear the joists.




Lost of obstructions in the way. You can see some 'spot' channel used to ensure adequate ceiling support. The drywall has to be low enough to clear those pipes running down the center of the room.

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The next tool of tricks, as used in the main theater, was to mock up the lighting. The plan was to use several of the smaller 50w GU10 spots to light up the room. They probably would barely be enough.

The collection of spots burned with the light of a thousand suns! The number has now been cut in half, and bulbs downgraded to 30w. Queue, "♩ Blinded by the light! ♩ "


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First layer goes up. It is the Nat Gyp Interior Extreme drywall that was not suitable for use in the theater. Its stiffness is however very desirable for this application.




The second layer. The first layer drops the second just low enough to clear the pipes. I bought some carpet glue to use between the layers. During the frustrating drywall installation process I did not get round to using it. Hopefully soundproofing will not be severely compromised.

The selected GU10 light trims are pretty substantial so I did not feel the need to build backer boxes


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