I hope everybody had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
So this last few weeks have been a mixed bag. I busted my a$$ trying to get everything painted and ready to have carpet installed in the theater and the rest of the basement. There was a small mixup with the theater paint at Home Depot. I requested Flat, but the lady mixed up Matte instead. Not much of an issue, but I think the Matte had more sheen than I wanted. I took the paint back and had it exchanged for Flat. Had to do a little more painting than I planned, but whatever, it got fixed and didn’t really hurt my time line. The big F-up was with the carpet. The Home Depot carpet installers were out on 12/21 to install the carpet. Shortly after they arrived and tried to confirm the measurements they informed me that they would not have enough carpet to complete the theater. There was an error during the measuring process and (after a lot of back and forth) it was discovered that the carpet for the theater riser was included in the measurements for the beige carpet color that was to be used for the rest of the basement instead of the correct darker color. They ALSO mis-measured the main area of the basement by about 6 inches so that area couldn’t be carpeted either (can’t have 2 seems so close together). They ended up having to send out the measuring guy again the day AFTER Christmas to RE-measure the theater room and basement main area before they would reorder the carpet. Now we’re scheduled for the 2nd install on 1/11. Needless to say that on the day of the original install when it was discovered that all the carpet wouldn’t be installed I. Was. PISSED
. I had specifically scheduled it for the week before Christmas because I had some family coming in town and was looking forward to making some memories in (and showing off
) the new theater room. We went through Home Depot for what I thought would be the ease of the process and they could guarantee that it would be installed by Christmans. In the end they were able to carpet the theater riser (among a couple other areas in the basement, which I think looks good. I’m in talks with a manager at home depot about some sort of compensation for the 3 week delay. We’ll see how that goes.
Carpeted riser. Noticeable drywall seem on the left :-\. I'm also proud of the baseboard trim job around the riser
. Measure 20 times, cut 10
The silver lining of this snafu is that it allowed me more time to complete some other messy/dusty items in the theater (and the basement in general). Things like cutting and installed all the door casements and few miscellaneous items in the basement that involved using the miter saw.
After painting the theater I realized that I didn’t do as well of a job on the finishing the tapered joints on the drywall (among other things) as I thought I did. After I finished the drywall the seams felt smooth, but they clearly weren’t smooth enough (as evidenced by the picture above and below. I think the dark paint and the downward facing lights don’t help with hiding the defect either.
Another view of the nasty seams
My eye was immediately drawn to this seam as soon as I walked into the theater. I was considering leaving it, but I knew it would slowly drive me nuts so since there wasn’t carpet in the majority of the theater anyways (and because I’m a bit anal-retentive/OCD, thus the name of this thread
) I decided to take this opportunity to fix it.
Afterwards it looks much better. This is with only one coat of paint on the patch, it looks much more seamless after 2 coats. There are still some defects in the drywall (since it was a DIY job
), but none that I think anybody will notice. You can also see the Peppercorn walls and the Tricorn black screen wall that I went with. Definitely glad I picked those colors.
My OCD feels better now
I was also able to get the ceiling backer boxes stuffed (using cheap polyester from $2.55 walmart pillows that I’ve read about in other threads), the speaker bezels and covers painted and the speakers installed in the ceiling. I’ll wait until I actually test the speakers before putting the covers on. Also a good shot of the Tricorn black ceiling
Painted the speakers, light bezels and the supply register that will be above the screen. Used Rustoleum Matte black auto body paint, which I think did a good job.
I also got the crown molding and the lights up in the tray ceiling. I went with the 3528 LEDs, but I think I will likely swap them out for the 5050 in the future. You can sort of see the individual RGB LEDs with the 3528 (which the 5050 don’t have). Not a huge deal, but something I’ll want changed eventually. To raise the lights up I ripped some strips of MDF at an angle to match (or at least get close to) the angle of the crown molding. The LED strip is adhered to the flat top of these strips. I just set the strips in the channel created by the crown molding. With the tapered edge they seem snug, but if there are ever any rattling issues I’ll glue them in.
I was also able to get the theater door frame taken care of. I had previously just mounted the frame with EZ Hangers to have it up for carpet. It was at this point that I discovered an issue. Normally on a solid core door you put a longer screw through the top hinge into structure to support the added weight of the door. With the clips, hat channel and 2 layers of 5/8 drywall the hinge was nearly 2” from the edge of the 2x4 structure.
With a 1-3/4” solid core door I definitely didn’t want to rely on those EZ Hangers to support the door. After weighing a couple options I decided to put some additional screws through the door frame/jamb where they would hit structure. This presented another problem of having to hide those screws since the existing door stop would not conceal them. I decided to go with a “non-traditional” door stop and got some prefinished 9/16"x2-1/4" "craftsman" casing. Since the door jamb is 7-1/8” wide, I think the thicker/wider stop looks much more proportional than the tiny trim that was on there before. Plus it gave me enough room to add some rubber bubble gasket material to help the door seal better.
Old stop vs new
After I had the door frame situation taken care of I was ready to put the casement around the door. Before I did that I stuffed some caulking backer rode around the frame and filled the gape with acoustical sealant. I also added sealant to the gaps on the other side of the door. Once that was done I nailed up the casement and the door is done! The carpet and pad are about 1” thick so I’ll see how close the door is to that. If the door bottom needs trimming I’ll probably trim it as close to the carpet as possible. I’m going to wait and see how much sound leaks through before opting for an automatic door bottom.
Foam backer rod
Green glue acoustical sealant
In other news, my neighbor who is hooking me up with a deal on the Denon receiver let me know that their supplier didn’t have any more of the 4400 in stock so they are sending a 4500 at the same price Lol. I haven’t done much research into the 4500 vs the 4400, but I’ll take a current year model for the same price any day
. Just waiting for him to get the other 2 surround speakers in and then I’ll pick both of those up, hopefully sometime next week.
I also splurged and bought myself a PS4 with Red Dead Redemption 2. My current, crappy bluray player bit the dust recently so rather than spend money on a new bluray player I convinced the wife that a PS4 would do the trick. I'm kinda surprised that actually worked
. I know it's not the best option for high def viewing, but since my projector will only be 1080 it should fit the bill nicely. I haven't opened the box yet, I fear that if I did all progress on the basement/theater would cease
We're nearing the end! I need to figure out where exactly I'm going to mount all my surround speakers and tidy up the wiring in the utility room where my A/V rack will be. I also need to assemble and mount my screen and then mount my projector. Hopefully I'll have these last details wrapped up before carpet is completed and then I can start enjoying the room. Acoustical panels will come soon afterwards. I'm working with a couple of local insulation suppliers to source the insulation I want to use for the panels.