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STEVE'S - D.I.Y. Home Theatre

Hi everybody.

Been reading & watching this forum on & off when needed, over the past 8 or so years, so I thought I'd post & share my plans, along with pics...on my theatre room.

It all started back last September when my wife discovered termites in the "Sill-panels" (the house is steel framed) in a room I like to call, the theatre room. Even though the damage was minimal, it was very unexpected as these things mostly are.

Anyway, after smashing the little bastards with a complete termite extermination, and waiting another 2 months for the room & areas to settle down, works began.

After getting the go-ahead from the wife (and yes, it took a little persuasion with choc's, flower...you no the drill lol), I got to work with my D.I.Y. project.

I firstly drew up some plans for what started out as just a front wall totally revamp. How wrong I was with that vision.

Since the last week in Dec 2018, I've been in that room, building everyday after work & on the weekends too, with a little help with what I call - cold refreshments....while I stare and dare to dream of my next step.

I've never attempted such an "Indoor" project.....In fact, I've never worked with gyprock before. But as I'm a retired "Spraypainter & Panelbeater" of automobiles, & with the help of You-Tube...I'm schooled up & ready to show how fussy and creative an ex spray-panelbeater can really be.

Anyway......I'll post pictures of my journey as time persist, but I'm into week 8 & I can tell you it's getting a little outa hand.

Talk soon.

Regards Stevo
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Haha what a nice little teaser you’ve left for us, Stevo! Even with so many lines of text I still have absolute no clue as to what you are embarking on. Having said that, you’ve definitely got me intrigued, and I intend to be along for the ride. Subscribed!

Enjoy the ride. It’s a lot of fun!
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I'm glad I've got 1 fan & your in for the ride Chris, as I may need your help with some nitti picki stuff down the track.

I'll upload some pic's of what the BORING "Theatre room" use to look like (& I do mean BORING) when the little wood eating Pr1#k$ moved in.

Between you & me....I believe their a blessing in disguise.
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OK....Oic's have upload UP-SIDE-DOWN.

What's the go???

Never had this problem on a forum in 20 years!
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Didn’t you know, the first 5 posts you make will be with pics upside down!

Have you uploaded from a mobile device or something? It has always worked fine for me, but I always use my computer when uploading pics.

Always look on the bright side of life, aye, even when there’s termites in the house

It looks like a nice size room. Do you have any drawings of the room to get an idea of the dimensions and layout? Also, what are your overall plans? Will you aim for soundproofing? How many seats do you plan on having in there? AT screen or not? Color theme? Acoustic treatments? Etc.

Sorry for bombarding you with questions, but I think you will be able to get a lot of good input from the forum if you share your thoughts. I thought I had researched thouroughly (over 8-10 years), but when I started my own build thread I got some fresh perspective from fellow AVS'ers that really proved valuable. Just an idea, no pressure

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Lol...Yes I did upload them from a mobile (which I don't normally do). Bl00dy mobiles.

Here are those pictures again.


Hopefully, I've got it right this time.
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Hi Chris, the room size is 6m long x 5.7m wide.

It was originally a double garage, on the side of a brick house.

If you could imagine the house "Shaped" as the letter "I", I've converted that garage into a room & then added a double garage to the front, making the house now look like the letter "L". You can see a door on the right-hand side of the screen that leads into the newly built garage.

The concrete floor was then raised 100mm to match the existing floor plan which in affected, disguised it from being what it was before.

The walls were then guttered, insulated...and since "Gyprock" is as cheap as chips, it was then doubled gyprock & glued together with acrylic resin & screwed tight, which obviously helps massively with sound-proofing & stops any vibrations. The roof was also insulated too.

The back wall (behind the seats) had a 4 metre, 3 tier sliding glass window installed. I chiselled out all the bricks by hand, not because I'm a tight-ar$3, but because I want to use them on the extensions to help colour match with the new bricks. It worked a treat & you can't even pick that a garage has been added to the front of the house.

As stated before, I started with some plans for the "Front Theatre Wall", which I did old-school (ruler & pencil) until I got all the measurements right which include speaker gaps, borders etc....and then got out the tools.

I actually went to Bunning the next day & brought a rechargeable "Nail-Gun". I urge all "Would-bees" just like me, to invest in one. It's like sex but being on ya back. You just point the gun & fire away lol. It's made life so much easier & it helps with squaring up things.

Ok. I've finished the front wall, Gyprock & feathered all edges just like I would do on a car. I must say....Gyprocking is a piece of p1$$ to grub back. Wish I had of known that 20 years ago as there may have been a career change. Undercoat is still to come as after marvelling at my handy-work I've now decided to, let's say rejuvenate the side walls.......which I'm halfway through now.

And since I've gone this far, I thought what the heck....So I've also decided to place a small bar in the back corner (1800 long x 1200 deep). Nothing massive. Just another expression of my imagination. It will have a touch of class if I can find a local who does "Slater or Marble" benchtops. I haven't told the missus of my recent thought bubble as I've learnt over the years, regarding the opposite sex (who I lov dearly incase shes reading)....somethings are better unsaid as they can't visualize them. So I just do them & by then, it's to late & you get the thumbs-up....with no rubbish in between. I promise I'll SHOUT her first once the bar is officially open. Do we have any bar title names?

Seating I've already acquired. It's the RO8040 Evolution Home Theater Seating. They're not cheap but they stack together so your not doubling up on arm-rest which means your not wasting space.

They have all the bits & are the "Ants-Pants". Love them.

There's only I thing wrong with them. Once you sit in them you generally dose off they're that comfortable.

I've stacked 5 together which gives me enough space to walk down the right-hand-side of the room which leads into the house, via double doors.

I'll elaborate on my sound-system as I get near to installation but just quickly, it comprises of Yamaha, bi-amping & 8 PSB speakers.

I've got some other surprises I'll show later (which are on order now) but we'll worry about them later once the painting has been finished.

I'm hoping the room will be finished by Easter........Fingers crossed.
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The below picture is what it looked like just after Xmas. A black theatre paint with grey on the sides.

I wasn't happy with the "Black theatre" paint....& that's why I'm now in a full-scale rebuild.
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Should have posted these pic's before. They are of the termite damage to the skirting boards & door arch.
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Looks like I've lost my only fan.

Must have been my amateurish comments, or what seems to have been.

Ah well...Sh1t happens.

Some more pic's in case my hard drive breaks down. hehe.

The screen is 130 inch.
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OK....Oic's have upload UP-SIDE-DOWN.

What's the go???

Never had this problem on a forum in 20 years!
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Looks like I've lost my only fan.

Must have been my amateurish comments, or what seems to have been.

Ah well...Sh1t happens.

Some more pic's in case my hard drive breaks down. hehe.

The screen is 130 inch.
Don’t worry, Steve. I’m still here

Looks great so far. I like the thing with the columns on either side of the screen. I have the same style in my theater of “framing” the screen.

Keep up the good work!
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Don’t worry, Steve. I’m still here

Looks great so far. I like the thing with the columns on either side of the screen. I have the same style in my theater of “framing” the screen.

Keep up the good work!
Just having a lend of ya Chris. I see you've been pretty flat out on your THEATER thread.
& it looks bloody grouse to mate.
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Here's some picture's of the front wall completed & ready for undercoat.

I've now moved onto the side walls.

Chris, the colour scheme is going to be painted in a medium grey & touches of deep black. There will also be white edging to highlight certain areas.

The screen I preferred to buy in "Kit form" from the local Electronic shop. 130 inch. Aluminium framed & was put together with a friend & hanging on the wall, in 3 or so hours. It was worth the money without the hassle.

Tomorrows another day.

Take care.

Down Under Steve ;-)
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Got the "Cornice" done. Ripper of an effort may I say so myself.

Love a challenge...working with angles & shapes.

Cheers....Down Under Steve ;-)
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Gyprock the right wall during the week & started on the framing today.

I'm gonna take my time here.

Cheers....Down Under Steve ;-)
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I made this tool with the off-cuts.

The jig-saw is an awesome tool but the cuts still need attention.

I simply put a "Handle hole" in the middle. Put another curve on one end. Screwed & countersunk a piece of scrap 40mm x 3mm. The sandpaper is 120 grit "Stickies" I had laying around (from my spray painting days) so I simply cut & stuck them on. The longer your BLOCK, the better your surface will look. If your lines are uneven, your work will get picked to pieces so attention to detail is my middle name.

The curves now look mint & are ready to be router...hopefully tomorrow ;-)

Cheers....Down Under Steve ;-)
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Ok. Started at 9am this morning (Sunday) & never stopped - measuring, cutting & routering until 5pm.

Got a stack of work done & this should set me up for an interesting weekend, next week.

Time for a couple of coldies. I'm stuffed.

Down under Steve ;-)
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Big day today after a week I'd change in a heartbeat.

Lost my best mate, BUZZ.

I can't complain as he was 16.1/2

I'll miss him till the day I die.
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I cut all of last weeks routering.

Glued 'n' Nailed the lot.

Made the usual mistakes & had to router some more.....but that's life.

1st 4 pics are of right wall. The last one is left wall.
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STEVE'S - D.I.Y. Home Theatre

This is a great WIP- following!
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I thought that was just because you're in Australia?


EDIT: Someone beat me to the punchline.

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Thanks for the GEE-UPS. Lucky I'm an Aussie & have a sense-of-humour. Don't worry thrillcat as you'll keep lol. Let's move back onto the topic title. Cheers.

This week I've filled in all the nail holes & sealed all gaps around the routering. It's very time consuming but worth the effort 10 fold.

Since I've gone "Feral" in this room and revamped the front wall, along with the side ones....I've decided to make a bar for the wife (yeah right lol) that fits in the rear corner. I haven't told the missus what I'm doing after she became suspicious with today's extra activities, but I've simply told her to have faith lol....AND IT WORKED. Take the tip.

So I thought what the heck & today I knocked up the following. Hopely I'll wack it all together next week & all will be revealed, along with a happy wife & another job accomplished.

Cheer's, Down under Steve.
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Quick question about LEDs.

In my Bar, I'm going to install some LEDs (RGB 5050 remote).

My main concern is some advise on "Perspex".

Should I use Frosted or Satin finish?

Regarding thickness would 3mm (12th inch) suit or would 4.5mm (18th inch) be better? Or doesn't it matter?

I want to use it around an arch that's 1600mm (63 inches) long with a rise of around 150mm (6 inches), & around 100mm (4 inches) wide.

Flex for either size in this area is not a concern.

Yes, you will be able to visually see the perspex.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Regards, Down under Steve.

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What is the distance between the LED strip and the Perspex? If it's too close to the LED strip you'll see the individual lights even with a frosted finish. Ideally you need to be 50% the distance from the Perspex to the LED as the LEDs are spread from each other as a minimum.

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Thx Carguy.

Yes, I've taken that into account & a cavity of no less than 100mm (4 inches) will be allowed.
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3 DAYS LATER, Mmmmm.....And here I was thinking by opening a thread on my awesome theatre build, & revealing to this wonderful forum (which carries much wisdom) all my secrets & ideas....that all my questions & queries will be answered & I'd be able to live happily ever after

Maybe I've got it all totalling wrong.....& nobody has attempted such a daring & adventurous, crafty procedure that entails something a simple as using a piece of frosted or satin perspex, & the boy from "Down-under" is performing a world first...& will have to go it alone

Whatever the future may hold for this calculated and sometimes ingenious individual....I'll PUSH-ON

May the force be with me.

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Quick question about LEDs.

In my Bar, I'm going to install some LEDs (RGB 5050 remote).

My main concern is some advise on "Perspex".

Should I use Frosted or Satin finish?

Regarding thickness would 3mm (12th inch) suit or would 4.5mm (18th inch) be better? Or doesn't it matter?

I want to use it around an arch that's 1600mm (63 inches) long with a rise of around 150mm (6 inches), & around 100mm (4 inches) wide.

Flex for either size in this area is not a concern.

Yes, you will be able to visually see the perspex.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Regards, Down under Steve.

PS....This may have been discussed before so please link thread(s).
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OK....I've now moved on from the "Perspex" question(s,) as I've now realised I must be the first to attempt such a daring project, lol.
I'll go with my gut feeling's from here on end, which has always worked in the past. Cheers.

Over the last 2 weekends (Sunday), I've put together the front bottom half of the bar. I've also relocated the power point on the left-hand side of the cabinet, to the inside.
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Another big week.

This week I spent hours on making a "Wine-rack", for the bar.

I firstly split a sheet - 1800 x 1200 chipboard into 12 equal parts.

I then drew up 8 x 90mm holes on each board.

Cut one out using a 90mm hole-drill bit....which I made the "Master Template". Drilled & Jigsawed the rest ruffly, as it's less strenuous.

Screwed each piece (1 at a time) to the "Master Template" & routered them (top, bottom. Left & right...& centre holes) using a straight-cut piece with bearing on top.

When finished glued 4 pieces together (x 3) & waited for them to set for an hour & then lightly filed the edges (if any).

Then glued all 3 (12 pieces in total) together which equalled 192mm or 7 1/2 in' in depth.

Boxed it & placed in the bar.

It's nowhere near finished as I have to "Face it off" which will come later, but it fits perfectly & looks Mickey Mouse.

Cheers, Downunder Steve.
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The last couple of weeks I've been pretty busy but I've managed to do a bit here & there, on the bar.

I router out plenty of edges & shelvings so I could hide the RGB's. I also used perspex & they worked amazingly.

Stuck everything in, wired 'em up to the controller that connects to a remote-control....which is insane & works through most obstacles.

Here are some pic's but nothing is finished here. I still need to do plenty of tiding up as the bench tops are going in on Tuesday.

Cheers, down under Steve.

PS .... The first couple of pics are of the shelves. The rest is obvious.
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