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Man you are flying through this build. Making changes and adapting on the fly. Asking questions I’ve got (like insulation in soffits). Keep it up!

What are you planning to do for ventilation? I can’t recall that you came up with a solution.
Thanks! The wife put the kabosh on having guys come in to do the mudding and taping so looks like I will be doing that too starting next weekend. I hate the sanding but have done it in the past. It won’t be great but my wife keeps saying it will be dark no one will see it! But I will!!!

As for ventilation, see my first post. I installed pusher and puller Infinity fans. The pusher is in a closet next to the theater room. The puller is installed in a box under the stair case next to the theater. I have not turned it all on yet so am a little nervous about how it will work, but these fans have great reviews.
I don’t have any forced air in my house. We have base board heat and a wood and pellet stove for winter and windows for AC in the summer!
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The wife put the kabosh on having guys come in to do the mudding and taping so looks like I will be doing that too starting next weekend. I hate the sanding but have done it in the past.
Best thing I’ve ever done is water it down a bit. Start with a thin coat. Many coats and less sanding is better than thick coats and too much sanding. Start narrow on the joints and feather wider each pass.

But I agree it sucks. Can usually get a pro in for $200-400 cash and it’s done in a couple days...and it’s cleaner. Good luck.
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+1 water down, mix well (use a drill and paddle until creamy) apply thin coats, scrape with dry blade before adding a coat to knock down any ridges. Use a mud pan, don't work from the bucket, discard anything you don't use in the pan, don't put back in the bucket. You don't want to contaminate the pristine bucket with anything that might have dried and created lumps.
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Today I finished all drywall and then cleaned up! Next weekend will be mudding and taping. Hopefully 2 rounds and then finish during the evenings next week. Then the following weekend texture. Then the riser. Then paint and carpet. Then installations. Still shooting for Memorial Day weekend! Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.










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Judging from the supplies you have I think you already have a good idea of what you are doing when it comes to mudding and taping. While you may not be a drywall finishing professional, what you have is time. I've spent the last 2.5 weeks mudding and taping a small bathroom - admittedly very on-and-off, and it now can just about pass as a professional job. It will be worth it in the end, and the time it will eat up will make your wife more sympathetic to farming out the job out next time
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Judging from the supplies you have I think you already have a good idea of what you are doing when it comes to mudding and taping. While you may not be a drywall finishing professional, what you have is time. I've spent the last 2.5 weeks mudding and taping a small bathroom - admittedly very on-and-off, and it now can just about pass as a professional job. It will be worth it in the end, and the time it will eat up will make your wife more sympathetic to farming out the job out next time
Yes, truth be told I have done a lot of mudding and taping (most of my basement when we had to pull all the drywall) and some of the addition I did this past summer. I see the minor imperfections and know that someone who is a professional will do it better and faster and I could move on to the next item on the list. I bought all the mud in anticipation of the hardware stores shutting down, so I have everything I need. Time to dig out the mud knives. I will start this weekend and see how it goes. I really don’t mind the mudding and taping it’s the sanding that is the worst!
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I mudded and taped most of the theater today. I have one corner on the wall and the top of the soffit to do tomorrow. Happy Easter!


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I mudded and taped most of the theater today. I have one corner on the wall and the top of the soffit to do tomorrow. Happy Easter!


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Look fantastic and you said you were not a mudder and taper. You will sleep well tonight you have to be excited as how well your theater construction is turning out

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More mudding this weekend, but as I ponder the theater, I don’t know what it should look like?!? I don’t know what color it should be or what carpet to get??? I’m not sure I even understand what an accent color is? How did you guys decide color schemes? I told my wife I was just going to paint it black and she said that is boring that I should have some color! I guess I agree but I don’t know where to start. I look at theater pictures all the time and can’t recall ever noticing the paint. I am always looking at construction techniques or how they made something.
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More mudding this weekend, but as I ponder the theater, I don’t know what it should look like?!? I don’t know what color it should be or what carpet to get??? I’m not sure I even understand what an accent color is? How did you guys decide color schemes? I told my wife I was just going to paint it black and she said that is boring that I should have some color! I guess I agree but I don’t know where to start. I look at theater pictures all the time and can’t recall ever noticing the paint. I am always looking at construction techniques or how they made something.
User Silva741 could help. Check out his thread elsewhere (sorry don't have a link handy). He can make a 3D render of your theater and let you try out multiple color schemes to see what you like. Some of his renders vs the final photos that people submit here are difficult to tell apart IMO.

Edit: see if this link works. https://www.avsforum.com/forum/showt...php?p=24727970

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Another long day...1st coat done. Little sanding and coat 2 tomorrow....





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Thanks! I am definitely slow, but it’s getting done. 2nd coat tomorrow. Sanding Monday. 3rd coat next Saturday. Final sanding and texture next Sunday. Then on to the riser. Then paint. Then carpet. Then screen wall and installs. Keep on keepin on!
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Thanks! I am definitely slow, but it’s getting done. 2nd coat tomorrow. Sanding Monday. 3rd coat next Saturday. Final sanding and texture next Sunday. Then on to the riser. Then paint. Then carpet. Then screen wall and installs. Keep on keepin on!
Looks great! RE: Keep on keepin on! I'm on month 21 of my 6 mo basement project LOL. The theater is construction complete but still some finishing touches going on like the BOSS riser I finally wired up yesterday

Bottom line we are really enjoying our theater and all the hard work that went into it has paid off. There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of knowing you did it yourself! Now back to work we need updates
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Day 3 (ish) of drywall and 2nd coat done. Two 8 hour days and my body hurts. I don’t know how anyone does this for a living?!? I still have to get in there tomorrow night and finish a few corners. I reached my done point today and couldn’t do anymore. Hope to do coat 3 next Saturday and sand on Sunday. Texture might have to wait until the following weekend. Chipping off a little at a time!!!






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Day 3 (ish) of drywall and 2nd coat done. Two 8 hour days and my body hurts. I don’t know how anyone does this for a living?!? I still have to get in there tomorrow night and finish a few corners. I reached my done point today and couldn’t do anymore. Hope to do coat 3 next Saturday and sand on Sunday. Texture might have to wait until the following weekend. Chipping off a little at a time!!!






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It looks so freaking good!!! Thanks for sharing.

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Thanks man! I appreciate it!
I love the tray ceiling and you executed it perfectly!!

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Your soreness would pass after several days of doing this. Just like when you first start working out with resistance training.
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Good morning guys! Just about to step foot into the theater right now to put on the last coat of mud! Hope to get a good draft going in the house today so it dries and I can sand tomorrow. Pics coming later today!
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With this picture right from the door looking into the theater I can Vision how amazing this is going to be I'm sure you must be so excited

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Good morning guys! Just about to step foot into the theater right now to put on the last coat of mud! Hope to get a good draft going in the house today so it dries and I can sand tomorrow. Pics coming later today!
Thanks Clay - I am positive it will turn out well.
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Well. Didn’t get as far as I thought. Forgot I had to let the corners dry before doing the other side of the corner. Got all the big stuff done so I will finish tomorrow. I guess I will have to try to work nights this weeks sanding. I really want to get the texture done and build the riser. Then paint and carpet. The wife and I are going to go try to pick carpet tomorrow. Thinking grey and black pattern. Grey walls. Black ceiling. Hopefully a star ceiling at some point. I wish I had 10 days off and just could knock all this out! Any recommendations for carpet???






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Well. Didn’t get as far as I thought. Forgot I had to let the corners dry before doing the other side of the corner. Got all the big stuff done so I will finish tomorrow. I guess I will have to try to work nights this weeks sanding. I really want to get the texture done and build the riser. Then paint and carpet. The wife and I are going to go try to pick carpet tomorrow. Thinking grey and black pattern. Grey walls. Black ceiling. Hopefully a star ceiling at some point. I wish I had 10 days off and just could knock all this out! Any recommendations for carpet???






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This is fellow AVS FORUM Member @Killroy theater where he did charcoal/black carpet. Before and after pictures. Maybe he can tell us what he used. It turned out fantastic.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4dwBDhH...=1c9jg087n390e

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This is fellow AVS FORUM Member @Killroy theater where he did charcoal/black carpet. Before and after pictures. Maybe he can tell us what he used. It turned out fantastic.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4dwBDhH...=1c9jg087n390e

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Thanks for the mention... I have mentioned this carpet on several threads and I think at least one person did their stage area with this very carpet and was also very happy.

Here's the Home Depot link: https://www.homedepot.com/p/TrafficM...7502/300367947

Carpet is relatively cheap for what it actually is. It is does have a slight speckle of grey, hence the Pepper name, but it is actually pretty much solid black and with very little sheen or reflection. I would recommend getting a quality padding as I did and the end result is like walking on a cloud. We are planning on doing the rest of our house on that padding since it is so soft. It was on sale when we got it but it is a major upgraded pad.
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