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I'm getting ready to finish off part of my basement and turn it into an office / HT...


this is how i plan to setup the room... you can see the dimensions, so the room will be approximatley 1000 ft3... it's not going to be a large room by any means...




i have several questions as to how to do my in wall wiring and such and could use some advice for a noobie...


i'm going to do an on the wall setup for my surround speakers, and want to know where to mount the wall plates for the speaker connections...?


do you mount them on the side, above, below...? what's going to look the cleanest...?




how do the speaker wires connect to the back of the plates...? is it just a screw down connection or what...?


i plan to use these plates here or something very similiar...




i was told to use some PVC pipe behind the walls to run the wires in to keep them from getting damaged, and make it easier if i would do another cable run later...


any other advice or reccomendations...?
 

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well, i just found these too...




i think i would use these instead of these, as it would make for a cleaner install IMO, as i could butt these right up near the speaker bracket, and the wires wouldn't be seen at all or barely as opposed to these...




also, should i worry about sound proofing, since this is going to be in a basement...? back wall is exterior, left wall is shared, and the right and front are going to be in the basement, not shared anywhere...
 

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i guess i should provide a little more information on the basement as well... cause i need advice on moiture proofing as well...


it's a concrete slab floor, with french drain along the outer edges of the wall...


can i build up against the concrete block walls, or should i leave space between the concrete and new wall...?


this is a small space and the ceiling height right now is only 7'10", and will decrease with installation of new ceiling...


what should i do to the floor to gaurd against mold...? i plan on doing carpet in the room...


this room is obviously not a "theatre as you other guys have", but i want to use the same building techniques to avoid mold...


do you recceomend using the paperless drywall...? it's a little more expensive, but every bit of prevention is worth it IMO...
 

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Your floor plan doesn't seem very practical with a chair right in front of the doorway, and you only have seating for one person. Are you sure you want to go to all that bother if you don't get to share the theatre experience??


I suggest you rethink your floor plan and put the chair somewhere that you don't have to move it to get in, and move it again to get out....
 

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the chair won't actually interfere with getting in and out of the room... and this floorplan is simply the only way i can get everything i need to get in here and still give me a decent viewing range of the TV...


plus i can move the door all the way to the left if i so choose...


this room is more of a sanctuary for myself, and not to share...


i have an existing setup in the family room, for family time... this one is just for me, besides my wife doesn't want me playing my video games in the family room...



i have enough room to swap the chair out for a dual recliner if i so choose to do so at a later date as well...


after reading through some of the other posts here, this will be nothing like what some of you guys have constructed... i just want to get some basic info to make things easier on myself... rather do it right, than have regrets later after it's completed...
 

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I'd flip the room, side to side and open up the closet area and house the tv in that space. It'd get the chair out of the doorway and you could use the area over the tv and speakers for shelves or cabinetry. Not only would you be able to move about better in the room, you might be able to get seating for two in the theater section of the room.


I'd paint the floor to seal it first. Is the basement damp? Just wondering because of your concern about mold. If there is moisture, you could build the room on top of Dricore, walls and all and have no wood to floor contact.


Ceiling height isn't an issue either. There are those of us with 200 pound crt projectors on seven foot high ceilings.
 
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