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That's pretty slick. I was just thinking on Monday of the minimalist approach of doing the the convex curve for my application and that seems like a great solution.


Did they attach with screws from behind at the edges?
 

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Electrician is here today. The puck lights are out. We had an issue that the pucks (and releated wiring) being close to fabric won't clear the inspector. We are scrambling, but we may go back to an old design I was playing with - making the lights built into the columns themself:


Something like these, from Carmbruster's theater:


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JTN - that may be the stuff. They had to go to a smaller supplier, not HD/Lowes since it isn't widely carried. Interesting thought about the DIY screen options. . .


Oman - I'll have to look. They made 1x1 nailers, and I am guessing they nailed from the front, and covered it with trim molding. I'll look tonight.


I am pretty happy with the curved front. Maybe I should have gone with a more pronounced curve, it comes in about 9 inches. Eh, I am happy with it.


Cherokee - message received.
 

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LOL. Is there not room above the soffits to do a normal 3" recessed light? Home Depot has halogen 3" recessed lights with a brushed nickel finish for $14 each. I used them in my shadow boxes if you want to check out pics. They are easy to retrofit as you only need to cut out the hole and then slide in and let the clips grab the drywall ceiling to hold the box.


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There is HVAC in the side soffits. So between that and trying to minimize penetrations, not in the cards.


I have always liked that design - we switched for a wall wash design, which the pucks weren't delivering as tightly anyways. I'll need to figure out the materials for the interior section, probably not as intricate as Carmbruster's latice work.


In other news, electrical inspection passed (nonwithstanding the last lights), and the rope is up. Pics later tonight.
 

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Good progress,


As far the interior section material for the columns, I recognize that screen used by Carmbruster. I used that material as backing for an access panel for a whirlpool tub motor. Found it in the Hardware section of the local HD or Lowes. It's metal and takes real well to spray paint worked out great. They also offer a couple of diferrent pattern designs
 

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Okay, these shots are a bit more vibrant than what I see in the room, but its still pretty cool. The LED rope dims fine with the Grafik eye, although the shutter time with my camera is so long w/o flash you can't tell from the pics I took - so I am just posting the least blurry. I'll have to get a tripod one of these days.


The verdict - I am glad I went for it. Might be a disco ball in the future, but I always liked those anyways.


Here is the front wall


And the back:


Here is the front with the lights on (can't remember the dim settings)


Here is a shot of inside the crown:


Here is the outlet for the rope, tucked behind the front soffit, BTW - Oman, I looked, they nailed it in place w/brads, front to back:


My wife picked these up, these are the fixtures to go inside the columns and covered, they are an outdoor light - kind of badass, actually:


Here is the Grafik eye installed. Only two zones are live now, and the push buttons dim them fine. There was a mishap. The trim is too close, so the translucent cover won't close. I will probably just remove the cover - not important to me.
 

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LOL, Dave that is too funny. I purchased that exact same light at HomeDepot for the new outside entrance to my basement above my bilco door. I will have to post a picture to show you.


Don't take this the wrong way, but personally I would go for a much nicer looking sconce light setup on the columns. My neighbor purchased some really kick butt looking sconce lights for his theater from Lowes. They are real long and skinny and would easily fit on those columns. They are glass and have a chocholate syrup like drizzle look to them. If I can find the link online then I will post it for you to consider.


By the way, it is not really hard to shift an electrical box over another 2x4 width. You simply have to cut the drywall and then patch. My contractor screwed up in my bathroom by not centering the light fixture box. He had to move it over almost 3 ", but you can't tell anymore at all.
 

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Don't missunderstand. Those sconces will go IN the column, not on them. We will then add frosted glass or something to the sides of the column and have the light eminated from within the column, kind of like a lighthouse. If I was going to use it in the room, I'd have to paint it black or gray go for a submarine theme and add portholes and the like.


The electrician has already moved several boxes, the issue on this one is there isn't a lot of real estate around it, and to move it, it would hit studs. Probably could notch them if I felt strongly about it. I don't. I'll make them fix the crooked bathroom light instead (not even close to level). Always something on the list.
 

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Looking good dave. I can't wait to see the columns. When are you going to get those done?
 

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The rope light looks great,


I like the way it still gives off a nice glow even with the lights on. I also have a grafik eye so im glad to hear that it dims it with no problem. I know you went with the front overhangs because of an obstruction on one side, but it looks great with the rope light it adds a nice flair to it.


Let me know when your ready to deal with your leftover material.
 

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Looking good dave. I can't wait to see the columns. When are you going to get those done?

Thanks Jason - The carpenter will probably cut the holes for the opening on Friday or Monday. I am guessing the electrician will pop in sometime shortly thereafter, to hook up the lights themself. My wife recomends a frosted glass, simple look (since there is a lot going on already), I wouldn't mind dressing it up a bit. Maybe start frosted, and reconsider/maybe retrofit later - the finish work will be probably DIY, and be based on how fast I source the material. Here is an excel based drawing I made about a year ago that I dug up - I'll change the trim approach given some elements in the room now:



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I know you went with the front overhangs because of an obstruction on one side, but it looks great with the rope light it adds a nice flair to it.


Let me know when your ready to deal with your leftover material.

I am out of town all next week, so lets connect after that. Your right though, the bump in the soffit wound up making for a nice feature with the crown and the light.
 

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Yea Dave I did misunderstand. I thought you went a bit crazy for a moment there. I can't wait to see the finished columns.
 

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Trust me I am past a bit crazy.


Contractors took the day off today, so nothing done in the house today. Plumbers tomorrow if anyone wants to see a generic 3/4 bath (soon with working plumbing!!).


Gotta research cutting glass. Can't be too hard, right? Should I look for industial diamonds? Mother's day is Sunday!


EDIT - oh the tools are cheap on the bay. Looks easy. We'll see.
 

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Gotta research cutting glass. Can't be too hard, right?


EDIT - oh the tools are cheap on the bay. Looks easy. We'll see.


Score and snap, pretty easy. Stone the edges and wear gloves... glass can be brutal. Check hobby or craft stores for stained glass supplies.


I've been flirting with a frosted glass treatment to hide an over-sink light in my kitchen, and was going to try sandblasting. I'm worried about aerosol frosting looking tacky or inconsistent.
 

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I am out of town, but the carpenters got one more day of work in before my wife left for a family gathering. They have maybe one more left after this. That last day will include some of the things I have been waiting to see including finishing the EQ rack, cutting the columns for speakers and lighting, sheetrocking the wall in the utility room that ajoins the theater, and sealing/weatherstripping the door. That's a lot, maybe it will take them two days.


Anyways, they did cut the hole for the EQ rack (the opening on the left by the theater entrance):


Here it is from w/i the utility room:


The sure sign that the DIY will be slow is that the PJ was hung - well minus the lenses, I sold one set of lenses to pay for the purchase of a parts machine, but then I realize the parts machine was in pristine condition. Since the lenses add a bit of weight, I left them off when I saw Curt Palme recomended hanging them with lenses off for that reason.


The PJ hangs at a bit of an angle (the carpenter's heaved it up for me, so I haven't seen it in person yet), which I am not sure is right. We'll see, I am sure it can be fixed:


Here is another shot of the angle, this side has a decorative side plate off for some reason:


Here is a caboose shot, if you are into that kind of thing:


That's it for now. No progress till we get home. On a side note, the carpenters reportedly loved the crown + blue LED combo when they saw it for the first time.
 

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Dave,

I thought you had a G70 for some reason?
 

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who make the water tank safety shut off- i need one of them!
 

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Dave,

I thought you had a G70 for some reason?

You aren't the first one to say that. Maybe its destiny. I'll take one, if some one wants to send me one.


I had a BG 808S that I never could get running and parted out. Minimal investment, few parts left to sell. I also had a 6PG+ that was reasonably priced, then I stumbled into a self financing 6PG+ with a bunch of extras (I needed the VGA/BNC 25' cable that came with it). I bought the PJ, sold the lenses and an included line doubler for basically what the PJ cost me, only to find the tubes are pristine, and decided to run that one. My screen won't be big enough to worry about blending or stacking, nor my skill level high enough. Pristine tubes and a full set of spare parts will be fine by me unless upgraditis kicks in down the line.


Of course really haven't spent much time setting up a CRT (other than a little Mrs Pac Man, misconverged on concrete walls). So that challenge will come soon.

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who make the water tank safety shut off- i need one of them!

Should be at any plumbing supply store (probably HD/Lowes). I'll pull the brand next week when I am home.
 
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