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Update with pics of the completed room.  The movie premier was on June 10, 2012.

 



 

 



 



 

 

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Well it's finally time...my own build thread!


I'd like to start off by thanking everyone on AVS Forum. I feel so lucky to have all of you here to help and support me on this journey!


A little background: I'm a senior in High School looking to finish this theater so I can get some time in it before I have to leave for college. My mother, two sisters, one brother, and five dogs just moved into a new house. At our old house I had a projector set up with a cheap box sound system so I'll be reusing the projector but getting new 5.1 surround.


The room is in the basement which is currently home to my sisters bedroom and an (almost) complete bathroom. The theater will be in a section of the unfinished half. Room dimensions are 11ftx12ft with 7ft ceilings. The plan is to have a couch and recliner along the back wall with a 96in 16:9 screen. Soundproofing measures will include staggered stud walls, decoupled ceiling with whisper clips, fiberglass insulation, and DD + GG. Soffits will be along the two sides and back wall to hide some ductwork and hold recessed lights. Floor will be wall to wall carpet.


Gear which I have:


Projector-Optoma HD20

Receiver-Onkyo TX-NR609

FL and FR-Polk Monitor 60

Center-Polk CS2

PS3

Wii

Cable Box


Still need:

Subwoofer (considering Bic f12 but friend has offered a deal on B&W ASW1000?)

Surrounds (Considering Dayton B652)


I'd love to have it operational by Christmas (at least a screen and sound) so I'm looking forward to some hard work after school and on weekends!


Feel free to share any suggestions/comments/words of support and thank you all!
 

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Here's some pictures of the before.


The screen will be on the wall which currently has empty studs from previous construction.


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The back wall will protrude out from where the concrete block comes out.




The doorway on the screen wall will be sealed and the entrance will be through a door underneath the HVAC trunk in a small hallway.


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And here's what is done so far:


The outlet on the concrete block wall was moved to the workbench area of the basement and I put up the rigid foam insulation on the wall.


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And here's some Sketchup models that I put together:


Room:


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Door:


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Soffit:


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Nice of mom and dad to let junior experiment in the basemet! I bet they're upstairs cringing everytime they hear the circularl saw LOL.


From the looks of it tho - you are going to blow them away with how great it's gunna turn out. Nice job on the rigid btw.
 

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Haha thanks a lot! I remodeled our small family room into a laundry room with some closets and things over the summer so I have some experience building walls and finishing drywall
 

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Ahh - I get it, your the free contractor now that you've proven yourself.
 

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Exactly! I would have started the theater earlier but according to the mother the laundry upstairs comes first. I think I'll call it the MAF (mother acceptance factor).
 

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I just placed my order at The Soundproofing Company for Whisper Clips, IB-3 brackets, and Green Glue. Thanks John, Ted, and everyone working there!!!
 

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Thanks petew. He will sell it to me for $150. My concern is the age. With an older speaker you don't really have to be as worried about failure because all of the parts are passive. But with a powered sub you've got the amp and the speaker. I'm worried that a ten year old amp will be getting towards the end of its life.
 

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Ok so here is a weekend update. I didn't get as much work on the theater as I would have liked this weekend but the basement bathroom was finished and it turned out very nice. In the theater I rearranged the lights and moved the switch for the unfinished storage area and framed the screen wall. My current goal is to have the room framed, wired, and drywall hung by the end of Thanksgiving break. Keeping my fingers crossed as that will keep me on schedule. Pictures follow.


The framed wall:

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Some pictures of the basement bathroom:

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I received my Whisper Clips and IB-3 brackets from The Soundproofing Company today. Once again thank you to Ted, John, and everyone working there! I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my Green Glue.


The framing is coming along nicely. I hope to have all of it complete soon so that I can begin the electrical (my favorite part of the build) this weekend.


I have a question for all of you experts. My plan is to recess my projector into the staggered stud wall so that the lens is just about flush with the inside drywall. This is to maximize screen size in my small space because the projector (Optoma HD20) does not have a very good zoom. My plan is to build a projector "backer box" according to Ted White's specifications. This will be an MDF 5-sided box with a layer of green glue and cement board lining the inside. Does anyone see a problem with this or have a better alternative from a sound isolation standpoint? My concern is that this configuration is meant for smaller boxes like for recessed lights.


My other concern is ventilation in the box. It will be open in the front and the projector has a front exhaust. The room air return will also be located in a soffit above the projector to remove heat. Do you think their will be enough airflow to reach the projector intakes along the side and back of the unit? I would add some kind of vent and possibly a fan in the back of the box but I feel like this would then be detrimental to sound isolation.


As always, THANK YOU!!!
 

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So does anyone having any recommendations for the projector box?
 

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Thanks petew. The projector will be hung upside down inside the box as this will result in the smallest amount of keystone correction necessary. So airflow around it shouldn't be too much of a concern as there will be space around it on all sides. I am more worried about it being in such an enclosed space. Do you have any recommendations for how much empty space should be around the projector?
 

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Nothing like a shipment of Green Glue to get you excited!!!



After reading about this stuff for the last few months it feels surreal to actually have it in my own house. Time to throw the builder in me into high gear so I can get to installing it. Now to find a contractor size caulk gun...



I have to thank everyone at The Soundproofing Company one more time. You gave me the greatest advice I could ask for and allowed me to get the best sound isolation I could with a limited budget. Everyone should call you guys for everything relating to soundproofing!
 

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This weekend was very productive. I was able to frame all of the walls (The staggered stud ones are HEAVY). It's really starting to take shape and I can picture it now. The next step is the electrical rough in. Pictures of the completed framing will follow when I get home and I can post them.
 

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Here are some pictures of the finished framing:


The doorway from the entrance hallway:

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Screen Wall:

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Back and side wall:

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Looking in from the storage area:

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Staggered stud wall construction:

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I also picked up two wall sconces for the "entrance hallway":

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And the IR Repeater System came in the mail:

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I also went to a local lumber yard to order a door. I asked for a solid core pre-hung unit cut down to the height that I need. They will call me tomorrow to give me a price quote. Should I be looking for anything more specific in the door? When I told him solid he said Masonite. Is that correct? I might end up just getting one from Home Depot or Lowes and cuttting it down myslef if they charge a high fee for the cutting.


Thanks for taking the time to follow this!
 

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What size door you need? If you need less than about 78" tall (slab size) it will need to be special ordered. It you take off more than a few inches you will cut into the core of the door which is MDF or particle board.


You should go to a real door shop. Home centers aren't too good at special orders.


Masonite is a brand name - one of many.
 
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