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So the local selection of good looking pressure treated 2x12's for the riser is looking kind of bleak. I'll be using plastic around the sand and roofing felt between the wood and concrete. I'll probably end up searching a few other stores, even though regular "white" wood will most likely stand up fine over the next ten or so years I plan on being in the house. But it got me wondering:


What are all those little (or not so little) things we do that cost us extra time, effort or expense to give us some extra peace of mind?


Other than using PT wood if it's not necessarily required by code, the use of screws (and pre-drilling) instead of nails for all framing comes to mind. I'm not talking about things that have a substantial proven advantage such as DD/GG, but the techniques we use that some people may consider going overboard.


What are some others? And is it really worth the extra aggravation so that we'll sleep well at night?
 

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You only need pressure treated lumber where it is in contact with the floor. You could lay 2x4 treated wood on the floor and then use regular lumber for the riser framing.
 

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2400W amplifier for my center channel rather than 240W. 10X required is always better for headroom!!
 

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2400W amplifier for my center channel rather than 240W. 10X required is always better for headroom!!

Hahahaa
 

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Cable size - I typically go up a gauge or 2 just to be safe. (I ran 12 gauge wire through a horse trailer just to power a few lights...)
 

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Other than using PT wood if it's not necessarily required by code, the use of screws (and pre-drilling) instead of nails for all framing comes to mind.

I thought I was the only one pre-drilling and using screws for my general framing. Yes, it's overkill, but it makes up for my inability to keep nails straight. It also makes it easier to move things later after I screw them in the wrong spot.
 

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I thought I was the only one pre-drilling and using screws for my general framing. Yes, it's overkill, but it makes up for my inability to keep nails straight. It also makes it easier to move things later after I screw them in the wrong spot.

I used to do the same thing until I got to use a framing nailer. I'll continue using the framing nailer!
 

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Conduit from the equipment closet to the projector as well as to each speaker location .
 

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Extra wires in the ceiling going to my projector. I plan on only using hdmi but I also ran component, cat5, and cat6.
 

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conduit from the equipment closet to the projector as well as to each speaker location .

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Have you seen my shed build? Can you say overkill?

Sorry, but Big has you beat. He also built a shed (and posted pictures in his build thread), but his shed is just to hold all his A/V boxes!
 

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Sorry, but Big has you beat. He also built a shed (and posted pictures in his build thread), but his shed is just to hold all his A/V boxes!

Hey I've got plenty of pictures in my build thread (see signature), but I'm sure he has lots more AV boxes than me.
 
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