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The Old Theater






Hello,


My name is Steve, and the first thing I would like to do is thank everyone that has offered their tips and advice and for those that have shared their own theater building projects in this forum. All of you have helped to motivate me to begin my quest to build a home theater and Finish the entire basement.


My family and I have been waiting a long time to begin finishing the basement in our home. We have recently had a new air handler installed (not electrically connected yet) to service the basement it is a good size basement (2500 square feet); the main floor and second floor consist of 2800 square feet so the first air handler is handling that portion of the home. As you will see we are dealing with several lines of heat ducting going through the space that has been chosen for the theater room. This room has the following dimensions 20 X 16 x 9' 6"


I will use this thread as a way to track the progress of this endeavor and will update it accordingly. I will try to make it as detailed as possible and share the results along the way. Quite frankly I will be asking a lot of questions as well because this will be my first attempt at building a home theater. I hope this thread and your continued tips and advice will be the tools to continue to motivate me to make this a reality.


I will be contracting out the electrical work and some of the framing immediately but will try to do most of the rest myself.


I have already acquired a projector and built a 140+ screen, the audio equipment is also on hand. In fact, all the theater equipment is up and running in an adjoining room with dimensions of 11'6" X 22 X 9 (this room has quite a bit of concrete surrounding it and would quickly become very narrow limiting the choices for seating arrangements, screen size, acoustics, etc...


I have attached pictures of the room pointing out some of the issues that must be overcome:


1. Facing wall location where 140” screen will be placed requires additional framing to mount the screen or will have to be framed to accommodate a perforated screen and speakers.


2. Rigid HVAC ducting coming off air handler running from front to back of the theater room, this system services main floor upstairs and second floor 2800 sq feet. May look into relocating this into the adjoining room.


3. Air Handler in adjoining room up against front left corner of theater room. Will have to isolate the noise from the theater room side as the builder did not leave any room to install drywall in the adjoining room. Need advice on this?


4. Doorway to future rest room and kitchenette, will need to remove or relocate to allow room for stage and speaker placement.


5. Main return line of new air handler installed to service 2500 sq foot basement, may not be a problem....


Note: with 5800 square feet being treated with TWO HVAC UNITS there are several lines coming through this room, will need to reroute as much as possible in order to save as much headroom as possible. May route the supply line to this room right next to the return line to save room in the ceiling above the theater.


6. Doorway exiting basement at back of room, this wioll be removed and relocated.


7. Window in back of room will be removed.


8. Cutout for fireplace in back of room will be used to house all the electronics.


Original Outline for Construction Steps (please feel free to chime in if I missed something or have it out of order):


1. Install new air handler (done)

2. Move existing HVAC lines if possible.

3. Remove doorway and window and frame up back wall. At this time the rest of the basement will be framed out as well so that the basement is ready for the electricians.

4. Run electrical and lighting to all rooms at one time to save cost on labor.

5. Run Speaker, RCA, Cat5e, Cat3e wiring, etc..

6. Install insulation and fiberglass panels

7. Install Whisper Clips and Hat channel on ceiling and walls.

8. triple drywall and green glue ceiling.

9. double drywall and green glue walls.

10. Install star panels

11. Install floating floor

12. Apply acoustical sealant as required.

13. Install columns and sconces

14. Install stage and wiring

15. Line stage and fill with sand

16. Install riser and wiring

17. Line riser with insulation.

18. Install Bass Treatments

19. Install Carpet

20. Install Screen

21. Install Projector and electronics

22. Install molding

23 Install seats

24. Install Solid wooden exterior door(s) weather stripping and bottom threshold isolation devices.

25. acoustical analysis and treatment
 

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Hello All,


Today I went to home depot in Gainesville, GA to look at the porter cable 3 nailer/compressor combo. All the reviews that I have come across rate it as an excellent buy at 299.00 (Home Depot).


Anyway, while I was there looking at it, I stumbled across an even better deal a Porter Cable 4 Nailer/Compressor Combo CF6401 for 299.00. I priced these online and Retailed separately they would cost $1,224.08. On sale separately they would cost $649.38 and these costs do not reflect the Contractor bag, hose, nails and staples that was thrown in with this kit.


Includes the following:


6 Gallon pancake compressor max 150 PSI and two quick connect outlets.

16 GA. Finish Nailer 1" to 2-1/2" (FN250C)

18 GA. Brad Nailer 5/8" to 1-3/8" (BN138)

18 GA. N.C. Stapler (NS100B)

23 GA. Pin Nailer (PIN100)

40' X 1/4" hose with fittings attached.

Contractor Bag

2000 23 GA. 1" Pin Nails

1000 16 GA. 2" Finish Nails

1000 18 GA. 1-1/4" Brad Nails

1000 18 GA. 1/4" X 1" Crown Staples

Nailer Oil

Safety Glasses


I don't work for home depot, look the tools up on line and you will see that this is an excellent deal if you need tools to do the finishing work on your Home Theater.


Good Luck,


Steve
 

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My Home Made 143" Diagonal Screen
 

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My Basement Project
 

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Theater Dimensions
 

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Soffits
 

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Front Wall
 

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Back Wall
 

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More of Back
 

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Main HVAC
 

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Soffits up 4" Cans in, HVAC operating Cutout for Rack to right of return
 

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Need to move this vent to the soffit in order to make room for the stars
 

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Need to move these for the star ceiling

 

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These too
 

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Header for old fireplace cutout moved up what a hassle, bu wanted to make room for bass and center channel behind screen when I move to a perforated screen
 

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Fireplace cutout opened up for bass and center, also added an outlet.
 

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Logged onto the web to shop for a grafik eye because the electrical is just about done and within 30 minutes I ran across this brand new in the box with a remote 4 zone baby on Craigs list for $250.00 cash and the seller was less than 60 miles away (Lighting store that was going out of business and had this as old stock). Man What a Deal!!!

 

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Would you look at that; I found a place for my new toy!!!

 

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Wow, that's a deal on the nail gun kit. Got a lot of work, but looks like you're off to a good start with the planning.
 
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