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Things I wish I would have done differently in my project


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#21 of 153 OFFLINE   Tom Rosback

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Posted March 12 2004 - 09:38 PM

I would have run more cabling for butt kickers and game controllers, etc, into my rear seating riser.

If I ever build a new house, I'm going to run a conduit from the media room up to the attic for antenna wiring, satellite, etc.

darron Z - thanks for the tip on the helper fan.
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#22 of 153 OFFLINE   Alfonso_M

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Posted February 09 2004 - 06:48 AM

Should've added a couple of inches extra in height to my seating plattform, 8.5" now, around 10" would have been better.

#23 of 153 OFFLINE   Todd_Brown

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Posted February 01 2004 - 01:23 AM

Probably would have sound proofed the wall that borders my daughters bedroom a little more.
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#24 of 153 OFFLINE   Todd_Brown

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Posted February 20 2004 - 08:37 AM

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4. Need more space for DVD storage. Hey I thought I had enough but the collection is over 400 DVDs and there just isn't anymore room .


That is a big concern that I am constantly thinking about. I just bought another Boltz.com rack (fits 252), and I'm already starting to worry about storage. I'm up to 545 and growing.
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#25 of 153 OFFLINE   Bill Fletcher

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Posted January 22 2004 - 03:52 AM

I would have put a wood floor in my basement home theater. I just laid carpet on top of the concrete slab. Works OK but I don't "feel" the bass enough.

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#26 of 153 OFFLINE   Bill Fletcher

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Posted February 03 2004 - 05:18 AM

Gary,

Hadn't thought about the sub on the sand-filled stage idea before. Regarding the shaking of walls, floors, etc. - isn't that why people add bass shakers? I've never used a bass shaker before, but I've thought about it for my next install. Is that not the effect I should be going after?

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#27 of 153 OFFLINE   Brett Robert

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Posted February 18 2004 - 01:19 AM

I would have not hung the projector. That way I would have had to finished it. I started other projects because It was up and running. I would run a 2inch pipe to the couch for my control panel. I under estamated the size and ran a 3/4 inch BX/Greenfeild. Trying to get all the cables pulled for my touchscreen $ucked.
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#28 of 153 OFFLINE   David Biggs

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Posted June 08 2004 - 03:37 AM

More media storage, a dedicated zone for heating and cooling, a rear speaker wire and how in the world could I forget an Cat-5e cable from my router...dumb.

#29 of 153 OFFLINE   Jon Bell

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Posted June 07 2004 - 03:21 AM

Paul, in my opinion, a DIY painted screen is a no lose scenario. I painted my screen on drywall as follows:

2 coats drywall primer
2 coats silver metallic (Behr)
2 coats SilverScreen (Behr)

I will frame it with regular door trim.

Total cost: under $30 and about 2 hrs of my time. There are plenty of others here who did a similar treatment. If you are not satisfied with the results, you can always upgrade to a "real" screen. As for me, I am completely satisfied. I, admittedly, have not done the Pepsi Challenge with different samples and shades of grey, etc., but my results were so good that I just didn't bother with trying anything else.

I am sure that there are others here that have a more critical eye that would not find it acceptible, but in my opinion, you should try this before you spend the $$$ on a real screen.

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Posted February 08 2004 - 10:26 AM

Nothing!
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#31 of 153 OFFLINE   Glenise

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Posted June 17 2004 - 09:56 PM

I'm going to repaint an olive green color a theater type red color someday.
Also, I wish I had made my own photos of movies/celebrities so they could be plak mounted instead of purchasing posters.

#32 of 153 OFFLINE   Glenise

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Posted July 18 2004 - 01:55 PM

Reapolstered my seats

#33 of 153 OFFLINE   Darren McGruther

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Posted November 27 2004 - 11:16 AM

the drywall went up so fast in mine, I forgot to run the wire for my projector. thank god I haven't purchased one yet, cant wait to get it but I'm dreading the wiring. One other thing, I only ran 5.1 not 7.1(duh)

#34 of 153 OFFLINE   JohnnyN

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Posted January 22 2004 - 10:04 AM

I would have consulted with a structural engineer before messing with any joists or structural support pieces... even if i didn't pay for their professional services, I would at least like to hear what they have to say about my plans...

#35 of 153 OFFLINE   Ralph Summa

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Posted February 04 2004 - 03:17 AM

I would have allowed for better heat dissipation in my component cabinet.

#36 of 153 OFFLINE   Bob Hill

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Posted February 20 2004 - 08:33 AM

Things I wish I had done differently:

1. Installed a full size fridge istead of 1/2 size one.

2. Planned for more media storage "Nobody is going to have over 500 DVD's" Yeah, right.

3. Finished everything off before installing the projector. This slowed us down to a crawl finishing things.


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#37 of 153 OFFLINE   Levesque

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Posted March 05 2004 - 06:13 AM

Wow! Nice thread.

My contractor is starting to build my dedicated HT next monday, and it's getting scary to plan everything!

Glad I came by, because I was forgetting the stupid central vacuum piping! (LOL)

Keep them coming. Reeally useful. Posted Image

#38 of 153 OFFLINE   Levesque

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Posted June 19 2004 - 02:51 AM

Next time, I will pay someone to put the GOM under the soffits. Wow! Crazy job.

Took me 2 days (2 times 12 hours) to put the 5000 staples to keep the GOM in place over the panels of Owans-Corning 703, and to stretch it enough to hide the little bump caused by the rigid fiberglass...

Installing GOM is really easy on the walls, but under the soffits... Posted Image

#39 of 153 OFFLINE   Chet Wilson

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Posted March 09 2004 - 01:05 AM

I would have done a few of things differently.

although I ran cable for 4 speakers in the rear area I wish I had run at least 2 more.

spent more time on the screen lighting. perhaps a couple of recessed lights on either end of the screen pointing down and on wireless.

my HT is a room convert so I still have the swinging door. I should have installed a pocket door at the entry to save space

I think I should have looked closer at in-wall speakers versus free standing. The subs would have stayed out though.

#40 of 153 OFFLINE   David WS

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Posted March 02 2004 - 03:13 AM

Dave Poehlman,

Why not install a programmable dimmer? You can pick up a nice Lutron set (for 3 way if necessary) at Home Depot for ~ $40. Even cheaper if it's not for a three way switch.
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