First projector living room set up...

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  1. 00Paul00

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    Hi everyone. Thanks to all those that contribute to these forums. I have just undertaken a remodel of our living room to incorporate an electric screen and my first ever projector and the inspiration and advice I have got from reading these forums has been fantastic.

    So the plan is to make the install as discrete as possible and as affordable as possible so the wife is likely to start talking to me again by next Xmas!

    I've bought an epson tw3200 and a grandview 92" electric screen. I will also be upgrading my speakers to B&W in walls, creating a false wall and a perimeter pelmet with spotlights, rgb led tape light for up lighting the ceiling and this should also hide the screen.

    I've started work and immediately realised I'd underestimated the amount of time this is going to take!

    All work has to be done with the living room in tact and still usable for our 2 young kids.
    Pics to follow.
     
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    Starting point

    ImageUploadedByAVForums1391177997.651622.jpg my main inspiration from Leon's project. If I can get it to look half as professional I'll be a happy chap.

    ImageUploadedByAVForums1391178075.551626.jpg screen up and picture rail coming off
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    Batten up and cardboard template for the pelmet
     
  3. 00Paul00

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    V ImageUploadedByAVForums1391178222.651709.jpg very very quick test of the PJ. Couldn't resist

    ImageUploadedByAVForums1391178267.051603.jpg more batten and filling the wall where I removed the picture rail.

    The room will be painted all white except the TV wall will be covered in blue suede like panels and have the B&W speakers in flush. Also the radiator is being moved and the equipment will go into the chimney alcove.
     
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    Looking like a good project mate. Will be following closely as I'm in the process of planning my extension with the same brief as you I.e discreetly hiding the screen whilst making it suitable for use as a day to day lounge. Keep up the posting and pictures. Phil
     
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    I've mounted the batten for the projector shelf. Finding the studs in the ceiling was a nightmare due to it being in the bay. They weren't at normal intervals. Also getting them square towards the room and screen wall took a while.

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    I've just about finished filling the void where the picture rail used to be. That was more work than I'd imagined. The plaster above wasn't level with the plaster below. One final light sanding needed.

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    I've also constructed the base of the new shelf in the alcove. The equipment in that crappy brown unit in the floor will move to the new shelf. Much better height for putting blu rays in and too high for the kids to reach!

    I literally manage to put an hour or two in every few days when I get a break from the kids but half my time is spent vacuuming and tidying as we still need to use the room. Slow progress but will be worth it.
     
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    Looking good! - Subscribed :)
     
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    Like the look of it so far
     
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    Also subscribed. Nice work.
     
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    Good Effort.
     
  10. 00Paul00

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    Thanks for looking guys. Work is frustratingly slow and I haven't been able to update since the iPhone app no longer works. A few updates this week..
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    Starting to construct the projector shelf.
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    Practising with countersinking. Only just bought the bit. Should make filling with wood filler to cover the screw heads easier.
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    Undercoat and a coat of satin on the projector shelf now its all glued and screwed
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    Shelf in place in the bay window. Projector sitting pretty! :)
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    Very quick test to make sure the throw ratio, tilt adjustment etc will allow me to fill the screen before I complete the rest of the shelf. Lots of boring measuring paid off as I didn't need much correction.

    That's it for now. I'm finding it tough to not jump ahead and complete things out of order. I have a list of about 40 jobs to do and it's difficult to be patient for paint to dry and not start putting the pelmet up before all the pieces are ready. I have to keep telling myself to complete the construction first then do all the filling sanding and painting right at the end as there's no point in making all that mess numerous times. However, its difficult living in that room when it looks so incomplete and messy!!

    I've changed the pelmet slightly at the rear so it will follow the contour of the bay and line up perfectly (hopefully!) flush with the bottom of the projector shelf. This part of the pelmet will also now include some B&W ceiling speakers for the side surrounds. I need to buy these first so that I can install the pelmet with the holes already cut.
    Pelmet construction is the next big job. A friend is going to move the radiator at the end of the month then its onto the screen wall and equipment shelf. Wish me luck! Thanks for reading.
     
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    Nightmare! Looks like I was out with the measuring. This shows the bottom of the projector shelf looking up towards the ceiling. The green string runs across the room square. Unless anyone has any bright ideas on a fix I'm going to have to take it down and start over. Its glued so will be a total pain in the *…
    The trouble is the pelmet will be running out from the walls to fix to the shelf and if its not square I'll have to cut lots of angles which may be more work than taking the shelf down…

    any ideas peeps?
     
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    I am probably missing something, but can't you just sit the projector at an angle on the shelf? Looks like you have lots of room for movement.
     
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    PingPong do you have a link to Leon's project?
     
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    The projector angle isn't the problem, as you point out. The trouble will be connecting the rest of the pelmet/shelf to this part due to it being "off square". Never mind, I've ripped it down and will start again.

    I've not posted a link before. I'll try and do it.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    Couldn't see how to send a link on the iPad so I bumped his thread. It's in the same forum. :)
     
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    I feel your pain!

    I'm also doing a lounge build whilst trying to keep it usable and rapidly concluding it's going to take me about 6 months...

    My projector box is built into the pelmet shown here without the front panel on. I'm waiting for a couple of extra bits of the LED lights to turn up before I can finish it off.

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    Nice work. Good luck with your build.
     
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    The latest little bit of work was to get the floorboards up ready for my mate to move the radiator on Sunday. I've also painted the green wall on the left white so that when the radiator is moved I won't have to fiddle around with painting behind it.
    Carpet and underlay up. Gripper up, floorboards up, floorboards back down, gripper underlay and carpet back down and tidied up again. Just so I know when he gets here on Sunday its all loose and ready to come up again!
    Im also now thinking I'll probably buy a free view/youview box. At the moment I use the tv built in free view tuner but the tv doesn't have ARC so I can't send the TV to the projector..no good in a world cup year!
    I like the look of the humax you view t1010. Anyone have one?
     
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    Radiator moved.
    Also picked up some toys! B&w cwm652 in wall speakers. Not very exciting posting a picture of the boxes so I'll wait!
     
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    Looks like it is coming on a treat - keep up the good work!
     
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    Looks as though it is going great.
     
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    looking good pinpong just wondered thickness mdf you are going to use for your pelmet

    Keep the pictures coming

    Cheers
     
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    12mm. 240mm width out from the wall. I'll let you know if it breaks or falls down! Won't be supporting much weight so think it should be fine.
     
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    Are you only supporting the plinth off the battons you have fixed to the wall, only ask as you look like you have a couple of long runs in your lounge where the plinth might sag
     
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    Yes but each piece will brace together with the next. I hope not to get a noticeable sag. There are things I can do if it becomes a problem
     
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    Ah rift when you say brace do you fixed together with the next piece. I'm only asking as I'm think of doing something similar and was thinking that screws at the back fixing the plinth to the Batton night not be enough. Id be interested to to hear how you would stop it sagging if it does because I was thinking I using a structural angle bracket fixed to the wall then to the plinth
     
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    Lots of progress today. Day off work and no kids so Dad and I boshed up the pelmet! A solid days work. Really pleased.
    Pics to follow when the server allows.
     
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