Floating Wall Countdown

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  1. blincoe73

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    Well after weeks of
    'false chimney breast, hmmmm ermm maybe a floating wall, false chimney breast, or how about just mounting the screen, I have finally made up my mind and decided on *drum roll* a floating wall.

    I have a week off work next week and am just drawing up plans of what i want before my dad (Mr Carpenter surpreme) arrives on Saturday.
    Payment will be in the form of Tea by the bucket and biscuits.

    This is the room as it is.
    It has not been touched (paint or decor wise) since moving in back in August.

    I will post more pics as work progresses

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    look forward to seeing the progress. Dad´s are great aren´t they!
     
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    Keen to see your work in progress - your set up is quite similar to mine (even down to the Oppli). Mind you, your telly is bigger than mine :(

    Are you keeping the Oppli as part of the new setup? They are very useful for hiding the rat's nest of cables. :)
     
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    Me too :thumbsup:
     
  5. blincoe73

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    Ha ha they have their uses :)
     
  6. blincoe73

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    The Oppli has served me well over the past couple of years, but I don't think i will be keeping the Oppli as i want a dark wood unit and something with maybe doors or drawers the hide away consoles etc.

    I am off to buy the timber and MDF tomorrow. Not sure what the best bolts/screws are for my floating wall though.
    I have plaster board and breeze blocks.
    A lot of people seem to have different views on the best fix.
    I just want something that will hold my screen so i can sleep at night.

    Is it true a 50" plasma weighs the same as a double radiator?
     
  7. blincoe73

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    Well i have almost cleared the room ready for the install tomorrow. Woohoo
    Just a couple of questions.
    I have covered the wall in paper (size of the 50" Sammy) Does this height look ok. The room is 18-20' in length.
    I have a sofa at the side and an additional sofa on the back wall.



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    I also need some help with connections to get the best from my system.
    How would you hook up the following? BRB Just off to get model numbers :)
     
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    i reckon its way too high mate. i think the top of the tv needs to be the centre of your newspaper. but then its personal choice but i think its too high.:thumbsup:
     
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    OK this is the kit i have
    Any advice helping me with the best connection configuration would be much appreciated.

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    Xbox 360
    Wii
    DVD Recorder (to transfer stuff from sky +)
    Receiver Sony STRDE400 (I have never used this as didnt know how to set it up)
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  10. blincoe73

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    If i stand next to the paper, the centre of the paper is the same level as my eyes - - - eeeek i'm thinking yeah maybe it is too high.
     
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    it needs to be comfortable viewing while seated.
    i think raise it slightly than it is already on the stand.
     
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    When i was deciding on the hight of my plasma i sat in my usual viewing position and got the missus to measure from the floor to my eye level, i worked the height out so that the middle of the tv is at eye level.
     
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    1) - Sit on your sofa/chair...
    2) - Assume the slouch position that is achieved after 15/20 mins of quality chilling out...
    3) - Rest your head by placing it slowly back into the cushion...
    4) - Stare at the wall whilst keeping your eyes in the middle/central to your head.
    5) - Put your screen there!

    Or if your after aesthetic appeal/good design, then I'd say put the screen in a centred position... i.e. - put the bracket half way between the ceiling & the floor.
     
  14. blincoe73

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    I'm going for the aesthetic appeal/good design.
    Woooohooo the timber has started going up today. Just trying to beg, steal or borrow a Van to collect the MDF now.
    It's amazing how quickly it starts to take shape.
    Will post some pics soon.
     
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    pics pics pics!
     
  16. blincoe73

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    Watch this space :0)
     
  17. blincoe73

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    Took a couple of pics this morning.
    Made the outside of the frame just to check the size was 100% accurate
    This was finished off with 2 vertical and 2 horizontal supports.

    Arghhhhhh i still need a van to get my MDF tomorrow.

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    Resting against the wall to check the size. (The MDF will overhang the frame each side by about 5cm's

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  18. blincoe73

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    Progress so far:
    Frame fitted to the wall
    Bracket ordered
    Rope lights ordered
    Picking up MDF on Monday, along with primer, paint etc.
    Two units ordered online last night, expect these to be delivered on Wed's

    I am taking my time with this (or should i say my dad is ha ha) as i want the finished result to look professional. I guess it should do if he is a precision carpenter/joiner :0)

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  19. blincoe73

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    My rope light arrived today yay.
    I am very impressed with the effect and can already imagine what it's going to look like once the MDF is mounted to the frame (that's happening tomorrow)
    I reckon another 2 weekends and i'll be finished.

    Here are some pics of the rope light

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    Any updates and pics blincoe??
     
  21. blincoe73

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    I'll post more pics tonight - At work right now eeeek :thumbsup:
     
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    looks great so far...but i want to see MORE PICS please! :D
     
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    OK quick update :)
    Started fixing the bracket and MDF to the frame on Sunday.
    Now i just need to fill the join in the MDF and cover the screw heads.
    Sand it back a million times in prep for the paint.

    Pics of my progress

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    Dad's are great

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    I still need to feed the cables through the back of the MDF and cut holes at the bottom for my unit arriving

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    lookin good. TV looks about the same height as mine
     
  25. blincoe73

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    Hey thanks. I was just having a read through yor post. Very nice job :thumbsup:

    I opted for mounting the TV higher due to my seating position. The furthest distance from my second sofa is about 18-20 feet. I'll post more pics once the paint starts going on.

    Ahhhhhhh if only i could have another week off work.
     
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    Great job so far and plenty of step by step photos to show the transformation. Will you be covering up the plug sockets somehow?
     
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    Originally the install was going to be wider to cover the sockets, but the units i am buying measure 120cm each (i'll be getting 2) and end where the MDF ends.
    I would have loved three units but the width of the room would not accomodate the 360cm as it only measure 347cm's grrrrrrr and the thought of taking a saw to new furniture actually terrifies me :suicide:

    I have a couple of sets of speakers and i'm still undecided if i should go for my small wall mounted speakers or my Big Bad Boy floor standing (these would definitely cover the sockets)

    Hmmmmm you have got me thinking now.

    I still need to replace ceiling light fittings and light switches with brushed steel, so maybe i'll go for brused steel switched sockets too.

    Ahhhhhh man decisions decisions :thumbsup:

    Any suggestions????
     
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    Wow thats looking good!
    Building my own atm, but it's going slow, i'm only 17 :)

    I'm going to get paint tomorrow, but i can't find bloody rope lights any where :|

    Mine hides in the shadow of yours :rolleyes: it's tiny compared.
     
  29. blincoe73

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    I got my rope lights here http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Manufacturers/Deta/Duralite_Rope_Lights/

    Very Cheap and delivered within 2 days of placing my order. I was very impressed with the service.

    Are you going to post some pics of your progress?
     
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    Blincoe....found your thread !

    Awesome work fella......how was that feeling when you first turned the rope lights on and started to 'feel' the ambience ? Pretty exciting huh !

    Cant wait to see it all finished.......TLC should have me on there payroll !
     

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