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Home Cinema Just Completed

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by gelf, Nov 12, 2004.

  1. gelf

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    Apologies if this is inappropriate as the link is actually pointing to my site, but I've just finished an article on my own home cinema installation and I thought it would be worthwile posting it here. Here's the article:

    http://www.dvdlard.co.uk/content1385.htm

    Looking forward to any comments :)
     
  2. Mat-Moo

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    Excelllent, how much did it cost roughly?
     
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    Very nice room, I'm hoping to start a similar project myself very soon. :thumbsup:
     
  4. gelf

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    Thanks Guys, it's a bit difficult to say how much it cost as the work was lumped in with a load of other home improvements (new kitchen etc). I would guess though around 10K ish with the kit I bought as well.
     
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    Steve

    Great job, nicely finished :thumbsup: You must be delighted :) :beer:
     
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    looks great mate! is that a pronto i see as the controller?
     
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    great job...looks fab...i wish i had 10k to sort mine out
     
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    Awesome job! :thumbsup: :clap:

    I am right in thinking that you are projecting direct onto the wall, or are you using a dedicated projector screen that I am missing?
     
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    Yep, Pronto runs everything including lights :)

    At the moment I'm projecting onto wall and it's not too bad (very smooth plastering job on wall). I want to make a screen though but I'm still undecided what to do in terms of material etc.
     
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    !BEAUTIFUL!

    thats fantastic!!!!!!!!!
     
  11. gelf

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    For those that may be interested I recently followed some advice on other threads here and painted the screen area of the wall with Dulux IceStorm 6. Although I was very sceptical, the difference to the picture was staggering. Black levels are much better, the picture seems brighter and colours are much richer.

    When I first did it I thought it was a bad move as the image seemed very red, however after messing with the menus on the projector I realised I had the colour way up high and after a quick adjustment it looked great. I probably won't even bother getting a fixed screen now and I'll just make a frame on the wall.

    I can post pictures of if anyones interested.
     
  12. digisocialist

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    Fantastic Job! Looks very nice :) Glad to hear the Icestorm 6 is doing the job as this will by my approach (can't accomodate a pull down screen and can't afford to make a fixed one just yet). Would be interested to here process of measuring and application. I have now finished my second coat of paint on walls (final coat to be applied shortly) but will have to repaint the wall I'll be projecting onto.. why? because I didn't want to leave it unfinished until I get my PJ next year and also because I'll only be using a portion of it. I think my approach will be to project onto the wall, mark the image corner points, square it off, paint if base white and then apply Icestorm. Any suggestions would be good though.
     
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    Much better than your first room mate. Then again you may have noticed that yourself.
     
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    digisocialist: Here's the process I went through. I was starting with a plain white wall, I projected a test image onto the wall (test pattern through my projector) and masked off around the image. I then applied three coats of Icestorm 6 into the masked area and removed masking at the end. This gives me a nice white rectangle around the outside that I can use to size up a frame.

    My advice on applying the paint is to use a good quality mini roller and apply it very thickly. The thicker you can slap it on the better, and keep a very close eye out for roller marks. I found two coats wasn't quite enough but by the time I'd finished on the third I had a good even coverage.

    My only worry now is fixing the frame, I'm tempted to try and glue it up as I would be gutted now if I cracked any of the plaster while drilling holes for wall plugs.
     
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    Gelf. Get a product called Grip & Fix. I've just used it to stick up skirting borads and it is well strong - http://www.sealocrete.com/product/190/0. I'm sure there are many other trade adhesives & sealants, but this should work especially if the frame is not too heavy. Anything bulky and you'd have to screw it into the plaster board using plasterboard plugs.

    What have you made the frame out of?
     
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    BTW - If you do use Grip & Fix, I thought it worth while mentioning....
    1 - It says apply to one surface, press the coated surface against the surface it's to be bonded to and then pull apart. Then leave the adhesive to dry before re bonding. I literally pressed it to the wall, waited 5 seconds and it was laready sticking quite firmly. I pulled the skirting from the wall and only left it about 30 seconds before re sticking and it stuck solid.
    2 - No mistakes! If you bond to the plaster wall and your frame is not square, this stuff may well pull off your plaster if you wish to remove and reapply in a different position. because it's quite thick gloopy stuff there's little play in it to move the frame around, so be careful.
    3 - You need to lay it on fairly liberally. I squirted out felt tip pen thick tubes of the stuff in a wavy fashion on the back of the skirting board.... this will do the job
     
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    Thanks for the advice, I haven't built the frame yet but I'm guessing I should try and use as light a material as possible.
     

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