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post #3931 of 7024

Might as well throw this line out here, as well. I recently posted a question on AVS Forums regarding some work I'd like to do to my living room television wall. Anybody have advice?


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This is a picture of the "media wall" in my living room. After I moved in, I quickly slapped my old Polk speakers on mounts, with plans to modernize the look later on by replacing with in-wall speakers and running the wires properly behind the wall. I am aware that in-walls aren't the greatest for sound quality, but this will only be our primary viewing area until work begins on the dedicated theater upstairs in a few years. I'm willing to live with it until then.

So, now the time has come. I was thinking that instead of simply installing the speakers into the wall itself, I'd somehow frame out a panel or facade wall a few inches away from the drywall. This would (in my opinion) improve the appearance of the wall by giving it a modern touch, and also allow me to run the wires between the drywall and the panels, which might be easier to replace than if they were actually in the wall.

I am a complete beginner to this, and would appreciate any advice or links you can share that might assist with this project. As you can see, there is a light switch near the left speaker that needs to be moved to the other side of the doorway, and also an outlet behind the current console table that would need to be extended out into the panel wall. I will likely hire an electrician for those jobs since I have no electrical background whatsoever, unless there are no-brainer DIY kits for either of those items. But really, is there such thing as a no-brainer when it comes to electrical?

Here are a few samples of styles that my wife picked out. I am partial to the first one with the large vertical wood slabs. I know there are also pre-assembled panels, which I am sure would save a lot of time and labor, but can these easily be cut or otherwise modified to mount the TV and speakers?
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post #3932 of 7024
Originally Posted by lefty View Post

Did I? I posted a few I was interested in but I didn't think this one.

Anyway, Happy New Year, Finn.


Had to search for the post, now I'm on my laptop.

It was this cabin, so not the same one.

Originally Posted by lefty View Post

Took a look at this place a few weeks ago.

66 acres. Have to hike to get in. No water or electricity.

Cabin amenities include: Living Room with wraparound windows, Sleeping Loft, Bathroom with composting toilet, Camp Kitchen with pantry and dish storage | cistern supplied sink | bottled water hand pump | cooler/bench, Vermont Casting high-efficiency wood stove with interior wood storage as well as exterior dry wood storage, Security shutters protecting all openings for peace-of-mind while you are away, a porch deck, bluestone pavers, and an outdoor cooking firepit with handmade timber benches.


This might be up your alley.
post #3933 of 7024

I still regret losing that one. Thought about it for nearly a year and then made a decision to buy only to find it went into contract that day. Electric and water would have been a bitch to get in there though.


A better book is this one:



post #3934 of 7024

Day 3 of painting is in the books.  I've never painted a ceiling before but it turned out well.  The closest was not looking good with the wet paint but once it dried it turned out better than expected.  Today was the walls with tomorrow being 2nd coat and touch up.  I did not tape and bought one of those plastic straight edge type things to help but I ditched that early on.  I ended up just free handing the ceiling and trim and my lines look really good.  Again I was surprised with myself and it looks better than the painters we have used in the past.  I may go back and touch up some of their lines when I am done if my wife doesn't find any other projects before then.


While taking my time today I listened to the "Serial" podcast which is very interesting.  I am almost done and will finish tomorrow.  It was much more enjoyable than music the previous 2 days.


Am I slow?  Yes.  But I don't have a deadline other than April and the curtains and other baby furniture will not be in until the middle of the month.

post #3935 of 7024
Glad to see you enjoy, I enjoy painting as well.

The time consumed is not important, IMO, since you will be looking at your work for quite some time in the months ahead.

I built the bed in my son's room and sometimes when feeding I will look at the joinery (I am weird, I know).

If I look at the walls I just think of how much I would like to paint them.
post #3936 of 7024

I hired this druggy painter a few years ago to paint my house ,needless to say I ended doing most of the work but the guy really knew his stuff . He taught me how to load a brush and lay an edge . All the stuff I used to dread,like trim and cut-in, I actually enjoy now

post #3937 of 7024
God I loath painting. Maybe Endglade's druggy could teach a master class and change my mind.
post #3938 of 7024
Nice cabin Lefty. Those composting privies actually work pretty well and are simple as hell which is always a nice feature in the sticks. You need a dog for that porch.
post #3939 of 7024
Originally Posted by Marc Voorhees View Post

Hi john, some crazy good advice there.

Do, let me just chat about a few things. This will essentially be a basement floor (interior to a barn building)at grade. Iam going with a 3500# mix 4in pour with 4in base below compacted every 2 in.

Having talked with contractor, they thought that the rebar base would be major overkill since this will essentially be a shop floor. They suggested going with a mesh interlay, cheaper and much easier. Do you have any experience?
With regards to the expansion joints, I would prefer cut because I will be rolling tools around and I do t want things slamming into cracks or getting stuck. But since the pad is inside the insulated envelope of the building, does it need expansion joints? I can't remember if my basement floors had then back when I had a contractor poured basement.

Tha k you so much for the advice!!

You have to do the rebar. That's the only way. I wouldn't even do a BBQ grill pad without rebar. It's more complicated and epensive, but it's The Right Way and the pad will crack without it. Again, remember that it has to be in the middle (in your case, 2" from the bottom) to work properly. The little props are called "chairs".

I think cut joints will be just fine. If you can get them perfectly straight, they look very nice as well. Practice on some other slab somewhere first smile.gif Regardless of temperature or climate, the ground can move - or you can move things around on top of the slab - and the slab *will* crack. There's no way around it. WIth the joints, the slab cracks *along the joint* which is the whole point.

May I suggest as a good forum for things like this ? Lots of great knowledge there and very friendly folks.
post #3940 of 7024
Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

I can take some pics later on.

Anyone have suggestions on good screw-in type LEDs. I thought I had it covered, but I have one in regular use (8 hours/day) and it died after a few months, second attempt on that one as well to eliminate the possibility of a bad batch, both died in similar time frames.

I have had good luck with Phillips.  Cheap, off brand LEDs on Amazon have been hit or miss.  About 1/3 or so fail within the first year, and it is such a pain to get a warranty replacement, it just isn't worth it.  The big box stores are selling Cree and Phillips at pretty good prices these days.

post #3941 of 7024
Originally Posted by NorCal View Post

God I loath painting. Maybe Endglade's druggy could teach a master class and change my mind.

Painting and going to ikea is the worst.
post #3942 of 7024

We have Utilitech LED bulbs which have been going strong for almost 2 years.  My wife insists on leaving a kitchen flood light on that has a smaller flood bulb which is on probably 6hrs a day minimum or 14hrs on the weekend.  While they don't look the best in the socket, they have a warm glow to them which helped my argument for LEDs over incandescent bulbs.

post #3943 of 7024
The Sweet Home did a recent review of LEDs. Worth a look. Includes info on CRI and stuff like that
post #3944 of 7024
I love that that cabin too. Unfortunately a non flushing toilet is a non starter for my wife.
post #3945 of 7024
The stuff we had done over last summer really has been excellent over the holiday season. The remodeled fireplace wall is both beautiful and functional. When you walk into the house it's one of the first things you see and looks particularly good at night, which is of course, starting at 6pm these days. It's warm and toasty also and we let the house get down into the 50s at night so sitting in front of it right now with coffee is awesome and relaxing. The Sonos system, which I highly recommend if you're a music person, continues to be awesome and at least one of our guests we've had over in the last week plans to get an install done. Even the little things we've done, like different pendant lights over the bar area, have all really come together, and at least in our opinion, look great.

Our new couch and love seat, that we ordered back in October, are arriving this Saturday. After we live with them for a few months we'll start table shopping. I think we might even get a "live edge" peace (but not one of those insanely expensive ones some of you buy).
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