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Dan

This is Dan. He's from Canton, Georgia, right above Atlanta. He wants to kick off his Show Us Yours photo tour by saying he has a loving wife who lets him "do stuff to the house most would not."

He built a theater in his living room because he didn't have a basement. Now he no longer has a living room -- but he does have a pretty sweet theater.

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Dan says he always had a movie room wherever he lived. This was his old 100-inch screen for his former "minimalist" set up before he decided to really transform and upgrade it.

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He had a TV under the screen.

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"Here's where we start to say goodbye to the back windows and start to build the false wall 24 inches from the window frames," Dan says.

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Framing out the wall.

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Mounting the screen for a quick placement test. It's a 113.5-inch Silver Ticket STR-235115-WAB fixed-frame screen. It's acoustically transparent so he can place speakers behind the screen.

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Rough build-out of the equipment rack.

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Closer look at the rack.

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Sheetrock in progress.

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Masking everything off.

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Screen measuring.

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Adding some paint.

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Behind the screen: "The Klipsch center speaker is held in place with some rubber feet," Dan says. "I went vertical as I wanted as much separation from the left and right channels."

The front speakers are also made by Klipsch. He has Polks for his rear speakers.

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Building a riser for theater seats.

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Raising that sofa.

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Ready to get covered with carpet.

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Dan needed air to power the stapler.

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Carpet on.

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Dan built small storage units under the sofa for shoes.

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The storage drawers.

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A look at the new raised seating arrangement.

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Another screen test.

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Dual Klipsch subwoofers.

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Closer look at the subs.

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Cover for the subs. "I built a grille held on by magnets to cover the hole and 'access' to the inside of the wall," Dan says. "Thank goodness my wife is petite. We quickly figured out who does and does not fit!"

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"Apparently, I should have bought stock in Ryobi as I seem to own all their tools," Dan says.

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Pullout rack is nearly complete.

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"The entire cabinet pulls fully out and turns 90 degrees to allow me to get to the backside of all the gear because climbing in the wall might be possible but it's not practical," Dan says.

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Wider look at the rack and all the tools used.

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The back of the equipment after the rack is turned.

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Dan is pretty proud of that homemade rack. We would be, too.

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Almost done.

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This is Dan's wife Trish, doing her favorite thing: unraveling piles of tangled cords. "I'm pretty sure she wouldn't agree but she lets me have my toys so I can't complain," Dan says.

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All cleaned up.

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LED elements added. He uses a DreamScreen 4K for the LED lights.

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This one of Dan's side projects: He built a pinball a digital machine from scratch.

"It took about three or four months of nights working on this and then wiring it all up and all," he says. "But it sure is a nice toy to play on  and have competitions when the friends come over."  

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Testing the X-Men table.

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Pinball machine wiring.

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Finished product.

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Alongside the MAME arcade machine.

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Elvira.

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The game room/home office.

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The theater in all its glory.

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3D printer on the left.

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There's some space behind the theater for storage.

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"All the marks on the column reflect the kids growing up," Dan says. "It's hard to believe the bottom marks to the top ones. My, how the time passes!"

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Back of the living room... er, home theater.

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The seats from another angle.

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One of the rumble transducers in each of the three couches. They vibrate the couch during explosions, giving you a little back massage. Each rumble device has its own 50-watt amp hidden in the couch.

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Quick screenshot of his iPhone running the home automation system. "Pretty much all of if it has an IP or runs Z-Wave so I can control it by a pad or by Google Home," Dan says.

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Google Home Mini mounted on the wall for voice control.

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Here's the rack again. Let's explore what's inside a little more closely.

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Dan says: "The Onkyo receiver is the heart of the system while the big box on top is the brains -- or at least the memory -- as it houses the Plex and all the movies stored in raw format. I might compress them one day."

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Onkyo TX-NR757 receiver up close.

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10TB Mirrored NAS (networked drive) for Plex and ISCSI storage along with ESX servers to run virtual firewalls "and other stuff."

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Xbox One, cable box, streaming boxes (Apple TV 4K, Roku 4K, Nvidia Shield 4K), remotes and game controllers.

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Nintendo Switch at the bottom.

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His new Epson HC4000 projector (upconverts to 4K but isn't a true 4K projector).

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Firing up the Xbox One to play one of his favorite games...

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Fallout 4.

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The rack being pulled and turned with some better pictures of the back of the gear. "I knew Day 1 when I did this I needed to be able to get to the gear," Dan says. "The gear is so heavy that when it is fully out it tilts from lifting the back of the rails. Yikes!"

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The little box right above the rack is the temp control for the fans to help make sure everything stays cool inside the rack. 

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Dan says: "This is another control pad where every light and most of everything can be controlled from -- minus the doors. They are on a separate, more secure system with no connection to the network."

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Watching a movie.

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Dan says the picture from the Epson is great.

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He recently added Klipsch Dolby Atmos speakers (above the screen).

What's next? Dan's not sure, but he's always looking to make additions. And we'll add them if he sends more pictures, but that's it for now.

Thanks for the tour, Dan. If you'd like to see more Show Us Yours showcases, we've got plenty more here.

And if you want to submit photos of your own home theater, please do, here.

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