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How To Build A Home Cinema (And Be the Envy of Your Friends)

Many citizens used to enjoy going to the movies before the COVID-19 outbreak brought with it conditions disallowing the frequenting of public places, such as restaurants, religious worship houses, and even cinemas. The ‘new normal’ as it has become known, has forced us to change the way we think, and how we partake in our relaxing pastimes.

Numerous families have opted to install their own cinemas within the privacy of their home or garden. A bonus of this is not having to pay for popcorn or other confections. It also saves on travel costs and because of this, the world’s carbon footprint is reduced.

We bet you’re wondering how you can build your own home screening theatre.

Firstly, consider the size of the screen and the maximum number of people your cinema will need to accommodate. From there, you can calculate the square footage your space will need to be.

You’ll obviously want it to feel like an external experience even though you’ll still be on your property, so you will need a loose standing structure for your project. Log Cabins make wonderful home cinemas and are available in a range of shapes and sizes.

Your budget will dictate how much you can spend, but there are three fundamental aspects you cannot afford to skimp on:

  • Potential noise disturbance: The last thing you want is a neighbour hammering on the door telling you to turn down your expensive surround sound system. One of the best ways to reduce your sound output is to soundproof the space, but it can be an expensive exercise. More economical options include carpet tiles for the walls and floor and acoustic tiles for the ceiling. These fittings will assist in the absorption of noise, rather than causing it to echo outdoors.
  • Comfort: Think for a minute how many movie tickets you’ve purchased in the past couple of years. Quite a few, no doubt? Now consider the chairs in the cinema you often visited; they weren’t all that comfortable, were they? You’re going to be spending many hours in your home cinema, so invest in multifunctional seating, such as snug recliners.
  • High-quality sound equipment: Any cinematic experience is enhanced by great surround sound. Set aside a substantial part of your budget to procure the best system you can afford.

One of the most special things about having a home cinema is that you, your family and your friends can enjoy time together without having to spend a lot of money. The cost of living seems to constantly be rising as people in all income brackets feel the pinch of the pandemic on their pockets.

Being able to share a movie together brings a small sense of normality back into life and affords you the time to socially interact, which is a crucial part of surviving during lockdown. Or, if you need a solo escape, you can watch the latest blockbuster on your own, curled up on your easy chair, crunching on your popcorn as loudly as you want.

The only things that are left for you to do are: choose a movie, make some popcorn, and relax!

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Home Improvements

Professional and DIY Sidewalk Trip Hazard Repair Process

Just like the interiors home exteriors are also crucial to make it look desirable. Landscaping surrounding the home can be fixed to make your house exterior look great but some need to be fixed for safety reasons. For example, uneven sidewalk slabs are recipe for disaster. When one of the slab is lowered or risen unevenness is created and someone can trip. Your homes curb appeal also gets hampered.

The cause of uneven concrete sidewalk slabs can be due to ground compaction issues, weather, and tree root growth. Sidewalk trip hazard repair is a MUST. Many homeowners are DIY aficionados and always enjoy doing simple projects. However, sidewalk repair is not a DIY or weekend project. You need experience, good knowledge about local soil and specialized equipment to complete the task.

Professional uneven sidewalk repair

Professional foundation Repair Company apply reliable polyurethane foam concrete raising technique to resolve the sidewalk hazard issue.

Features of polyurethane lifting system

  • Sidewalk concrete is lifted and supported carefully, so as to eliminate the chances of tripping and falling hazards.
  • This technique is superior to be used in residential, industrial, and commercial repair projects.
  • Chances of future concrete damage gets decreased and offers strong pavement.

Cost of sidewalk hazard repair

Repairing cost will depend on multiple factors.

  • Extent of sidewalk damage will be considered
  • Determine how involving the task is
  • Type of materials necessary to do the task

All these will help to offer a precise cost estimate of sidewalk hazard repair project.

DIY sunken sidewalk repair using mudjacking method

If you have skills then purchase or rent necessary tools from local hardware store to fix uneven sidewalks but in case repairs are multiple then consult a contractor.

Step 1

Wear safety goggles to protect eyes from flying dust and debris, during the task.

Step 2

Two to three holes need to be drilled in the lower sidewalk slab, all the way till you hit the dirt. The holes must be located 3” from concrete edge and have diameter of 1” and be spaced 6” away from one another.

Step 3

Grout needs to be mixed as per manufacturer’s direction in a container. In another, container mix concrete and keep it on the side.

Step 4

Hose of the grout pump has to be installed on the hole and grout needs to be pumped. The slab will start to rise. Repeat this process in the other holes, till you see slab levelled evenly with the other sidewalk portion.

Step 5

Remove grout pump hose and fill concrete in each hole using putty knife. Even the top and level it with rest of concrete sidewalk.

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