Wahoo, finally get to install some fun stuff! In this post we start hanging surround sound speakers, TV, fans, and a french cleat system all the way around the perimeter of the shop. Check it out for more!
The sheetrock and painting drudgery is finally getting close to being over, so I took a break to go ahead and install some fun stuff. The nerdy electronics setup is much more fun than sanding and validates all of that time spent planning out wiring and outlet boxes.
Installing plugs for the surround sound and wall mounted speakers
I have been planning this for a long time and think I found the perfect solution for me. I wanted to hook up my surround sound without having to pre-identify exactly what kind of wall plate I needed. I was able to find these speaker keystone plugs on Amazon that fit into a standard keystone plate which are available in many different configurations.
Here is a quick description of how I set up the surround sound in the shop. If you have been following along, you know I pre-ran some 2″ electrical conduit through the wall and across half the ceiling. To run my audio, I have a firestick plugged into the TV then an audio wire from the TV’s 1/8″ headphone plug that goes down to my stereo through the conduit then connects with a converter to the red/white aux in plug. From my stereo, I have plugged it into the above shown wall plugs going out to my speakers.
So far it works AWESOME! Ideally I would really rather have a Chromecast with Google TV instead of a Fire Stick (though the fire stick works just fine, the only thing I miss is the ability to cast video wirelessly from my phone). Tidal is awesome for watching music videos and Amazon Music is pretty good too.
DIY Perimeter French Cleat System
As with most of my projects, especially these finer details towards the end, I have put a lot of thought into the end goal. I wanted a way to hang anything anywhere without having to mess around with finding studs putting in screws or patching holes. I came up with a mashup of ideas. Instead of doing a french cleat ‘wall’ where it is kind of like a pegboard with a whole wall covered in them, I just wanted a single cleat board that went around the perimeter of the whole shop. This allows me to hang anything anywhere anytime without any tools.
This is another one I deliberated on until I came to the best solution. The trim boards in the shop are going to have a rough life. Since this is a pole barn and not a conventional garage with footers and a 6″+ concrete footer sticking up above floor level, my baseboards are going to be right on the concrete. That causes concerns about bugs, salty water, mold, scratches, etc. After looking at the different options I came to the conclusion that PVC was the only way to go.
PVC trim boards cut and attach just like wood but don’t rot and since I want them to be white, never need painted. As an added bonus if I run stuff into them and dent them, they are white all the way through so it won’t be visible. So I bit the bullet and just did it the right way. Buy once, cry once.
That is all for now. Lots more little details going in every day. I recently picked up a 3d printer and a couple other toys you might have caught glimpses of that are going to one-up my project ability and speed. Now on to getting the ceiling sealed up with vapor barrier and steel before it gets too cold out!