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Author Topic: Out door set up utilizing a pergola and cat tree / projector booth conversion  (Read 1896 times)
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« on: June 05, 2016, 01:16:18 pm »

I thought I'd share my set-up that I've had up for several years now (and currently taking down due to a move)

We had a Pergola, so I installed a 150" Elite screen right in the pergola and placed a $3 plastic gutter upside-down over the metal tube holding the screen - it has proved water and storm proof for over 8 years now, so that's a great cheap solution for protecting your screen.

My wife had a cat tree outside, so I took of the top platform and installed a permanent projection booth on top, by building a simple wooden box and installing some computer fans linked to a thermostat that would turn them on when the temp reaches 88 degrees.  Total cost was about $15.  I put the Epson 8350 projector and Apple TV in there as well as rf remote repeaters.

I also had a custom lucite case made that houses the receiver and router - keeps everything from getting dusty - I installed it in an outdoor coffee table under the glass, so everything stayed dry.  The custom lucite case was unfortunately a few hundred dollars.

Fiber optic cables run under the house and connect the receiver to the projector.  1/8" audio cables connect all the remote repeaters so everything is turned on with one Logitech remote. 

Finally, I use outdoor Bose speakers on either side of the screen integrated into the landscaping.

My wife got her outdoor cat-tree laden "catio" and I got a permanent theater set up.

By they way, I got lots of help on this set-up on this forum years ago, so thank you!  And this weekend I'm having to disassemble it, so I've put the cases as free items in the classifieds section if you're interested and geographically local!


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