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Author Topic: Rebuilt In Northern MN  (Read 22671 times)
twig
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« on: June 18, 2007, 03:54:06 am »

I thought I would share a few photos of my rebuilt 16 ft x 9 ft screen. Last fall a strong storm rolled though town and blew down my screen, snapping a 4x4 post right off. So with a little reenforcement this year, I'm back up and running.
I used a post hole digger and went down about 3 feet for each post. Then used one bag of Quikcrete in each hole and back filled the post, making sure they were level.
I used six 4x8 sheets of marlite this time instead of paneling. They were about $10 a sheet at Lowes. Marlite comes with one side finished in a shiny white, but I used the other side and painted it with a flat latex paint. I cut four of the sheets to 4x5. Then attached them across the bottom of the framework giving me 16x5. Across the top I put up the other two full sheets to complete the 16x9 ft screen. Then using some white plastic trim pieces I seamed it all together.  After I took the photos, I also put up a little lattice across the bottom which will help hide the firewood for the fire pit.
While I haven't had a chance to use it yet, the screen has withstood a couple of good storms and the added supports seem to have done the trick.  The first scheduled movie night will be June 29th, with the "Double Scret Probation" version of "Animal House"
My first scheduled event got rained out, so I had to move it into the garage. I discovered a bonus from using the six Marlite sheets. I had four 3x4 pieces left over. So I joined them together and built 6x8 ft screen to hang from the rafters of the garage.  I had about 20 friends over and we watched the HBO PPV event "The Prelude To The Dream". It was a dirt late model race from the Eldora Speeday in Ohio with about 25 NASCAR drivers taking part.
I had bought a Gemmy inflatable screen this spring also, but it's too tall to fit inside the garage without risk of popping it.
So, I kinda have my own little multi-screen theater going now. I also upgraded my sound system to 5.1 surround with a new Sony receiver, four rock speakers and the tree stump subwoofer.
Vacation can't come soon enough so I can finally start using it all.


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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2007, 08:17:22 am »

Wow...now thats a screen. Nice job. How did you set those posts in the ground?
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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2007, 08:55:12 am »

twig -

NICE! Good work. Hope you gewt better weather and can show TONS of movies!

Tom
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