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« on: January 10, 2009, 02:17:47 pm »

Hi Everyone.

Been reading this website since last summer, but never made it to posting.  Last fall as it was getting cold at night, I finally got my setup running and had 2 showings before packing everything up for the winter.  Everyone had a great time.   We showed Shrek 2 and Nim's Island.  I can't wait until Spring!!  First showing of 09 will include tickets! Grin (Thanks to whoever posted the Excel movie ticket creator)

Below are pics of my screen.
Thanks for all of the great ideas!


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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2009, 02:39:09 pm »


Awesome Screen!!

Woooo hoooo...that is *a lot* of PVC glue-sniffing!!

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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2009, 04:27:43 pm »

That is an awesome screen!

I have two questions: 
how big is it, and what did you use for the screen material.  I really love the black border around the edges. 
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2009, 06:13:47 pm »

Thanks!

The screen 1s 16 feet by 9 feet (of course :-) ).
The screen is made of Black Out Cloth from the local fabric store.
There is one seam that goes horizontal across the middle.
The black edging is a thick canvas-type material.

My mom is a professional seamstress and was kind enough to sew the two pieces together and edge it. (Although she said she NEVER wanted to work on anything that BIG again!)  Putting all of the grommets in was a pain too.

But it was SO worth it.  Grin

The only issue I have is that my projector is native 4:3.
It has a cinema mode for 16:9 and I overshoot the screen so the black bars don't show.  But when I want to show my pre-show, it is at 4:3 and i have to move the projector cart for the main feature.

Anybody have any good ideas for this where I'm not moving the projector cart back and forth?
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2009, 06:21:17 pm »


Anybody have any good ideas for this where I'm not moving the projector cart back and forth?


When I pull together my pre-show, I set the software to 16:9 so the 4:3 stuff is already in the right-sized window.

Typical pre-show:

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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2009, 06:29:41 pm »

Great screen and frame, doctorbbq!  Welcome aboard!

That's a bunch of PVC.  I immediately looked for rear safety cables and they are there!  Well done.

I gotta ask; on that rear support to the top, did you calculate that rig or eyeball it.  I can see me messing to get that tee and the bottom bar in the right place all afternoon.   Grin 

Nice work.

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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2009, 07:06:47 pm »

Daaaammnnnnn!

Nice border.  Isn't PVC arts and crafts just the best.

Seriously, good work!

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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2009, 08:00:04 pm »

dang, I was hoping you had some super-secret website where you were able to buy your screen material from! That looked professional!

Are you SURRREEE your mom doesn't want to do another one? Wink  You guys would have some paying customers. 

How noticeable is the seam during the movies?  can you see a bright strip?
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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2009, 10:48:22 pm »

As far as the top support....I calculated it...and still screwed it up. I had to try 3 times to get it just right.

The pics shown are from the first time I set it up. The saftey lines from the back are shown, but there are none on the front.  The second time I set it up, I set up the night before so that I wouldn't have to do it when I got home from work.  A freak wind came out of the East (hitting the front of the screen) ahd managed to break a few of the joints from the stress.  After a quick repair to the frame, I added the saftey lines on the front too.  The thing is SOLID now.

The PVC is glued in some sections and others are bolted together.  I can't leave it up permanently, so I unbolt it into 4 sections and some connecting pieces and store them in the garage.  It takes about 1 hour to set up.  I can set it up by myself.  I have a 15 foot PVC pole with a T cut in half on the end of it.  This allows me to push the frame up into position from the front.  To take it down requires the wife to help. She tips the frame forward towards me while I gently let it down with the pole. 

The seam is completely invisible during the movie.


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« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2009, 06:35:36 pm »

nice job -- I've been going back and forth between a couple different frame designs, and I think your design just hopped to the front of the line... 
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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2009, 08:39:41 pm »

Sorry I have not been on here in a while. I have had several people ask me about measurements for the frame. Attached is my best recollection of the frame measurements. It is currently stored in my garage (been out of town too much) so this is the best my brain can remember. I'm pretty sure that it's right though. Good luck!



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« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2009, 07:08:54 pm »

I do have to say that I love your support design. I have been scouring the web for a really good frame design and have yet to find one that I really like, until now that is. As far as the screen goes somebody on the forum already posted it but a seamless 9'x16' screen can be found here http://www.carlofet.com/finished-projector-screens.html for reasonable prices considering the fact that the guy makes them all to order. They are made out of blackout material and he puts a 2 1/2" border around it, they look great. I think that I have found my screen and stand combo for next summer.
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« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2009, 12:22:44 am »

Very cool!
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« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2010, 10:29:04 pm »

Thanks for the pics and idea,  I used you plan to build a screen for the family.  I turned out great.


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« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2012, 07:07:46 pm »

I love the design of the frame. I am about to make it in a couple of weeks. I have a question about the measurements though. Are the measurements the cut of the tubing or the actual from point to point? I hope you understand what I mean. When it says 5' or 6' 6" is that just the tubing it self or does it include the elbow or the T? I hope someone will get back to me and understand what I mean, and of course wish me good luck on building my screen.   
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