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Title: A little different
Post by: p_og on June 26, 2006, 11:12:10 am

I have been visiting this site nearly everyday for a few months now gathering up ideas, so let me start by saying THANK YOU to everyone here for giving us all the great ideas to get started in this wacky hobby!  Having said that, my situation is a little different, so the screen that I have built is different then most of the screens here.  Hopefully it will help someone else who is looking at getting started!

The main obstacle that I had to overcome was my ancient projector.  I was given an old CRT projector and although the picture isn't too bad, it really isn't the type of thing that you can drag out into the backyard for a 90 minute movie and then drag back inside.  Not only is it VERY heavy, but it is also very finicky and has about 30 different pots to adjust about 30 different areas of the can take hours to get just right, but if it's moved from that perfect position then you might as well start over.  It's not ideal...but I made it work.

So here's what I came up with:

It's an 8ft x 6ft frame made out of PT 2x4s and spray painted flat black.  The back of the frame has velcro glued and stapled to it and I have a Queen sized bed sheet with the matching velcro sewed to it (not that easy to sew velcro!!!)  I've buried 2, 2ft lengths of 1" pipe in the ground (if this works out well, I'll cement them in next year) and I have a 1/2" pipe attached to the wooden frame using a bunch of brackets I picked up at the hardware store(s).

It's kind of hard to describe but basically I have it so I can just lay the frame on the ground, slide the poles into the brackets, lift the frame upright, and attach the screen.  I also have guy wires for the front and back but I haven't had to attach them yet.  The whole process takes less then 5 minutes from getting the frame (stored above the garage door) to being ready for a show in the backyard.  So I'm very happy about that.


As for the projector, that stays inside and shoots through a bedroom window and projects in 'reverse' mode onto the screen which stays in the same location every time thanks to the buried pipes.  The sound then runs through the wall (I received special permission from my wife to drill a hole in the outside wall) and from there goes to 2 small outdoor speakers that attach to the front of the screen.


Sorry about the wordy post but I didn't know how to explain it all in less words.  Please feel free to ask specific questions if I wasn't clear enough!  Thanks again for the ideas!!


Title: Re: A little different
Post by: Pass_The_Off on June 26, 2006, 11:52:58 am
Howdy and welcome

  You did a great job on your description.  Good thing too cause the pics are not showing for some reason.

Hope you get the pic thing fixed.  Look forward to seeing it.
Love the ingenious way you solved the problem of set up.

Title: Re: A little different
Post by: Cherry Hills on June 26, 2006, 12:28:10 pm
Sounds like you have worked out an ideal solution. Actually, one or two members here also have "projection" booths, and I think it's a really great arrangement, if you can manage it. And, of course, with a huge CRT projector, it's indispensible.

I'm looking forward to seeing those pics!

Title: Re: A little different
Post by: p_og on June 26, 2006, 12:31:51 pm
Sorry about that...clearly I'm new...hopefully a simple attachment should work...hopefully.


Title: Re: A little different
Post by: tlogan6797 on June 26, 2006, 12:48:30 pm
p_og -

Great job. We ALL have something "a little different." It just takes a little creative thinking and a willingness to git 'er done!

Personally, I would have gone up through the ceiling into the attic and out the eave, but that's just me.

Good luck on your future showings!

Title: Re: A little different
Post by: mdrsteve on June 26, 2006, 12:51:07 pm
Looks great!  Well done!!  Something tells me you'll have the poles cemented in before you know it!

Title: Re: A little different
Post by: p_og on June 26, 2006, 01:41:31 pm
Thank you all for the kind words.

Tom: I have plans to one day install a whole home audio system.  When I do that, I will certainly go through the ceiling!  But for this, I wanted to mount the speakers on the screen so they were as close to the audience as possible (since they're so small to begin with!).  The most direct route for this was out the wall since my amp is sitting under the projector anyway!  I appreciate your point of view though!  Thanks!


Title: Re: A little different
Post by: Pass_The_Off on June 26, 2006, 05:27:39 pm
Bravo  Bravo

Title: Re: A little different
Post by: Cinema BBQ on June 26, 2006, 09:01:38 pm
It looks great, nice set up!

Title: Re: A little different
Post by: rfisk on June 26, 2006, 11:46:48 pm
What a great way to utilize that projector!  You needed for it to stay in nearly exact relation to the screen and found a perfect solution.  Congratulations!

Welcome p_og, and thanks for joining the forums! 

Enjoy the fun!  You're linked-up in our "Featured Members" section.


Title: Re: A little different
Post by: p_og on June 27, 2006, 10:12:43 am
Thanks everyone, and thanks Randy for creating this site!  It's great to be here!

Title: Re: A little different
Post by: victor-eyd on June 27, 2006, 11:18:51 am
So you're using a bed sheet for rear projection?

Very interesting. How is the image, especially the fact that you're using a low lumen pj?


Title: Re: A little different
Post by: p_og on June 27, 2006, 12:18:02 pm
The image is decent considering.  It definately looks better (brighter) from the side that I project onto but it's not dark by any means on the front side!
The bedsheet is almost the least of my concerns...I'm also projecting through a window and I still don't have the projector setup 100% yet...but I'm getting there! 
It's no HD but it certainly beats a 27" TV anyday!

Title: Re: A little different
Post by: Wm_Watts on June 02, 2009, 01:16:57 pm
  I really enjoy seein' all the different screen setups! I'd like to share mine with you's guys and get a little feedback.
  hope you like it..,