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HELP! Problem room

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Mark Pitchford, Dec 18, 2003.

  1. Mark Pitchford

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    We had an extension built to our existing house that I was planning on using for a projector.

    Now, the extension has a sloping roof of about 16 degrees from the house to the outermost wall.

    How could I fit a screen to a sloping roof?

    I thought about using chains but then it was pointed out to me that they will be affected by draughts and the screen might sway in the wind.

    Any ideas??
     
  2. ReTrO

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    You'll want to mount your screen to the joists in the ceiling if at all possible. Less chance of it coming down that way.

    Make up some wedges to enable the screen to sit in it's correct horizontal attitude and allow the screen to drop straight.

    This is of course assuming that the roof slopes towards the screen rather than across it (ie higher at one side of the screen than the other).
     
  3. Mark Pitchford

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    No, the roof slopes along the length of the screen.

    I think I'll go with the chains and anchor it to my AV unit at the bottom somehow to stop it waving in the wind!
     
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    Are we looking at a fixed or electric screen here? (If you'll pardon the pun :) )
     
  5. Mark Pitchford

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    My potential 'theatre' is a 6m x 3.5m room with a slope accross the 3.5m side of about 0.5m in total.

    We have an IKEA wall unit on this wall that also houses all my AV kit.

    The wall unit is not high enough to attach the screen directly to it.

    How could I attach a screen to the ceiling so that it pulls down in front of the wall unit?

    I was thinking maybe a bracket on one side of the screen and a chain on the other and then some kind of clip on the AV unit to hold the screen at the bottom.

    Could I have a wedge shape sewn into the screen material to compensate for the slope?

    What are my options?

    TIA,

    Mark
     
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    Hi,

    Why not screw the screen to a white painted board and then screw that to the ceiling picking up the joist locations.
    The screen i have stays down when set in position and retracts when tugged.

    Cheers
     
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    My ceiling also slopes. I used a roller-blind screeen that seems to hang down quite nicely. wedges were fillted to the joists and the bits the bling sits into were screwed into this. The blind just slots in.

    I don't suffer from wind (unless after a curry!!) so it soesn't wave about.

    See the pic attached


    Cheers
     

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  8. Mark Pitchford

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    But that's going to look a little obtrusive?

    I should have said, the room's also a family room so the installation needs to be fairly invisible.
     
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    OK, cut a slot in the ceiling and mount the screen on a board in the ceiling void.
    Same result but neater.
    :D
     
  10. Mark Pitchford

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    Selexus,

    If I'm understanding you correctly you attach a wedge-shaped board to the ceiling to compensate for the slope?

    The pull down screen canister would then attach to the bottom of this board?

    If I'm understanding correctly this board would then be a meter from the wall so that the screen could be pulled down in front of my telly?
     
  11. Mark Pitchford

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    ReTrO : I'm looking at an electric screen.

    Donnacha : My ceiling is only sloped on one side.

    If you can imagine a 3.5m wall with a ceiling that is 2m high on one side and 3m high on the other.

    I've got a wall unit on this wall so can't mount the screen to the wall. This wall unit also houses the TV and my AV kit and would like the screen to drop down in front of the TV but then retract out of sight when not required.
     
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    Yes you could do it like that, or (depending on the access from above the sloping ceiling) you mount the canister in the ceiling void at the correct angle so that it drops down in the desired location. Although this may not be possible if the roof void is shallow.

    There are plenty of ways to do what you desire, it's just a question of how neat you'd like it to look.
     
  13. Mark Pitchford

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    The roof void is only 300 - 400mm any further and your're into fresh air!
     
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    I can't see how sewing a section into the screen would help you, as the resultant piece of fabric would then be a shallow L shape and wouldn't retract.

    I think your only option is to somehow level the ceiling you're mounting the screen on.
     
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    Duplicate thread :nono:

    Here .

    Merging.
     
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    Woz! :

    The extra fabric would be traiangular, following the profile of the roof.
     

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