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Screen Fixing Query

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by TimF, Oct 24, 2002.

  1. TimF

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    Any one any experience of mounting proj screen in the floorspace.

    Just got Draper luma (83inch) and rather than mount direct on ceiling I could mount on a joist in cavity above.

    Question is - what about cutting a slot in plasterboard ceiling - might look a bit odd without finishing off someway.

    Any ideas, experiences re ceiling screen fixings helpful.

    Cheers
     
  2. JohnS

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    Thats exactly what I have done with my 8ft Owl electric. Took the floor up from above then I cut a 40mm by width slot in the plasterboard with a dremmel and drywall bit. Then finished the edges with some upvc right-angle bead which was 20mm*20mm by about 1mm thick.
     
  3. TimF

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    Thanks - I will try this out.

    How did you get a straight edge in the cut out?

    Where did you get beading - Is this a B&Q type product or somewhere more specialist.

    Many thanks
     
  4. JohnS

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    Drew a line and followed it ;) Sorry I'm not being facitious but thats what I did. It doesn't matter if its dead straight as when you put the beading over it you cannot see it anyway. I assembeled the "letterbox frame" shape of the bead on the floor sticking the UPVC together with some 2 part solvent from B & Q. I got the bead from a double glazing style builders merchant, someone that does fascia and soffit parts, 2 *3m lengths about £10 altogether. I stuck the frame to the plasterboard using decorators caulk.
     
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    Ditto!!

    It works really well and looks the part, if the bottom bar of your screen is white the whole thing just about vanishes when not in use.

    There's something a bit special about sitting down pressing play and then watching the screen deploy!! I guess it reminds me of the hush that fell once the curtains at the local fleapit retracted at the start of a film :p

    Steve
     
  6. JohnS

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    Yeah, it makes me smile every time it appears from the ceiling:D
     
  7. TimF

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    Thanks guys

    Right - Gonna do it this weekend - reason why I asked about straight lines is that I don't have a dremmell type thingy and was going to try with a hand held jig saw - but I can imagine the wifes face (and hear the comments) when I start cutting through the living room ceiling!!

    Any way - sprayed projector mounting bracket and cable ends white to camouflage - taken down light fitting in living room, rolled back carpet in bedroom over living room.

    Next job is to lift floorboards and drill out joists to run cables - wish me luck!


    Cheers
     
  8. JohnS

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    Probably be easier with a jigsaw than the dremmel, Good Luck;)
     
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    Hi Timf,

    So you wan to be sure you cut a straight line with a jigsaw - here's how:

    get a length of 2 x 1 - turn it on its edge and sight down the length of it when buying to make sure it isn't warped.

    Knock two nails/spax screws into it just so they protrude out the other side about 5mm. Mark your cutting line on the ceiling, and fix the length of 2x1 to one side of this cutline - the same distance from the cutline as the distance between the blade of the jigsaw and the soleplate of the jigsaw.

    Screw/nail the 2x1 to the ceiling - when you're finised you can take it down and fill the holes with polyfilla or whatever.

    With the 2x1 fixed in place, use your jigsaw to cut the slot with the edge of the jigsaw bearing against the 2x1 as a guide for the duration of the cut. If you can take up the floorboards/live in a bongalow, it would probably be easier to do this from above - just drill two holes from below thru the ceiling at the start and finish points of the cut for the slot.

    Hope this helps.



    S

    ean G.
     
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    Thanks for your info.

    When I (finally!) got the floorboards up their were wooden supports going from beam to beam which meant that mounting the screen in the floor space was out!

    Put in proj mains cable and prepared space for SVGA cable

    Now mounting direct to ceiling and making a box/pelmet type of affair to hide the screen.

    Many thanks
     

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