Thought I would change the pace a bit and get to a screen build instead of....
Well after a hell of a lot of trial and error and wasted parts, I've finally (mostly) come up with a solution for my wanting a wave free fixed frame screen but the ability to retract that screen so that I can let the light in when I want to sit upstairs and read. As well as open the window at night to circulate the air.
This method is not my final choice but it does work well and the plan is to leave the screen in the retracted position unless we are watching a movie.
Several of you know that my screen hangs on my window trim with no problems. I got tired of pulling it down at night to open the window for the previously mentioned air circulation.
So here is what I built:
Although not finished, this is my last screen and I have one more paint job to do on the HT. My last screen was painted, finished and velvet trimmed, but spending time with my 4 year old son has first priority right now. The theater is in limbo for the time being.
Screen in "movie" mode. The last 3 were all like this one. Currently 120"
Corner bracket for aluminum frame. Great for strength, not great for square.
Material splined into front of screen. I have NEVER had a wave since going to this type of DIY fixed frame screen.
Far better, but not as easy as staples on the back of a wood frame.
Must be VERY careful when rolling the spline in.
See the scratches on the bottom of the screen. Not the dog hair but the horiz lines.
So my intent was to swing this thing up against the ceiling.
My max size held me at 120" diagonal because of the angle of the room trusses.
So I attached under mount drawer slides to the back of the frame.
With the under mount I could (not so) easily remove the screen from the
wall by simply pulling VERY hard on the slides.
To make a long story short, I thought that the hanging screen distance would
affect the retracted distance and interfere with a can light near the front
of my HT. So I essentially created a variable radius at the slide mounting point.
Well I measured incorrectly and had way more room than first
thought so in hindsight I could have built fixed length arms instead of slides.
I then had to build a spacer so that the screen would be parallel with the wall since the
slides would interfere in the back too. I also found some gate hinges that slid
almost perfectly into the drawer slide and permanently attached them with screws and bolts.
I then attached a window lock on the bottom so that I could swing it up against the ceiling.
I tried the high power NEO magnets first time around and couldn't get ones strong enough without them being too large.
I may revisit that idea again and I wish I was 4" taller. I wouldn't strain reaching for the lock that way.
And here is the retracted, open window, fresh air view. (pic taken at night)
PS: I can give more detail on the screen itself if anyone has any questions.