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The distance from the center of the grommet to the center of the supporting bolt is 2 and 1/8".

There are two slots per side of my aluminum. I put the screws in the outside slot.

There is a ton of stretch. So much so that as you see it bows the aluminum in the middle of the horizontal span.

You used the 5/8" square, correct?

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You used the 5/8" square, correct?

If I remember right, I used the 1x2" extruded aluminum.
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If I remember right, I used the 1x2" extruded aluminum.
That is what I am thinking of... 15' wide screen. I thought about the 1 x 3, but I think with the stand offs every 3 feet I should be fine. I think what I will have to do is make the screen first, and then mount it to the wall to locate everything nice and square and level, and then pull it down and mount the screen to it.

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If I remember right, I used the 1x2" extruded aluminum.
On your screen... Did you buy the material with the grommets installed? I am purchasing mine with the grommets installed and then making my own frame out of 1x2 extruded aluminum. Could you measure what the distance is from the center of the grommet to the center of the t-nut screw for me please? I have my aluminum but I don't know how much bigger to make the frame than the screen. If I was doing a wood one or drilling into a welded frame I could change it, but as you know there is no changing on the extruded frame.

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On your screen... Did you buy the material with the grommets installed? I am purchasing mine with the grommets installed and then making my own frame out of 1x2 extruded aluminum. Could you measure what the distance is from the center of the grommet to the center of the t-nut screw for me please? I have my aluminum but I don't know how much bigger to make the frame than the screen. If I was doing a wood one or drilling into a welded frame I could change it, but as you know there is no changing on the extruded frame.

I installed the grommets myself. If I had it to do over again I would have bought it the way you did. It was more work to put the grommets in than it was worth.

The distance from the center of the grommets to the center of the t-nut screw is 2 1/8". This was what Cris Seymour recommended and I just remeasures to make sure.
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I installed the grommets myself. If I had it to do over again I would have bought it the way you did. It was more work to put the grommets in than it was worth.

The distance from the center of the grommets to the center of the t-nut screw is 2 1/8". This was what Cris Seymour recommended and I just remeasures to make sure.
Thanks for the info... It looks like my screen will have a gap between the frame and the screen material as my extruded aluminum is only 2" wide. II guess I will just let the outer velvet wooden frame cover the gap. Is that what you did on yours?

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I installed the grommets myself. If I had it to do over again I would have bought it the way you did. It was more work to put the grommets in than it was worth.

The distance from the center of the grommets to the center of the t-nut screw is 2 1/8". This was what Cris Seymour recommended and I just remeasures to make sure.

Thanks for the info... It looks like my screen will have a gap between the frame and the screen material as my extruded aluminum is only 2" wide. II guess I will just let the outer velvet wooden frame cover the gap. Is that what you did on yours?

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Yes. It is the same on mine, but I have a wooden frame in front of the screen that blocks the gap.
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Yes. It is the same on mine, but I have a wooden frame in front of the screen that blocks the gap.
How did you attach the wooden frame to the extruded aluminum?

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How did you attach the wooden frame to the extruded aluminum?
Mine isn't attached. It hangs in front. However, theoretically you could attach it to the front using t-nuts and screws.
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This is a great DIY build & education for me.

I notice there are 'Hinges' available for the Extruded Aluminum frames. I was wondering if you have seen anyone use these and create 'masking' panels? I am thinking if parallel aluminum frames were attached, with a hinge and they were all covered in the black velvet, maybe they could be rotated in & out (or up & down) to create a Masking type process?

I am thinking of using this method as my entire "Screen Wall" & Screen frame, and I have a long way to go... but I keep finding myself learning about new things/ new ideas and getting the cart way before the horse :-)
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This is a great DIY build & education for me.

I notice there are 'Hinges' available for the Extruded Aluminum frames. I was wondering if you have seen anyone use these and create 'masking' panels? I am thinking if parallel aluminum frames were attached, with a hinge and they were all covered in the black velvet, maybe they could be rotated in & out (or up & down) to create a Masking type process?

I am thinking of using this method as my entire "Screen Wall" & Screen frame, and I have a long way to go... but I keep finding myself learning about new things/ new ideas and getting the cart way before the horse :-)
I have ordered hinges but they will be for lifting the whole screen up to access the area behind the screen. I am going to try magnets for thge masking panels... Unless I get ambitious and try automatic masking panels.

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Mine isn't attached. It hangs in front. However, theoretically you could attach it to the front using t-nuts and screws.
I think we will try
"L" brackets and "T" nuts from the top and side edges for holding the wood frame to the extruded one.

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Great thread! I've built my AT screen a year or so ago but getting a little bit of sag on the upper board. It looks like I'll be adding 1030 framing to mine. Thanks for the tips!
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