First a update.
My Great Niece has been removed from "Critical" and ICU, and it looks like no invasive surgeries will be required. There is her torn Liver, and Spleen, and severely bruised Pancreas to deal with, but the Docs' feel that Bed rest and Steroids will get the mending started. She could even be released to go home tomorrow. Remarkable considering a 1300 lb animal just double kicked her almost 10'. One thing remains a certainty. She won't be pushin' on the arse end of a horse while trying to load it into a Trailer ever again.
Originally Posted by JohnZeigler
Thank you everyone. It looks like I actually have four projects to complete soon. Two for work, and two for home, and all must meet challenging ambient light conditions (one is an outdoor screen even). It looks like I am off to a good start. There is such expertise here and I am so excited to be rolling forward. And, YES, keep the levity coming, it is much appreciated.
It's hard to maintain a straight face (...and willing fingers...) at the keyboard at times. And brook no doubt, at times when I scare up the Thread page and see all that is waiting to be addressed, levity is not the first thing that comes to mind. No, it's really a way to help make it a more pleasant chore. As to if it's pleasant to read....I can only hope...or get ready to duck.
Here locally, I have Lowes, Home Depot, Ace Hardware and that is about it, although there are the local lumber yards and plastics suppliers as well.
It's a given that some of the needed items DIY'ers are tasked with assembling are often "Internet only" items.
I was at Lowes today to pick up some paint for the house and looked to see what they had on the shelf. They had three Graco HVLP paint sprayers. The Graco Spray Station 2900, 3900, and a Gemini. I know there is also the "No Name" sprayer which is available online too.
The "No Name" is the Graco 2900, although sometimes they send a 3900 Turbine unit instead.
I have over the years worn out three other paint sprayers, but have never used an HVLP sprayer before. The spray head looked to be identical among all three of these sprayers with the main difference being the 3900 added a 1.3 gallon back pack and the Gemini added a two gallon reservoir and a pressurized feed for larger projects.
The 1.3 gallon tank can be a Godsend on larger projects. I've been meaning to acquire one myself, but since I have numerous Quart Cups I just have made due until now. Sound like a familiar DIY refrain?
All three appeared to be able to run off of the turbine with a small paint cup at the gun. It looked like all three came with the 2 mm tip. I do have some large projects coming up this year what with finishing off the basement and our bonus room, plus putting color on the walls of the rest of the house. So, I would like to get a gun that would work for larger projects, or would I be better off just getting the "No Name" sprayer online plus an entry level commercial sprayer for everything else.
Commercial Airless Sprayers are specifically designed for "large" projects such entire rooms, and they come with "paint tanks"...not Cups. Also they are Hose fed, so the Guns can easily be tilted & inverted...a critical thing if painting Ceilings is to be considered. HVLP is intended to be for "Detailing" and /or Fine Finishes. Wagner and Graco are trying hard to market their products for multi-use, hence the 2.0 mm Needles. But sending the proverbial "Boy to do a man's job" is not wise nor effective if House painting is intended.
I did the math, and to project a 40" tall image, I need to mount my existing projector 136" away from the screen. This along with the projectors zoom will put both a 4:3 full projected image, or a zoomed larger 16:9 image right at 40". I also noticed that actual measurements show that the projected image is about 2% wider than it should be compared to the images height. For now, that is just fine. Now, if I wanted to make the image any larger to get a 2.35:1 image to be 40" tall, I would have to move the projector back an additional 38 inches. Hmmm, I have a pair of 48" long 20mm THK profile rails and linear bearings and a 48" Acme screw with bronze nut. I pulled this off my cnc machine when I upgraded the rails last year. Since I am boxing in the beams holding up the ceiling, I can think of a simple way to design a motorized sled to mount the projector to, and some cable chain for the wiring. The "worn out" bearings had about .010 play in them, perfect to hold up a projector, but worn out when used on a CNC machine milling aluminum. Hmmm, think of the possibilities. 4:3, 16:9 and 2.35:1 all possible from the same projector setup.
Many would envy such flexibility, but in truth, most everyone has deserted the 4:3 format, or in the least resigned thenselves to dealing with that format "as is" and focusing on getting 16:9 and 2.35:1 down effectively. To that extent, PJs such as the Panny 7000-8000s and the like that have Lens Memory features, or in the least PJs that have power Zoom and Shift are the more viable choices. However that does not take into account the desire for a tinkerer with a fertile mind and willing fingers to create something that can do essentially the same thing using a PJ not so blessed. And in DIY, that's always considered the epitomy of the art.
MM - Here is wishing for the best possible recovery for your Grand Niece. Prayers have gone your way.
Thank you for everyone here. I for one am sure they worked. To my reasoning such is always been a case of "ask and ye shall receive".
P.S. If at all possible, I plan on doing a side by side comparison of a DNP SuperNova and one of my DIY screens once completed. Even if that means that I have to haul my screen into the local showroom, I am going to do that. Inquiring minds want to know.
That would be stupendous...something many have clamored for (...and some have demanded...) for some time. Might well be a game changer for DIY-ism and it's validity in the eyes of many who either doubt, or refuse to consider it's worthiness to aspire to such comparisons. Myself, I have never shied away from such "one-on-ones", but actually having the opportunity to do such comparisons are rare.
I've got to get some sleep. Later - John Z
I envy you. As for me...I have only my Maximum Strength 5 Hour Energy
fix to look forward to. The stuff actually works, and since I've started indulging, my Vitamin uptake has increased exponentially. Oh...and that Niacin rush ain't bad either.