AVS Club Gold
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Byhalia, Mississippi. Waaaay down in the Bottoms
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Hey! Welcome aboard DIY Screens!
Doesn't seem you'll be doing much DIY Screen making though.
First, going "RP" involves a lot of considerations that go way beyond what you mentioned, with a correct placement of the PJ being the most important.
The w1070 has at least a degree of vertical Lens shift, so unless you've already accounted for such and still wind up needing a 3' Drop, you can probably reduce that Drop by 50% or more.
But above all else, I would strongly advise against trying to re-work the Retractable screen you have into a RP unit but replacing the material. Retractable s in that price range already are noted to have "less than stellar" screen properties as far as waves and wrinkles....and they are Mfg'd....not DIY'ed.
Lastly, if the PJ can be raised even a little, and you get it up and going, two things will almost undoubtedly happen.
1. It will look (...the image) so good the wife will appreciate it more than you think.
2. The PJ seems to disappear from the equation. I've seen people standing directly under a 20 lb PJ and ask where the picture is coming from. Really. If it is at 10' or more off the Floor, it ceases to be an intrusion.
Far better to give it a go and do something "normal" than risk throwing a lot of time and expense into something whose potential for success is problematical at best.
To quote James T. Kirk;
"I'm laughing at the superior intellect"