Originally Posted by Charlee0620
As an engineer I appreciate the attention to detail and the variables that you have called to my attention, that effect the view experience, but I also like to do prelim research, which I am doing, to find out what others have done, so I not reinventing the wheel when I go to build all of this. The room is currently 26'9" x 13'8" but will be cut to create a new bedroom and a smaller theater that will be 14'1" x 13'8" and 9' ceilings. That being said here's what I have for you....which really isn't much...
PJ's--Infocus screen play 5000
--I don't know the time on the bulbs but do plan on replacing it when it blows (on which ever PJ I choose)
Depending upon the age / performance of the Lamp that may or may not be an acceptable choice of action. The Z4 is the preferred choice, owning to both it's appreciably greater contrast and less expensive lamps. But both PJs are within 100 lumen output of each other, and at 1100 lumen "New" even the 5000 is not a bright PJ by any stretch. If the Lamp on either is more than 1000 hrs old, you'll be dealing with less than 305 of the original brightness.
That means any Screen you create will either have to be ideally suited for a very weak PJ output, or you must tolerate a dim image until you deign to replace the Lamp. Or have to. In which case I strongly suggest you NOT wait until the lamp "Blows", because if does actually "POP", and many older lamps do exactly that...because both PJs' Optics are not sealed, the resulting debris can ruin the PJ.
I think I have a old...never used Z4 Lamp laying up in a Cabinet somewhere in the Barn, PM me and it can be had for case of decent beer.
Color--The room currently has light brown matte walls and white matte everything else, which will be repainted to what ever I (meaning my wife) thinks is good.
Get on her good side....and stay away from drab Browns and such. Some of the best looking Theaters I've seen had Dark Flat Gray ceilings and deep, Flat Blue walls w/a Greenish under cast.
Carpet--to hideous to describe but will most definitely be replaced.
Thanks for sparing us all. Consider a dark, patterned Carpet w/no sheen.
Seating is going to be what ever we have to put in there; hopefully a small sectional
Definitely go for comfort first. Extended versions of Films can play havoc with the Tush and Spinal Column.
I'm thinking that if I do a screen out of Formica I will use a 4'x8' piece to avoid seams (buddy did one with a seam and it looked like felder carb) and if i go cloth I'm thinking min of 10'dig....not sure really.
Now your scaring me. A older 1000 lumen PJ and a 10' diagonal Screen? All I'm saying is that your initial results will go far toward determining your enthusiasm and appreciation of whatever you get for the money and effort expended. Based on what your relating, unless you accept you must consider a different path, my own experience is such matters speaks of a looming disappointment.
Consider using Sintra instead, cut to 107" x 60" for 120" diagonal (10') and spray coat it with RS-MM LL. That's an excellent start, one that will play to the Z4's strengths and weaknesses, and have you avoid the issues that can plague the use of Formica.
But as a novice I understand I am going to have to experiment to find what I like which will differ from others. I don't mind building a couple of screens for fun.
Well, doing what I do for a living doesn't afford me that luxury, so I make every effort to nail down an ideally suited application the 1st time around. So that's how I roll when dispensing advice on this Forum. I suggest you do likewise, lest your significant other look at your efforts with less than a appreciative eye. I've seen things go South when people make do...or make compromises, and the resulting retrospect thinking, sour grapes syndrome, and recriminatory comments can be very depressing as far as maintaining a good feeling about what you accomplished.
I've seen it happen often enough...and it's never a pretty sight. So I avoid it like the plague.
Again thank you for the help!
Ya gotta know...your welcome!
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DIY Screen making isn't "A Mission from God", but it's a Hell of a way to getcherself some real satisfaction.