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Considering eBay 120" motorized screen

Hi, the place I am trying to place the screen has a fireplace so I am considering a motorized screen that I could retract and extended whenever needed. What are your thoughts on 120" eBay screens that list 1.1-1.3 gain?

I am completely new to this and am considering a cheap entry level Benq W1070 projector.

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Cheap retractables often have defects like waves, wrinkles, as well as uneven surface textures and shading.

Spend a little more and get a Tab Tensioned screen.

You'll find the Screens Forum a more appropriate place to get suggestions on Mfg Screens. Unless your intent is that you want go recoat it with a DIY paint...then we are all ears!

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Epoxy pockets to bow a carbon rod cut to size from 72" on both sides. My guess is the rods will be below 65" in length. The weight of the screen will straighten them up.

Then pain the screen. In all you're looking at about $100 extra to get a suitable screen this way. Paints, sprayer and rods.

https://goodwinds.com/fiberglass/solid-fiberglass.html

I'd personally not do such a thing.

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Not sure what to make of the above..... The OP wasn't referring to making a screen.

Here is a Retractable Tab tensioned screen.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F15H7K0/...ter_B00CR27UI4

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Not sure what to make of the above..... The OP wasn't referring to making a screen.

Here is a Retractable Tab tensioned screen.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F15H7K0/...ter_B00CR27UI4
I meant the cheap non tensioned can be easily be made tensioned if you went out all MacGyver.

Get pvc projector screen samples. Cut to make pockets.
Epoxy to glue pockets (4, a pocket in each corner behind the screen at about an inch past the border.)
Cut 2 carbon fiber rods the diameter used in kites. A 72"rod would give a lot of play, 11" over the 59" height.

I like to think outside the box but I'm no MacGyver. Maybe he's a MacGyver who needs some encouragement?
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I meant the cheap non tensioned can be easily be made tensioned if you went out all MacGyver.

I like to think outside the box but I'm no MacGyver. Maybe he's a MacGyver who needs some encouragement?
Perhaps...but when a true Tab Tensioned 120" diagonal Screen can come ready to hang at under $500.00, it make almost no sense.

Almost.....there are exceptions. ......Some do like the total DIY challenge. I draw the line myself.

Shoot, I paid more than that 2 years ago for the 106" TT I used and showed in my Thread about painting one.

If anyone is interested at all in painting upon a Retractable, and doesn't want the potential caveats virtually all such el'cheapo Retractables risk, then a TT Retractable is the only almost assured way to go about it.

query: With a solid Rod on each side, he'd never be able to retract the screen, and that would seem absolutely necessary...so I suppose you were suggesting a method where he would insert / remove the Rods when needed?

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Yeah, MacGyver in essence gets a semi-manual electronic controlled screen.

For the nerd with no money, you can pull off the illusion it's fully electric by telliny your date, "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!" While you insert and take out the rods.
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