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post #811 of 1019 Old 07-28-2013, 07:16 PM
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Thanks for the feedback. Did you guys follow the instructions on stretching the screen? I have a few wrinkles that I couldn't get out and some of them seem to be vertical lines where the screen was rolled around the PVC pipe to be packed. Do you have any suggestions for how to stretch it to get out all the wrinkles?
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Thanks for the feedback. Did you guys follow the instructions on stretching the screen? I have a few wrinkles that I couldn't get out and some of them seem to be vertical lines where the screen was rolled around the PVC pipe to be packed. Do you have any suggestions for how to stretch it to get out all the wrinkles?
I just stretched it as tight as I could but you can tell from the photos that there were some vertical lines/wrinkles in the screen when it was leaning against the screen wall that disappeared by the time I hung the screen.
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^^^That is what I did too except that I restretched it the next day. When I was done stretching it the wrinkles were gone. It helps very much with two people. My wife tightned the screws as it pulled on the material. What size screen did you get?

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^^^That is what I did too except that I restretched it the next day. When I was done stretching it the wrinkles were gone. It helps very much with two people. My wife tightned the screws as it pulled on the material. What size screen did you get?
150" AT.
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I got a 120 inch. I'll take it down and restretch in a few days. So, the waves from rolling the screen came out with re-stretching? Did you guys stretch one long side at a time? Or go back and forth from the two sides, stretching a few tabs on the top and then doing the ones on the bottom? The instructions seemed to say to do the whole top side then the whole bottom, then alternate the sides.
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I got a 120 inch. I'll take it down and restretch in a few days. So, the waves from rolling the screen came out with re-stretching? Did you guys stretch one long side at a time? Or go back and forth from the two sides, stretching a few tabs on the top and then doing the ones on the bottom? The instructions seemed to say to do the whole top side then the whole bottom, then alternate the sides.

Yes they come out with stretching. I dont remember how I stretched it, but I think I did the middle first on top and bottom and then did entire sides.

For some reason James does not send two french cleats out for anything under 130". I personally think that 120" should receive two. I think french cleats can hold up to 300lbs so don't worry about the weight.

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I agree with you. I think a 120 needs 2 cleats. Putting a 4-foot level on the top, I can tell that the ends are sagging because of the weight (not much, about 1/4 inch at each end). This can be fixed two ways - first, a longer support/tie bar at the top to tie the two frame pieces together, or second, two cleats (one about a third of the way from each end). I will install the latter, just because I feel better with more support along the top anyway.

The waves where the screen was rolled are still there today, but they are less prevalent/noticeable. I will restretch it when I put the additional cleats on the screen, in hopes that (this time) I can get all the wrinkles and waves out.
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The frame sagging could have something to do with how you stretched the material. I had that issues as well. If you can get a second person to help you it is way easier.

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I am thinking of ordering. The Jamestown 120 At. But I need to know if it can handle being hung from the ceiling with chain and eyebolts. I would have to add the eyebolts about 15" in from the sides of the top of the inner frame. Is it sturdy enough to not warp and look crappy?
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bighvy - It should be fine. Having two supports is something way different than the one support that James provides. Two suggestions: (1) Install the two supports approximately 1/3 of the way from each end. (2) Do not overtighten the center brackets, make them snug with a hand-held screwdriver, and DO NOT use a power drill.
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What do you mean by "2 supports"?
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When I ordered my 120 inch screen it had one support (a French cleat) in the middle, when IMO it should have two supports (one at either end). So, supporting yours with two would be better than the single support that I currently have.
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Yeah now the 120 has to vertical supports. I think 13" both sides if center. Do u think the audio transparent is worth the $500+ he is asking for the fix frame its ina small room and iI was gonna hang it from the ceiling joist and put the speakers behind it. Ur may be heavy with the wood outer frame
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How large is your room? The screen weighs about 30-35lbs. It's not very heavy since its light wood and aluminum. I didn't go with AT screen since my room is also small and to put the speakers behind would use up some floor space. I hope to post pics when I finish the room (once I install another cleat or two).
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Mine is small. 10x14. The 120" will almost fill the 10 foot wall I mounted the speakers to the back wall at ear level and the screen will hang like 18 inches in front of the wall. The Benq 1070 will mount 11 ft back and 6" down from ceiling so the screen will hang approx 8-9 down on chains. I could use a false wall I would save about 10" of gap between the speakers and screen because of the way studs are spaced. Wewill be seated 10-11 from sscreen
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honestly, i think you'll be too close to the screen. My room is 11.5x14.33. We tried to have the screen about 11ft from the screen and had trouble focusing our eyes, especially when the action was fast moving. Now, we're pretty much against the back wall, and it's perfect. The screen is large enough to give us the movie theater feel without making it seem too small and straining our eyes. Personally, I'd wall-mount it and give yourself some more room to move back if you need to or move as close as you like. Or if you can build a false wall to give yourself an extra 10in further away from the screen, I think you'd be better off.
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yes.. If it's good material, these screens appear to be a very good deal.thanks lt6Lgn
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yes.. If it's good material, these screens appear to be a very good deal.thanks lt6Lgn

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Just a little update on my saga...

I called this morning and asked for a status update since it's been three weeks since I was told it would ship in two or three days.

After some shuffling of papers and stammering a bit, he said that my order somehow got confused with another order. But he assured me that my screen would ship tomorrow, and that I would have a tracking number by tomorrow afternoon.

We'll see.

Btw, normally I would be pretty upset with this guy, but in all honesty the projected image looks pretty darn good on my light gray walls, so for now I'm ok with being patient. We'll see how patient I feel if I don't get a tracking number tomorrow...
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In my order, I found that the more you pester them, the quicker things get done. I emailed and called each day and things seemed to go faster. James told me "two weeks" and then when I started calling each day, it was a week (not two) then I got the screen.
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Well dang. I plan on ordering mine in 2 weeks..I may not get it back in time for the start of football
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Considering football starts in about 5 weeks and you will not order for two weeks, there is no chance. Sorry. But you can just project the image on the wall or sheet until it arrives. If you are ordering a size that is common, you can ask him if he has any because some people cancel their orders after the bad customer service.

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I will hang a sheet if I have to.. I'm ordering 12o" xD audio transparent one
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Well, despite all the potential for delays, I can't justify an extra $400 or so to NOT get it from Jamestown, so I just purchased the Seymour AT 120 in. screen on ebay. The promised date is mid July...

Just over the six week point now. I opened a case with ebay before it expired. The reply I got gave an excuse about material from Seymour and an apology for not contacting me sooner.

I'm sure James must read this thread - certainly he should realize that this is no way to treat customers? We can all live with the delays (or we wouldn't have ordered in the first place), but it needs to be well communicated up front.
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To be fair, on Seymour's website, it does say that "Center Stage XD is temporarily unavailable for DIY orders until we get our supplies caught back up." So, if James is ordering the screen material through the site, then it's very likely that he has to wait until Seymour is ready for to ship the material.
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Praise be to the godz of AV equipment, but I finally have a tracking number, and my screen has shipped...7 weeks after ordering.

I wish James well, but he certainly needs to do something to get more organized. The plethora of excuses he uses is, well, just embarrassing.
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Its pretty ridiculous that people still give him business in this day and age. There are too many options.

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Its pretty ridiculous that people still give him business in this day and age. There are too many options.
I think there are fewer than you realize, unless you're going to build the screen frame yourself, no one else offers a screen kit at anything close to the price that he does which is why so many of us put up with his production delays and at the end of the day, my screen looks great. smile.gif
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I think there are fewer than you realize, unless you're going to build the screen frame yourself, no one else offers a screen kit at anything close to the price that he does which is why so many of us put up with his production delays and at the end of the day, my screen looks great. smile.gif

Well by definition you have to be right, otherwise people would have went somewhere else smile.gif

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Now that I have two supports on my 120in screen, I am very pleased! The screen material produces an AWESOME image. The frame looks great! However, a few warnings for those thinking about these screens - it's easy to strip threads in the soft wood so (1) don't put screws in and take them out repeatedly and (2) don't overtighten (using a hand-held screwdriver is preferable to a drill). It's easy to repair the threads in the wood with some toothpicks and wood glue, but it's easier to just not strip the threads to begin with. Second, I'd recommend having at least two french cleats rather than just the one in the middle; if you have a screen that measures 120 or less, you have to request 2 cleats. Other than those two small warnings, I highly recommend these screens. Yes, the wait is long, but the price is low. A friend told me that in purchases you have three options - cheap, fast, and quality - then, in your purchases, you can choose two of those. With these screens, you get good quality and cheap, but you don't get fast. But the wait, at least IMO, is worth it.
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