Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Longmont, CO USA
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Thanks to all of the awesome DIY screen info found while lurking and searching on this site, Iâ€™m wanting to undertake my own screen-building project. I want to go the paint-free route because Iâ€™m lazy, plus Iâ€™m going to be overtaxed researching, buying, building, installing and then tweaking the other elements of my HT. From what Iâ€™ve read here, most fabrics are limited in width to about 54â€. Iâ€™ve read also of a huge dropcloth â€œscreenâ€ fabric found at Home Depot, but I seem to remember a pesky seam that kept the overall screen height to something less than ideal for my desired 4:3 ratio 96â€x72â€ (or so) screen. A 54â€x72â€ screen just wonâ€™t be big enough. Anyone know of a source for inexpensive (>$50) blackout material, seam-free dropcloth, or other fabric candidates to make a screen my size?
As for the 4:3 ratio, I intend to purchase an LCD XGA projector and will play lots of computer games, surf the Net (read avsforums!), as well as watch digital slideshows, NTSC home-movies and some NTSC programming on my yet-to-be-built HTPC. We will certainly watch DVDs, but since the A.R.s are less-than-standardized, Iâ€™ll just use XYZ to move the picture to the top of the screen and use a home-brewed system to mask off the bottom image (more tips gleaned from these forums). Iâ€™ll wait out awhile longer for HDTV OTA programming and decoding hardware to come of age and then maybe re-evaluate a change to the 16:9 format.
Thanks in advance for any ideas!