Originally Posted by specs68
Thanks for the thoughts on screen size and material. I'm going to go with the 93" FHG3.
A couple more questions:
1) How difficult is it to install a 93" Luxus Delux screen? Is it something I could do myself? Or would I need to enlist a friend to help? Or is it best to leave to an installer? I'd say I have an intermediate "handy" ability. I guess the concern I'd have is accidentally creasing the material.
2) How do you dismantle a Luxus screen without creasing the material?
It is not too dificult to assemble, but it would be bes as a 2-person job. The screen doesn't weigh much, but it's big and you will need help hanging it. And it helps to have someone hold the frame while you snap in the fabric.
It usually takes Jason and I about 15-20 minutes, but we've done a bazillion of them.
I'd say allow yourself a couple of hours if you've never done one before.
A stud finder
A drill with philips bit
A wrench to tighten frame/bracket bolts
Some heavy duty phillips screws
Strong fingers (for snaps)
You first slide in the EZ mount brackets, then assemble the frame (leave EZ mount brackets somewhat loose). Leave the fabric safe in its tube for now.
Next find (2) studs to mount to. They don't have to be centered, as the brackets give some leeway. They should be studs that will eventually covered by the screen, but they should be as close to the left and right edges as possible.
Hold the assembled frame to the wall at the actual height and the general left-right location that you want. Slide one of the top brackets over to your selected stud and screw through the bracket into the stud with a heavy duty screw. Throw your level on top of the frame and screw through the other top bracket into your other selected stud, making sure you are level. Once it's level, you can slide frame on the brackets to center the screen.
Next slide the bottom brackets into place and drive in the bottom screws. All of the screws should stick out about 1/2" or so. You may have to adjust this. You don't want them to poke the fabric, but you do want to be able to snag the bracket.
Once you have it centered, etc., carefully take it off of the wall (you don't want the loose brackets to move). Then tighten the brackets so they stay in the right place. Note: Do not overtighten - the frame is aluminum and will strip easily. You should now have (4) screws sticking out of the wall.
Next, with the frame on the floor, have one person hold the frame steady while the other snaps in all the top snaps of the fabric as they slowly unroll it. The fabric will have a label indicating which end is the top. Make sure this lines up with the top of the frame so all your snaps line up properly. Once all the top snaps are in, finish snapping in the rest of 'em.
Now for the hard part...
With everything assembled, you have to get the brackets lined up with the screws that are now sticking out of the wall. This may take a bit of trial and error to get all the screws into the brackets.
It's almost like hanging a giant picture.
This probably sounds more complicated than it is, but I hope this helps you out.
As far as dismanling a screen, your best bet is to roll the material back onto a tube (sort of the reverse of what's described above). Once the new screen is all set, you can roll your old material onto the tube that comes with the new screen.