Everyone says that. So I'm probably not going to hang my projector until the carpet is in. Even though I have no idea how to hang it or where yet.
I did however find a screen. I originally wanted to go all out and get a SMX AT screen or similar high quality products out there....but when I looked at value for my house and price range decided to follow some other recommendations from AVSforum members and go with Carada.http://www.carada.com/ProductInfo.as...N-SCREEN-H118C
I went with the 16:9 format (118") since I watch more HD sports right now than movies...though I'm sure that may change soon since we don't make it out to many movies since having children.
Due to the wall size constraints, my soffit impairing my projector from being ceiling mounted, and the larger pro-audio speakers I plan on purchasing, I needed to downsize from my current Da-Lite 158" white matte pull-down screen and upgrade to an tensioned electric or fixed frame screen. Tensioned electric became a cost problem, so the fixed frame it is.
Now just to keep little hands from touching it. Maybe I should really think about a skinny low stage....still have time!
I had my brother drive down and we mounted the screen brackets and the frame to make sure we had it level and centered. We didn't put the screen up and returned the frame to the box to make sure we didn't decide to accidentally tear/dent/stain anything during the rest of the basement construction process.....
I also asked many forum members about how to slide the screen and almost bought sliding door mechanisms until kjsmitty let me in on how the screen slides by itself on the Carada mounts. I had to set them off the wall with 2x4s to miss my electric panel cover..but it works! Thanks to Mike_WI for his false wall ideas, I just couldn't make it work with the size of room and wife demands for a "play area" behind the bartop seating!
Edit: You may notice it is barely off the ground. Based on http://www.projectorcentral.com/proj...ulator-pro.cfm
and my Optoma HD72 paired with the Carada, I need 21-24" of drop from lens to top of the viewable screen.
I still don't know if this is an absolute. If it is, well I'm screwed. If there is a few inches of give and the edges of your picture may suffer, I guess that is what I'll have to deal with. The soffit is in the way...and so instead of being 4 inches off the ceiling my projector will be more like 14.....more to come on this....