Originally Posted by taxman48
researching some screens as a newbie to the subject. I have a dropped 2x4 panel ceiling and was wondering if anyone put up a screen thru a dropped ceiling? Guess I was wondering what "Ceiling installation" means when you look at some of these screens such as Vapex or Elite. I am totally new to this subject, just picking the best brains on the web. thanks in advance
You have a couple ways to go. Companies build recessed in-ceiling screens. These are made with a slot or a trap door. You install these screens flush with your ceiling and they have a ledge for the acoustical grid to sit on. You run tile to sit on this ledge. A cheap route would be to install a regular screen above the ceiling and make a slot in the ceiling using mains and tee's. This slot needs to be located precisely so that it lines up with the drop down screen. Also if electric, you would need to set the upper limit so that the screen retracts to the point that you want. My brother and I put in a set up like this for him, but it was in a plaster ceiling. He has a slot that is just slightly larger than the bottom batten bar and when retracted the batten bar stops in the slot, slightly above finished ceiling height. it works very well. Since part of his ceiling area went to attic space, we boxed in the area for the screen, so that there would not be any thermal loss.