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Are there any electric or manual pull downs that are wall mounted instead of ceiling mounted?

post #1 of 11
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I don't know if I can get away with drilling holes into the ceiling in the apartment I rent. However, if I can mount the bar to the wall (drywall), I can easily fix it. Are there any screens that can be attached to a wall rather than from a ceiling?
post #2 of 11
From what I remember when I was looking at pull down screens, most could be ceiling or wall mounted. Look in the specs/descriptions of the ones you're interested in.
post #3 of 11
My Dalite B and C models can be easily wall-mounted. Many other models, too.

See "suggested methods" in this .pdf.:

http://www.da-lite.com/products/install_pdfs/230.pdf
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by BestInTheWorld View Post

I don't know if I can get away with drilling holes into the ceiling in the apartment I rent. However, if I can mount the bar to the wall (drywall), I can easily fix it. Are there any screens that can be attached to a wall rather than from a ceiling?

Most screens can be wall or ceiling mounted.
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post #5 of 11
Patching holes and painting over them is only SLIGHTLY harder on the ceiling than it is a wall. Don't get something just based on that.
post #6 of 11
Even though my Elite motorized screen is right up there close to the ceiling, it is mounted to the wall.

On most wood framed homes, there are two 2x4 or two 2x6 top "plates" running the length of the wall. This means that, if the ceiling is one half to 3/4 inch thick, there will still be over 2 inches of wood at the top to screw your hooks into.

Should be no problem if your room is standard wood frame.
post #7 of 11
One problem is lining up the screen mounts with studs or ceiling joists. The best mounting system I've seen (and use) is the floating mounting system that Dalite sells for their pull-down screens. It allows mounting to available through-the-drywall studs or ceiling joists and also horizontal movement to center a screen to the image, vs. trying to center the projector exactly to the screen. I think they only work on their model C and CSR pulldowns. They work great on my Dalite High Power, which does not have any roller or sag marks when pulled down. That is also something to consider for a pull down screen. Most of the cheaper pulldown screens are going to have ripples and roller marks, and why most projector enthusiates buy permanently mounted screens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=OQ95muqfK8M
post #8 of 11
Elunevision Reference has similar floating mounting standard and is incredibly easy to use.
post #9 of 11
Just mount a 2 x 6 or heavy plywood that is as long ( or slightly longer ) as the screen case is to the studs in the wall, and then lag screw the electric screen case to the plywood ( paint to match the wall or to match the electric screen case ). Dalite and Stewart have mounting holes in the back of the case. I've hung several - both to the wall and to ceilings.

If you screw the mounting wood to the wall and don't go crazy with screws, you should be able to remove it and spackle the holes fairly easy if and when you remove the screen.
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Originally Posted by Craig Peer View Post

Just mount a 2 x 6 or heavy plywood that is as long ( or slightly longer ) as the screen case is to the studs in the wall, and then lag screw the electric screen case to the plywood ( paint to match the wall or to match the electric screen case ). Dalite and Stewart have mounting holes in the back of the case. I've hung several - both to the wall and to ceilings.
If you screw the mounting wood to the wall and don't go crazy with screws, you should be able to remove it and spackle the holes fairly easy if and when you remove the screen.

Thank you for this tip. Much appreciated. This is exactly what I will do when I mount the Elite 125" AT motorized screen I'm getting to the ceiling.
post #11 of 11
Your welcome. I've mounted several screens this way including 2 for myself. 30 years in construction comes in handy for fun stuff like Home Theater sometimes too!! smile.gif
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