I haven't been down to Home Depot yet to pick up the wood, since I'm waiting for the stud detector to come. I ordered the stud detector from Smarthome.com. I don't know why I just didn't buy it at Home Depot... http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/frown.gif
You can see the price on smarthome's web site. I imagine what with shipping I could have gotten it cheaper from Home Depot anyway.
The last project like this I did, I borrowed my friend's detector.
I'm assuming I'll be able to find the type of wood strip I'm looking for. I don't think the look is all that crucial, since it will basically be hidden behind the casing of the screen. You could certainly paint it if you wanted to.
Referring to step 3) I just mean that I will attach the strip to the wall by drilling screws directly through the wood of the strip, through the drywall, and into the studs.
I'll end up with a horizontal wood strip at the proper height, and properly aligned horizontally. It will already have the screw heads protruding out so that I should be able to easily just hang the screen onto them.
[This message has been edited by Jim Ferguson (edited 08-31-2001).]