Originally Posted by SixKindsOfWonder
Well here are the pictures for those who just want to see pictures
Here is the story:
So it finally arrived! Well, it only felt like "finally". I think total time was about a week. I ordered the 135" 2.4 gain white.
The product is packaged well and I took my time opening all the parts because that is what I do.
Assembly was a little taxing as there are things you need to do that aren't in the instructions. For starters the tensioning screws part of the instructions read "7 in the long side and 5 in the short side" but for this screen it is 10 in the long side and 6 in the short side. I realized I had "extras" and unrolled the screen to see how many holes were in the border. It was a good thing I did.
Speaking of the screen, it has an odor to it that lingers for awhile. If you are sensitive to smells, open a window.
Another little tidbit that is not in the instructions (actually I think this is in the instructions it just might be translated poorly) is the use of some small hex nuts that are inserted into the frame. They will eventually be to hang the screen with. They also act as more reinforcement for the corners.
Soeaking of the corners be careful with the corner braces. They are plastic and will break. I know. I broke one. There are about three reasons why I didn't breakdown and cry and scream and call Eastporters for another one. First, I broke it. Second the corners are also held together by the metal plates and by the sheer tension of the screen. And lastly, I didn't want to wait for another one to show up. In that regard, I was a little impatient.
The corner bracing does, however, leave a lot to be desired. The pre-drilled holes in the aluminum of the frame are designed to line up with metal inserts in the plastic. It is simple: You place the corner braces in the frame and then screw it all together with allen-head bolts.
If I have any advice to give you: Skip this step. The corner braces are just that: braces. Trying to line up the holes with the braces was tedious and downright difficult. For the most part I simply strong-armed the bolts into the inserts since they weren't lining up perfectly. I ended up breaking one of the corner braces because I tried to pull one side out. It was clearly my fault. Torque is a killer... a killer! But as I thought about it the screen is going to ultimately hold the frame together.
edit: So to be clear, insert the corner braces but don't screw them in.
So then after you get the frame all done, it is time for the screen material. Or course you have to roll it out and insert nice long rods into it. I only bring this step up because you need lots of space. Be sure you have room to actually do this. I also disliked this step because as you are pushing the rod through the pocket, it likes to come up through the slits (holes) for the tensioning screws.
So then you slide the tensioning screws into place so that they line up with the slits in the screen material. Then you tighten them. The actual instructions read something like "tighten until there are no waves or wrinkles. This is actually a step I screwed up on. I jut kept tightening and tightening and the middle of my long rails bows a little.
There are these long plastic strips and corners that are about 1/2 an inch thick that aren't mentioned in the instructions. They are designed to hide the tensioning bolts. They "snap" into a small groove in the back of the frame. The corners didn't line up at all. Luckily the mounting plates also screw into the corners and do a fine job of holding the corners down.
So then I called a friend to help me hang it on the wall and I was done. The end.
It is nice being able to watch my projector with lights on. it is a vast improvement from the wall. The screen is clearly retro-reflective. If I stand up on my couch the image is brighter. Not so much so that I think I need to raise my seating, though. The fall off from the seated position to literally anywhere in the downstairs in non-existant. It basically looks the same everywhere. Including standing at the wall the screen is on. I realize this wouldn't be true for projectors that are sitting on a table or that are closer to eye height.
Anyway, great "bang for the buck" and all that. There are some instances while you are putting this thing together where you will be thinking "Oh yeah this is a budget screen". But if you take your time and pay close attention to everything I did wrong, you'll like the finished product very much.