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Mounting to drywall with hooks?

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Has anyone tried hanging their pulldown to the wall on hooks?

I just got a Dalite Model C that is about 100" wide. It probably weighs around 50 lbs. and I was going to first screw in a 1" thick board to the wall at the stud locations and then screw in some hooks to the board to mount the projector from.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what hooks I could use for something like this? Or does anyone have an easier way to do this?

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Do you have to use hooks? Meaning is there a reason you dont want to direct mount it like you said. And I would go with more than 1" if its 50 pounds.
The problem with direct mount is I'm not sure what to use to mount it onto the board. At first i was going to screw bolts into the board that I could use to mount the screen, but decided that that was a little complicated because i would have to countersink the holes and such. I don't have anything to use to create the countersink.
Originally posted by thejoker
I don't have anything to use to create the countersink.
I've never seen one of those screens _but_

If you're in the US -

Blind nuts for 1/4 inch bolts or slightly smaller are fairly common and should be available at Lowe's/Home Depot or your hardware store.

A "blind nut" - you just drill a hole and the threads of the nut reside in that hole and the nut has a round flange that will grip the back of the board without having to countersink them - However, unless you luck out on thicknesses, you may have to cut off the bolts with a hacksaw to get them the right length -

While a blind nut does stick out a little ( a sixteenth or so?) normally, just snug it up a little into the wood

If you're using say a 1x6 - the dressed thickness is 3/4 x 5 1/2

I would think that would be sufficient to hold 50 pounds if you nail or screw it into multiple studs.

If you have a way of buying and getting home a 10' piece of 1x6 - check for straightness, knots and flaws before buying - have them cut to fit flush with the length of the screen case if you don't have a saw - make them measure carefully (trust me on this one, or you'll be making a trip back)

Cut it off flush with the case, carefully mark where the mounting bolts will go - drill holes, put blind nut on back - check that bolts won't penetrate too far and go into the wall after allowing for bracket thickness -

Do a trial mount of the screen and then remove

Then center and level the 1x6 - Nail or screw the 1x6 to the studs - a 2.5 inch screw is only holding onto 1.25 inches of stud here so don't skimp on screw or nail length

Mount screen to board with bolts

Sit back and watch a movie -

Gonna take more time to buy the 1by, nuts, screws and cut the board off than to mount the screen.

While I've never seen that screen, I read the pdf specs at Dalite and this ought to work.


Ken L

If you don't have a good way of getting home a long board - two lengths should work fine - go into at least three studs for each piece - the two pieces will be just be a little harder to level and line up -
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Thanks for the great reply. I am going to go to the home depot and see if I can find some blind nuts. I was really getting worried about not being able to find an easy way to mount the screen, but this sounds pretty doable. I'll keep you updated.


I used molly bolts to hang mine in drywall. You can get them at any hardware store.
Another possibility if your ceiling is reasonably low is to have Dalite put some extra black masking at the top of the screen area so that you could ceiling mount the screen and still have the viewing area of the screen at the desired height. You could also try the wall mount support brackets that Dalite sells. Never tried them or seen other than the pictures on their website.

You didn't say whether you were looking for tensioning or not, but I'd recommend a tensioned screen. I have a model B 80" width with no screen tensioning and the wrinkles are getting beyond my tolerance at the bottom. Most of the time they are not a problem, but with scrolling stuff like CNBC or Bloomberg or pan shots in some films, the wrinkles jump out at us. I'm trying to figure out a way to put some tensioning into the screen to stretch it and reduce the wrinkles, but I may just go with a Deluxe Model B that has the tensioning arm if I don't come up with a simple solution soon. The CSR option on the Model B doesn't seem to be a necessity. Only the spouse and I move the screen up and down and that is not often, so with a touch of care the CSR isn't a factor. We'll see what happens if the screen slips once, but so far in something over a year we haven't had that problem.

I'd like to hear from soneone who has a deluxe Model B and whether or not it eliminates the wrinkles at the bottom. I don't seem to have problems with wrinkles originating at the top of the viewing area on the Model B
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I used the DaLite hooks to mount my HiPower screen. I needed a little clearance since the screen is mounted in front of a large window. I am very happy with this setup.
I used the DaLite hooks to mount my HiPower screen. I needed a little clearance since the screen is mounted in front of a large window. I am very happy with this setup.
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