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Since I make this find on Parkland Plastic screen material about a year ago, I have made two screens (the first using a 4 x 8 and the second a 5 x 8 sheet 103 inch diagonal). If you are using the 5 x 8 or a 5 x 10 sheet, you will need to make a frame of some sort and attach the plastic in order for the screen to be perfectly flat screen with no bulges.


I have had many requests on how to make this frame. This procedure is fairly inexpensive and somewhat lightweight. I have this construction procedure also on a WORD document with construction photos and would be most happy to share. Drop me mail [email protected] and place in the subject Parkland Frame. I have had this on the wall for almost a year now with fantastic results. The procedure I used is as follows:



PARKLAND PLASTIC PROJECTION SCREEN

FRAME CONSTRUCTION by Ron Geyer



Materials:

(2) 1 x 4 x 10 (length depends of screen size)

1 x 4 x 8 (or 6 footers if you can find them)

sheets ¼ x 4 x 8 low grade plywood

(4) 2 ¼ Door/Window Trim Molding (length depends on screen size)

small box 6 x 1 screws

(1) small box 1 x 17 wire brads

btl. or tube Wood Glue

gallon Weldwood Contact Cement

(1) pint or quart satin black paint

sheet .060 Prakland Plastic Plas-Tex Waterproof Wall Panel


Tools:

Screwdriver, Hammer, Saw, Utility Knife, Paint Brush, Square, Ruler, Tape Measure


Procedure:

1. Determine your screen size (I have a screen calculator for Excel that might help-email me and put screen calculator in the subject [email protected] )


2 Cut the 1 x 4s to the correct length. Keep in mind that the 1 x 4 actually measures 3 ½ inches wide when you figure your overall length. Use your screen size plus 4 ½ inches. (This distance is for the width of the trim molding top-bottom and left-right.) Lay out the rectangular frame making sure it is perfectly square. You can determine if the fame is square by measuring each diagonal. If the measurement is the same, the frame is square. (See photo 1)


3. Cut four triangular ¼ plywood gussets. Using wood glue, screws or nails, attach the gussets to the 1 x 4 corners. (See Photo 2 and 3)


4. Add one 1 x 4 center support and attach as in 3 above. (See photo 4 and 5)


5. Flip the frame over and cut the two sheets of ¼ plywood to fit the frame. Be sure to keep the seam tight in the center. I attached using only 1 x 7 wire brads. (See photo 6)


6. Apply contact cement to the plywood surface and the backside of the Parkland Plastic. At this point, it might be best to leave the plastic oversize and then trim off the excess after it is attached to the frame. Follow directions on the can for application and drying. (photo 7)


7. Attach the plastic to the plywood. (Be most careful here) Get one side as square as possible and roll the plastic, pushing out any bulges as you go. (An extra body can really help here.) Once the plastic touches the plywood, its not coming off. You can now trim off the excess plastic hangover using a utility knife. (photo 8)


8. Paint the 2 ¼ door/window trim before cutting to length.


9. Measure and cut the molding to the exact screen size. (Be sure and measure the length on the inside edge and cut your miter from this mark.


10. Attach the molding to the frame using finishing nails. Make sure to keep everything in square. (See photo 9)


11. Hang the screen on the wall like a picture. There are different ways to do this. I used two small turnbuckles and attached a small bolt into the stud. I then had about 2 inches up or down for fine adjustment. (Photo 10).
 

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Thanks Ron. I built a 72" screen and it came out great. I used black flet material from Walmart around my frame instead of painting it. It really looks like I paid a whole lot more for it:D


Now I just have to order a 10' sheet to make a new 108" screen since I found that I can project a bigger picture in my loft :D:D.


My sig has pictures of it under the Sony HS10 section.



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Does this plastic come bigger than 5'? I'd like to make a 6' x 8' screen with it......
 

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As far as I know, Parkland Plastics is making sheet sizes of 4 x 8, 5 x 8 and 5 x 10. If you're making a 4:3 screen, this might be a little small but a 5 x 10 sheet is great for a 16:9


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Many thanks to ([email protected]), the construction procedures are also available in this format (.pdf) for which you can read on your Acrobat Reader.


Also, it's much faster to send out. Thanks, Richard


Send me mail ([email protected]) and place in the subject "Frame Construction" and I will be most happy to share.


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Does anyboby remember that there were some discussion about spay painting the pollywall in grey to enhencing the black? What kind of paint and what is the color or paint code are we talking ? I am just getting ready for my HS10 coming next week (according to the dealer)

Many thanks.
 

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Take a look at the post I labeled completed Parkland screen. I just finished my screen and painted it with Glidden Universal Grey from Home Depot.
 
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