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Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby eddysnake on Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:26 pm

I'm short on time and not looking to make anything fancy. Right now I plan on getting 3 yards of white blackout cloth (108" x 54"). I don't want to mess around with gromets or ties, I'm thinking cheap and ugly, but want it to stand. My Initial thought is to nail a 2x4x12 (or 16) off the top rail of my swingset and then put legs on this and staple the cloth to the wood (see below). Can anyone thing of anything easier? My wife said to use 5 gallon buckets with posts sticking up in each one and staple the cloth across, but I'm thinking the cloth will sag.

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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby pittsoccer33 on Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:48 pm

the screen is going where the swings are? you could create a counter weight of some sort to the screen and just hang it?
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:51 pm

obviously the screen is going where the yellow lines and white block have been eloquently added in MS paint...
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby eddysnake on Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:54 pm

obviously. thank you. yellow are the 2x4, white is the blackout cloth. I just found a 4x5 foot roll out screen at work with a stand built in. A lot smaller than what I had planned, but it's a good backup.
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby pittsoccer33 on Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:57 pm

that cut off on my monitor :(
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby meow on Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:58 pm

Why not tack it to the crossbeam where they swings are? That way you don't have to buy and mess with a giant 2x4
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby mac5155 on Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:13 pm

Buy an inflatable one and return it when completed. :pop:
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby Hockeynut! on Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:22 pm

Do you want it to stay up all the time? If so, you're going to have wind issues. My 16x9ft screen stands on the ground, is fastened to a metal frame and I have it tied to 3 posts and a tree.
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby mac5155 on Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:22 pm

is there a sewage line underneath it?
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby meow on Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:41 pm

mac5155 wrote:is there a sewage line underneath it?

I'm interested to see where this goes...
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby eddysnake on Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:47 pm

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Thinking now, what if I take off the slide and wrap the cloth across (which is 98") and then I could staple or tie it down and have the flexibility to move it up or down
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby mac5155 on Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:49 pm

Is there any risk of a shadow with the swingset?
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby eddysnake on Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:49 pm

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Or get the cloth and put some grommets in the corners and tie to my hammock posts?

Which you think would be easiest?
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby dodint on Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:53 pm

Not sure. More pictures might help.
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby Idoit40fans on Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:55 pm

I can't get any of the pictures to load for some reason.
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby eddysnake on Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:58 pm

Probably be best to build a frame for the cloth and then hang it on any of the last 2 options, but storage for a 8x4 foot frame isn't easy. If I did wrap it around the side of the Playhouse, how would you secure it to the wood knowing you would want to wrap it up afterwards?
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby Idoit40fans on Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:09 pm

What about 2 ~4x4 frames made of 2x4s. You could pretty easily get door hinges for them but you really wouldn't need to. But in any case, that makes storage easier.
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby eddysnake on Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:30 pm

Interesting, how would I hang the framed screen on the wood for the movie?
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby eddysnake on Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:47 pm

Think I'm going to get extra cloth and fold over the wide sides and seam them up allowing for a thin piece of wood to slide in. I can then screw/tie the end boards off and then I can roll it up when finished
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby Idoit40fans on Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:49 pm

Well like I said I can't really see the picture you posted, so I don't know exactly what you're looking for. Are you looking to permanently mount the screen you got onto the frame? Thats why I suggested something like 2 door hinges. Put them under the screen and allow the screen to fold onto itself. If it were me, I'd always want something like that to look cleanish so I'd probably pull the cloth over the edge and basically mount it the way you'd stretch a painting canvas. I don't know if i'm describing what i'd do accurately or how well it would work, but thats what i'd be going for.

I'm trying to find an example of something like that online...with no success. I don't feel like folding it up would stretch the fabric to the point of tearing, but I may be wrong about how it would actually work.
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby eddysnake on Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:53 pm

It's going up and coming down, otherwise I'd stretch it over a frame like suggested. I think sewing pockets in the ends should work out. I can then tie eye hooks to it and hang it from the posts or wrap it around the Playhouse and put a couple screws in. Both easy on and off and storage (at least in my head)
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby knives of ice on Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:39 pm

for $120 used considering the time and effort its going to take to build your screen the materials needed this may not be that bad of an option

http://www.amazon.com/Gemmy-Airblown%C2 ... tor+screen
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby canaan on Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:51 pm

I hate those gemmys.
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby canaan on Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:56 pm

I based mine off of a thread on backyardtheater.com

Similar to this design http://www.engadget.com/2006/08/29/how- ... or-screen/

The ticket would be to use your hammock posts.

I'll pm you some pics of mine when I get to work tomorrow
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Re: Help with outdoor movie screen

Postby columbia on Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:58 pm

That's pretty similar to stretching a canvas for a painting.
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