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Forum topic by WhyWoodYouDoThat posted 10-09-2018 02:22 AM 981 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-09-2018 02:22 AM

I want to hang my projector screen outside. There’s a perfect spot for it right above my windows with what looks like a wood trim. However, since I am guessing that trim is simply nailed in place, I don’t trust it to support the weight of the screen which is just over 20lbs. If I am wrong in that assumption, please let me know. This would save me an afternoon worth of work.

But, assuming i am right, here’s what I cobbled together. Does this look reasonable? The structure is 8 feet tall, and about 9 feet wide. Everything is just going to be 2×4s, and I would just glue and screw the joints.


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#1 posted 10-09-2018 02:38 AM

Can you add screws to the existing trim piece making it stable enough to hold your projector screen?

Or, cut out the trim strip the same length of your projector screen. Fit a sturdier mounting board screwed to the studs. Mount your screen to the new and stronger board. Your screen will cover it nicely.

Otherwise, it looks like your free standing frame design will be plenty strong. However, I would use some anchor strips/chains/wires at the top to hold it against your wall.

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#2 posted 10-09-2018 02:53 AM

I was an AV engineer for a few years, so I’d be interested in knowing what sort of screen is it you are using? Are you using a retractable screen, or fixed? Is it tensioned,or does it simply use a weight at the bottom of the screen?

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#3 posted 10-09-2018 02:57 AM

Without seeing exactly what you have for trim, I see no reason you couldn’t attach a board (such as a 2×4) over the trim or directly above it and screw that into your framing.

Heck for 20 lbs, just adding some screws through the trim into framing would more than ensure the trim isn’t going anywhere. Of course, this assumes the trim itself is sturdy enough. I would think solid wood trim would be fine, but there’s a lot of new products used on homes these days.

As to your design, I’d add some cross bracing at the top corners. I’m assuming it would be okay as long as the screen lowers in front of these. These braces would go a long way to preventing the frame from racking (skewing and becoming a parallelogram). Though certainly the four 2×4 across the bottom, front and back, are going to keep the uprights square to the bottom, but still at 8 feet tall it would be a little flimsy without some reinforcement at the top.

Another idea is to replace the 2×4 uprights with 4×4. I think the whole thing would look more solid and proportional that way.

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#4 posted 10-09-2018 06:04 AM

@cracknpop and @clin, I will investigate more about the trim and pursue that option.

@lumbering_on, it’s a retractable screen, specifically this one

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#5 posted 10-09-2018 12:16 PM

Those screens are rather easy to mount, and as long as the trim is strong, you shouldn’t have any issues mounting it. However, I would suggest that you don’t keep it outside, as this is an indoor screen and isn’t made to withstand weather. That being the case, you should design a way to easily install and remove the screen.

You should also be aware that indoor screens aren’t likely going to give you a great viewing experience outside, as they aren’t designed to deal with outdoor lighting. That being said if you are out in the country, and don’t have a lot of light around, it should be fine.

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