a DIY SCREEN for my Epson 62 C projector

madathil mhanian By madathil mhanian, 18th Dec 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2f65zh5h/
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DO IT YOURSELF IS A buzz word now to reduce the actual cost of something you want in your home. with littile improvisation and some good thinking one can reduce the actual cost of owning a screen for the projector.

A Screen for my Epson 62 C Projector

Project: a Screen for my Epson 62C
First of all let me thank you for the members ideas which encouraged me to go ahead to make a Screen for my Epson 62C Projector through the DIY way. But while it was fun and exciting to do the Project it was never easy- re do calculations, improvisations, search for the right materials, making a customized cylinder for storing the screen when it is not in use- all these work were quite time consuming and at sometimes frustrating. But in the end when the project was completed, it gives lot of satisfaction and to be frank with you, little pride as well.
The 20’ X 15’ hall of my flat could have easily accommodated an 8’ X 6’ screen but due to the furniture, position of the TV, cable connection and the number of doors that opens to the bedrooms and kitchen limited positioning my Screen to a wall where I got a maximum area of 6’ X4’ only for my screen. Crowning to that, when I could place my projector either too far from the wall or too near to it due to the clamp that aids in fixing the projector to the ceiling also was a limiting factor. Then everything associated to that need customizations. ( I hope at least some of my AVS members might have faced the same situation. Please share your experience through the Forum)
Opted for Gray Screen: After reading several articles in Google and in the AVS forum I opted for a Gray screen for my projector. Then came the decision making process about the material; BOC or some other new gen material. On enquiry with some local shops I found out the price being not within my Budget. Then I went ahead with the decision for FLEX, the popular materials nowadays for making hoardings and outdoor publicity. With my knowledge in Adobe Photoshop I created the exact measurement of the screen with gray color and black box border for the same. (I will give the costs factor as a separate annexure in the end). The local flex making people did the rest of the job for me in printing the same within two hours.
Case for Storing the Screen: this is one area where I was stuck up for almost a week for the right material and shape. May be it is the built-in feature of most of the DIY projects, right? My eco-friendly nature also thrown one or two spanner-in the-works. Square, cylindrical, hexagon, polygonal, I have considered about seven shapes for the case. Then came the question of aesthetic match to the wall color. Then facing some strong chagrin from my wife ( throughout the project I have received it in varying degree, day in and day out, about the debris, scattered tools, dust, limiting her movement in the house, especially when I have spread the screen and pasting it to the rod) I have selected a 2 ½ “ PVC pipe for the case. I bought a six and half feet length to allow solid three inches on both sides of the screen’s length. Then came the slitting the pipe to allow to pull out the screen when required. A protractor from the geometry box of my daughter, felt pen and old newspaper were useful to mark a straight line along the tube to make the slit. Along the line I made some 1/8mm holes with drill to make the process easy and to have a control over the width of the slit to the exact requirement. As with any other DIY project I did, for this one also I kept the pace to the minimum so that there is no harm done to the materials as well as to protect me from nicks and cuts.
Attaching the screen to a rod: Last year my sister built a house, so there were some pieces of UPVC Pipes left over after the plumbing work. I used ¾ inch electrical conduit pipe pieces as connector, inserted one and half inches to the connecting ends of the UPVC pipes and bonding it firm with PVC lotion. From four such pieces connected together I got a 7” UPVC rod to paste one end of the screen. Using the same lotion I pasted the top end of the screen, after spreading the screen fully in the bedroom floor, (which had the additional two and half inches length to paste it on the rod) to the rod. Left them undisturbed for a whole day and in the process received some good “remarks” from my wife how my DIY projects disturbs her routine housekeeping.
Rolled up Screen to the PVC pipe: Next step was to insert the rolled up screen on the rod in to the pvc pipe. The Insertion was an easy step, but to take out the bottom end of the screen through the slit was a quite time consuming process. No haste, to ensure that the edges of the slit do not damage or tear the bottom or the both sides of the screen. Some improvisations were required to bring out the two ends of the rod connected to the screen through the covering of the PVC pipes. I have used round metal Agarbathi stand placed in burning coal, of course I could have used the gas stove in the kitchen but with my better half in her upper mark threshold of patience, I decided let it be coal to heat them in the backyard, made holes in the covers and placed one inch length of conduit pipes in the holes as a base for the rod to have an easy roll up and roll down of the screen.
Fixing the PVC pipe to the wall: Till the time of fixing, I was either ignorant or paid no attention to the fact that the tube light fixture was right above the place where I intend to fix the Pipe in the wall. Fixing the PVC pipe directly to the wall will darken the area in the wall and surroundings. Likewise the traditional big regulator of the fan in the switch board also was an issue. I circumvented these issues by fixing the PVC pipe to the wall with a 3inch PVC door stopper in between them and an electronic regulator for the fan which is small in size, bought from the hardware store. For a firm hold I used 4 NOS of 5 inch screws. With little grease in the conduit pasted to the hole in the covers, the ends of the rod came out easily through them and have an easy roll up and roll down motion. An L shaped lever fixed to one end of the rod assisted in some leverage to roll up and down the screen. Who need motors to roll and unroll them, eh?
Fixing the Sag in the bottom and sides: For the bottom of the screen, I used one flat 6’ length (1” width) of left over bathroom PVC door attached to the screen with binding clips. I made two tight paper rolls by scrolling up the newspaper in its spread position sideways, this is attached to the both sides of the screen to prevent the bending out or in issue.
Finishing touches: The large hole on the front side of the pvc pipe through which the the whole in the innerside of the pvc pipe is attached to the wall is covered with cover screws, to avoid insects from getting in.
Now I am eagerly waiting for the World Cup Cricket and the Wimbledon to arrive so that I can watch them in in by BIG 6’ x 4’ SCREEN.
COST FACTOR:
1 NO PVC PIPE OF 2 ½ INCH DIA 6 ¼ ‘ LENGTH 80 RS
2 2 NOS COVERS FOR BOTH END OF THE PVC PIPE 2 x 20 = 40 RS
3 PVC LOTION FOR ATTACHING SCREEN AND THE UPVC PIPES = 25 RS
4 DOOR STOPPER 6 NOS, 5” SCREWS AND WASHERS = 40
5 1” UPVC PIPE 7’ ( I HAD THE MATERIAL, BUT IF YOU PURCHASE ) = 140 RS.
6 SCREEN (MY SCREEN MEASURES 6’ x 4’) PRINT COST IN FLEX MATERIAL = 250 RS
( I KNOW ADOBE PHOTOSHOP, IF YOU AREN’T, THEY MAY CHARGE AN EXTRA RS 75 FOR COMPOSING)
TOTAL COST FOR THE PROJECT SCREEN FOR THIS SIZE = 575 ( JUST UNDER TEN DOLLARS, NEAT.)

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Diy, Low Cost, Projector, Satisfaction Gray Screen, Screen

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author avatar madathil mhanian
from Coimbatore, worked as a Zonal Sales Manager for a Pharma company. At present earns as a Freelance Trainer for Pharma companies.

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20th Dec 2014 (#)

Informative article and thank you for share this useful tips of DIY.

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