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The best projector needs a great screen to produce fantastic image quality. That said, inexpensive screens and high-quality screens alike can get stuck in place and refuse to scroll up or down. While this would usually end any future movie nights, we can show you how to repair a retractable projector screen.
Most people know that they may have to repair a projector, but they don’t think about repairing their projector screen. Sometimes a screen may not be in need of repair, and you simply need to get the wrinkles out of the projector screen before using it. Even retractable screens can get wrinkles.
Retractable screens are convenient due to their ability for even a larger screen to roll up and store away. That said, what happens when your manual screen won’t scroll anymore? You may think this only occurs in cheaper screens, but even high-quality outdoor projector screens can fail sometimes.
And, expensive or not, any screen can have gain problems, so you’ll want to learn what is gain for a projector screen before making a choice. Plus, you’ll want to find a top-rated projector stand, especially if you’re not mounting the screen to the ceiling.
A manual retractable projector screen works on a spring system that expands and contracts as you pull on the projector screen handle. Sometimes, the projector spring loosens or over-contracts, leading to a screen that is stuck in place. While this repair is simple, never hesitate to reach out to a projection expert if you’re having trouble. Professional repairpeople can even show you how to fix the color on a projector to optimize your home theater experience.
Use tools to hold the spring in place and retighten it. Some springs are too small or sharp to use your hands.
Sometimes, the most effective option is the most cost-effective and straightforward.
Treat your screen with care as you take it down from the wall.
Maintain a solid grip on the spring tensioner. A lapse in grip can cause the spring to expand quickly.
What size screen should you get?
The best projector screen size depends on your media space. You want to make sure your screen isn’t too big or small because both will negatively impact your viewing experience.
What speed of motor do I need for the projector screen?
Most experts recommend at least a 10 to 15 RPM (revolutions per minute) motor for your electric projector screen.
How far from the projector should the screen be?
All projectors have something called “throw distance.” The throw distance is how far a projector can “throw” the image to your screen. Pay attention to your projector’s throw distance and your screen size to dial in how far back your projector should be.
STAT: In a recent study, 70 percent of respondents said they would rather watch movies at home, even if they could go to a theater. (source)