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Make an outdoor portable movie screen for under $10
If you regularly tear the wrinkled sheets off your bed to use them as a makeshift projector screen, it’s time to upgrade. Make this portable screen on the cheap that stashes away in a closet til the next time you need it.
The DIY portable projector screen project over at Instructables can be whipped together in about an hour, and costs next to nothing to assemble. All you need is a white sheet, some eyelets, a few screw-in hooks, and about 12 feet of PVC pipe.
There’s only five steps involved in making the screen:
1. Decide what size you want. Mine is 5 feet wide by 6 feet tall.
2. Cut and sew the top and sides. Leave a couple inches extra on each side so you can fold it over and sew a seam.
3. Insert eyelets. One on each side of the top.
4. Sew in PVC pipe. This is to make it hang flat and straight, and to make it easy to roll up and store. Just fold the bottom over the PVC, crease the sheet, take out the pipe and sew all the way across. Then slide the pipe in and sew the sides shut.
5. Put the hooks in your ceiling. I put some in my living room, my bedroom, and another bedroom. They’re hardly noticeable so I just leave them up there all the time.
Using a bedsheet for this project is a super-inexpensive way to get the job done, and you can get them everywhere from Target to Goodwill. If you’re looking for a sturdier material, though, try using Tyvek in place of the sheet
If you’re feeling adventurous, you could cut the length of PVC pipe in half before sewing it into the sheet—then you can fold it in half before storing it. One of Instructable’s commenters also suggests adding a second piece of PVC pipe to the top edge for added stability, and to make sure the screen hangs straight.
Power washing a deck is a quick and efficient way to get it ready for painting or staining, but it isn’t a necessary prerequisite. In fact, in some situations, it isn’t even a good idea, because power washing can chip and gouge wood. There are less aggressive alternatives to power washing that remove stains and surface discoloration, and if you don’t have success with any of them, you can always sand the deck.
Before you apply any type of finish to a wood deck, you must remove any existing finish or there’s a good chance your new finish will fail prematurely. It will sit on top of the old finish instead of penetrating, and probably eventually peel off. If you’re staining an older deck, you also need to remove the gray surface layer of oxidation if you want the deck to appear anything like it did when it was new. A thorough cleaning of the deck also removes grime, dirt, tannin and rust stains and other blemishes that will show through the finish.
Advantages of Pressure Washers
The high-pressure spray from a power washer, also called a pressure washer, effectively wears off the surface layer of the wood, removing old finish, gray wood and stains in one fell swoop. It also removes debris from between the decking boards, which helps prevent the growth of rot and fungus. Because a pressure washer uses only water, it’s harmless to surrounding vegetation and introduces no noxious gases into the atmosphere. You don’t have to do any bending or scrubbing when you use a pressure washer, and unless you’re using it in conjunction with a deck cleaning detergent or you’re using a gas-powered model, you don’t need to buy any materials other than the pressure washer itself.
Using a Pressure Washer Properly
The main drawback of using a pressure washer is that the spray can be powerful enough to damage the decking wood. You can avoid this by using a tip with a wide fan width and holding it a uniform 3 to 6 inches from the wood. If under those conditions the spray doesn’t develop enough force to clean the deck satisfactorily, you have the option of scrubbing down the deck with a deck cleaner before you power wash. Some power washing rigs even allow you to add the detergent directly to the spray. You then spray lightly with detergent, wait for it to work, then wash again with high-pressure water.
Alternatives to Power Washing
If you’re staining a newly-installed deck, you probably don’t need to power wash it. Instead, mopping it with a deck cleaning solution and washing it off with a hose and water should be all the deck needs — if that. You can also use a cleaning solution in the same way on an old or dirty deck that could be damaged by high-pressure spray, although you will need to scrub the deck with a stiff brush after letting the solution sit for a few minutes. In some cases, sanding is a better alternative than power washing, because it flattens and smooths weathered boards while removing the old finish. If your deck is larger than 100 square feet, you can save time and effort by renting a flooring orbital sander to do the job.
A number of homes in the Northern Virginia area received hail damage a few months back due to the severe storms that passed through. Your home may have received damage, and you might not even know! Luckily we’re experts in discovering that damage and are readily available for hail damage repair. Some companies are months away from being able to start, but we’re working hard to get in and correct the problems faster than the rest. This customer had severe hail damage to his roof, as well as quite a few dings on his siding. We got in and replaced everything with beautiful, new materials months before the rest of his neighbors who had files for repair prior to him. Here are the before and after photos!
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