After the Tuesday member meetup, I enlisted the help of new member, Greg P, to transport the motorized projection screen from the basement to the new upstairs space. So we’re half way there. Well not quite.
The place that people I’ve talked to have reached consensus on for the projection screen is basically in front of where the new member cubby shelves reside in the upstairs space (i.e. the interior wall adjacent to the interior shared hallway). Then the overhead projector could be mounted on the “crossbeam” that traverses the longest part of the interior space.
It’s a good plan. It just has two impediments we have to overcome.
The first is mounting the motorized projector screen, and in chatting with Jason Y, I think we converged on the idea that what makes the most sense is to hang it from chains anchored to the ceiling. Wendy M contributed a good idea to help stabilize the situation so it doesn’t swing would be to add two light (non-load-bearing) supports for the motorized bit to rest on, that could be anchored to the wall at an appropriate / safe height protruding out beyond the personal storage cubbies.
The second is getting non-switched electrical access to two locations. The first is in the vicinity of the motorized control for the projection screen. The second is in the vicinity of where the projector will be mounted. The overhead lighting is plugged into outlets on the ceiling which would be pretty ideal were it not for the fact that those outlets are switched (i.e. to turn the lights on and off), which is in opposition to the projector being on with the lights off. So we need to address getting power where it needs to be (and, ideally, to do so in a way that is not a hideous eyesore) for the projection system.
Turns out I took the act first, think later approach here, but at least it’s forward momentum, and puts us in a position to do something we are collectively quite good at: solving problems. So lets solve this one. Who’s with me? Any volunteers to help overcome some facet of what I’ve described above?