Backyard Movie




Been wanting to do this for a long time.

What I've created is a 16' by 8' screen using RMAX (Polyiso Rigid Foam Insulation Board) and some scrap wood.

I was trying to make this screen with PVC but just could not do it. not at the size i was trying to get.

I used white pearlized Spandex from Rose Brand Tendo spandex

it's 10' by what ever you order. I got 16' of it.


4 sheets of 3 R-6 1 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. Polyiso Rigid Foam Insulation Board ($20 Each)
6 Yards of pearlized Spandex from Rose Brand Tendo ($150.00)
about $25

  • 8 Bolts
  • 8 Wing nuts
  • 16 Washers
  • Silver Flex Duct TAPE
  • Painter's Masking Tape
  • 12 Steel Spring Clamp ($1 Each)
  • 3 large nails (9" or more )

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Step 1: The Over All Design

So this is the basic setup.

There are two runs along the back attached to my fence. They are 16' long.
The upper one is where the screws will go.
The bottom one is only there to hold things off the ground and keep it from kicking out away from the fence.

in the next version I'm going to use threaded Inserts on the top board so i don't need to have some on both sides to fasten boards.

Step 2: Bolting to the Runner

I drilled some holes in the runner 2 per 4x8 sheet. The meant the holes where just in side the sheets.
holding the RMAX up I just pressed the bold from behind to make a hole in the right place.
Making sure that the next sheet was tight agent the next. This will minimize any seam.

Step 3: Cover Up the Bolts

I'm not sure this step is needed. but I wanted to make sure the color was consistent and the material didn't get cut on the bolts.

I took a piece of blue masking tape in stuck silver duct tape to it.
This make the silver duct tape easy to peel off the backing and not rip away any of the foil on the sheets

Then I took that and cut it into square pieces to cover the bolts

Step 4: Fasten to Each Other

Then using the Nine Inch Nails to fasten each piece of our max at the top to making sure they keep things flat.

Step 5: Clamp the Cloth Taught

The last steps were to stretch the cloth across the board's using the wood clamps to keep the cloth taught

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    4 years ago on Step 5

    what kind of projector did you use??? I am really interested in trying this.


    4 years ago

    very cool! what kind of projector did you use that is able to display that size?

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    4 years ago

    This looks awesome


    4 years ago

    I made a drive in years ago similar to this but without the foam, just a frame. Make sure you can take it down before a big wind storm, mine was destroyed that way. Looks good now put some old couches in you yard and you're good to go.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Very cool! I'd love to have a setup like this to watch movies. Nicely done!