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Will Leaning My Portable Screen Damage It?

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Elite Screens' Blog Team
2017/12/22,

Elite Screens' Blog Team

This is a common question for storing a portable projection screen when it is not in use. The plain answer is that with smaller screens it may be done temporarily without the likelihood of being damaged but leaning the long casing up against the wall actually presents a safety hazard and should not be practiced.

*The discussion below is based on actual chat transcripts with the omission of any personal/confidential material to protect the customer’s privacy. An example in this case is to change the contact’s identification name/number to “Customer” or a generic name.

 

Transcripts:

[19:50]        Johnny: Thank you for contacting Elite Screens, how may I assist you today?

[19:50] Customer: I have a question about the capabilities of your screens.

[19:55] Customer: I'm in charge of installing a projection system for a small 200 seat church with traditional worship. Long story short, I'm looking for a screen that could be stored rolled up in a 45 degree angle. I didn't think that would be an issue with a competing brand that I was originally looking at, since most portable projection screens are stored vertically, but when I was about to place the order and the lady asked how I would store it, she said that would damage the screen. So I was wondering if Elite produced any screens that would be stored like that.

[19:56]        Johnny: Generally, it is not advised to store any portable screen on its end cap because the weight of the product is generally harmful to the material and screen mechanisms over a prolonged period of time. That said, stashing a product like our Quickstand 5-Second for the short term will likely not be harmful but I still would not risk it.  The QS5 has a durable stage case makes it more practical to slide into a corner and that is more convenient to stash anyway.  This is especially true considering the long length of large venue screens.  Leaning them against the wall presents a safety issue that is actually a workplace safety violation in the eyes of your local fire inspector (trust me on this).  

[19:56]        Johnny: All that said, here is the full array of our portable screen products from this link here:

[19:56]        Johnny: https://elitescreens.com/index.php/products/portable-projection-screens 

[19:58] Customer: Okay, this is for somewhat of a permanent installation, though, so I wasn't sure if any of your regular screens could be stored that way

[19:58]        Johnny: Yes, leaning anything more than a small (60-72”) portable screen presents an actual workplace safety violation so I must always advise against it.

[19:58] Customer: Okay, so for the short term, it may not be damaged if it is leaned against the wall on occasion but as a general rule, you should not do it because it’s dangerous and could potentially kill somebody if it fell…

[19:58]        Johnny: correct

[19:58] Customer: Perfect. Thanks! I appreciate both your knowledge and honesty.

[19:59]        Johnny: It’s my pleasure to help. Not only do I want you to enjoy our products but I genuinely care about your safety.

[19:59] Customer: I definitely appreciate that Johnny, thank you.

[20:00]        Johnny: Thank you for contacting Elite Screens.