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General Category => Tubular Motors: General Discussion => Topic started by: jimmy454888 on April 29, 2016, 08:49:07 PM

Title: Installing as a tv cover
Post by: jimmy454888 on April 29, 2016, 08:49:07 PM
I saw on youtube a video by Gary Prince and it showed the fine finished product as a printed motorized blind as a tv cover. I need some detailed direction/tutorial on how I can do the exact installation...including the source of printed blind to use with the rollertrol system.
I hope someone still pays attention to this forum and can offer dome help.
Title: Re: Installing as a tv cover
Post by: admin on April 29, 2016, 09:42:05 PM
Hello Jimmy, thanks for your forum posting.

We have many clients worldwide that use our motors in all kinds of interesting ways, not always just for roller shades.

If you can post the link you are referring to, I would be happy to take a look and let you know how I think it may have been done.

If I can be of further assistance, please contact me any time.

Regards, Adrian

Adrian Biffen
Customer Service
RollerTrol Automation Systems
Title: Re: Installing as a tv cover
Post by: jimmy454888 on April 30, 2016, 05:31:13 AM
Thanks for your reply.[url]] (http://[/url)
This is the videos that shows what I would like to do. I need detailed help on how to frame the wood around the tv to allow for the well as where or what best type of " printed" blind to use for this application.
Title: Re: Installing as a tv cover
Post by: admin on April 30, 2016, 05:55:26 AM
Good Morning Jimmy, that was indeed a very nice project that fellow created. He's actually using a simple roller shade, just the same as you might use on a window, using a blackout decorator fabric of some kind.

It looks to me like he has recessed the roller into the wall a few inches, so that just the leading edge that rolls off the top of the roller tube is actually exposed. I think he has also installed some side guides using L channel or U channel (readily available at your local hardware store).

This isn't a difficult thing to do, if you have some general fabrication skills and a small workshop with adequate tools. I think if you got one of our basic starter kits you will see how a standard roller shade mechanism works, and you could use any kind of fabric you like (even with your own custom graphics added to the material).

There is a series of general 'how to' articles I have written that should help guide the way (see the 'How To' main menu area on our website), but we don't have anything specific to that project. Most of my time these days is tied up working on the new Raspberry Pi 3 configured as an automation controller:
Regards, Adrian

Title: Re: Installing as a tv cover
Post by: jimmy454888 on April 30, 2016, 09:25:24 AM
Good timely response. 
So yeah...looks like I should buy Raspberry pi....In Canada. ...will try to figure that out.
But still trying to determine exactly what sort of wall cavity is required for the setup...assuming I want to cover 66 inches long by 36 inches high....With a printed fabric...yours available look solely for window use and not really a focal point above a fireplace....covering the tv. that size you know the space required by the rolled up shade ensemble? And...I see examples of motorized shades rolling out both ways - from the front and top down....and from the top and back down. Which is best ? This will make a difference as to how the cavity is framed I'm sure.

Finally...what if the blind is only 36 inches high...descending down cavity that is 48 inches high so that the bottom 12 inches will always be exposed? Finishing correctly with side rails? Any ideas?
 And recommendations for the exact motor I will need and everything else I need from you?
Title: Re: Installing as a tv cover
Post by: admin on April 30, 2016, 11:57:50 AM
Hi jimmy, is a good place, they have Pi 3 now.

If you use our Mini, the width of the diameter of the tube + fabric + hem bar will be perhaps not more than 1.5", which would be close to the depth of the recess. You'll want to set it up to roll off the top towards the room.

You can adjust the programmable travel limits to stop wherever you like, so an exposed portion is no problem. You can use the wired Mini or the unit with the built-in battery: (

Regards, Adrian