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walter.sk
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« on: January 13, 2009, 04:12:40 PM »
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Has anybody made their own monitor hood, particularly for an NEC wide LCD display?  I have been thinking of using black matboard, but the problem is that the top and sides of the monitor have ventilation slots that should not be covered.  This leaves about one inch in depth from the front of the bezel back to the ventilation slots.  Would  2 Velcro spots near the corners on the top and each side be able to hold the stuff on?  Or would the heat keep the Velcro from adhering to the plastic?  Or would some kind of thin "straps" that go completely over the top and somehow anchor in the handhold cutouts on the back of the monitor be better?

I make great photographs and prints but I am all thumbs when it comes to something like this.  My plan would be to cut this out on my mat cutter, but if somebody already knows of a pattern I could use, it would help tremendously.
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2009, 10:07:55 PM »
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Has anybody made their own monitor hood, particularly for an NEC wide LCD display?  I have been thinking of using black matboard, but the problem is that the top and sides of the monitor have ventilation slots that should not be covered.  This leaves about one inch in depth from the front of the bezel back to the ventilation slots.  Would  2 Velcro spots near the corners on the top and each side be able to hold the stuff on?  Or would the heat keep the Velcro from adhering to the plastic?  Or would some kind of thin "straps" that go completely over the top and somehow anchor in the handhold cutouts on the back of the monitor be better?

I make great photographs and prints but I am all thumbs when it comes to something like this.  My plan would be to cut this out on my mat cutter, but if somebody already knows of a pattern I could use, it would help tremendously.

Why don't you just buy the one NEC makes?
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2009, 11:08:40 AM »
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Why don't you just buy the one NEC makes?
I expected that when the hood for the 3090 came out it would have been a few dollars more than the one for the 2690.   But a jump from $109 to $250 seems a bit much, and the budget is really shot because of other priorities, such as the dimmable print viewer.
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2009, 11:05:49 AM »
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I made one out of black mat board and gaffer's tape.  The board is light enough that you can get pretty firm attachment without much overlap - just use plenty of tape and make sure the holes are not covered.
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2009, 11:37:58 PM »
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I made one out of black mat board and gaffer's tape.  The board is light enough that you can get pretty firm attachment without much overlap - just use plenty of tape and make sure the holes are not covered.
That's pretty much what I did, too. I can't imagine spending anywhere near $109 just for a monitor hood. I'm sure mine cost less than $5, and it works just fine.
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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2009, 07:59:35 AM »
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That's pretty much what I did, too. I can't imagine spending anywhere near $109 just for a monitor hood. I'm sure mine cost less than $5, and it works just fine.
I made my own, finally.  I got a black foam-core board and cut it out into 3 parts, used lots of gaffer's tape, and Velcro spots to hold it onto the monitor.  The board is light enough so everything holds.  I put a slit in the center so I can use my colorimeter.  Thanks again for the replies.
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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2009, 05:41:16 PM »
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I made this with 20" x 30" x 1/2" black foam core for my 19" monitor. You will need larger sheets for your monitor. Please don't ding me about the white balance of my point-and-shoot image; I know.

Foam Core Hood

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