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    Default Large Screen tension...

    So this week I bought a (30x40) screen from a supplier. This is the largest screen I have ever used and was a little disappointed in the amount of tension the screen had. I found myself having to compensate with substantially more off contact than normal which made printing a pain.

    My question is does the size of the screen relate directly to the amount tightness of the screen? Should I expect less tension from larger frames and not expect the same results as a smaller frame?
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    That's not a very big screen. You shouldn't have a problem. At this size any mesh should be nice and tight. If you're using a wood frame it's possible for it to change sizes after stretching. Go aluminum and go to a better provider.

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    what supplier did you buy from?

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    I would rather not say who I got it from right now. I had another issue with the frame that they are taking care of, which I am happy about. I was just curious if I was out of line for questioning the tension, but it seems I am not.
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    How can you be in Cleveland and New york btw? I've tried to do that, being from Berea originally. It's not possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squeegeethree View Post
    How can you be in Cleveland and New york btw? I've tried to do that, being from Berea originally. It's not possible.
    there are 2 of us, one in brooklyn and one in cleveland. we both grew up in north east ohio. One of us got out of the ohio grips, but i'm still in her claws. I am live really close to berea actually.
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    Are you using a tension meter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by loco View Post
    Are you using a tension meter?

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    no, im not that hi tech. I can just tell it is looser than my other screens.
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    The corners of the screen (fabric) will need to be pulled on so they are not as tight (corner softening) as the area you will be coating. If you DO NOT do this the screen will rip before you reach the tension you need. It kind of tricky at first but once you do it a few times it's pretty easy.

    A tension meter makes a world of difference

    Stretch Devices Instructions on Stretching with Newman Roller Frames

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    Ok, so Im still having the same problem with tension. They sent me a new screen and it is almost as bad. It sticks to the paper in the middle of the screen pretty badly. I am attempting to work around the problem by upping the off contact as much as I can, but am getting not so great results. And suggestions on a way to work around this would be amazing.
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