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I don't want my PJ dropping on my head

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Richard Moore, Oct 17, 2003.

  1. Richard Moore

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    There's a lot of discussion in here about projectors (not that surprising) but I've seen relatively little comment about mounting them on the ceiling.

    I'm about to get an Infocus 5700 and will have to ceiling mount it. Unfortunately due to the room layout I will generally sit right below it.

    Not surprisingly I'm very focussed <boom boom> on getting it nailed very hard to my ceiling. A head/projector interface is a painful one and might cramp my future AV plans. So I'm wanting to get a good mount which will survive a small earthquake. The house can fall down around my ears but I'd rather the projector didn't fall on them.

    I've pretty much decided on the Unicol GK1 ceiling mount. My question is what's the experience of the team in ceiling mounting and any advice - apart from use damn big screws :)
     
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    Not sure on the Unicol mount but why don't you try

    http://www.lmp-pc.co.uk

    They have a very good reputation on these forums.

    I have just had a mount from Andy for my Ae-100 and it is the most beautifully designed and presented item, for the price that I paid, that I have ever seen. Fitted perfectly.

    Greg
     
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    I need to look at doing this when I finally buy a projector. I'm hoping that there are some joists running somewhere near where the projector will be mounted.

    As long as it's screwed into them tightly enough, it should be fine.

    If there are no joists in the vicinity, then I'll have to put a peice of wood above the ceiling and screw into that.
     
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    I have my Panny AE300 on a Unicol gyro lock/mount.

    A word of warning, these things are heavy. Very heavy. Make sure you fix it securly or it will cause serious injury should it land on you.

    Very good quality though, although I cant understand why they dont use some sort of lighter metal.

    Cap:)
     
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    I made my own mount for my Z1 ( see pic). It's very light and very strong. I had to add some timber rafters on the ceiling and tested it with my weight (73kg) for a few minutes, it didn't budged. It didn't cost me a cent either except for the wing nuts and bolts. Hope this will give you some sort of an idea.
    :hiya:
     

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    I did the same for my AE100. Couple of bits of MDF, a central pillar of 2x2, and some bl00dy great screws into the ceiling joists. That thing isn't going anywhere.
     
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    I placed a piece of 12mm mdf wood in the ceiling between the joists, and that's what I screw my DIY mount to. Pics of the mount are on my home page if you're interested.

    Gary.
     
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    I didn't have the luxury of getting a nearby joist but found these rawlplug type things that open up in the centre when tightened and act as a washer above the plaster board.

    I only used 2 of them (plus 2 ordinary rawlplugs) when mounting my AE200 and it's rock solid!
     
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    also, bear in mind that the projector is only a few kgs anyway - a fancy light fitting can weigh more!
     
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    Loads of info about mounting projectors - try using the "Search" function, or check out the FAQ - two links to diy projector mounts in there................................


    Sean G.
     
  11. Richard Moore

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    Doh! Posting without thinking again :) So there is....

    Thanks for all the comments so far. Currently stripping back carpet to find floor boards and joists.
     
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    Would it be viable to use one of those mounts you can get for portable TVs, and wall/ceiling mount the projector that way?
     
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    yagbols,
    what materials did you use and how did you fix the shaft to that plate? Are the wires fed through the shaft?
     
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    Providing the TV mount will take the weight of the projector (the PJ should be less than a TV anyway) and the size of the plate means the PJ will sit comfortbaly, then yes :)

    This was going to be my method of mounting, but alas I don't have enough wall space between the top of the window and the ceiling :(
     
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    Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!

    You've just given me a great idea to solve my mounting problem! I was thinking of using a monitor mount, but it would've looked uber-ugly on the wall all the time, but this thread has given me the idea of stealth mounting something to mount the monitor mount (too many mounts or what?) onto on the wall. Something like one of those open display boxes that changing rooms and everything do, but super strong so I can attach the mount onto it via the vice grip that would normally go onto a table. Genius!!!

    Happy :)

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    Majik, stealth mounting, nowtheres a way to make money.

    Was discussing mount probs with someone at work today who is not allowed a mount in his living room. If someoe could invent a flat mount to attach the projector and mount onto, they would be onto a winner, eg with wiring connects, akin to a camera flash hotshoe. Something flat enough to place a cover over so invisible when not in use!


    edit: just read after posting - and felt the need to clarify that we were talking about projectors when talking about mounting in the living room
     
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    I used an old table leg:D cut it to the right leght and welded the plates. And yes, the wires fed through the shaft.:smoke:

    here's another pic.
     

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    Obviously a little better at DIY than me.
     
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    Ideally I would like some sort of telescopic table which I can hide behind the settee, since my nearest and dearest has just spent a fortune on coving. The idea being I can raise the table with the projector from behind the settee when required.

    Has anyone tried this or think of any potential problems??
     
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    If anyones interested PM me your email address and I will send you a couple of pics of the mount I made for my HS10.

    Klippie.
     
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    keelby1

    I did think about doing this, but as it would foul the shutters had to go for a ceiling mount. It isn't in yet but wts....

    I was about to go out and have a good look at telescopic telescope or camera tripods and see what I could do with those. Just a thought.
    Dak
     
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    Hi,

    That's what I did for my AE200, and the result looks quite good (in my opinion)

    http://cinema.mildlyamusing.co.uk/displayimage.php?album=1&pos=4
     

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