Sony Cineza DIY Ceiling mount :-)

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  1. Gavin_Hall

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    Long post coming....sorry!

    I know this has been covered before with people creating their own ceiling mounts for this beast, seeing as Sony refuse to make one over in the UK! I also know Kevin Harris has created his own, well I have eventually put my mind to it and created my own, the thing is I need some re-assurance as to what I've done won't result in it coming crashing down in a month's time :eek:

    To start with I took apart the base unit, removing the blue/green foot, to reveal just the green/blue coloured base dome.

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    Within this dome is a metal t-shaped object that provides the resistance when you adjust the angle/position of the projector.

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    I then took some threaded rod, M7 in size I think and filed two sides of down (about 1mm each side) so that it would fit into the slot within the metal holder. I then pushed the metal rod into the metal holder, attached two bolts at the end to act as the support and then to stop any posibility of slippage.

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    I then put the blue/green back over the rod, re-attached to the Projector so all I now need to do is hang it from the ceiling. I now have the abililty to adjust the position of the projector just as before when it was on a cabinet, this time it's gravity providing the resistance, rather than a spring lever.

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    Now my question is, do you think the plastic blue/green dome is strong enough to take the weight of the projector? It feels as though it is, but hey that could be a major mistake!!

    Last question, any suggestions for the best way of mounting this to the ceiling. I would obviously need to attach the metal rod to the joists somehow. I was thinking of using "U" brackets, just like they use for Satellite dish mounts.

    If I wanted to make it all look pretty I can simply buy some white tubing to go over the metal rod, this will then also provide a means to conceal the cables dropping down from the ceiling.

    I hope this helps other Sony Cineza owners to knock together their own ceiling mounts :)

    cheers

    Gavin
     
  2. JSW

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    Pics 3 and 4 down: Couldn't you use something a bit more substantial than the washer, something a bit wider and longer??

    Looks neat btw :)
     
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    True, but unfortunately it's all I had in the garage, just to prove this concept :) Before I finally mount it to the ceiling I'll visit B&Q and buy a larger washer to completely cover the hole.

    cheers
     
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    I agree, something like a piece of ply shaped to fit or a slice of aluminium would spread the load a bit better.

    Also how is the "dome" attached to the PJ Base ?. It looks like a locking mechanism type. suggestion to sink a couple of self tapping screws in a couple of the "lugs" after locking in the dome.

    The tubing covering is a good idea - as for hanging - well you could go right through the joist or makeup some sort of rail as you say to "hang" over the joist.

    Good luck!
     
  5. Gavin_Hall

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    Zef, thanks for the suggestions. I think I could probably use a cut metal mounting bracket, you know the "L" shaped ones with holes at regular intervals, that should spread the load a little better.

    Yes the dome is locked into place by way of a little catch. Once locked a button needs to be depressed to release the lock and therefore the dome. The dome doesn't move unless this button is pressed, I think this is safe...he says!!!!!

    I am trying to create this mount with zero, or near to zero damage to existing parts. So when I come sell the projector on it is still in A1 condition.

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  6. Gavin_Hall

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    In case anybody is remotely interested in the finished product, here are a few piccies :) For a total outlay of no more than £15 I've got myself a ceiling mount....well chuffed.

    Oh the joys of getting the Projector up off the hi-fi cabinet... :)

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    Just needed something to fill the hole in :eek:

    So here is the finished product:-

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    The light will be going when the room is re-decorated!!

    cheers

    Gavin
     
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    Gavin,

    Well done not much different to my idea except I think your screwed rod is much better then the tube I used to connect to the lugs on the base.

    I think the plastic base is fine for the weight of the projector, I might be tempted just to look at the plastic for signs of stress every now and again.

    I have just looked after 3 months and it shows no sign of weakness.

    I am thinking you might want to drop the high of you projector a bit if you can to save you getting a crink in your neck when watching movies :)

    Again well done

    Kev
     
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    Kevin,

    I am pleased your setup hasn't shown any signs of stress on the plastic, I am going to keep an eye on it aswell just to be sure!!

    The projector height would have been an issue normally, however, the ceiling where I have mounted it is actually about 1-1 foot lower than the main room, where the screen is. This is due to the projector being in part of the extension.

    cheers

    Gavin
     

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