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DIY: A quick and dirty $20 projector ceiling mount (TechCrunch)

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I had a problem. I turned into moving into a couple domestic theatre projectors for assessment, however I didn’t want to simply sit them on a desk inside the middle of my office. It’s already sufficiently cluttered. The apparent solution was to mount them on my ceiling. However, I’m cheap and didn’t want to spend any cash on a mount. I additionally desired a few, certainly everyday, allowing me to study projectors of all sizes and shapes without worrying about their weight. It might also need to return down while not in use.

So I took a ride to the hardware shop.

I had a couple of thoughts in mind, but all of them revolved around putting a board from the ceiling in which the projector could take a seat. This way I didn’t have to worry about the projector’s size, weight or in the event that they wished for a selected mounting bracket. I also needed the mount to be particularly shock-evident and not rigid as it’d hang most effectively 6.Five toes from the ground. This manner it wouldn’t wreck if something by accident bumped it.

I ended up with this concoction: 1/2 eye bolt related to a small eye screw through an open-ended lap link alongside a random board from my scrap pile.

The eye screw is sunk into the floor joists (my office is within the basement) and the projector board rests on the eye bolt’s nut. It’s truly pretty easy in layout and construction.The mount is likewise very adjustable to the attention bolt positioned in each nook that permits for brief and easy peak modifications.

Parts listing:

  • A % of 4 eye screws rated for ninety five lbs – $1.59
  • Four lap hyperlink connectors rated for 225 lbs – $0.89 every
  • A set of four 1/2″ x 8″ eye bolts rated for three hundred pounds – $3.49 each
  • Total value $19.Eleven

Tools list:

  • Tape measure
  • Drill press and hand held drill

Construction

Start with the board. You’re going to want to make sure that it’s some inches longer and wider than the span between the ground joists and the projector. Drill holes the size of your eye bolts in every corner the precise distance among joists. Simple maths and a tape measure facilitates. Use a drill press if you can to make sure the holes are flawlessly vertical.

Once the holes are drilled, hold the board as much as the floor joists and mark through the holes where the eye screws want to be sunk. Pre-drill holes within the joists and sink the small eye screws.

Then open up the lap hyperlinks with  needle-nostril pliers and join the eye bolt to the eye screw sunk within the timber. Insert the board up through the eye bolts and thread at the nut. Fun stuff, eh?

Yes, I recognize Monoprice and others sell mounts for around $15. But I constructed this solution in about  hours and it’s extra versatile for transient use. I would opt for one of those if I owned a projector and desired an extra everlasting set up.

Oh, and the projector pictured is the InFocus SP8602. It’s great.

UPDATE: Just a quick concept. You could without difficulty try this on a drywall ceiling, too. Consult your hardware store’s resident old man if you need a touch education about drywall anchors.

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