Whether you use your projector at home to watch movies or in a conference room to present PowerPoint slides, you probably have considered mounting it to the ceiling. With a ceiling mount, you can keep the projector out of the way while still running it with a remote control. Projector mounts can be purchased from most any electronics store, but, if you are a do-it-yourself person or on a limited budget, you may want to build a projector mount for the ceiling on your own.
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Things you need
- 5/16-inch bolts
- 1 1/2-inch PVC pipe
- Closet flanges
- Reducing bells
Measure how far down you want the projector to hang. Cut the 1 1/2-inch PVC pipe to the appropriate length with a hacksaw.
Trace the shape of the projector on the plywood. Cut the plywood to this shape and drill holes that line up with the mounting holes on the projector. This will be the projector mounting plate.
Put the small side of a closet flange into one of the reducing bells. Drill holes in both pieces, then bolt the two pieces together. Make sure to use washers and nuts to fasten them. You can also include glue to hold these for extra support or if your projector is heavier than average. Attach the other closet flange and reducing bell in the same way.
Place each end of the pipe into the small end of one of the reducing bells. Drill holes through the reducing bells and pipe, then use bolts to hold the pieces together.
Secure the pipe to the mounting plate. Measure to make sure you are installing the pipe in the centre of the mounting plate, then screw the pieces together using the pre-drilled holes in the closet flange.
Screw the projector mount into the ceiling using the pre-drilled holes in the closet flange in the same way you attached the mounting plate. Make sure that at least two of the screws are in a ceiling joist for added stability once the projector is bolted to the mount.
Tips and warnings
- If you get a new projector, just replace the mounting plate with a new one of the correct size for your new projector.
- Make sure your projector mount can support the weight of your projector before bolting the projector to the mount.
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