How to Make a Projector Lift

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How to Make a Projector Lift
Home theatre projectors can be more inexpensive than big screen TVs. (projector ready for presentation image by Dmitry Goygel-Sokol from Fotolia.com)

A projector lift is a device that is attached to the ceiling and holds a home theatre projector. Although the lift can be fixed in one spot or built into the ceiling, a stationary lift does not permanently damage the ceiling and is much easier to install.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • 1/2 to 1 inch thick wooden board
  • Saw
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • 8 screws
  • 4 nuts and bolts
  • 4 galvanised steel straps
  • 4 90-degree angled steel straps
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select a location for the lift. This location should be the optimal place for the projector. Test the location by holding the projector in that spot to see if it projects correctly on the screen. Adjust accordingly. Measure the distance from the bottom of the projector to the ceiling. Measure the length and width of the projector.

  2. 2

    Create the stand for the projector. Obtain a 1/2 inch to 1 inch thick wooden board for the base of the projector; this is where the projector will rest. Cut out the board according to the length and width measurements, adding 2 to 3 inches on each side. Paint the board to match the colour of the room.

  3. 3

    Purchase four galvanised steel straps, which are flat long pieces of metal with holes in them, to hang the projector from the ceiling. Make sure the steel straps are as long as the first measurement (distance from bottom of projector to ceiling.) Purchase four 90-degree angled steel straps. These will fasten the long steel straps to the ceiling. Purchase eight screws; the screws should fit both the angled and straight straps perfectly. Purchase four nuts and bolts; these will be used to attach the angled straps to the straight straps.

  4. 4

    Attach the angled straps to the straight steel straps using the nuts and bolts. Attach one angled strap per straight strap. The final result should resemble an "L" shape. With the vertical part of the L being much longer than the horizontal part (the angled strap.)

  5. 5

    Screw in the other end (non-angled) of the steel straps into the wood base. Screw the straps into the four corners of the base. Make sure the straps are screwed so that they are vertical.

  6. 6

    Screw the projector into the ceiling. Move the projector into its final position. Screw the other end of the angled straps into the ceiling. The projector lift is now installed. Place the projector onto the stand and connect the cables. Test the projector.

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