How to mount a projector suspended from a ceiling mount

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How to mount a projector suspended from a ceiling mount
Mount your projector on the ceiling to keep cables hidden. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

There are a number of advantages to installing a ceiling mount projector in your home theatre: It is difficult to block the light path from the projector to the screen; there are no loose wires for someone to trip over; the projector is out of reach of children, and the projector is protected from damage. Run your cables above the ceiling, across the attic and down behind the drywall for a neater look, alternatively, hide the cables behind an unobtrusive channel attached to the walls and ceiling.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Steel measuring tape
  • Electronic stud finder
  • Pencil
  • 3/16-inch drill bit
  • Cordless drill/driver
  • Screwdriver bit
  • Three suitable projector mounting screws
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Measure the recommended distance from your screen with a steel measuring tape, as directed in the owner's manual. Locate a suitable ceiling joist or cross beam with an electronic stud finder, and mark its centre line on the ceiling with a pencil.

  2. 2

    Remove the backing from the adhesive foam disk. Line up the mounting holes carefully and attach the foam disk to the mounting plate. Place the mounting plate against the ceiling over the mounting point, and trace the outline of the mounting holes on the ceiling with a pencil.

  3. 3

    Drill 3/16-inch pilot holes through the centre of the marks with a cordless drill/driver. Secure the mounting plate to the ceiling with the screws provided. Tighten the screws securely with the cordless drill/driver and screwdriver bit. Clip the plastic cover provided in the kit over the mounting plate to hide the screws.

  4. 4

    Pass pre-installed control and power cable through the central mounting tube. Slip the tube over the mounting bracket attached to the mounting plate. Press the two spring-loaded screws on the side of the mounting bracket inward, and push the mounting tube over the screws. Twist the mounting tube until the two spring-loaded screws pop through the holes on the side of the tube.

  5. 5

    Insert the 4mm Allen wrench provided into each screw and twist the wrench counterclockwise to spread the screw heads outward. Keep turning the wrench until both screws are tight and the mounting tube is clamped firmly in place.

  6. 6

    Attach the three curved projector arms to the top of the projector with three suitable mounting screws bought from a hardware store. Position the arms in a counterclockwise spiral as shown in the instructions. Do not tighten the screws at this stage.

  7. 7

    Place the projector plate on top of the arms and align each spiral groove on the projector plate with the mounting holes on the end of each curved projector arm. Attach the plate finger-tight to the arms with the three Allen head screws provided.

  8. 8

    Rotate the projector plate until its central mounting bar is aligned with the projector's centre of gravity. Tighten all six mounting screws firmly. Use the 5mm Allen wrench provided in the kit on the inner screws, and a screwdriver on the outer screws.

  9. 9

    Lift the projector with the help of a friend. Press the two spring-loaded Allen head screws on the projector mounting bar inward, and slip the projector onto the mounting tube. Push the projector up and twist it from side to side until the two Allen head screws pop into the holes on either side of the central mounting bar. Tighten both screws securely in a counterclockwise direction with the 4mm Allen wrench.

  10. 10

    Connect the cables to the projector as directed in the instruction manual. Switch the unit on. Rotate the projector and align the image on the screen; adjust the zoom and focus as directed in the manual to complete the installation.

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