Projector Mount and Drywall Question

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  1. Torgny Nilsson

    Torgny Nilsson Second Unit

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    Can someone tell me whether I can attach my projector to my drywall ceiling using molybolts rather than attaching the mount directly to the studs as it says in my mount manual? I don't have studs where I need to install the projector and I don't have an attic that I can access to reinforce the ceiling above the projector.

    Has anyone done the same thing? The projector is only 6.8 lbs (plus the weight of the mount) and I assume I will be okay as long as I use molybolts that can hold up to 30 to 50 lbs.

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  2. Erik Farstad

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    Yes, you'll be fine using moly's....just make sure you use the appropriate size and depth for your application.

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  3. Darren{Moo}

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    From the been there, done that department, my advice would be to cut the drywall and install a framing member. Drywall repair cheap....Projector repair expensive.....

    YMMV
     
  4. Ron-P

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    Why not build a small mounting plate that will span the distance between two joists. You can lag-screw the plate to the joists and then mount the PJ to the plate. That's what I did.

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    It may not look as clean as a direct mount to the drywall, but it's 100x more solid.


    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
  5. Erik Farstad

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    Duh...great point Ron...I too did the same thing, built a mounting plate. :b But I guess I was too focused on answering Torgny's question, I missed the obvious! LOL....
     
  6. Torgny Nilsson

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    I decided to take your collective advice and am building a mounting plate. More work, but more peace of mind as you have mentioned. Thanks for the help.
     
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  8. Shane Burton

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    Drywall is more than sufficient, as long as you use a mounting plate that spreads the load out.

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  9. Randy Emery

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    Yes, the drywall would not particiate structurally
     
  10. marc_manny

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    Go to Home Depot and buy at ceiling fan mount. They have ones for new construction and ones for remodeling. You want the one for remodeling, so basically you cut out a small hole in the ceiling and then fit the entire unit up into it. There are expansion nuts on each side that you screw (kind of like a shower rod) to tighten between the studs. Then you can just secure the projector to the ceiling box. They are rated for like 30 pounds or more.

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  11. Ron-P

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    Marc, do you know if those mounts are hollow up the center and have a large enough diameter to allow cables up through? Make for a nice clean look if so.


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    Hey Ron. They are not big enough for a DVI cable. However, they can be cut faily easily to accomodate several sets of cables. I was thinking of using these myself until I changed my mounting plan. Very easy, especially if you have access above the ceiling.


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  13. marc_manny

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    Hey Ron,

    They have nickel size holes (the ones I have used), so like C.Ryan said you probably won't get a DVI cable through it. It would be worth while to take a look and see if they have any with bigger holes, or maybe you could cut enough out for a DVI connector to fit through without loosing structual integrity(sp?).

    They are definately easier if you have access to above the ceiling, but it can be done from below also.

    Marc
     
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    Use the adaptor plate with dry-wall cutout......
     

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