Originally Posted by ORPhD
Is that a DIY mount (with a Sharp sticker) you're using for the projector? I don't recall seeing you mention anything about that in previous posts, but it looks to be an interesting alternative to the MonkeyMan based mounts. If it is DIY, I'd be interested in some more detailed shots.
Slightly off topic: remembering your (justifiable) frustration at the lack of attention this concept was getting, I'm glad to see your thread picking up steam. I'm also glad to see you persevered in your DIY efforts despite the amount of garbage one sometimes has to put up with on this forum. Well done.
With the fear of going way off topic but why not I started the thread.
Your observations are only partly right. A lot of attention has been paid to a few things I have posted about but mostly thru PM's. I think a lot of people view this site on a fairly regular basis but are afraid to jump in and post in the open forums. That's the sad part. I have received so many well written questions and ideas that people are afraid to put out there. And I can only assume its because they don't want to get on some side of a debate that should never be more than a discussion. From the number of PM's and like I posted the other day the photos have been getting well over 5000 views a week. There are a lot of people out in the world wanting basic information on DIY.
But thanks for taking the time to view the photos and read the posts and also the complements.
You did catch me on the homemade projector mount. I thought putting the Sharp sticker that was laying in the box would throw you off.
I thought about making a standard old pipe mount aka monkey man but I would have needed to get into the ceiling to anchor it to something. There are a lot of people with plastered ceilings that could do something like I did and just secure the mount up with 4 molly bolts. I could also envision a wire track type race way that could hold cables and deliver power to the projector that could be surface mounted to go along with it.
It's always amazing to me that some of these products haven't been made yet. One question I have seen a lot in the front projection forums deal with how to hide wires and homeowners wanting a neat looking job but don't want to rip their ceiling down to run wires. Maybe I should start up a cottage industry and build some of these things.
My mount is pretty basic its just 4 bent aluminum legs (L's) the front two slotted to allow up and down angle adjustment. The center projector support is the same material bent into a (U) with cutouts in it in the areas of air intakes and access to the bulb without taking the projector down. Just remove the front two bolts and the projector swings down and you can change the bulb. The rotational adjustment is allowed by the slots that mount the projector to the center support. Picture curved slots and 4mm bolts and washers. The drop height was a given from the information provided by the Sharp web site so I didn't allow any adjustment there. The throw distance was ample to use the zoom for in and out. that only left side to side. And brings this post back on topic. If you look at the photo showing the stapling on the back you will see a screw at the top. That screw and one on the other side is how I hang the screen to a (L) hook from the ceiling. At the screen I'm able to slide the screen right to left a few inches to fine tune it in that direction. I didn't give that mount much thought really until now but it did work out pretty well and is very sturdy also. As has been noted before I tend to design stuff to really last.
If I take the projector down again I'll try and take a few more pictures but I think from my description someone could make something similar to work with their projector.
A lot of the work I have done with my setup has been a little outside the box and done so intentionally to try and advance or at least show another approach when I can to what everyone else is doing. I just today had a discussion with a coworker over lunch that is just now building a home theater. His projector will be located mid room on the ceiling and we both thought wouldn't it be nice if say Sharp made a snap on back cover that had the projector finish and smooth molded lines that would hide all the plugs and wires going out the back. I have looked at a lot of photos of very high end high $$$ home theaters and in the shot of the screen there is this big water pipe hanging down and wires coming out of the back of the projector. There are some cleaver ones also where it's tucked up into a drop feature in the ceiling.