hiding my projector? (Pics) - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 18 Old 04-22-2013, 09:26 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
madskaman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: san ramon, ca
Posts: 55
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked: 10
I'm not even sure this is the right section for this, but I think it's close. I've been looking online for solutions to hide my projector that don't include me spending $1500. I was curious if anyone has made their own motorized tray system to lower and raise their projector? If so, some pictures or advice on the subject would be very helpful. Even a point in the right direction would be nice; as I'm pretty much starting from scratch.
madskaman is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 18 Old 04-23-2013, 05:22 AM
HOME THEATER CONTRACTOR
 
BIGmouthinDC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 21,383
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 529 Post(s)
Liked: 726
You can buy the motorized linear actuators at places like:

http://www.firgelliauto.com/
BIGmouthinDC is offline  
post #3 of 18 Old 04-23-2013, 04:09 PM
Advanced Member
 
weaselfest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Home of the Hawkeyes
Posts: 545
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Liked: 33
AVS Forum search is your friend.
Check out this thread.
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1456557/diy-remote-controlled-projector-lift

underachiever extraordinaire
weaselfest is offline  
post #4 of 18 Old 04-24-2013, 08:22 AM
AVS Special Member
 
airscapes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 4,705
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 82 Post(s)
Liked: 124
If you want it hidden so no one sees it at your place but it still works every night, send it to my place! eek.gif
airscapes is online now  
post #5 of 18 Old 04-25-2013, 08:55 AM - Thread Starter
Member
 
madskaman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: san ramon, ca
Posts: 55
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked: 10
I'm looking to have it completely hidden in the ceiling. I'm going to build a motorized drawer that will drop down when the screen does. I have some basic plans now and will keep updating with pictures when I start, hopefully on Friday. I found a 12volt motor that I can use with a cable and pulley.
madskaman is offline  
post #6 of 18 Old 04-26-2013, 08:51 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
madskaman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: san ramon, ca
Posts: 55
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked: 10
I've started on the box today. It's basically going to be a drawer that will drop from the ceiling. The major problem I'm fighting is space. I've only got 11 inches up to work with. When the unit is closed it will be flush, finished with the sheet rock on the bottom. I've got telescoping drawer slides and the electric motor on the way. Here is what I've got so far.

madskaman is offline  
post #7 of 18 Old 05-04-2013, 12:03 AM - Thread Starter
Member
 
madskaman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: san ramon, ca
Posts: 55
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked: 10
I got the slides in the mail and installed them.
madskaman is offline  
post #8 of 18 Old 05-04-2013, 12:32 AM
AVS Club Gold
 
warrenP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Now in Colorado!
Posts: 1,800
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked: 53
Looking good. One thought to keep in mind is that you don't time your power off trigger to retract the projector. It should have some cool down time before going back up into the box.

Every man dies. Not every man really lives.
warrenP is offline  
post #9 of 18 Old 05-04-2013, 05:53 AM
HOME THEATER CONTRACTOR
 
BIGmouthinDC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 21,383
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 529 Post(s)
Liked: 726
looking good, please post pics of the motor part of the this project when you get there.
BIGmouthinDC is offline  
post #10 of 18 Old 05-05-2013, 08:06 PM
Senior Member
 
NYGIANTSFAN23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 273
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Liked: 36
Interesting concept. Looking forward to seeing more.
NYGIANTSFAN23 is offline  
post #11 of 18 Old 06-10-2013, 09:50 AM - Thread Starter
Member
 
madskaman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: san ramon, ca
Posts: 55
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked: 10
I'm still working on this project. I found a couple motors to try to power this unit. I burnt one out and broke a tooth in the other. I'm going down a slightly different path now. I'm going to use an actuator. I'll post some pictures when I get it setup.
madskaman is offline  
post #12 of 18 Old 07-12-2013, 01:58 PM
Member
 
cbehr1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 59
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked: 12
Any updates, looking to do the same thing!
cbehr1 is offline  
post #13 of 18 Old 05-22-2014, 06:27 AM
Newbie
 
aj587166's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Was this project ever finished? really keen to start my own drop mount, but would love to know how this one turned out? Thanks for sharing so much so far though!
aj587166 is offline  
post #14 of 18 Old 05-24-2014, 07:17 AM
Senior Member
 
dhendriksen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Utah
Posts: 213
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Liked: 20
Mine isn't a drop mount, but it is completely hidden within the soffit.

e4ezysys.jpg

medy6uva.jpg

Sent from my Droid MAXX via Tapatalk.
dhendriksen is offline  
post #15 of 18 Old 05-24-2014, 09:35 AM
AVS Special Member
 
doublewing11's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Timber Country!
Posts: 3,861
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 92 Post(s)
Liked: 319
Quote:
Originally Posted by dhendriksen View Post

Mine isn't a drop mount, but it is completely hidden within the soffit.

e4ezysys.jpg

medy6uva.jpg

Sent from my Droid MAXX via Tapatalk.

What are you going to do when you change out projectors? Looks like major surgery! I was thinking the same, but gave up due to very same issue.........
doublewing11 is offline  
post #16 of 18 Old 05-24-2014, 10:21 AM
HOME THEATER CONTRACTOR
 
BIGmouthinDC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 21,383
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 529 Post(s)
Liked: 726
velcro that front black panel
BIGmouthinDC is offline  
post #17 of 18 Old 05-24-2014, 12:48 PM
Senior Member
 
dhendriksen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Utah
Posts: 213
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Liked: 20
^exactly. The panel is attached via Velcro. It pulls off real easy and the projector is just sitting there. I routed the panel out of MDF and wrapped it with speaker grill cloth. I'd argue that I can have my projector out and on the bench quicker than you can get it off your mount =)

Here's the back side of the panel.

4ynugeje.jpg

As you can see, the intake and exhaust vents flow freely. It works awesome.

Here's a picture right after I cut the hole.

yvusa9y7.jpg

Sent from my Droid MAXX via Tapatalk.
dhendriksen is offline  
post #18 of 18 Old 05-24-2014, 12:51 PM
Senior Member
 
dhendriksen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Utah
Posts: 213
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Liked: 20
I actually had originally planned to essentially build a drawer so I could slide it out, but haven't done that yet and probably won't because it's pretty rare that I need to access it.

Sent from my Droid MAXX via Tapatalk.
dhendriksen is offline  
Reply Dedicated Theater Design & Construction

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off