Originally Posted by mcnizzel
Well as far as a conversation piece, mission accomplished. It will definitely be something fun and unique. Plus as an added benefit, given the projector footprint of the 8350 you shouldn't have too much trouble fitting some other projector in there in the future. Because lets be honest, if you're on AVS you're getting upgrades at some point!
I work with finishing contractors to do a lot of special cabinets, enclosures etc. on my jobs and for what its worth I think you're MUCH better of going with a nice white molding surround like you suggested. If you attached the molding to the drop down portion under the projector instead of surrounding the whole it would be much easier, and you could cover up a larger gap if need be. You could do something much simpler on the exposed edge of the actual ceiling drywall so that it looks clean when the unit is down.
as far as cable management goes if you attach the cords to the mount securely right near where the actuator hits the projector box, and where the actuator is attached to the ceiling, then measure out the appropriate distance the hdmi cord would simply get pulled pretty taught against the actuator pole as its retracted. Having the cable firmly attached at both ends means you can safely have some slack between where the cable enters the projector box and the inputs, that way you won't have to worry about any damage to the plugs over time. If you used that heat wrap for wires over the whole bunch of cables it would make it for one clean cable inline right with the pole, which obviously you're going to see no matter what.
Another choice may be to the entire box that would contain the projector when its stored in the attic come down. That way you can have a cable mess inside if you wish and no one can see the pole or cables or anything, You could finish the box with a white laminate of appropriate color to match the ceiling/room.
don't know what your room looks like so I just thought I'd throw out a few ideas.
Its great idea though, I do wonder how you're looking budget wise for all of this. If you wouldn't mind sharing it might be nice for the rest of us. Is there a thread you hav started for questions specifically related to the build and not just to the 8350 in general?
Great advice, thanks! Yeah I do plan on attaching the moulding to the drop down portion of the PJ box as opposed to the ceiling like you mentioned, if I decide to go that route.
As far as cables go, I think I'll measure how much I need to get to the PJ when it's fully extended, then wrap it around the actuator arm loosely so it can coil like a phone chord as it goes up and down, and I'll also wrap it with some sort of heat shrink or something to keep it looking nice and held together.
Having the entire box come down is an option, however that would be a lot of stuff to move up and down and then I'd have a big column hanging down from the ceiling and I'd rather just see the actuator arm and a cable around it. The actuator I got is rated for 40 lbs and even though the PJ is only ~16 or so I think, I don't want to add a lot to it so it takes forever to come all the way down, although this actuator will move 1.75"/sec with no load, so we'll see how it does with the PJ on it.
As far as budget goes, so far this is what I've bought for the actuator system:
1) 30" stroke 40lb rated linear actuator from Firgelli Automations - $130
2) Two mounting brackets, one for each end of the actuator also from Firgelli - $36
Still need to get:
1) 110/120VAC to 12V DC 10amp adapter to plug the actuator into (Firgelli also has this but it's $65 and I'm sure I can find it at Radio Shack or somewhere else cheape and not have to pay shipping on it)
2) 3-way momentary rocker switch for actuator control
3) Wood/drywall/insulation for PJ box and attic housing
5) Need to run another electrical circuit in the ceiling to plug in the PJ and actuator but this will only cost me a 12 pack of brew since I have friend who's an electrician
I believe that's it. I'm thinking I'll be in about $300-$350 for the whole setup, plus a weekend or two of my time!
This isn't too bad considering if would have just mounted the PJ to the ceiling directly, I would have to get one of those Chief mounts and correct me if I'm wrong but those are around $160 or so, so I don't think this is too bad on the pocket.
I'll post more pictures as I start the build. Still waiting on the actuator to be delivered, then I'll start fine tuning measurements in my ceiling for placement and getting the rest of the supplies.
This is all going in my living room which is about 14' W and is very deep since it's an open floorplan to the kitchen but the couch is about 13' 5" from the screen and PJ will be mounted 16' from screen which is 120"
I posted this a couple days ago in the General Home Theater thread but since I do have an 8350 I decided to post it here, plus this thread seems to get a lot more views.
And I should have my receiver and speakers delivered by the end of the week, and soon following will be a DIY 120" BOC screen build as well. Right now I just want to get the PJ mounted so I can stop having to put it on a shelf behind the couch...get's anoyying moving that thing around!!