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Question The best wall mount for easy adjustments?

I am looking for a wall mount for my w1070, so it'll come from the wall, not the ceiling. I found a few, but they look like they require some mangling and allen wrenches and whatnot to get aligned, and I did not like doing that on my old mount. Everytime you'd wrench down on it, the mount would move the projector. Is there a better system out there? I would not mind dropping a hundred or two on a good mount.
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I am looking for a wall mount for my w1070, so it'll come from the wall, not the ceiling. I found a few, but they look like they require some mangling and allen wrenches and whatnot to get aligned, and I did not like doing that on my old mount. Everytime you'd wrench down on it, the mount would move the projector. Is there a better system out there? I would not mind dropping a hundred or two on a good mount.
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Where does one purchase a chief mount?
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Chief sells their mounts piece by piece. You buy the mount itself, which connects to the projector and has the part that makes all the adjustments, but does NOT include a ceiling extension, or a ceiling plate. You can then buy the ceiling (or wall) portion of the mount. This is excellent, because their ONE mount can be used for normal ceilings, cathedral ceilings, drop ceilings, or WALL mounting as is what you desire.

I recommend the Chief RPMAU.

http://www.chiefmfg.com/Products/RPMAU

You can use a 1.5" plumbing flange and use lag bolts to put it in your wall. Then use a 1.5" pipe to extend from your wall a foot or so, a 90" adapter, and a 1" 1.5" pipe to connect to the projector mount itself, or you can buy something like this:
http://www.chiefmfg.com/Products/WMA1S

AVSForum sells Chief products, but I often look on eBay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHIEF-HEAVY-...item35c3ce6623

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chief-RPM-U-...item233e45a84d

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Mounts like nice, but there is no swing if I get a new projector with a slightly different location for the lens? I would hate to use keystone to adjust that, or have to redrill/mount the arm because of it. What makes chief's easier to get lined up then others?
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You can build your own wall mount out of an old TV wall mount + Chief RPAU projector mount. This is what I had before put my projector on a shelf:
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My last mount was not super easy to adjust, I was hoping to get one that was more adjustable.
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Mounts like nice, but there is no swing if I get a new projector with a slightly different location for the lens? I would hate to use keystone to adjust that, or have to redrill/mount the arm because of it. What makes chief's easier to get lined up then others?
If you are talking about height, then you can mount the chief arm higher, and use a longer extension. The extension is standard 1.5" pipe from Home Depot. So, if the projector you have today needs 8" of extension, then that's what you buy today. If your next projector only needs to be dropped 2", then you get a 2" extension. No redrilling required.

The key with mounts is stability. The Chief mounts don't drift. They also offer micro-adjustability in their 'Elite' version (like I linked) which means you can adjust it with a standard #2 Phillips screwdriver. Their tubular universal bracket is also untouched by any other universal bracket on the market.

It all adds up to a very flexible, and extremely solid mounting solution.

It should be noted that almost every ceiling mount on the market may need to be remounted if the projector has different left/right lens offset or if it has a very different lens offset for up/down placement. Chief just makes it easier to get the right stuff and provides the most solid base to work from.

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My last mount was not super easy to adjust, I was hoping to get one that was more adjustable.
This one can adjust in any direction and can be wall or ceiling mounted. It gets generally good reviews. Some have called it "rock solid", while a few with heavier projectors could not get it to tighten down enough to hold position. It is a shame it doesn't have worm-drive adjustment screws at each joint -- it is just a matter of leaving the joint loose until in the right position and then clamping that joint down. But it can go up and down and side to side so your concerns about lens position and even small differences in vertical offset for future projectors might be satisfied.



I don't know if AVS carries it or not, but I found it on Amazon looking for "projector wall mount".

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This one can adjust in any direction and can be wall or ceiling mounted. It gets generally good reviews. Some have called it "rock solid", while a few with heavier projectors could not get it to tighten down enough to hold position. It is a shame it doesn't have worm-drive adjustment screws at each joint -- it is just a matter of leaving the joint loose until in the right position and then clamping that joint down. But it can go up and down and side to side so your concerns about lens position and even small differences in vertical offset for future projectors might be satisfied.



I don't know if AVS carries it or not, but I found it on Amazon looking for "projector wall mount".
Looks like that one is not very adjustable, a couple of the reviews say that when you make final adjustments, it moves the projector a bit, causing another portion to need to be adjusted.
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Looks like that one is not very adjustable, a couple of the reviews say that when you make final adjustments, it moves the projector a bit, causing another portion to need to be adjusted.
That's why I said it would be nice to find something similar that has actual worm drives at each joint to do the adjustment. Having to hold it in place while tightening the joints down makes it a two-person install, I'd think.

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How is peerless? I am finding some solid kits for $100 with worm drive style adjustments.
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I ended up getting: Peerless-AV PRG-EXB for $114 off B&H. I really liked the ability for some hand adjustments with the gears, and not having to use torx on all adjustments. Super cheap, great reviews, comes with the universal mount that goes for about $98, so figured the wall extension for an extra 16 bucks would be worth it.
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Peerless is decent. It's not as solid as the Chief mounts, but does offer a nice entry level gear system. It still has some shift when switching from one adjustment to the other, but it is better than much of what is out there.

The Chief is just the best mount on the market right now, period, with their Elite series mounts. You don't use a tork on the Elite mounts - you use a #2 Philips screwdriver.
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