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Hi, in about a month I will be buying the Sharp PG-M20X projector, and I had planned to mount it on the ceiling, but I am now checking the prices on the ceiling bracket and it's about $200! I don't understand why it's so expensive. Are there any cheaper ways to get it onto the ceiling?
 

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I plan on making my own next week, I hope to post pictures.


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I successfully used an old computer monitor stand. They usually just snap on/off and I had saved a few off dead monitors we were throwing out so I had a number of different ones to choose from. Ideally, you want one that has a big enough "foot" so that all three (or four) of the PJ mounting screws will fit on it; but I'm sure you could mount a plate/board to the foot, if necessary, to enlarge its "footprint". These stands seemed ideal since they had both tilt and rotate capabilities. Plus the adjustment mechanism is fairly stiff so the adjustment doesn't drift too easily (in case you turn the volume up a little too high :D). The one I found even had a screw holding the two pieces together which made it easier to assemble. If you're interested here's exactly how I did it:


First I took the two halves of the stand apart, marked and drilled 3 holes in the foot (to correspond with the threaded mounting holes on the bottom of my PJ) and then screwed the foot to the bottom of the PJ. Then I took a ceiling tile out of my suspended ceiling and cut a hole (approx 4" diameter) in the center of the area were I wanted to mount the projector (this was so I could get access to the screw that holds the two halves of the montor stand together and also so I had somewhere to feed the cables through to the projector). Next I cut the same size hole in a piece of sheet metal, which I used as the "backer" (something for the screws that hold the other half of the monitor stand to the ceiling tile to screw into - a couple strips of wood or even some fairly large washers would also have worked fine). Once I had the other half secured to the ceiling tile I just re-assembled the two halves of the stand, reaching through the hole in the ceiling tile to insert and tighten the screw that held them together. It's pretty low profile (the PJ is maybe 1.5 to 2" off the ceiling) which was nice since my ceiling is just over 6 feet high and I didn't want it hanging any lower than necessary and, as an added bonus the color was a pretty close match to the ceiling tiles so it practically disappears underneath the PJ (unlike the ugly metal assemblies you see them selling for $100-200. Here's a couple pictures:


Top of ceiling tile (note the protruding tips of the 4 screws used for mounting the stand to the underside of the ceiling tile and the access hole, where you can see the single bolt that holds the two halves of the monitor stand together) - http://twblinux.dyndns.org/topview.jpg


Side view (here you can see how the stand looks mounted to the ceiling tile - note two of the heads of the aforementioned screws) - http://twblinux.dyndns.org/sideview.jpg


Rear view (here you can see how the cables feed out thru a notch I cut in the center of the top half of the stand) - http://twblinux.dyndns.org/rearview.jpg


Closeup side view (here you can see two of the three screws that hold the "foot" of the monitor stand to the PJ) - http://twblinux.dyndns.org/sidecloseup.jpg
 

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