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OK, so I have finally taken the plunge and ordered the Panasonic PT-L711XU. Now the hard part is waiting until it arrives! I would appreciate any input from 711/75/701 owners with regard to ceiling mounts and screens that you have put together, or bought really cheap. Any input much appreciated.
 

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Here is a picture of one I built for my L711XU. I continue to love this projector (within reason, of course).


The top plate is a piece of white melamine shelving from HD. I used T-nuts and threaded rods, covered with clear tubing. The bottom plate is a piece of cutting board from a kitchen and bath supply store. I think the whole thing cost less than $20.


The plate which attaches to the ceiling is mounted with lag screws. One of the holes is widened into a small arc to allow for left-right adjustments. Tilt adjustments are made by simply raising or lowering the nuts on the threaded rod. I measured well, and centered the thing at a proper distance, so there was not much adjusting to do.
 

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First on the DIY screen, I just painted a wall using a "customized" grey (used da-lite high contrast sample). I'm looking to get a HCCV or Firehawk soon, but the wall works for now.


On the mount, I used a 3/4" pipe attached to a speaker mount. Since I have a drop ceiling, I mounted the pipe to the joist and worked the ceiling tile around it. I used a speaker mount so I can adjust the projector. On the screws for your base, use 4mm machine screws.


Here's the final product (still need to paint black):
 

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I had a private message on how I mounted the pipe to the joist. Below is the picture of mount. I just screwed a 3/4 flange to a 2X4 and screwed those it into the joist. All pipe hardware available in plumbing section of Home Depot and Lowes.


[Does anyone know how to send files via private message?]


I'll post seperate pictures on the speaker mount.
 

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On the question on speaker mount, I found the below "no name" speaker mounts at Lowes. Not eligent, but got the job done.
 
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