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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.

 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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






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Originally Posted by dhendriksen  /t/1469557/hiding-my-projector-pics#post_24754535


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






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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.........
 

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^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.




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


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




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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.


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