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    Fabricate a ceiling TV mount

    Greetings all - I am looking for ideas to hang a 50 inch tv monitor from the ceiling in my church. There are two thick beams up there that I would use as the anchor point. I am thinking of two pipe flanges bolted to the beams with two short nipples and a T union in between. Then a length of pipe running down to an elbow androgen another nipple and flange bolted to a piece of plywood. Then a tilting wall mount VESA Bracket to hank the tv on. Any suggestions for another way? These are the ceiling beams:


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    Re: Fabricate a ceiling TV mount

    I could weld something instead of screwing plumbing parts together.
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    Re: Fabricate a ceiling TV mount

    i like it, sounds creative. you'd make the mormon tabernacle jealous

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    Re: Fabricate a ceiling TV mount

    Two pieces of unistrut vertical fastened to the lumber at the top and you can mount the tv on it at the bottom at whatever height you need. We do this all the time at work, it doesn't look too bad right now because it's stylish to be steam punkish.
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    Re: Fabricate a ceiling TV mount

    You're mentioning a VESA mount so I'm guessing its not a 50 inch CRT. How heavy is the TV, How far down does it need to hang? Any siesmic concerns? What chewed on that trim board? Unistrut might well be a very good way to go. can even wrap it in wood grain shelf paper when you're done

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    My church has a couple of wall- mounted projectors, projecting on flat pieces of wall. Guess it depends a lot on the architecture, though. What I don't like is the idea of having a random piece of plywood hanging down there.

    VESA is square, right? Could you possibly dig up a flange with the bolt holes in the right position? If you could then I'd suggest having a single pipe running between the two upper flanges with a downward T-joint in the center. At the bottom of the T you have an elbow with the flange.

    If it it's rectangular but you can get flanges to match half the bolt pattern across their diameter, then instead of an elbow at the bottom of the T, you have another T- joint with elbows on either end, and the smaller flanges at the end of the elbows.
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    Re: Fabricate a ceiling TV mount

    Quote Originally Posted by KIDCNC View Post
    Two pieces of unistrut vertical fastened to the lumber at the top and you can mount the tv on it at the bottom at whatever height you need. We do this all the time at work, it doesn't look too bad right now because it's stylish to be steam punkish.
    I just browsed their 65 page catalog. There is a steel I-beam up there visible at the bottom of the first photo that could accept a beam clamp. their systems look great, but the church is real price sensitive and about 10 feet of pipe and a couple of flanges, unions, and nipples are probably all they have in the budget for this project. As to the other questions - It is a flat screen tv, so the total weight involved is about 40 lbs, plus structure to hang it. That chewed wood beam is the result of water from a leaky roof, which has since been redone (the roof, not the beam).
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    Re: Fabricate a ceiling TV mount

    Quote Originally Posted by teh603 View Post
    My church has a couple of wall- mounted projectors, projecting on flat pieces of wall. Guess it depends a lot on the architecture, though. What I don't like is the idea of having a random piece of plywood hanging down there.
    The plywood would be smaller than the back of the tv, and only used to simulate a wall where the tilt bracket would normally mount to in a house.

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    VESA is square, right? Could you possibly dig up a flange with the bolt holes in the right position? If you could then I'd suggest having a single pipe running between the two upper flanges with a downward T-joint in the center. At the bottom of the T you have an elbow with the flange.
    yes, that is exactly what i envision doing, but on the lower flange, i bolt up a piece of plywood to mount the tilt TV mounting bracket

    Quote Originally Posted by teh603 View Post
    If it it's rectangular but you can get flanges to match half the bolt pattern across their diameter, then instead of an elbow at the bottom of the T, you have another T- joint with elbows on either end, and the smaller flanges at the end of the elbows.
    this is the setup:

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    I did consider using a T at the bottom of the down pipe so we can have a forward facing tv and a rear facing tv on the same pipe. the total weight is still fine for the pipe structure.
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    Re: Fabricate a ceiling TV mount

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    Re: Fabricate a ceiling TV mount

    I finally got the job done, except for the second tv to be mounted on the back.

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    Re: Fabricate a ceiling TV mount

    I like to recycle these old direct tv dish mounts. A good welder can work wonders with these. One of these, an extension tube, a little coping, welding, paint & time, & you can have a pretty nice mount.
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    Man, great idea, I see these in the trash all the time. I guess their service is whack
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    Re: Fabricate a ceiling TV mount

    Here's one I re purposed for a camera housing mount. They are much more sturdy than the mounts that come with the housings, & that makes a lot of difference when using a camera with a zoom lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yesindeed View Post
    Man, great idea, I see these in the trash all the time. I guess their service is whack
    I think they upgraded their dishes, so when they install the new ones, they just toss the old ones. With a few mods,they have many uses. I grab every one I see!
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    Good idea on the recycled dish mount lstilts. I will have to remember that. It would work perfect for a TV IMO.

    Heres a mount I have in front of my bed. The 2x2 panel was commercially made for T-bar grid ceilings and TV's. I think 14 gauge. I bought 1-1/2 pipe from homie depot and TIG'd it to the plate that mounts to the TV. You can see in the 2nd pic that I didnt get a straight cut free handing the plasma torch but its not noticeable after paint. The plate welded to the pipe has a downward tilt for better viewing in bed.

    yesindeed, looks good but wouldnt a seperate mount for the second TV be better for viewing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Insaneride View Post
    ... yesindeed, looks good but wouldnt a seperate mount for the second TV be better for viewing?
    no, not necessary. the second tv will face rearward toward the choir and the preacher. its just so the whole church can see the video content
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    yesindeed, can you unthread the pipe to get the ceiling tile back in? If not, your going to have to put it in in two pieces. If you do the two piece way, cut thru the middle of the hole. If you can get it in one piece, look for a fire sprinkler escucheon for the pipe. If that dont fit, they make a escucheon thats hinged to open up then close around the pipe for a clean finished look.

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