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    Thread: Suspending 42 inch tv from ceiling?

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      05-07-2012 11:53 PM #1
      We are getting close to closing on a small home, in the city. In order to use the space efficiently, we will need to be creative. We want to have a tv that disappears when not in use. The plan is to take down the wall that would naturally be the place to mount a tv, to make the home open floor plan. My thought is to tap into a beam along the ceiling and have a the tv drop down when needed, then move back up when not in use. It would be a bonus to be able to control tilt, but not a necessity.

      I have been googling around for ceiling tv mounts. They make many different kinds, but none seem to telescope. My thinking is that I may need to mount some pulleys up there. I have seen videos of motorized tvs popping out of hidden locations. Does any company sell a ready made solution, or do you need to cobble together something.

      Even if the solution was just a manual crank with pulleys I would be open to any design ideas. Without actually measuring, I'm guessing the tv will need to raise/lower 6 feet. The other challenge is that the roof is at a 20 degree angle.

      Would just making a sheet of metal that lined up with the mounting holes, an then attaching hooks to the sides be a strong enough solution?

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      05-07-2012 11:56 PM #2
      An extra bonus would be the ability to mount satellite speakers on the sides of the tv as well.

    3. 05-11-2012 12:27 PM #3
      I'm sure you could rig something up.. they make some light 42" lcd's these days. I don't really know much about automatic mounts, but I suspect they are overly expensive. The only thing I'd say about using a piece of sheet metal behind the screen is to make sure you don't block any ventilation holes.. tv's get hot and need airflow. Might be better to start with a standard mount that you can scew to the TV, then rig up something to attach to that.

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      05-16-2012 05:15 PM #5
      projector and a pull down screen.

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      05-21-2012 03:49 PM #6
      Yeah, that prbebly the easiet way, even an auto-roll down projection screen would work well too.

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      05-21-2012 04:08 PM #7
      The entire wall facing the tv is windows. Otherwise I would gladly go 1080p projector. Found a few flip down mounts online. I need to get in there and do final measurements but I think it will work in between the joists. Not quite as trick as what I originally wanted, but it will be more practical from a cabling standpoint. Still contemplating a custom solution if time permits.

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      05-21-2012 05:40 PM #8
      So the TV is on the opposite side of the windows? Nothing a couple of shades/blinds can't fix.


      Quote Originally Posted by HI SPEED View Post
      The entire wall facing the tv is windows. Otherwise I would gladly go 1080p projector. Found a few flip down mounts online. I need to get in there and do final measurements but I think it will work in between the joists. Not quite as trick as what I originally wanted, but it will be more practical from a cabling standpoint. Still contemplating a custom solution if time permits.
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