Ceiling Mount a Home Theater Front Projector – Metalcraft Mounting System

After I fainted from sticker shock at the pricing of the official Sanyo
PLV-Z3 projector ceiling mount ($200), I found a much cheaper solution. For
$36.95 I could buy a Metalcraft all metal adjustable ceiling mount off ebay.

Mounting a projector to my ceiling was easier than I thought. Here’s how I
did it.

Tools you’ll need:

* Philips Hand Screw Driver

* Circular Level

* EZ Anchor Stud Solvers

* Tape Measure

* Step Ladder

Size up the mounting hardware: The Metalcraft mount’s ceiling plate is large measuring five by five
inches square with six pre-drilled holes for ceiling screws. A post
descends to the projector mount plate.

How I measured my room for optimum mount placement: Bisecting the width of the room, considering the airduct, and measuring
eleven and a half feet from the front projector screen’s surface plus the
half the length of the mounting plate, I placed the plate on the ceiling
and marked each screw hole.

Anchored to ceiling: Wear safety goggles to avoid getting ceiling board dust in your eyes. I
removed the plate and drove the metal EZ Anchor Stud Solver anchors until
they were flush with the ceiling. The EZ Anchors are great because you
never have to drill a pilot hole for the self-tapping anchors. I replaced
the plate over the anchors and drove each #8 screw into its anchor. You may
need an extra hand to hold the plate in place while you tighten the first
two to four screws.

Attach the projector plate before attaching to ceiling plate: Since the mount assembly breaks into two parts, one attaching to the
ceiling with a post that screws into the adjustment plate for the
projector, you can screw and tighten the hex screws and plastic bushings to
the projector body.

Secure the projector plate to the ceiling mount: The Metalcraft ceiling mount’s post accepts a adjustable knob screw. You
will need someone to help you get the screw started while they lift up the
projector. With the screw tight you can rotate the projector from left to
right on the ceiling post.

Fine-tuning: The Metalcraft mount allows yaw, pitch and rotation. With the hand
tightening of knobs on the projector mount plate you can canter your
projector perfectly on your projection screen. With the aid of a circular
bubble level you can level the projector from front to back and left to
right using the corresponding thumb knobs. With projector level you can
then adjust your lense up and down and to the side for a perfect screen
fill with no keystone distortion correction.

Caveat: The Metalcraft mount is wobbly because of the thinness of the metal used
on the metal band that holds the projector mount to the ceiling mount post.
When you need to change interconnects or adjust manual focus and zoom the
projector rocks slightly as the metal gives. This does not cause the
projector to fall out of register, though. Hey–$36.95–what do you expect?

The Metalcraft Mounting System for the Sanyo PLV-Z3 LCD projector (and many
other projector brands and models) is a great bargain and very reliable.
Highly recommended.

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likes anything that moves on the front projection screen and makes noise,
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