Installing Security Cameras

Old 08-31-05, 05:19 PM
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Installing Security Cameras

Hi all.

I am not an experienced DIYer at all, so any help would be a lot of help

I am installing a couple security cameras on the outside of my house. Two of them will be getting attached to the soffit of my roof and the other just to the side of my house.

My house has vinyl siding (and vinyl soffit). Under that is a layer of some kind of foam board and then under that is the original espestos shake siding. I think there is just plywood under that.

The wood under my soffit seems a bit soft where I find it. Other places it seems like there is nothing under the soffit covering. I can't get any of the pieces of vinyl to loosen up enough to really tell, and a couple of test drilling holes have no resistance. The house is about 30 years old.

Can anyone suggest what a good method might be for securing the camera brackets?

Also, I need to fish the camera cables up the soffit into my attic. The house has a mansard roof and the soffit is at the ceiling level of the first floor. The house is two story, so the attic is above the second floor. That is a bit of a stretch for my arms

Thanks for any help. Oh also, the screws that I am going to put through the siding, espestos, wood... should I just use really long wood screws and drill a pilot hole? Are there special screws for this kind of thing?

Old 09-01-05, 04:01 AM
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Depending on how your roof is constructed, there should be the outer edges of the roof trusses every 2 feet or so. A stud finder will show them, or simply look for the places where the soffit is nailed/stapled to the structure above.

For fishing up your cable, not seening the structure and layout of the house, I can only speculate. You might or might not have an open route all the way to the attic. Sometimes its easier to look down from inside the attic. You might hae to go the route of using conduit or wiremold.

Retrofit cable runs are as much an art as straight construction.

For the siding, just a long screw that gets well into the plywood will do the trick. Put a squirt of silicon caulk into the pilot hole so that moisture doesn't follow the screw into the wall.

The typical camera, even in a outdoor housing is not that heavy, so unless you are in a wind-prone area you don't need to get crazy.

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