Mounting a projector on the ceiling


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Old 03-12-17, 07:57 PM
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Mounting a projector on the ceiling

I am trying to mount a projector to the basement ceiling. I have found a joist where I want to put it but there is a light nearby. I would like to make sure that there are no wires that I might go through. How can I check? I tried using my stud/wire detector but it is unreliable. Also, the joist end has duct work on one side and is capped by metal on the other. Why?
 

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Old 03-12-17, 08:14 PM
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If there were wires running thru the joists..... they should be up more than two to three inches from the bottom. Use 2" fasteners.

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I just re-read your post. If one side is panned and there is a duct on the other side..... there won't be any wires thru the joist.

How do you plan to get wiring to the projector?
 
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Old 03-12-17, 08:23 PM
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Thanks for the answer. The only other concern I have is that there is a small bump exactly where I want to put the projector, don't know what it is so I might drill into it and use an endoscopen to check it out, not sure though. I plan on running them acrOSS the ceiling and down. I would love to tear into it and put a plug on the ceiling but maybe later.
 
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Old 03-12-17, 08:32 PM
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I would use a small screwdriver to "probe" the area. I don't recommend drilling into an unknown.

I use a nice thin 10" screwdriver to probe into an unknown area.
I do the same thing when I'm installing a box in sheetrock.
Much easier to patch a tiny hole than a gaping hole.

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I got up and poked the area with a screwdriver. I'm not sure how to proceed, i didn't find anything definitive, there's a joist there but I'm not sure whats really there. Maybe i should dig a bigger hole?

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Old 03-14-17, 04:49 PM
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If you've confirmed that is a joist (stud) then you are good to go.

What you are trying to eliminate is cutting a hole where there is something shy of the sheetrock like a pipe or duct. Since your bracket will be installed into the joist.... you aren't worried about what is run next to it.
 
 

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