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Old 06-02-2009, 10:41 PM   #1
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LCD TV down from the ceiling

Hello again

I am looking for a linear actuator or some device that I can use to fold a large TV up against the ceiling.

I.m sure it's being done but I have been unable to locate anything viable


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Old 06-03-2009, 02:49 AM   #2
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I know Monaco's upper end coaches were using a overhead setup like you are looking for. You might want to target Monaco owners or even try to get some info from Monaco on their vendor for the large screen overhead TV's. Good luck and keep us posted.

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Old 06-03-2009, 07:25 AM   #3
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Found several, the least of which was $2,300+
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:13 AM   #4
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Linear actuator arm would require an interveing arm that would magnify the limited piston travel into a more lengthy movement in order to move the item through a full 90 degree swing. A somewhat trigometric problem as you can see. The roof probably has one rib member from which you could safely hang the TV weight; but you need an additional framing member for the actuator to attach. A surface-mounted backing apparatus would have to span 2 roof framing members. Not a DIY job that I would encourage.

I would look to custom coach or cabinet shops that have done this in the past [if you are dead set on a automated fold-down] You are not the first to want a disappearing screen.

Apart from the wow factor, would a simple hinged-and-gravity-fall arrangement do just as well? You could conceal the tv via a mirror-faced wood/fabric frame. A hidden release latch & swing-it-down to vertical? Power & HDMI wire could be run via A/c ductwork in the ceiling & fished-over to center via the polystyrene foam barrier. Are we talking 37" size?
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