For me at least this is an extreme modification since I am not a real handy man or a carpenter. I own an 2011 Alpine 3500RE and want to mount an LED TV (32") in my basement compartment.
I wanted to ensure that it wasn't going to take up much space or get in the way if pushed up against the walls. I spent the Winter investigating TV mounts and came upon one that Mor Ryde makes that lets the TV drop down from the ceiling and then slide out of the compartment. It then locks back in and then up in place. In case anyone is interested it is a MorRyde Model TV40-010H and I enclose the URL to it: Click here to be taken to their website. I purchased it for about $160.00
I have the mount, I have the TV, now I just have to figure out how to fill in the spaces between the aluminum beams that run left to right in my basement ceiling in order to secure the bracket up there. (I plan to take pictures as I progress with it and will add to this post)
I have measured and the space I need to fill to support the bracket is 2.5" deep X 8.75" wide and I should put about a 1.5' long piece in place order to displace the weight (according to my calculations at least). The current TV is not heavy (only weighs about 15 lbs, but the mount weighs about 20 lbs. I want to ensure that if I get a bigger TV, it would support any extra weight as well.
I am reasonably sure that I should use wood and fasten it to the underside of the flooring (in between the beams), but I am a little hesitant about screwing up from the bottom of the floor with a 3" screw for fear of going through the floor. I am pretty sure I can put a couple of screws in to fasten some of the bracket into the aluminum beams with a self taping screw, but wouldn't want to damage the beam.
Any suggestions before I embark on this project would be more than welcome. I will be starting this over the next couple of weeks since I am still trying to come up with how I can get some wood in the right size without doing a lot of cutting. (and to get up my nerve). I would like to have three pieces just to be on the safe side.
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I'm interested too and will be watching this thread. As far as the wood, if you have a Lowes or Home Depot near, once you find out the right way to do it, measure the pieces you need, take the sizes to the store, pick out a piece of stock and they will cut the pieces for you. Minimal charge if any.
I do that when I need sheets of plywood cut.
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Rip a 2x10 to width and cut to the length need and two pcs 1/2" plywood the same size. Buy a couple tubes of PL Polyurathane construction adhesive at Lowes or Home Depot, trust me it is the best. Glue and screw the pcs of plywood and 2x10 together with construction adhesive applied between each pc in a 2" wide zig zag pattern then screw together with 2" screws, pre drill holes to the size of the od of the screws. When ar HD or Lowes look in the simpson metal connection brackets section, they have flat plates with many holes, pick what looks good. Using the plates use #8x 1/2" self tapping screws thru the plates into the aluminum and 2" screws into the wood. Before putting wood up into place apply a good amount of the adhesibe to the wood going against the floor. Use a couple sticks to force the Wood sandwitch up against your plywood sub floor. The glue would be good by it self but the plates will give you peace of mind. Be sure to get the adhesive I suggest, I have been a High end commercial contractor/Carpenter for 35 years and it is the best I have ever used, you don't ever want to tear your work apart after using it! Good luck!
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We just bought a regular LED TV from Costco and although I did consider the vibration factor, the mount is pretty sturdy. As an extra precaution though, I plan to strap it up when travelling just to reduce the vibration on the casing of the TV.