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Picture of Hanging Computer Monitors on the Cheap
So i work for the federal government as the audio engineer here at the department of commerce in washington d.c.
a couple of months ago, i was given the task of renovating the the auditorium soundbooth and sound system.

the space has been neglected for the past 40 years so it is in serious need of an update..

this is just a tiny portion of the project...

our budget is very limited so i could not afford the $500.00 commercial solutions when it come to hanging computer monitors on the wall..
this is what i came up with..
for about 3 bucks worth of parts and some labor, the monitors are secure and quite flexible..
 
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Step 1: The materials

Picture of the materials

i picked up a 10 foot length of 1/2 inch conduit, 12 conduit clamps and some 1 1/4" heavy duty plumbers tape from the electrical shop

Step 2: The build

Picture of the build
i attached the conduit to the overhead using the clamps. the conduit was set in paraell about 3 inches apart. i had to raise it off of the 2x4 using 5/8 inch plywood. this allowed a gap for the monitor hangers..

Step 3: Attaching the monitors

Picture of attaching the monitors
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the monitors seem to have a back plate with a VESA 100mm x 100mm plate for attaching them to the table stands, i removed the plate.
then i took the plumbers tape and bent it into a hook shape and attached the new hooks to the back plate..

Step 4: Hanging the monitors

Picture of hanging the monitors
with the conduit rails up and the hooks attached to the back plate, the back plate fit neatly on the rails. the bolt protruding to the rear allowed for the plate to be locked to the rails while allowing it to slide freely along the rails.

Step 5: Attaching the monitors to the plate.

Picture of attaching the monitors to the plate.
the monitors i am using are a 24 inch HP type, this is super conveinient as the monitors can simply be slid onto the plate..

Step 6: Adding other monitors

using the VESA mount holes, it is easy to attach the hooks to the rear of any monitor...

this was a very simple project and i saved the government about 500 bucks on this tiny aspect of the project.

thanks
dsgreene711 year ago
Looks fantastic, the design has a very commercial aesthetic to it. While I agree that the concern about metal fatigue in the perforated metal hanging strap leading to failure, expressed by the others, is a reasonable one... imho, providing that the strapping is stiff enough, (sufficiently gauged), and the monitors aren't being removed and replaced very often, the strength and resiliency that is gained from the radius of the bend over the 1/2" emt top-rail seems to be more than sufficient.
That said, you could put a bolt and wingnut, that would catch on the 1/2" emt, by leaving a slightly long "tail piece" on you strapping...
Cheers
seems every new minitor i see, les , energy saving, does not hat a VESA mount.
Or the mounting holes, just a stand. As you can see you can do so much more with the VESA. I have one where i modified a metal compression bike stand , made to holds two bikes. i bought an articulates swing arm on a close out and it takes a VESA mount it bolts cleanly into the slots the bike holders would attach to.
i can swing the monitor around to the desk and have dual monitors there or sit in the recliner and if i want turn my head to use the desk top monitor. If it had vesa i would use bolt on swing arm to the desk and be able to have both monitors side by side in either position.
i guess the strapping metal is what you call plumbers tape , a name that seems strange for metal , kind of like hardware cloth, we use to keep the squirrels out.
but i see the multiple uses, well done , vote your self a raise or at least an legal insider trading deal
nicely done, the only change I would suggest is to bring the "plumbers tape" all the way to the lower monitor mount holes and bolt through them. this will prevent the monitor from ever falling off, as you have a closed loop securing the monitor. The bend as you have it will open up over time from fatigue, and pose a safety hazard.
I was thinking the same thing!

Otherwise, great idea and execution...!!!
zazenergy3 years ago
Awesome!