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Offline beefheart

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DIY ceiling mounted boom
« on: October 03, 2015, 01:57 PM »
My first post on the forum  [smile]

I wanted to make a ceiling mounted boom for the vac hose, but after searching for days I gave up on finding a suitable swivel mount. It had to be low profile due to the low ceiling height in the basement, so a bracket with hinges was out of the question. Fortunately I found this swivel castor with a ball bearing. I got the one with a brake because of the longer cage to support the boom. The width was perfect for a piece of broomstick handle i found in the scrap bin. With these parts on hand it was a breeze to make. I cut away the wheel and brake and mounted the boom arm in the holes from the brake. I only had to make one more set of holes for a through bolt in the back. Because of the small base plate I used long screws into one of the beams to make sure it stays in place. Didn't take long to build and works perfectly.












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Offline copcarcollector

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2015, 02:20 PM »
Great idea!

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Offline Timtool

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2015, 02:33 PM »
Simple and very effective, i think you will want to replace the rubber straps at some point as they decompose with UV or something.
Maybe the replace with hook and loop belts?
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Offline beefheart

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2015, 03:34 PM »
[welcome]

Thanks!

Simple and very effective, i think you will want to replace the rubber straps at some point as they decompose with UV or something.
Maybe the replace with hook and loop belts?

The rubber bands seem to work well, but like you said I will have to replace them as they wear out. Time will tell if it is a good solution. They make it easy to undo the hose quickly, and they support the hose bends more gently. They also give me extra flexibility if I stretch the hose too far.
« Last Edit: October 03, 2015, 03:37 PM by beefheart »

Offline Marc2010

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2015, 03:43 PM »
I've been looking to do the same thing and I like your caster idea. I have the same metal ceiling. I like the mft table that you made. Do you have a Facebook or instagram?
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Offline beefheart

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2015, 04:21 PM »
Send me a PM. I don't have any other pictures out right now, but I was planning to do a write-up on the MFT-table and some other stuff I've made.

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2015, 04:44 PM »
Simple and elegant solution. Congraduations
« Last Edit: October 04, 2015, 01:18 PM by GPowers »
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Offline ear3

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2015, 05:05 PM »
Nice work.  What's the lovely oak drawer case you have in your shop?  Almost looks like an old library card catalog, but the drawers seem too big for that.
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Offline MetalDemigod

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2015, 05:22 PM »
+1 love the idea and am likely to borrow.... Only small mod I would make as mentioned above is replacing the rubber straps which will likely rot over time... I think a cheep flat bungee would serve you better in the long run... I would love to see a post about your mft cart... Great looking shop you have there!!!! Cheers
« Last Edit: October 03, 2015, 08:59 PM by MetalDemigod »

Offline RENO

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2015, 01:39 AM »
good idea!
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Offline Tinker

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2015, 03:48 AM »
 [welcome] and  [thanks] for the great idea.  I tried the boom arm route, but had to give up.  I have only 6'8" to my ceiling joists.  Even less where I have lights and power outlets.  With limitation to swing of the boom arm, it was just too much hastle. I am in process of rearranging my shop and am trying to think of a better method for handling my hose and power cords. I like your idea.

It appears you are using velcro strips to hold your power cord and vac hose together once you clear your boom arm.  Why not some wider velcro to wrap to your boom.  If that won't work, I like the idea of bungee's mentioned by another responder.
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Offline Kriss

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2015, 07:05 AM »
This is really awesome – simple and elegant!  Welcome to the FOG!  I look forward to seeing more of your creative ideas.

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Offline beefheart

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2015, 03:19 PM »
Nice work.  What's the lovely oak drawer case you have in your shop?  Almost looks like an old library card catalog, but the drawers seem too big for that.

It's only stained pine (I think). It has some kind of cutting board in the middle. It might have been from a pharmacy, but I don't know. It is something handed down from my father, and I have no idea where he got it. He used to find and fix all kinds of stuff other people threw away.




Offline Branching-off

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2015, 08:11 AM »
Really Nice setup.
But it's tearing me apart, not knowing what's in the t-loc systainer, that has a monkey face for a label.  [eek]

Offline chris s

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2015, 08:42 AM »
Very nice, how about a photo tour of you shop?? It looks pretty neat.
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Offline GarryMartin

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #15 on: October 06, 2015, 08:47 AM »
But it's tearing me apart, not knowing what's in the t-loc systainer, that has a monkey face for a label.  [eek]

Looks more like the standard graphic for requiring ear, eye and respiratory protection, so I'm guessing it contains his PPE.

Offline beefheart

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #16 on: October 06, 2015, 12:49 PM »
But it's tearing me apart, not knowing what's in the t-loc systainer, that has a monkey face for a label.  [eek]

Looks more like the standard graphic for requiring ear, eye and respiratory protection, so I'm guessing it contains his PPE.

 [big grin]  Correct. It actually looks very monkey-like from a distance, but so do I with my gear on.

Very nice, how about a photo tour of you shop?? It looks pretty neat.
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I have just built the shop, not finished yet, but will be soon. I'll take some pictures then. It's only 155 sq feet, so every inch is in use.
« Last Edit: October 06, 2015, 01:04 PM by beefheart »

Offline ChipMonk

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #17 on: October 26, 2015, 12:27 AM »
What a great idea.  Thank you for sharing.

Offline arso_bg

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #18 on: October 26, 2015, 01:40 AM »
Excellent idea!!! It doesn’t take space and looks very functional! I like it!

Offline badtastex

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #19 on: October 27, 2015, 05:40 PM »
Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

I have issues with ceiling height as well and I have used the Ikea curtain rails "Kvartal" to suspend a pipe that carries my hose and power cord.

Offline Quietseas

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2017, 06:45 PM »
cool idea and I have a caster already sitting outing the garage to make this work.

Do you have plans for your table?

Offline Bob D.

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #21 on: February 03, 2017, 01:57 PM »
I like this idea and the OPs install. Nice work.
I'm thinking of building something similar and have been noodling how to make a swivel joint for the vacuum from 1-1/2 PVC. I want to place the vac over against the wall and run PVC from the vac up the wall to the ceiling then across to the pivot point of the boom. From there the swivel joint in the PVC would let the boom swing 360 without the hose getting twisted up. I was thinking of using a lazy-susan ring and the pipe would drop down in the center into the swivel joint, then travel out on the boom which could be wood or maybe use EMT conduit as the boom arm with a 90 looking down and connect the flex hose at the end.

Hard to explain but I have a clear picture of it in my head. If I was any good with SketchUp I' d put something up here to illustrate it and you'd understand what I am envisioning better.

I'm thinking if I can't find a cheap swivel joint of the right size then make one from a PVC 90 ELL and a PVC service ELL. Inside the socket of one end of the 90 ELL cut a groove for an O-Ring, then slip the service ELL in the socket and it will let it turn and should keep it fairly tight as far as maintaining vacuum goes.
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Offline sofa_king_rad

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2017, 03:25 PM »
I need to do something like this. The only issue I'd have with your setup is getting the hose over to my kapex (maybe not), or my router when on the routing table.
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Offline beefheart

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Re: DIY ceiling mounted boom
« Reply #23 on: October 31, 2017, 12:05 PM »
cool idea and I have a caster already sitting outing the garage to make this work.

Do you have plans for your table?

Sorry, it was only a quick sketch which disappeared after. I can take pics if you like. The height is matched to a stack of Systainers mounted to the roll board.