Camera Mounting Guide 2014

By Brian Rhodes, Published on Oct 30, 2014

Choosing the right spot to mount a camera is about more than Field of View. While some discount this as a trivial detail for installers to worry about, it can have a huge impact on cost and long term maintenance. In this note, we examine and compare mounting on:

  • Drop ceiling tiles
  • Drywall
  • Structural Steel
  • Masonry/ Cinder block
  • EIFS
  • Metal Siding
  • Stone

Mounting **********

********** **** **** ********** being ********** ** ***** cameras ** * ******* of ********* *** *********. Mounting ***** ******* ************ requires **** ******, *** also ******** *** ***** tools *** *********. ***** understanding ***** ******* ** best *** * ***** camera ** * ********* that ********** ******* **** experience, *** ******** ***** is ***** *** ****** mistakes *** ****** *******.

*** ***** ***** ***** the **** ****** ***** of ******** ********, *** compares ***** ********** *** cost ***** ********** *** issues ** **** ****:

**** *** ***** ****: "A ***** ** **** as******* *** **********", *** material *********** * ****** location ***** * **** role ** *********** *******. In *** ******** *****, we ****** **** ***** surface ***** *** ******** the **** *** ** mount ******* ** ****.

Indoor - ***** ******* ** ****?

********** ***** **** *** final **** ** ****** placement. **** **** ******** plans ***** **** ******** the ******** ****** ** View *** *******, ***** often ** ******** ** the ***** ******** ***** the ****** ** ****. Consider *** ***** *****:

*** ****** ***** *** the ****** ***** ** a *********. **** ******** the ****** **** ** ceiling ****** ** * corner ** *** ****, however *** ********* *** three ******** ** ****** from. ********** ** *** ****** above, *** ********* ***** the ******* *** ******** installing ******* - **** ceiling ***** - ***** foregoing *** **** ****** and ****** **** ********.

***** *** ******** **** and **** *** **** installation *******. *** **** could *** ******* *********** of *** ****** ** impacted, *** *** ****** of ************ ***** ******** to ***** ** **** can **** *******. ** the ******** *****, ** identify **** ** ***** factors *** ********* *** situations ***** ***********.

Drop ******* *****

*** ** *** **** common ******** ************** *** **** *****. Drop ******* ***** *** designed ** ** ***** weight *** *** *****, since **** *** ********* by ***** **** * grid. *******, **** **** light ****** ************ ***** them * ********* *** hanging ******* ****. *** pressed ***** *********** ** these ****************** ***** ******* **** difficult, *** **** *** susceptible ** ***** ****** in * ************ *** - **** **** ****, they **** **** ****** to *** *****.

******** ******* ******** ** these ***** ***** ******** additional ******** ** **************, however **** ********** ****** this. *** ******** ** screw ******** ******* ******** to ******* ***** ** very ******, *** ****** regard ** **** ** what ******* ** *** tile ******* ***** ******* or ** ******** **** - ***** ********* ** a ****** ******. *** image ***** ***** * 'near ****' **** * roof **** ****** ****** down * ************ ******.

Special **** ******

******* ***** *** **** and *******, **** ****** sustain *** ****** ** most *******. *** ******* with * ***** **** factor, **** ***** *** domes, ******* **** ****** are **** ** ******* surveillance ******* **** *** ceiling ****. *** *******,**** *** ********** ~$*** ******, *** dome ****** [**** ** longer *********] *** ********* in *** $** - $100 *****. ** **** cases, ***** ***** ******* extra ********** ******* ********* or *********. *** ***** below *** ** ******* tile *******:

*******

*** **** ****** ******* for ******** ****** *********** ******* (**** ****** gypsum *****), *** *** material ** **** ** sheath ***** *** ******** alike. ** *** ***** installation, **** ** *** indoor ******* *** ** selected ** ******* ** drywall. ******* ******** * solid, ****** ******* *** cameras, * *** ***** considerations **** ** ***** to ****** **** ********.

******* ********* *** ****** pull **** ***********, *********** ******** ******** like ****** ***** *** plastic **** ******* *** indispensable. *** **** ** drywall ******* ****** *** fastener **** *** ****, they *********** *** ****** weight **** * ***** area.

******** ***** *********** ******* ********* ** install *******, *** *********** can ****** **** ******** if **** **********. ******* is * ******** ******* and ****** ******. ******** holes **** **** ***** bits ***** *** ***** costly ******. * *** is **** **** *** installer **** ********** ***** the ***** **** *******, rather **** ****** *** drill ** **** *** spinning *** **** *** surface. *** *** ***** below *** '******** ******' caused ** **** ***** bits:

***** * ***** *** sharp *** ** ****-***** steel '*****' ***** **** will **** ******* ************ damage. ***** ******* *** their ********* *** ******** drilling,****** ***** ******* *** *********** *** drilling **** ******. *** sandy, ****** ******* **** dull ****** ***** **** quickly ******** ** ********* like **** *** *******, and ******* ****** *** easily ***** **** **** bits.

******* ** ****** ** errant ***** ** ******* can ** ****** ** made **** ******* *****, a ***** *****, *********** *****. ****** ****, brick, *****, ** ******* surfaces **** ******* ******* repair ***** ** *********, fixing ******** ** ******* is * ****** ********* and *********** *******.

******* ******* ****** ******* finished ***** ** * common ********. *** ** the **** ******* ** internal ***** *** *********** construction ** ******, ******* cables ** **** *** not ******* ** *** complex.

Structural *****

** **** *****, ******* cameras **** ******** ********** steel **'*** ****'** ********. **** ***** of * ******** *** not **** '********' *****, like ********* ** ********** areas, ** **** ** 'open ****' ****** ***** may ******* ******* ******* ceiling *******. ****** ***** materials, ******** ***** ** these ******** *** ** outright ********** *** ** concerns ** *********, ** at *** **** ***** is **** ********* *** to ***** ***** ************.

********** ***** ** ***** I-Beam *******, ******, *******, or *******. **** ********* are ******* **** ****** and ********* *********, ******* generally **** ****:

** ****** *** ******** shape ** ******** ** the *******, ******* ******* generally **** *** **** method:******* ******* ** ******. ******* ******* **** structural ***** ** ******* when ******* ******** *** electrical ******* ** ******* is ******* *** ******** cameras. **** ******* *** clamps *** *********, **** prices ******* **** $*.** to $** ****. **** offer ******* ******** *********, as ***** *****:

*******, *** ********* ** gaining ************* ** ***** mounting *****, ** **** generally *** **** *** the ***** *** ********* obscured ** *********, ********, or ***** *******.************ ******** ****** *** this **** ** ******** location.

****, **** * ******** mechanical ********** (******* ** clamped **** ***** ****), natural ********** ** ********* can ***** ******* **** time. ****** **** *** bolted ***** *** ******* with****** ******** * ******* ****, and ********** ***** ********* to ********* ****** ***** couple ** ***** *** be ******.

Masonry *****/*****

**** *******, ******** ***-******** holes **** *****/***** ***** starts **** ***** *** proper ***.******* *********** * ******* ******* spade *** **** ******* flutes ******** ** ******* carry **** **** *** grit. ****** ****** ***** bits **** *** ******* overheat *** **** **** drilling **** *******, ***** special **** *** ******** to ***** **** ***** rock ******* *******. *** holes ***** **** *** are ****** ******** ** more ******* **** ******* drills, ** ********** *********** fasteners *** ***** ********. The ***** ***** ***** the ****** ** *** spade *** *** **** flutes ** ********** ******** ** ***** types:

******* ******** ******* ** mounting **** ******* ** using ******* ************ ** * ******** high ***** *****. ***** types ** ***** ******* a ******** ****** **** helps ********* ***** ********* like **** *** **** the *** ******* **** the ********. ***** * hammer ***** ***** ******* this ****** ******* ******* breaking *** ***, ***** can ***** **** ****** drills:

******* ** ******* ***** can ** ****** *** time *********. *********, ****** blocks/bricks **** ** ********** removed *** ******** *** regrouted **** *****. ***** this ******** ******* ***** skills, ****** ** *********** most ******** ******* **. However, ******* ****** ***** and ***** ****** *** be **** **** ************ putty ** ***** ********. The ***** ***** ******** an ******* ** ***** damage, *** ***** *** conduit ******* **********, *** installation ** *********:

******* *** ******* ******** in ******** ******* ** masonry, *** ******* ** one ** *** **** stable, *****, *** ****** options *** ******** ************ cameras. *** ********** ********** of ******* *** ******* tiles *** *** ****** by ***** *****, *** they ***** ******* ***** outdoor ******** ********. *******, running ******** *** ***** cabling ******* * ******* wall ** *********, *** if ****** **** ******** or*****, ***** *** **** option ** ** *** cable ********** ****** ** conduit.

EIFS, ** ********* ******

**** ******* ** ************ challenging *** ** *** frequent ******** ** * rigid ******* ********, *** is * **** ****** commercial ****** *** ** widely ****. ******* ** the ******** ********** *** considerations ** ******** ** this *******, ** ******* the *********** ** * separate ****, ****** "************ ******** **** ********* Stucco".

Metal ****** ** ********** ********

***** ***** ********* ** common ** ********** *** commercial ************,*** ** ************* ** very **** ******** **** made ***** ******* ************. Like ****, ******** ******* on **** ******* ***** requires ***** ******* *********, although *** ************ ** rigid ***** ******** ** greater **** **** **** of ************. ***** ********* metal ** ********** ***** to *********, ***** **** must ** ***** ** completely **** ***************** ***** ** *** surface.

Architectural ***** ** ****

*** ** *** **** labor ********* *** ************ sensitive ******** ******** ** stone ** ****. ***** uncommon ** ********** ************, rock ** **** *********** in ********** *** ************* buildings. ***** *** **** is ** ********** **** and ***** ******* **** granite ** ****** - and ******* ***** *** required ** ***** ************ cameras.

**** ******** ******* ***** with*****, ***** ******* ******** ******** ** make **** ******** ********. ***** **** ******* calls *** *********** ******* and *********, *** ***** method ** *** **** as ***** ******* ******* in ****** *****, *** instead **** **** ******* holes *** ********* ***** bushings. *** ***** ***** shows *** ***** ** the ******* *** ******** into *****, ******** **** cored *****, ********* ** a ***** *******, *** the ***** ************ ** a ******** *****:

******* ** ***** *** costly *** **** ***********. Often ** ***** *** difficulties ** ******** ** stone, *********** ********* (**** tops) *** ********** *** camera ******. ******* ******* inside ***** ** ***** impossible, ** *********** ** irregular **** *** ********.

Comments (15)

Not to be picky, but in the drop ceiling example, why not mount to the metal frame instead of the ceiling tile?

And the outdoor metal siding camera has no drip loop so water is going to stream down that flexible conduit right into the PVC box and corrode the connections inside in like 6 months. :)

I agree with you on both counts. I suspect we're alike in that my attention always seems to wander around in new places; looking at cameras and even access control installs, silently judging the shoddiness or stupidity of the way things were put up.

My wife just rolls her eyes at me. A lot. :)

I think a lot of people simply don't realize there are drop ceiling grid mounts available. I'd say the vast majority of folks I mention them to just look at me like "huh?".

Many manufacturers have metal backer plates for mounting cameras in this type of application... or depending upon the mounting options of your camera (mount to single gang, double gang or 4 square) you can buy T Bar Fasteners which typicall are more cost effective... these typically provide a spot to tie off a support cable to the structure as well which as some have mentioned is required in some areas... these are the same boxes electricians will use to hang exit signs, smokes, nacs etc...

You shouldn't be mounting to the ceiling grid. It can weaken an already weak product. You should be using a backer board behind the tiles that span across the grid to distribute the weight of the camera.

Also, if in an earthquake zone, you need a support wire to suspend the camera.

Not just earthquake areas...new fire codes can require that all ceiling cameras are to be considered complete only if a tether to the structure is included and attached to the camera. You may not tie to the grid supports, HVAC, pipes or conduit. Many schools and municipal buildings are becoming more and more strict with these rules.

Good to know. Hasn't been a issue yet here in Ohio. We don't have CCTV codes yet. I'm sure it's just a matter of time.

i would suspect that there are no connectors in the weather tight box, it is just being used as a means to get the cable outdoor and into the housing...

Well, then at the least, they should expect water to enter the building via the new "drainage system". There is absolutely no reason to exit an outdoor box on the top instead of the side or bottom. The only reason is I didn't bring enough material to do so and am too cheap/lazy to do it right.

First of all, inside should be mounted dome type cameras.

In this case, no any damages to mounting to mounting places can be appeard.

Hey John,

You may want to include various type of pole mounts & configurations in your reference list. It would be useful for large outdoor remote areas. For example, 50 ft. Class 1 wooden poles. etc..

thanks

Drilling holes in drywall with dull drill bits alone can cause costly damage.

Fixing mistakes in drywall is a rather unskilled and inexpensive process.

Is right?

Drywall is one of the easiest and cheapest surfaces to repair.

Moreover, any unexpected repair takes time. During installs, time is money, especially unpredicted time to fix avoidable mistakes.

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