Camera Roof Mounting / Parapet Mount Installation Guide

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Sep 14, 2016

One of the most common camera mounts are parapet mounts, and they can be found on the roofs of all types of buildings; old and new, used to hold cameras in systems from small sheds to huge office buildings.

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Why **** ******* ****** *** ******

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Parapet ***** **********

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Market *******

**** ************* ***** ******* parapet ***** ******* **** fit *** *** ********** for ***** *******. *** overall ***** ****** ***** on ******** **** ** the *****, *** ********* range ******* $*** - $400. ****** ******** *******:

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Solid ******* ******

*** ****** ** ******** is ******* ** *********, but ****** *** ****** have ******** ******** ************** called *** ** ***** installation ******. *** *******, see **** *** **** Honeywell:

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Comments (4)

The picture of the worker with a harness looks to be attached directly to a piece of unistrut. I don't believe that would satisfy OSHA and I'm not sure that would support 5000lbs. It may provide confidence of being attached to something. He should use an edge rated SRL or just a fall restraint lanyard that would prevent a fall from occurring, depending on where else he needs to work. It's hard to find anyone to rent guard rails or similar fall prevention systems in my area.

Is it common to mount a Parapet with a wall mount to the exterior of a building wall to get better angles and vantage points?

It's not common from what I've seen, but it would not generally be a problem.

You might mitigate the benefits of 'easy' maintenance and rely on ladders or lifts to reach the camera. You might also have the issue of an unsightly wall plate visible.

Like you mention, if you can improve views by moving off the wall, then it might be a good move.

In cases where I needed to get cameras further from the wall, I used to use extended length wall mounts, not parapet mounts, because customers really hated the look of the parapet mount on the outside wall.

I used to use the Videolarm WM40, as it added an extra 10-12", I think getting the center of the dome 20" from the wall, and it was plain, not very objectionable from an aesthetic standpoint. There are others, as well, but I think that was the longest.

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