Installing Surveillance Cameras Into Synthetic Stucco (EIFS) Tutorial

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jul 30, 2018

Mounting cameras into synthetic stucco, commonly known as EIFS finishes, can be problematic

If not properly planned, EIFS/stucco can be downright impossible for installing surveillance cameras. In this note, we examine the four major methods of mounting cameras on buildings using the finish:

  • Backer Boards
  • Specialty Rooftop Mounts
  • Unistut Reinforcement
  • Specialty Hardware

Not A Simple Install Problem

Many new structures use a mixed brick/EIFS external finish. Because security integrator/installer involvement comes at the end of construction, typically integrators face short time frame to install cameras, with minimal site experience beforehand. Discovering potential problems - like camera locations with no proper mounting prep to hang them from - is something that happens at the last minute.

The image that follows depicts a characteristic example of the problem. The original surveillance plans called for cameras to be mounted on the corners of the building below. However, it soon became apparent this location would be impossible due to the problem in mounting the cameras into EIFS with no backing material to provide an anchor.

The problem often results in rather substantial revisions that move cameras to more accessible and durable locations, but those locations may be further away or at more difficult viewing angles, reducing the overall effectiveness of the system.

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*******, *** *** ********** will ** ** ****** solved, *** ******* ****** may **** ***** *********. In *** ******* *****, we **** * **** at * *** ** those **********:

Backer ******

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** ******** ** ******* boards ** *** ****** of ***** ****** ***** or ***** ******* *******, the **** ** *** process *** ** **** than $** ** ********* and *****, ******** *** price *** ******* **** due ** ********* *************.

Rooftop ******

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Parapet *****

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Braces *** ********

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*** ****** ** ***** below, ********* * **** drilled **** **** ** cemented **** ***** ** the ************ ******* ****** the ******* ***** ** EIFS:

               

***** **** ******** ** easy ** *******, *** cost *** *** ** three ******** ***** *** be $** ** ****, and *** ***** ******* above ***** ** **** with **** ******* ******* and **** *** ****.

Comments (19)

** *** **** ****** the ******** ****** ******** is *********, *** ****** solution ** ** ********* it **** * ******** and *** **** **** screws 

******! ** **** **********, how ***** *** **** locations ************ ** ******* backing?  **% ** *** time?  ****/****?

*** *** **** *** installation **** *** ***** indoor **** ****** **** be ***** ** *** indoor ******* **** ** be ******* *** ** blend *** ******* **** interior ****** 

***, ****** ******* * spacer ********* ******* *** object *** *** ****** you *** *** **** of *********** *** ******** finish. ** ***** **** cameras *** ***********. * have *** **** ****** with * ******* ****** but **** **** **** greenboard ** ******* ******** that ******* * ******* material ** ** *********.

****** *****, **** ** quite *******!

******* **** ** ****** ** discuss, ***** *** **** some **********, ** *** Steel ********* ***** (***).  A *** ****** *** I ******** ** ******* where * ******** ******* simply **** ***** ***** screws ** ****** ***** single ******.  ** *** loose **** * ******* it *** *** ****** hole *** ******** ****, due ** ******** ********* ** drill ****, *** *** jagged **** ** *********. I *** ***** ** install ** ******* *** a 3 ********* ******* ***** system.  *** ******** *** a ***** ********* ********** sided ** ***.

* **** ******* ***** metal ***** ** **** thin ***** ***** **** have ****** ** ** holding ********.  ***** **** bolts ***** **** ****** a ****, ******* ** collapse *** ********* ***** when *******.  *** *********** *** installed ******* ******** **** a *********** ** *** and ***** ***** ** secure ******** ********, *** created **** ********** *** collapse **** **********.

* *** ** ******* 5 ******* ******* *** an ******* ****/***.  * used **" ******* ** Unistrut ** *** ******, long ***** */* **'*, sleeved **** ***** ******* of */*" ***, *** since * *** ******* alone, **** ***** **** ** ****** the ******** ** **** me **** ** *** holes *** **** *** bolts ** ***** ***** I **** *** ***** on *** ********.  **** way * ***** ****** everything **** ******* ********** the *****.   

* ******* **** ******* all *** *** ******* the ****** ***** *** the ******** *****, **** a ***** *** ******** ****** than the ******** *****. ** is ****** *********** ** use * ***** ***** to **** **** ***** straight ******* ****** **** off ******. **** ******, ***** a **** ***, * enlarged *** ******** ***** in *********** ***** ****** *********** *** */*" EMT ******.  **** * attached *** ******** ** the ****** *****, ******** the ******** **** ***** nuts, *** *** ** long ***** **** ****** to *** *******.  *** long ***** **** ****** in ***** ** ***** Unistrut ****** *******.  *** devices ******* ******* ***** then **** ** **** the */* ** **** protruding ******* *** ******** panel ***, *******, ******* a **** ****** *** nut.  *** ********** ********** down ***** *** * strong ************ **** ** panel ******** ** **********.

**** **** ** ***** metal **** * **** clean **** **** *** need ** ***** * large **** *** ****** and * **** ** insulator should ** **** **** going ******* ***** *****.  Also, **** ******** ****** be **** ** *** outside ** ******* ***** infiltration.

****'* ***********.  ****** *** the ******!

****'* ** ******* ** SIP:

** ** **** ** the *******, ************ ****** are ******, ** '*-*****' or *******:

* ***** *** ****** in ******** ******* ******* are ******* - *******, denting/deforming  *** ******* *** drive *** ***!

*** ******** ******** *** describe ** * **** one!  *** **** *** the ******* **** ***?  

**** - ** ***** spring ******* ******* ********** later ** ** ***********, or ** **** **** tight ** * ********* basis?

 

* ***** *** **** per ****** ** * safe ********, *** ****'* after ******* *** **** to *** ******* ********.  I **** **** *******, not ******* *****, ** setup, **** ****** *** outside, **** ** ******** in *** ****.  **** I *** *** ***** one, * ***** * shaved * ****** **** off *** ****.

* **** **** **** for *** ********, ***** below.  *'** ***** **** these ******, ** * don't **** **** **** of *********** **** ***** need ** *** ******.  Once *** **** *** is ********* **** *** Unistrut, * ****** ** long ***** ******* *** cone *** ** **** the **** **** **** inside *** ******** ** the *******.   **** ******* the ******** ***'** *** the **** ********** ******* as ** **'* **** a ****.  * **** up *** **** ** device **** *** *****, then ***** * **** washer *** ***, * secure *** ******.  * would ******* **** ***** a **** ****** ***** the *** **** ******* the **** **** ******* out.  *'* *** ************ any *********** ** **** setup, *** ** *** ****** of ******* *********** ** the system, ****** * ****** something *********, *'** ***** the **** ** ****.  I ***** *** ****** of *** **** *** might *** ** * locking ********* *** *** bolts ** ****.

******* **** ** ****** insert *** ** **** to **** ******** **** in ***** ** * channel ****** *** ****** bolts **** ****. ** used * *** ** these ** ******** ********** support ********* ***** * was ** ******** ******.

Unistrut Spring Nut

******* ********: */*” ***, length *** ** ***** of ****, ****** ***** to ****, *** ***** to ****, *** * 3 **** **** **** the ***, ***** ** bolt.

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** * ********** *****, the ***** '****** ***** to ****' ******* ***** pounding * ******* ** PVC **** **** *** wall.  **** ****** ** think ***** ********** ******* than ******** *****.

**** *** ******** ** not * '*******' ******** in ** **** ** it ** ***** ** sloppy...

********.  **’* *** **** epitome ** ********.

*** **** ** * “slammer ********” ** *** inexpensive *** ********?

*** ** ***** **** the ********/ *** ** an ******** ************ ** the ********.

*** ***** **** ** slammers **** ***** “******** modifications”?

** ***** *** *******’* *****:

”**** ******** ***’* ** ‘til *** ***** *** comes ****...”

;)

 

”**** ******** ***’* ** ‘til *** ***** *** comes ****...”

**, "**'* ********** ** long ** ** *****."

******** ** * ******** warranty ***** ** *******. The ************ ** ***** warranty ***** * ** off *** ********.

****: *** ****** ********* here ******** ********* * PVC **** ** * bushing ******* *** **** (think: ***** ******* ******) and ********* * ******** bolt ******* ** ** a ******** **** ** mount *******/***** **.

** ****** ***'* * terrible ****, *** ******** a **** ****** ** tradeskill ** ****** ** the ********* ** *** in ***** *** ******* making * *** **** inside *** ****** ** EIFS.

*** **** * ******* the ******* ******* *** to **** *** **** screws **** **.

 

 

******** ******* **** ********* stucco, ******** ***** ** EIFS ******** *** ** ***********...

**** ************ ********** **** ******

* **** * ******** about *** ****** ******* from *** **** *****. Back ** *** ***, say ** ***** *** the ***** *** ** camera ********** **** ***** really ***** ** ******** number ** **** ** come ** *** *** wire *** ******* *** camera ******** ******. *** as ******* *****. **** at **** **** ***** to ** **** ** jump ** **** *** electricians ** *** **** minute . * ******* that **** ********** ********* over *** **** ** years ***** ***** **** been * ***** ** the ******** ** ******** and *********** ** ****** that *** *** ******* contractors ** ***** ***** time ** *******, **** and ***** *** ******** wiring *** ****** ******* ect. ******* ** ******** address *** ****** *** ALL ****** ** *** prewire **** ** * serious ******* *** *** be * ***** **** that ** *** *********. I **** **** ** the ******* ******** **** the **** *** **** recently ***** *** **** little ** ** ************* to *** *** ******* requirements. **, *** ******** is **** ****** ******* ? *'* ******* ** you **** *** ******* showing *** **** *** outs ** * **** prewire ****** ******* . Thanks

**, *** ******** ** Have ****** ******* ?

**. :(

********** ******* ***** ** be ****** **********, *** when ************ **** *** voltage/network ******* *** **** tends ** ** ******** scheduled.

*******, ** **** ***** the ******** ******* *** hired ** *** ******** owner, *** *** ** or ******* **********, ** the **** **** *** doing ***'* ********** '*** construction' *******, *** '**** by *****' ****** *** owner ******** ***** ********** of *** ********.

*'* ******* ** *** have *** ******* ******* the **** *** **** of * **** ******* camera ******* .

**, ** ** *** have ****. *******, ** is ** *********** ****. Given *** *** ********* in ************, ** ***** be ********* ** *** together, *** ** **** discuss ** ********** *** sure.

* **** **** *****. Thankfully ** ***** ***** rare ** ** **** and * **** **** encountered ** ****, *** it *** * *** surprise. **** * *** doing ***** ******** * had ** ******* * house ***** *** **** renovated *** **** **** crap *******, ******* *** telco **** *** ** the ******** **** ** the ***** **** *** NID *** ** ** external **** *** ********. I *** ***** **** or ***** ** **** before *** ******* * was ******** **** ******. Sure ***** **** **** nice ** *** ********* had ******** **.

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