I got my PVC pipe at Lowes, and the best part was that they cut it for me. So I didn’t even have to mess with a hack saw. While I had a good idea of what I wanted I had them cut a couple extra pieces so I would be able to place around with what I had envisioned. Here Is what I ended up having the Lowes gentleman cut the PVC pipe into. Including an additional 21-inch piece that is not shown.
- 1, 21″ piece
- 3, 13″ pieces
- 2, 11″ pieces
- 1, 7″ piece
- 1, 3″ piece
Once I had all of my pieces and they were cut to the lengths I wanted it was time to begin assembly.
Have you ever noticed the little screw hole in the bottom of your camera?
That is so you can screw it onto a tripod. Well for all intensive purposes, that is what I am creating. So I needed to find a bolt that would fit that hole so I had a way to attach my camera to the mount.
I took my camera with me to Lowes and found that the 1/4 – 20 x 1/2 bolt fit it perfectly. What all those numbers mean, I have no idea. I just know that it fit. Keep in mind that you don’t want a pointy ended screw but a flat ended bolt.
I wanted that screw to go into one of the Tees. So I started by making a mark on the inside center with a black marker so I would know where to drill.
Using a 15/64 drill bit, I drilled a hole where that black dot was.
I found the 15/64 drill bit to be a perfect size. It allowed me to twist the bolt in and keep it nice and tight.
Twist the bolt in as far as it will go so the end is poking out of the tee.
That is really the hardest part of the whole assembly. Next, you simply push the pieces together.
The tall 13-inch piece in the back can be switched out with the 21-inch piece. It all depends on how far you want your camera away from your hands. The same with the 3-inch piece at the top, that can be switched out with the 7-inch piece.
You can twist your camera directly onto the mount, or if you want to film with a smartphone you can purchase a Smartphone Mount and use that as your camera.
With my new setup, I did a practice video. Now I know this is really pretty lame, so remember this was a test for my new overhead camera mount.
And let’s be friends on Pinterest so you can see all the DIY projects I’m pinning!
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