Wanted: canopy hanger recommendations

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    I have a floating canopy that weighs 60 lbs to suspend over my tank. My hubby was talking about retractable cables which sound handy but the ones he was looking at were for up to 10 lbs only. FYI, I have vaulted ceilings. Looking for recommendations, please.
     
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    Would arms that stick directly off the wall work?
    @HouseofStark just had a pair made that look really clean and could be made to hold the weight, pulley for cable to motor or counter weight...

    Alternatively, just brainstorming, you could borrow the concept used by a counter weighted pendant light, just need to sort out the power cable.
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    My situation was similar. We have 18ft vaulted ceilings, I was not interested in all that cable. I was hanging the Aquaticlife T5 hybrid so I was about 12lbs. My issue was the distance, my tank was 2ft off wall. I had local fabricator make brackets, I designed, but 60lbs, I’d stick to cables off ceiling.

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    Otherwise a longer/wider plate on the wall would spread the weight out and prevent damage. I'd think it could hold no problem then.

    When you say "floating canopy" is it a true canopy with a light inside? If so how far do you need it to raise and how heigh is the interior measurement of the box?
     
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    I have done what Mr. President has suggested. I currently have one that supports a wood cannopy, 6 bulb ATI and two LED strips. Maybe 25-30 lbs. The key is to attach the plate to some studs.

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    CB00AABB-D5C3-4AD3-ADBF-85D81F263013.jpeg Here’s the canopy. Inside measurements are 20” X 50”. I think cables from the ceiling might be our best option and will just have to look for heavier duty ones.
     
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    Our house and my tank C559D656-B00E-477E-B8AC-0F5333F89E39.jpeg .
     
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    That hood looks really sharp... question, is there an ability to fasten vertical supports to the back of the stand? Room on general I guess.

    If so I may have another idea of how to raise it up without ceiling cables.
     
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    Yes. There is probably room to attach vertical supports. Do tell. :)
     
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    Just thinking through a pulley system which could be made to operate via motor, crank, counter weight, or tension spring.

    The cable can be attached a few ways but the basic is just two metal pieces that overlap... one is attached to the hood an another the stand. If the two pieces overlap 2' you can basically raise your hood 2'. You'd want them to overlap a bit more for stability and there would be a few other things you could do to stabilize the whole contraption but it could be low profile, look clean and no visible cables.

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    Again lots of ways to arrange the pieces but the concept is the same. If you went to a metal shop they would be able to CAD and weld this up no problem, could even powder coat it you wanted.
     
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    If you're thinking about attaching a mounting system to the back of the stand, here's a build thread that might be of some interest and help to you.
    http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2683420&page=2

    I built a stand last year for a client and we're waiting for his tank to be delivered before I built the canopy, but this was a thread that inspired his method of mounting a canopy that can be moved out of the way. His thoughts are to have the canopy float above the tank and then flip back out of the way.
    For the record, I haven't tried any of this myself but it looks promising. I might be more inclined to use two mounts (one toward each end) to keep the canopy from tipping.
     
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    Other then wearing sunglasses that's by far a simpler design and I'd think anyone with a saw could DIY that.
     
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    I can design this in CAD for you.
     
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    Could be a new video!
     
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    These are some nice options. Thank you Ryan and Jason! The hubby is out of town but I will show these to him when he gets back.

    Gary, will get back to you once we decide which path we will take.
     

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