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Non-VESA Monitors and Computer Hardware Wall Mounts

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Conception

This idea originated from a desire to organize the desktops of both a Graphics Work Station and a Twitch Broadcast Studio. Both dedicated applications were eye sores having excessive cabling tangles and a clutter of dangling support hardware.

Instructable Intro

The Instructable will begin by modifying the Mechanical Pivot connecting a non-VESA Dell Monitor to it’s base, so it can be attached to a wall or an articulating arm. This step by step process of disassembly, modification and re-assembly will render a 180-degree reversed monitor arm. The process is also reversible if you want to return the monitor to a desk top mount, in the future.

After the monitor modification section, I will present two different applications of equipment organization using dedicated aluminum tube wall mountings.

The first will be a detailed step by step, that will illustrate the principals of planning and hardware attachment specific to a triple monitor mount application.

The second will showcase an application of the principals previously established. This section is meant to inspire your creative energies.

My Instructable target audience is the novice. Those with advanced experience, can simply look over the photos and drawings to understand exactly how I did this, but I encourage you to read the exacting details of the step by step pivot modifications.

Recycled Materials and Hardware

All of the aluminum tubing, lag bolts, machine screws and other hardware used here, was all salvaged from products or projects found in industrial / commercial dumpsters. The re-claimed aluminum tubing was sanded and brushed to remove scars and scratches. The hardware was brushed and cleaned with mineral spirits. The only pieces of new hardware and material used is one aluminum tube used for the triple monitor mount, one plastic drywall anchor, zip ties, three 6 mm machine screws and double-sided mounting tape.

The Tools, Hardware and Materials list is composed of the items needed only for the first two sections of this Instructable, since the third section is only a gallery showcase.

TOOLS

Pencil

Black Marker

Masking Tape

Tape Measure

Yard Stick

Carpenter’s Square

Bubble Level

3/32” or 1/8” (slim blade) Standard Screwdriver

#1 Phillips Screwdriver

#2 Phillips Screwdriver

#3 Phillips Screwdriver

Metal File

Vise or Vise Grip Pliers

Needle Nose Pliers

Hammer

8 mm Wrench

7/16” Nut Driver

7/16” 3/8 Drive Socket

3” or 6” 3/8 Drive Socket Extension

3/8 Drive Socket Wrench

Electric Hand Drill with a ½” Chuck or Drill Bits with a ¼” Shank.

1/16” Drill Bit

11/64” Drill Bit

¼” Drill Bit

3/8” Drill Bit

½” Drill Bit

11/16” Drill Bit

HARDWARE

Three = 6 mm x 1.0 mm, 16 mm long Machine Screws, Phillips Pan Head, Stainless Steel 18-8

Three = 6 mm (or ¼”) Lock Washers, Stainless Steel 18-8

Two = ¼” x 2” Lag Bolts, Hex Head, Stainless Steel 18-8

Two = ¼” Lock Washers, Stainless Steel 18-8

One = ½” Dry Wall Anchor (Plastic) with #8 - 1 ¼” Pan Head Phillips Screw

One = 4D 1 ½” Common Nail

One = 3D 1 ¼” Brad

6” = 3M Scotch 4011 Exterior Permanent Mounting Tape, 1 in wide

10 = 6” Zip Ties

MATERIALS

1 ½” x 1 ½” x 45” (1/8” wall) Aluminum Square Tubing

Touch Up Paint (optional)

Fast Dry Latex Caulk (optional)

Monitor Modification

I have three identical 24” Dell 2340 Monitors, which I’ve used with my hobbyist level, CAD work station. I recently added a 32” primary monitor and I want to mount the three Dells, as support monitors, just above the 32”. All three will be mounted onto a single 1 ½” by 1 ½” square, 45” long, 1/8” thick wall, piece of aluminum tubing, which in turn will be mounted directly to a wall’s 2x4 studs.

Section 1 – Modifying the Monitor Brackets

Step 1:

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Remove the monitor from the pivot bracket arm of the base (1). Un-screw the base from the bracket arm (2).

Netaawy6 days ago
That a very long process, but it's definitely very useful. Thanks for your efforts.
Texas_Mike (author)  Netaawyyesterday
Thank you for checking out my efforts and commenting. Comments, critiques and suggestions are always welcome.
pgs07094713 days ago
A lot of work for what should be a straightforward exercise.
The first 22" monitor I bought was a Samsung and it was very disappointing to find that for one of the biggest manufacturers of TVs and monitors, it had no VESA mounts (won't buy again) - LG do them as standard.
I did toy with the idea of just making up a plate in metal or plastic and simply tap the four M4 holes for a mount. There are some pretty good double-sided tapes around like 3M (Scotch) VM Command. Alternatively, it should be possible to find a decent adhesive from the Loctite range for plastics.
In the end, I opted for a simple bookstand arrangement in wood with a couple of wing nuts to adjust the viewing angle. If you were feeling brave, you could open the monitor up and see if there was space on the other side of the case to fit a captive nut (clinch nut)
For what it's worth, the Samsung TV I bought had a VESA mount, but they don't bother tapping the holes. Instead, they supply thread cutting screws (trilobar thread). No amount of pressure was going to get them into steel, so I simply tapped the holes. Another reason not to buy Samsung. What other people do I don't know. Most would not recognise a thread cutting screw, let alone have a decent screwdriver to avoid destroying the head.
However, a thorough exercise in engineering to achieve the end result.
Texas_Mike (author)  pgs07094713 days ago
Thanks for your in-depth comment.
It wasn't too much work (I like taking stuff apart) and the end result is something that looks professional, is very stable and will have a long service life.
I am very familiar with the interior of packaged electronics, but I didn't want to place undue stress on the plastic housing. Stress cracks and / or deformation panel stress caused by a non-engineered bracket and it's associated torqued hardware, could occur. Whenever possible I like to use the intact, originally engineered assembly.
I chose to 180-degree the arms purely for aesthetics. You could simply leave the arms alone and mount the aluminum tube below the monitors with the three arms protruding upward from it's top face. But that wouldn't look clean and I'd have to thrust the 32" monitor away from the wall to maintain the ergonomics.
What can I say, I go overboard when doing something because the work makes a statement about who I am.
Thanks again for the comment - Have a great Day

Yes. Entirely agree about the statement. Bodgers use nails, engineers use screws.
When I build, I'm the one who might have to fix it one day, so no nails.
Texas_Mike (author)  pgs07094713 days ago
Amen Brother! Just build it once.
randofo21 days ago
Wow. This is a very thorough first Instructable. Thanks for sharing!
Texas_Mike (author)  randofo21 days ago
Thank You - It was a lot of fun to make and share.