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  1. :D Enigma, You are too much! To confess, I used the moniker "Desperate Housewife", to attract attention to my dilemna. Due to the popularity of the show (of which I'm a fan), I knew it would stand out. While I do work out of my home, I'm not exactly a housewife. But I agree, that that term combined with "need pictures" could be construed as risque or funny. I definitely relate to you cleaning out your nephew's cache and spyware. It is a constant battle in our home and my son's computer is especially plagued with unwelcome content due to his frequent visits to online game sites, etc. I'll never forget a few years ago when he tried to view the website for the wwf. Well, suffice it to say, it was not their official site! Thanks for the laugh and the advice. I've emailed the plans to my handyman to see what he thinks and I can't wait till the project is completed so I can ponder another one. This website rocks and so do you.
  2. The fact that the unit is quite high off the ground and we are planning to operate it remotely should diminish the hazards. But I agree, safety should never be discounted no matter how safe a design appears. Thanks for the tip!
  3. Good News! I found actual plans on a website of exactly how to accomplish my task (except instead of lifting a tv, I'll only be lifting a picture. Enigma, I never would have found it without you pointing me in the right direction. For anyone who is interested in building their own pop-up tv or picture project, here's the link: http://www.dclinearactuators.com/msg4.htm
  4. My second picture didn't come through for some reason. Here it is just so you can see the full unit (if you're curious). I wish we'd figured out this problem at the time the carpenter installed it, because now we'll have to go through the back wall to access the panel and make the adjustments! Question: If I get this to work with the remote that is now available, would it be possible later to switch to a faster remote? Thanks for your suggestions - I really appreciate your time and expertise.
  5. Thanks again for all your replies. I'm attaching two pictures - one of the whole unit and one showing the track the panel travels to hide the tv. After looking over some other linear motion sites, I've found out that an actuator would be more appropriate than a belt drive. I found a remote control activated actuator at this site: http://www.dclinearactuators.com/item94.htm If this worked, it would be perfect! Based on my specifications and the specs on the actuator, do you all agree that it would be an appropriate solution? FYI: The panel must travel 24" and the track is 1" wide. I've attached two pictures depicting the unit.
  6. Enigma, Thanks for getting me started in the right direction! I researched "linear motion" and found something that just might work. It's a belt drive. I suppose if it was hooked up to a motor and a remote it could slide the picture up and down. http://www.techno-isel.com/tic/Catdas/ZF1.htm I'm still a little lost as to who I can find that will be capable of putting together all of the components. I guess an electrician would be most qualified?
  7. Hi, So glad I found this site as I was about to give up on my quest! Alas, I'm not the type who likes to admit defeat so I hope someone here can help me. >:(Problem: We paid a carpenter $3000 to design and build a unique entertainment center for our living room. The unique part is this: We have an LCD tv hanging on the wall in the middle of the unit and there is a wood panel that slides up and down to hide and reveal the tv. Affixed to the panel is a framed painting. The panel is attached to some cables with weights within the cabinet. The problem is the panel is difficult to lift up manually and takes quite a bit of effort (like standing on the unit itself). The entertainment center looks beautiful but my dream of having the painting hide the tv is too cumbersome to operate. Our carpenter says he did his best and that next time he builds a similar project he'll do it differently. Gee thanks. ???Question: I know zilch about electronics but I'm sure there is some way I could use a small electronic lift mechanism (with a remote control) to lift and lower the panel. I've researched all over the web and I'm still stumped. We've spent so much already so I'm hoping for a solution that won't cost more than a few hundred dollars. I would even consider hiring someone, but who would I call? An electrician or mechanic? I am open to suggestions from anyone. Thanks for your time! :-* Carla P.S. I estimate the combined weight of the panel and painting to be 20 lbs.
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