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Installing security cameras on vinyl siding

dealgate 6,348 1,085 February 8, 2013 at 10:11 AM
I just got an 8 camera security system for my house. My house is pretty tall with 9 foot ceilings on all levels. I think the only way to install this is to put all 8 cameras up near the top so the cables go through the attic. I will need 50-100ft cables for each camera I think. My thought was to run these through the attic and down into my master bedroom where the camera DVR will be located.

My question is what is the best way to attach these to siding. I have the vinyl type siding so these will deform the siding and make it look bad where they go if I just screw them in. I also need to drill a small hole behind each one for the cords to go through (through the mount). Is there anything I can use to stop this deformation? These cannot mount under the eves due to their design (they have to go straight out). I was going to put two cameras on each corner of the house.

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are they dome cameras that just point outwards?

before you drill holes thru the siding, you might want to get some cheap 1' x 2' boards and attach the cameras to the end of them and just snake the cables around to the back of the house and in thru the back of the garage. this will allow you to experiment with the best place to mount the cameras before you actually drill into the siding.
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I'd suggest mounting the cameras to some sort of standoff plate, which will have "legs" that touch the siding at the points where the siding physically touches the exterior plywood/etc. Or, profile a couple blocks to the shape of the siding - probably easily done if you have a spare piece of siding and a band saw.
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I'd suggest mounting the cameras to some sort of standoff plate, which will have "legs" that touch the siding at the points where the siding physically touches the exterior plywood/etc. Or, profile a couple blocks to the shape of the siding - probably easily done if you have a spare piece of siding and a band saw.
i was just thinking of something similar - screws that have standoffs where you screw int the wood underneath and then the standoff part sticks out a bit and uses a metal screw into the post.
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i was just thinking of something similar - screws that have standoffs where you screw int the wood underneath and then the standoff part sticks out a bit and uses a metal screw into the post.
another thought.... you could also use EPS foam (e.g. the blue stuff they use for foundations) as a "backer" that should distribute the force from the camera mount and reduce warpage.
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My first thought would be to see if the company makes mounting brackets for the cameras.

2nd thought would be to use a mounting block. They make these for installing outside light fixtures, hose bibs, electrical outlets, etc. Search at homedepot.com for mounting block brings up over 500 options.

3rd thought would be some sort of lag screw - the screws with threads on the end and smooth towards the top....you could then tighten them down and stop just before deforming the siding.
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I think what I want is the below. I just would like a smaller one. I really just need like 5"x5". And the attic is the only place I can route all of the cables from each corner of the house so the cameras need to go at least up to the lower attic line. I have a big house there is no real way to test anything before hand. I can plug the cameras in while I climb the ladder and see if that is ok but that's about it.

http://www.amazon.com/Builders-Ed...ting+Block
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OP keep in mind that if you use longer cables then what comes with your dvr kit that the power adapters might not be able to power the cameras due to the longer length of the cable.
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there ya go. I'd try to make sure the profile fits your particular siding first - maybe order 1 to be sure or ask for a template ahead of time.
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there ya go. I'd try to make sure the profile fits your particular siding first - maybe order 1 to be sure or ask for a template ahead of time.
Those little bastards are SUPER expensive. Some of them are $25 for a little hunk of plastic! What a ripoff!

Also I will need to run a network cable to the DVR. The only way to do this cleanly is to go through the wall in my office, up the corner siding channel and into the soffit to the attic. Fortunately a previous owner installed dish and direct TV on this corner and went right into the office in the same location. So I should be able to use the same holes.
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you could also cut out the vinyl siding and mount a small box to the sheathing then just caulk around it
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I think what I want is the below. I just would like a smaller one. I really just need like 5"x5". And the attic is the only place I can route all of the cables from each corner of the house so the cameras need to go at least up to the lower attic line. I have a big house there is no real way to test anything before hand. I can plug the cameras in while I climb the ladder and see if that is ok but that's about it.

http://www.amazon.com/Builders-Ed...ting+Block
The problem with those is that many cameras have pigtails that because of their size can be a challenge to mount inside that block. I have successfully mounted a dahua 2100 outdoor dome to this one http://www.amazon.com/Arlington-8...ding+block
the pigtails just fit.

I have also used this http://www.amazon.com/Carlon-Roun...nction+box
to mount bullets. (get the plastic cover and drill a whole in the center for the pigtail. I mounted the camera directly to the plastic cover. Its holding really strong, but it you have a heavy camera you might want to go all the way through to the wall. I drilled a small hole on bottom so that if moisture gets in it can just drip out.
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The problem with those is that many cameras have pigtails that because of their size can be a challenge to mount inside that block. I have successfully mounted a dahua 2100 outdoor dome to this one http://www.amazon.com/Arlington-8...ding+block
the pigtails just fit.

I have also used this http://www.amazon.com/Carlon-Roun...nction+box
to mount bullets. (get the plastic cover and drill a whole in the center for the pigtail. I mounted the camera directly to the plastic cover. Its holding really strong, but it you have a heavy camera you might want to go all the way through to the wall. I drilled a small hole on bottom so that if moisture gets in it can just drip out.
I got the siding mounting block today. It is very strong and I think it will work well. My camera pigtails come out of the mount. So once the camera is mounted, you will not see any wires at all. I will drill a 1/2" hole in the center of the siding block, the siding, and the house into the attic at around a 30" up angle. This will be large enough to pass the cable ends (power and video) and angle will keep water out. I'll caulk up the hole anyway when done though. Now I have to see if one of the neighbors will lend me a ladder!
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they will take dvr as they leave

put dvr in secure location
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