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November 4, 2012

Monitor Arm

By a combination of luck and keeping a close eye on the reuse mailing list, I have acquired a pair of nice, large computer monitors: A 24" 1920 x 1200 SyncMaster 245BW and a 25" 1920 x 1080 HP 2509m.  Both screens were easily repaired by replacing dead capacitors on their power supply and inverter boards.  Due to the small size of the stock dorm room desks, the two monitors plus my laptop could not actually fit on my desk with space left for anything else, so I built a monitor arm that bolts to my loft out of some 80/20 extrusion.

I found most the parts of the arm in the stock pile at MITERS.  The basets of the pivoting blocks were milled flat, so that they would not lock into the slots on the 80/20.  

The monitor can't move freely like expensive arms that use springs to counterbalance the weight of the monitor, so it has to be adjusted by loosening the joints with a hex key.  The part the monitor attaches to came from Samsung's original stand, and can tilt as well as rotate 90 degrees.

Here's the final 9,561,600 pixel monitor setup:

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