Installing in Vinyl Outdoor Roof?

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  1. mercfh

    mercfh Young grasshopper

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    So I received my 2 Dahua Camera's today, they will be going on the roof in both my front porch and back porch. However im really not sure the best way to do this. The roof is about...10-12 feet high (so perfect for IDing faces). I've attached a couple of pictures of both the attic above (I have good attic access thankfully). I've read through the Cliff notes but was curious if anyone has done this specifically.

    I also have 2 PFA130-E junction boxes with the 2 IPC-HDW2231R-ZS's I purchased (Thanks to EMPIRETECANDY!).

    I believe they refer to this roofing material as "Beadboard"....but I don't think the joists are wide enough to drill through the beadboard and mount them. I have access to the soffits as well but they obviously don't have any sort of wood to mount to.



    (The first picture sucks but it's crooked looking but the white portion with the black thing (Which is a light) is what i'd be mounting it to.

    I suppose I could nail an actual round junction box similar to how the porch light is set up maybe? But im not sure if the PFA130-E junction box can mount to the side of a stud?

    Also I see a lot of different variety of opinions on using sealants/etc.., fortunately this will be at least under the roof...but what's a cheap "go-to" sealant I could use?

    edit: Side question, I already put my RJ45 connectors on my patch cables I made....im guessing the waterproof connector that comes with the cameras requires the RJ45 connector not to be on yet I assume (if so I guess I need to do some more stripping and crimping :/ )

    Hopefully someone can help answer this! Thanks!
     
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    mat200 IPCT Contributor

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    Hi @mercfh

    Search the forum for vinyl siding, as well as the following forum section for examples of what others have been doing.
    Installation Pics

    10-12 feet high - a bit higher than what we typically recommend, so do remember to test the positions you are thinking about before making a final choice on the placement.

    Remember with Vinyl siding you can often find a path behind the siding to bring the cameras down lower.
     
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    mercfh Young grasshopper

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    Well this isn't Vinyl siding exactly it's this thin stuff called Beadboard that goes on the ceiling. Also honestly it's probably not actually 10-12ft it might be a bit lower. I guess one option is running the cable through some sort of conduit and mounting it to the side of the vinyl wall's...but It would be nice to keep it under the covered porch away from the weather.
     
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    mercfh Young grasshopper

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    I did some looking around and it seems like for both the front and back door it might make sense to put them slightly lower. Would it maybe work to Mount them slightly lower on the PFA130-E screwed into the Vinyl wall and then use conduit to go up to the ceiling/attic?

    (if anyone has done this, where does the conduit actually go into the attic/ceiling?). Fortunately I have full access to the ceiling.

    I suppose I could attempt to run cable in the wall and then pull it out of the wall/siding. But I REALLY do not want to do that and would rather utilize the attic which I have full access to.

    For other areas I like the idea of putting them in the soffits. Which I have access to. Do you just lay a piece of wood board on the soffit and then drill the camera into that (or junction box in my case). Or do you drill the wood to the joists? (if so..how? does it go in between them or?). I've seen some examples of how they are mounted but not exactly how the wood they are drilled to are mounted.