Mounting to Soffit with no backing?

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  1. mercfh

    mercfh Young grasshopper

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    Has anyone done this? I mounted my first Security Camera on my front door on the soffit and used some 2x4 between the joists to screw to (got at least 1 screw in so it's pretty secure).

    But i've also seen video's where people just mount them to the vinyl/aluminum soffit (Just screwing them in) and that's it? I mean I guess the camera's aren't very heavy so I see no reason why they would fall.

    I would place a piece of aluminum on the back porch camera but it's actually under a deck roof so it's not exactly a soffit but more like a vinyl roof panel.

    Can I just screw it in and that's it? I don't see why it would fall? Maybe I can just some toggle bolts?

    Thanks!
     
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    mat200 IPCT Contributor

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    Hi @mercfh

    I've seen numerous vandals as well as high winds in my time, so I would recommend securing your cameras well.

    This is why I now use 1-2x 2.5-3" screws on my cameras into a stud or other sturdy backing ( like plywood ). Normally the other screws I use are shorter and into a less supported section of the wall / soffit.
     
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    Speaking on behalf of countless DIY'ers who have done just that, while its not advised, yeah it'll probably work just fine ;)
     
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    handinpalm Pulling my weight

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    I have a perforated vinyl soffit w/ 3' overhang. I have mounted Dahua Turret cams directly to the vinyl using oversized wood screws. Been there over 2 years w/ 80+mph hurricane winds. Ya..... it will work. Also have the 4 LED external IR illuminators mounted directly to vinyl. No problems. Like the BIgfish said, it may not be advised.
     
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    When initially mounting my cameras I first mounted a plastic light switch cover of the size needed with holes drilled in the corners to my aluminum soffit. Before mounting I premounted the cameras I use to the light switch cover. The cameras literally went through a hurricane 2 years ago without issue.

    I have since updated my method of mounting the cameras to the soffit. Several areas where I want to mount cameras my soffit, the soffit is only 12 inches wide. I purchased some 1/4 inch thick plexiglass, figured out the orientation that I needed to mount the cameras and then predrilled the holes to the proper size for the camera screws (Plexiglas splits if the holes are too small) I slipped one edge under the soffit 90 degree mounting edge and then screwed the other end to the soffit edge with self tapping screws. It is very strong and stable compared to mounting directly to the soffit.

    I got the idea from someone on you tube that used aluminum to do the same thing on a wider soffit. With a wider overhang you might want to think about using a door kickplate made of metal and screw it in in multiple places. I was thinking of that but the plexiglass worked better for my situation.
     
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    Ckb3 Getting the hang of it

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    I installed all of mine with a 1x6 attached to a 2x4 then attached the 2x4 to the existing 2x6 behind the soffit. Then with some careful measuring, drilled a 2-1/2" hole saw through it and the aluminum soffit material. Mounted the camera base to that and haven't looked back. To do all that i had to remove the fascia and soffit material. It was a pain but worth it. My neighbor hired someone to install his and they mounted without support. He gets motion alerts on his system from the wind shaking the cameras.
     
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    A strip of aluminum long enough to be tucked into the house and facia flanges will work, too. Works for cameras and IR illuminators.

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    Advantage being no holes in the soffet. Disadvantage being that you need to remove a piece of soffet. That can be time consuming, but not having holes in the soffet is worth it, at least to me.
     
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    Whoaru99 Pulling my weight

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    I needed to put up a cam quick-like and screwed the mounting box directly to aluminum soffit with #14 sheet metal screws. The aluminum is pretty thin so I'd expect the cam could be pulled off without huge effort. But, I think it's not going anywhere under normal conditions. It'll get reinforced, along with adding more cam locations, when the weather is more conducive to working outside.
     
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    xdq Young grasshopper

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    I previously mounted one of mine to a uPVC soffit with standard screws and some Gorilla double sided tape. When I moved it after 2 years the tape was still holding well enough that I had to twist the camera base to release it. It was up above the 1st floor window (2nd floor US) so no worries about vandals.
     
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    I did it years ago, no issues for over 3 years.
     
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    mercfh Young grasshopper

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    Good to know. There are some places where I don't have super good access to so i've had to mount my 3 camera's to the Vinyl Soffit...but I haven't seen any "shake" under any conditions. Although at some point i'll probably slip a piece of plywood or something in between and re-drill them to go into the wood...but I just don't have those types of tools currently right now.
     
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    mercfh Young grasshopper

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    I did want to try that, but unfortunately I don't have the proper tools to cut aluminum.