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TiVo Remote Controlled Linear Actuator

This project shows you how to leverage a TiVo remote control and an Arduino board to operate a linear actuator to lift a painting that covers a TV. Watch the video at the end

 

Home Automation Linear Actuator

By Firgelli Automations Team | | automation, hidden TV, home automation, How To | Read more

Awarded best kitchen in the world, Kitchen island appliance garage using Column lift

Kitchen in Winnipeg home named best in the world, according to an international design contest.

 

 

Using a Linear Actuator to Create a RC Power Wheels Vehicle

Power wheels ride on cars and trucks are dream toys for many children (and their parents too).  For the creative parent who likes a challenge they also provide many opportunities for modification.  In fact, there is a whole web forum devoted to Modified Power Wheels!  And Firgelli is supplying a lot of the feedback linear actuators used to modify the vehicles to remote control. 

By Firgelli Automations Team | | actuators, Automated Vehicles, How To, Linear Actuator, linear actuators, Outdoors, remote control | Read more

Ikea Hack: Remote Control Slide Out TV Using an Actuator

Looking for an original way to hide your TV? This project modifies an existing TV cabinet where the TV is meant to be mounted on the front and instead has it slide out from the side using a track linear actuator.

slide out tv with actuator

By Firgelli Automations Team | | hidden TV, home automation, How To, Linear Actuator, remote control, track actuator, TV Lifts | Read more

Now You Can Hang Your TV Where You Want and Hide it at the Touch of a Button

Looking for a solution to the age-old argument about where to hang the TV?  Take a look at this creative solution that hides the TV inside the wall!   A track linear actuator lifts the painting up and down to reveal a flat screen TV.  Thank you to our customer André for sharing this great project.

age-old argument

By Firgelli Automations Team | | drop down, hidden TV, home automation, How To, Linear Actuator, track actuator, TV Lifts | Read more

Build a Flip Down TV Lift You Can Be Proud Of

In this post we are going to show you how we built a flip down in ceiling TV lift using a linear actuator, some brackets, a remote control, and a power supply.  Many of our customers have used actuators to create inexpensive TV lifts in homes, offices, cars, and boats. 

 

By Firgelli Automations Team | | actuators, drop down, flip down, hidden TV, home automation, How To, TV Lifts | Read more

Four Steps to Choosing the Right Linear Actuator

This blog post is for those who are new to linear actuators and are looking for some guidance in choosing an actuator for a project.

By Firgelli Automations Team | | actuators, column lift, DIY, Home Automation, How To, Linear Actuator, rod actuator, track actuator, TV Lifts | Read more

Landcruiser Roof lift using 4 Tubular Linear Actuators

One of our customers wanted to replace their air ram actuators with our Electric Linear Actuators to lift the roof up on their truck. In this application the Actuators are used slightly differently to how most other people use them

Motorized TV Lift with Home Automation Integration

TV Lift MechanismNew home buyers at some point or another need to make a hard decision: make the TV the focal point of the room, or keep the fireplace or mantel piece the main attraction. For Mike, an avid handyman and IT professional, compromise was not an option either way. 
By 3PL Services | | Actuators, DIY, Drop Down TV, Home Automation, How To, Linear Actuator, TV Lifts | Read more

Automated Toolbox - Commercial Truck Utility Bed

Toolbox ActuatorCommercial trucks with toolboxes or utility beds could all benefit from a bit of automation. By simply replacing the gas shocks on a utility bed you could control the hatches, doors, and drawers with a push of a button from up to 30 feet away. Automated vehicles are becoming more useful as technology advances, and we will show you how to get set up. Read more to find out how to set up your own automated toolbox with our step by step approach.

Linear Actuators for a Snow Blower Chute

Actuators and Snow'Tis the season to be shoveling and plowing. We at Firgelli Automations want to make your winter more jolly in any way we can, and today we are going to help you get your snowplow rigged up for the oncoming onslaught of snow. During the cold winter months, many of us dread those first few snowflakes, all too aware that an ongoing battle to keep sidewalks and driveways clear is about to begin. 
By Jean-Pierre DeClerck | | How To | Read more

Home Automation - Drop Down TV Lift over Fireplace

Drop Down TV Lift MechanismEvery so often, we get these great pictures from our customers, revealing the simplicity and elegance that our products can bring if combines with the right creativity and ideas. In this case, the idea came from necessity, as a man's dear wife couldn't stand to have the TV sitting on her beautiful stone lined fireplace. 'Happy wife, happy life' seems to hold true.
By Jean-Pierre DeClerck | | DIY, Drop Down TV, Home Automation, How To, TV Lifts | Read more

Color Matched and Automated Tonneau Cover Electric Lift

Remote Control Tonneau CoverFirgelli Automations is proud to have such a varied and loyal client base. The following is an article which was sent to us which features a truck that was modified using two of our light duty rod actuators.
By Jean-Pierre DeClerck | | Automated Tonneau Cover, Automated Vehicles, Automotive, DIY, How To | Read more

Supporting Boat Hatches, Shipbuilders, and Marine Enthusiasts with Linear Actuators


Electric Remote Control Boat Hatch LiftOver the past twelve years, Firgelli Automations has had the opportunity to supply a few thousand clients with linear actuators for applications including boat hatches, steering controls, anchors, and many more marine uses.
By Jean-Pierre DeClerck | | Boat Hatch, How To, Marine Actuators | Read more

Linear Actuator Basics, so how does a Linear Actuator work

Are you new to actuators? Have you just learned what an actuator is? You're not alone, and we're happy to help! This page is for you, and we will try to include all the information we can that you need to make an educated decision when selecting what actuator is right for you. Also, we will be sure to update this article regularly with any information we think will be helpful.

How does a linear actuator work

By Firgelli Automations Team | | a, actuator, does, how, how does a linear actuator work, How To, linear, work | Read more

RC Power Wheels Project for a Disabled Child


Actuators and Power WheelsThe selfless and noble mission undertaken by the loving family of an equally loving and upbeat young man with cerebral palsy. They helped improve his quality of life by the combination of a power wheels truck, an actuator, and some real engineering skill.
By Jean-Pierre DeClerck | | How To | Read more

How to Install a Linear Actuator - Making Chores Easier

At Firgelli Automations, we understand that most people aren't used to wiring motors or other electronics besides plugging a charger into a wall outlet. The following video was created to prove just how easy it is to install and operate a linear actuator.
By Jean-Pierre DeClerck | | How To | Read more