She hired a union metal worker off of craigslist to come in and construct her staircase, and "we started spitballing about the TV." She and her union man realized that they could take advantage of her 17-foot high ceilings. Using scrap metal and galvanized steel, he built her a giant hanging platform for her 42-inch plasma by installing four metal rods in the ceiling that attach to a metal pan at the bottom. Underneath the pan and holding each rod in place are seismic supports to hold the weight.
"My metal guy says that it can hold about a ton and should withstand those SF shakers, but I certainly won’t be hiding underneath it to test it when we have the next big one!"