All Things to All Architectural Speakers?
You handle numerous brands, sizes and models of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, so you need to stock and maintain inventory of each model’s unique speaker bracket. Sometimes your guys forget to load them onto their trucks when they head out to a job; sometimes, when your guys get to the site, the client has decided he’d prefer a different speaker model or size and the truck has to turn right around back to the warehouse and get the right brackets. All in all, it’s a hassle.
How about a universal speaker bracket? A tiny Missouri company named EZBracket is offering just that. The bracket can even be used for installing both round and rectangular architectural speakers. The company claims EZBracket “virtually replaces” every speaker bracket on the market, including lines from Niles, Russound, SpeakerCraft, Klipsch, Elan and Sonance. All the installer would need to install most any architectural speaker is EZBracket’s two SKUs: the EZ Ceiling Bracket (EZ-C) and the EZ Wall Bracket (EZ-W).
HOW’D THEY DO THAT?
The installer simply assembles and attaches a corrugated cardboard frame directly to the studs. A pre-printed ruler with crosshairs on the round EZBracket ensures alignment with the center of all installed can lights; the rectangular bracket, meanwhile, has rulers on all four sides to align and square with the studs. Lettered perforations for various speaker sizes guide the insertion of tabs on a 0.5-inch-wide steel trim ring. The tabs are then bent down on the back of the cardboard to create a cutting guide for sheetrock installers. The only required tool to use EZBracket is a staple gun; you don’t even need a tape measure. Directions are printed on the placeholder in English, French, Spanish and Polish to address the
diversity in the labor pool around the country.
Who came up with this quirky innovation? Well, it’s little shock that EZBracket COO Jim Murray and his team continue to work at their primary business: They’re custom installers themselves, and they developed the system to make their own lives easier. Now they’re looking to help their peers and build a new business on the side. CR