Tips On Wall Mounting A Tv Screen


wall mounting a tvOne of the main benefits to buying a flat screen television is so that you can mount it to the wall. When you are doing this, you need to be very careful. If it is not anchored correctly or you don’t follow the proper steps, you could end up with the TV screen crashing down. Not only will this ruin your TV but it could also cause a lot of damage to your wall in the process.

To avoid any kinds of problems with mounting your TV screen to the wall, it’s best to follow some basic tips. Instead of trying to create your own DIY solution for hanging the TV to the wall, they may various kits that you can buy. These are designed to go right onto your wall and hold the weight of your television. While they may cost a few extra dollars, it will be worth it in the long run.

The average mount kit is pretty straightforward. There are usually two mounting arms that go on either side of the television. These mount to a bracket plate, which is mounted to the wall. If you can, try and buy a mount kit from the same manufacturer as your television. This will ensure the sizes and fittings are as close to perfect as possible.

You’re not going to need a lot of tools to mount your television to the wall, but you will need a few. If you try to do this without a stud finder and a level, you may end up having to make a lot more holes in the wall to get things perfect. If you have to borrow these supplies from a friend or neighbor, make the point of it. Otherwise you’re going to need wall putty and a bucket of paint after you’ve got the TV where you want it.

It’s important to check to see if you have metal studs in your house. If you do, wall mounting is not likely going to work – especially with some of the larger televisions on the market. The weight of the television won’t hold with the metal studs, which means you need to consider some other options, such as a ceiling mount or going shopping for a wall unit.

Mounting the Television

Before you get too involved in the project, gather up all of the tools you will need. This way you won’t have to stop and start throughout the installation. You will need a power drill, the correct bits, a level, a tape measure, a socket wrench and a pencil to mark the wall with.

Look at the television. If there’s a stand attached to the bottom, go ahead and remove it. Many new televisions ship with the stand on for convenience. Since you’ll be mounting it to the wall, you don’t need it there. If there are plastic caps on the mounting holes on the back of the television, you can remove them with a screwdriver.

The mounting arms will attach to the holes in the back of your television. When you have gotten those on with a screwdriver or power drill, rest the television on something soft, facing up. If you place the television facing down, you risk permanent damage, especially if it is a plasma screen.

Sit on your couch and make sure that you are mounting your television to eye level. This is usually around 40 to 45 inches from the floor. Then make sure that you take into consideration where the electrical outlet is so that you don’t have to use extension cords. Using the tape measure and a pencil, mark the holes so that you don’t have to do more than one round of drilling.

Make sure that you use your stud finder to locate the studs. If you don’t drill into a stud, there is no way that your television is going to be supported. You will end up ripping out a big chunk of your drywall due to the weight of your TV. This is what you want to avoid at all costs.

Work with a partner when you’re handling the mounting. The television is heavy, no matter how thin it is and how small it is. To ensure the arms mount to the bracket plate, it’s best to have one person guide everything together. Confirm all points of connection are locked together securely before letting go.

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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