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How To Install Wall Mount Tv
Need to know how to install a wall-mount TV? Wall-mounting a flat screen can greatly enhance the aesthetics of a room by eliminating clutter. Saving floor space is another benefit, as mounting a TV on your wall will eliminate the need for a floor stand.
To install a wall-mounted TV, you will need:
- A wall mount kit (the physical mount, brackets, wall bolts and anchors)
- A drill with the correct size bits
- A stud finder
- A level
- A tape measure
- Conduit to hide cables (optional)
- First, determine the optimum mounting location. Determine where you plan on sitting (or standing) in the room to find the best mounting spot. The centerline of the television should be eye level. Choose a spot where outdoor light won’t wash out the image, unless you prefer keeping the window blinds closed.
- Drill mounting holes into the wall. Mark the locations of the studs on your wall using your stud finder. Drill holes directly into studs to provide the greatest strength. These holes will be used to insert the anchors for the wall bolts. Do not cheat by drilling only into the drywall; drilling into drywall is not going to provide enough strength to safely hold the television. Use extreme caution when drilling into the wall. The stud finder may not find all objects in the wall, such as water lines and electrical wiring. Accidently drilling into a hidden water line can cause serious damage to you room.
- Mount the hardware to the wall. Use the bolts and anchors from your mounting kit to attach the mount to the wall. The bolts will go into the anchors, which should now be seated in the wall.
- Mount the hardware to the television. Attach the back of the television to the wall mount. If there is a TV stand attached to the television, it will have to be removed before attaching the wall mount. Use the supplied screws in the wall mount kit. If you purchased a factory mount, there will usually be a single set of screws. If this is a universal mount kit, choose the screws which best fit into the back of the television.
- Manage the cables leading to and from your TV. If you don’t want to let the wires dangle out from the television, you can tuck them into a conduit. Tucking the wires inside the conduit will eliminate the visual clutter of multiple wires coming down from the television. Follow the instructions provided with the conduit in order to mount the conduit to the wall. An adhesive strip is usually used to join the conduit to the wall.
Your television is now mounted to the wall and is ready for use. Mounting a television is a relatively easy task. The tools required are fairly common and straightforward to use. If you are not comfortable with doing it yourself, you can also have a professional mount the TV. Using a professional may be a good idea if you have walls made out of brick or if you don’t have all the tools to complete the task.
Posted on: May. 18, 2010