Need to find out the easiest methods to install that stunning television to the wall using a TV Wall Mount? I will give you all of the information you need in order to accomplish this. Why should you think about mounting your TV? Looks great, takes up less room, and also the pride of knowing you mounted your television yourself. Also, by doing it yourself, you will save the money it costs to have a professional do it. Ask a friend for help instead and you will see exactly how easy of a task it can be. Just make sure you follow the steps correctly. It’s not a very good idea to take on the project all by yourself just because it can be hard to lift the display and you might need some help with the drilling while you are putting on the wall mount. You will be surprised how quickly the job can be done if you don’t run into any problems and you will be happy you chose do it on your own.
Types of Wall Mounts
There are many different types of mounts you can choose for the job. Ranging from those that hold the TV very flush on the wall, but offer no way of adjustment, to very advanced mechanized mounts which can be very flexible and will move side to side and up or down. You should order a mount that is of top quality, but not too overpriced. Many retail stores raise the prices on their mounts. I will give you a hint on where I buy my mounts and for my installs at the conclusion of this post. There is a nice selection of mounts that can be found online here:wall-mounts
What Does VESA Mean?
In general, wall mounts are manufactured to be VESA compliant. In other words, as long as both your TV and the wall mount are VESA compliant, they will work together. Just make sure you choose the right size mount for your TV. The mount should state what size TV it really is made for and how much weight it can handle.
You should already have the tools you need to install the mount. A tape measurer, power drill, screw driver are all you really need. However, a stud finder will definitely make your life easier. Another useful tool would be a level to make sure you don’t have it crooked.
Step-By-Step Installation Walkthrough
- There is much debate over what the proper height is to hang a TV on the wall. My advice is to cut out some cardboard the dimensions of your television, and have a friend maneuver it around around the wall until you get a rough notion of where you want to place the mount. Once you’re finished debating on the best place to mount your TV, you need to find the studs. In most homes studs can be found 16 inches apart. Normally 2 studs will be enough to mount a TV securely to the wall. However, If you have a larger TV you might want to use 3 studs. You should use a stud finder if you can. They can be found at any hardware store for around 20 dollars. Stud finders will leave you with no doub’t that you are about to drill into the stud. I have drilled many missed holes in the wall without one. All you do with a stud finder is guide it over the wall while pressing a button. It will make a beeping sound automatically once it finds a stud. Then you can mark the spot with a pen or pencil. If you don’t have a stud finder handy, you can measure 16 in. from the electrical outlet or door frame to manually locate it.
- For the next step, I usually screw in the top middle hole on the bracket to the wall. By doing this, you can easily adjust the level to make sure it is looking straight. After you’re done screwing in the bracket to the wall, it is time to find the right sized bolts to fit the back of your TV. Most mounts come with a variety of bolt sizes for you to find the right size bolt for your TV. Once you find the correct bolt for your TV, you attach the mount to the display.
- Now you should have the bracket installed on the wall, and the TV attached to the mount. I usually have a plate hole ready near or in the bracket for your cables to run through the wall for the TV. You’re almost done! Just place the mounted TV to the bolted bracket on the wall to finish the project.