The Best Way to Mount a TV
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New TVs look great when hung on the wall. In addition to a sleeker design, mounted televisions save space and allow you to hide unsightly cables. Fortunately, mounting a television to a drywall surface is an easy project that every homeowner can learn.
Materials and tools needed
You will need a few supplies before you begin:
- Wall mount and related screws or bolts
- Tape measure
- Stud finder
- TV wiring kit or raceway
- Outlet cover
Choose the Right TV Mount
There are various TV mounts on the market, but the most important detail is the size of a TV it can hold. If the TV stand only supports a 55-inch TV, please don't test it on a 65-inch TV! A heavy TV can break a smaller stand and ruin your wall and equipment.
You also need to decide whether you want a swivel or flat-mount. Swivel stands allow you to watch TV, no matter where you are in the room. They cost a bit more, but the added convenience is worth it.
Determine a Location
Next, you must decide where to install your television. Before doing this, consider the cables. If the cables are not a problem, they should be at eye level when you sit down. Although most televisions are installed slightly higher, this angle can hurt your neck while watching.
If you want to hide the cables or mount the TV over a fireplace or console, the installation becomes a bit more complicated. Most professionals do this, but the workforce is more demanding. (The professional cost to install a flat-screen TV over a fireplace or fireplace ranges from $ 215 to $ 309).
Find the Studs
Drywall can hold small TVs, 19 "or smaller. Most TVs today are much larger, so be sure to install the wall mount on the wall joists. Although the joists are not marked, you can use a beam finder to locate them If you don't have a beam finder, consider the following tips:
- Studs are usually 16 from each other. If you know where a pin is, mark it with a pencil and measure 16 inches horizontally in either direction to find the others.
- Hit the wall. If it looks solid, you have found a stud. If it seems empty, or if you can't tell, consider buying a good ray finder.
Attach TV Mount to Wall
- Hold your bracket against the wall in the desired location.
- Mark the holes in the assembly with a pencil. Mark one hole per pin (two total).
- Put the bracket down and drill some pilot holes in the wall.
- Take the bracket and screw it to the wall with the attached screws. Do not screw completely. Leave enough so that it can be hung on the wall without any human support.
- Place your level on the set. If it is not level, you need to adjust the assembly. If so, install all necessary screws and washers (both ensure the TV is secure). Make sure the bracket is firmly attached to the wall.
Cut Holes in Walls for Wires
If you want to hide your cables, continue with this step. Otherwise, skip to the next step.
First, make sure there is a power source nearby. If not, an electrician will need to add an outlet. They should install it just below or above the bracket. Electricians charge between $ 148 and $ 200 to install an outlet.
If the outlet is far away, you still need to drill a hole just below or above the assembly. Then drill another hole near the outlet. Then use the TV wiring kit to run the power cord and HDMI cable through the wall and plug them into the nearest outlet. Snaking these cables is not easy, but it must be done if you want to hide these ugly cables.
On the other hand, if you use a gutter (a rail or box that hides the cables) you can skip this step entirely.
Attach the mounting brackets to the TV
Your assembly should have parts that will stick to the TV. Follow the assembly manual and connect these parts. Make sure they are tight as these metal bars hold up your TV.
Mount the TV
With the help of a friend, carefully place your TV on the wall mount. If necessary, tighten the two screws under the TV. Some assemblies do not require additional screws.
Before releasing, make sure it is stable and level. Sit on the couch to test the angle and power supply.
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