How to install a flat screen tv wall mount

How To Install A Flat Screen TV Wall Mount

Installing a flat screen TV wall mount is not a hard job if you’re pretty handy with your tools. Flat screen TVs are great because they can be placed anywhere in the house; they don’t have all that stuff on the back of the screen that gets in the way. The only tricky thing is making sure you can get the wiring where it needs to go. It’s a job that can easily be tackled by two people.

Or if you’re not sure about your handyman skills, you can always call a professional and have it done by them. This option costs you a little money, but there’s no easier way to do it. Before you get started drilling holes and so on, make sure it’s a job that you can do easily.

Types Of Wall Mounts

First, there are three different types of wall mounts, and they vary in installation difficulty. There are low profile mounts, which are the simplest but don’t offer you much adjustability once installed. There are tilting mounts, which give you the option of adjusting the screen vertically once installed. And, there are full motion mounts, which give you lots of flexibility. Tilting and full motion mounts are a little tougher to install.

Pick A Location

The next decision is to choose where you’d like to put your TV. You can install wall mounts just about anywhere, so pick a place that’s most comfortable for your future television viewing. One consideration is whether you install on an external or internal wall. In general, external walls are a little tougher to install. They have lots of obstructions which make screwing it in and also running wires to it a little tricky.

Interior walls are easier.

Locate Studs

Inside the wall are «studs,» which make ideal places to perch your wall mount. You should first locate these studs. You can use a simple tool called a «stud finder» to find them. Once you’ve located studs in an ideal spot for mounting your TV, mark them with painter’s tape. This is where you’ll be screwing in your mount.

Basic Parts Of The Mount

Mounts vary according to model and make, but they’re all based on the same principle. There’s the part that attaches to the wall, and there’s the part that attaches to your set. Once you’ve attached the part to the wall, and the part to your set, you’re ready to attach the two together — and now you’re TV is mounted.

Your instruction manual will have detailed step-by-step instructions for putting it all together. Basically, you’ll use a power drill to make holes in the wall, and then attach the mount with screws. The more screws you use, the better. They’ll create better stability. The part that attaches to the TV is called the «bracket,» and consists of vertical bars that hold the set in place.

At this part of the process, it’s good to have a little help. It’s very hard to attach these parts together by yourself. Get someone to hold them in place while you do the screwing.

Installing a flat screen TV mount is a small to mid-sized handyman job, depending on how big a set you buy. It’s a job best done by two people, or by a professional if you’re not confident about your handy-working skills.

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