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How to Mount Your New Flat Panel TV Home
Using TV Wall Mounts is the ideal method to attach a Lcd tv to the wall. Right now I will show you exactly what you need to do so that you can achieve this. Why wouldn't you contemplate mounting your Tv? Typically, the most popular factor for people to mount their flat panel is really because it looks awesome. It also frees up much more space making the room look less cluttered. Also, by doing the work yourself, you will lay aside the money it costs to have a professional get it done. It is not a hard task if you do it correctly and you get outside assistance from someone else. You don't want to do something like this on your own just because it's hard to lift the display and perform some of the drilling while you're attaching the mount. But apart from that, it actually doesnt require a lot of time but you'll be happy doing the work by yourself by the end of the day.
Types of TV Wall Mounts
You should have an idea of what type of TV wall mount you need to get. If you don't, then there are just a few several types of mounts to select from. The kinds of mounts to choose from include: low profile mounts (very close to the wall), tilting (not as close, but may be adjusted upward or downward), and tilt and swivel mounts (extremely versatile) When selecting a mount it is always a good idea to go with a trustworthy business which includes excellent reviews from their customers. At the end of this article, I'll let you know where I purchase all my mounts for my company.
What Does VESA Mean?
Most wall mounts you can get today are VESA compliant This means that they will be compatible with your Television as long as they are VESA compliant and you've got the right size mount for your Flat Panel TV. TV mounts usually have the size television they are designed for and the maximum amout of weight the TV can be to safely use it.
What types of Tools are Required?
You might already own the tools you need to install the mount. You will need a power drill, tape measurer, screw driver, and stud finder. An additional beneficial tool is a level to ensure you don't have it uneven.
There's a lot of debate on the most desirable height to install the Flat Screen TV to the wall. If you're uncertain, you can always create a cardboard cutout with the same deminsions as your flat panel TV to approximate the height that is ideal for your Television. After you figure out where you need to install the TV, the next step is to find the studs. The standard for studs in most homes is 16 inches apart. You must have at the very least 2 wood studs, perhaps 3 dependant upon the size of it you want to mount. I take advantage of a stud finder which I bought for around 20 bucks from my nearby home improvement store. Stud finders will leave you with no question that you are going to drill into the stud. I've drilled countless missed holes in the wall without one! You simply press the button on the stud finder and guide it along the wall. When you hit a stud it will beep by itself, and also you mark the spot where it hit having a pencil. If you don't have a stud finder handy, you can measure 16 in. from your electrical outlet or door frame to manually locate it.
For the next step, I normally screw in the top center hole on the bracket to the wall. This should help you be able to very easily level the mount before screwing the rest of the mount into the studs.Then all you need to do is find the proper bolts to fit the holes about the back of the display. Most wall mounts include a assortment of bolt sizes for you to find the right size bolt for your TV. Once you find the suitable bolt for your TV, you attach the mount to the display.
So now the bracket is bolted to the wall, and the mount is bolted to the flat panel TV. If you want to ensure that your install is as clean as possible, you need to cut away an opening in the wall close to the bracket for your cabling to hide within the wall. You're almost done! Simply place the mounted TV on the bolted bracket on the wall to finish the project.
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