How to Swivel Mount a TV

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A TV swivel mount provides great control over the position of a TV set, letting you set the angle and place that the TV faces. It can also keep the TV set out of the reach of children, or of people who may want to tamper with it (such as TVs playing videos in a waiting room). Installing a swivel mount may seem to be a daunting task, but it requires only minimal work setting up.

Things You'll Need

  • Stud sensor
  • Drill
  • Television
  • Select a swivel mount that is compatible with your TV. The swivel mount should indicate support for your television on the mount's box.

  • Use a stud sensor to determine a stud near the place you want to put the mount. You may need more then one stud to install the mount on.

  • Assemble the swivel mount if it didn't come pre-assembled. As each mount is different, follow the instructions for setup. Most LCD mounts usually have a section you'll need to attach with screws into the back of the TV. Usually the swivel mount kit provides the screws to use with a drill.

  • Hook screws into the mount where specified and attach the wall portion of the swivel mount to the stud by drilling into it. Again, the kit should provide the screws needed.

  • Attach the TV part of the mount to the wall portion. Have someone hold the TV while you attach it. Usually the portions are connected with screws. Be sure that the TV is level before finishing the attachment.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sometimes a TV manufacturer will also make TV swivel mounts. If yours does, you should buy it. However, you should still make sure that the mount is compatible with your TV set. Keep in mind the height of your TV and the general place you'll be watching it from. Have a friend sit in the area to help you adjust the TV to help find a comfortable position for it. Turntable mounts for counters also exist as well. If you don't want to bother with wall mounts, you can purchase a countertop mount and set the TV on it. Setup is much easier, but you don't get control over the angle of the TV.
  • It is imperative that you install the mount on a stud for stability. Failure to do so may result in your mount falling out of the wall and damaging (if not destroying) your TV set. Make sure the place where you mount your TV has easy access to a power outlet. Otherwise, you may need to use an extension cord to reach the TV. Or have an electrician install an outlet near the TV. When installing the part of the swivel mount that connects to the TV, avoid setting the TV on the floor, as it may damage the screen. Instead, consider leaning it on something, or placing it on top of a blanket or soft cloth to keep the screen protected.

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