How to Wall Mount a Flat Screen TV

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In some homes there is a constant debate about how to position the furniture in the family room: around the fireplace or the television. One way to make everyone happy is by hanging the television on the wall. A brand new flat screen television deserves center stage. Don't set it on a small table in the corner or position it off center. Give it prominent display by hanging it front and center on the main wall in the living room.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat-panel television bracket
  • Drill
  • Masonry drill bit
  • Masonry anchors
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Screwdriver
  • Remove the television and the mounting bracket from the boxes. The wall mount bracket will have a piece that attaches to the wall and a piece that attaches to the back of the television. Attach the part of the bracket that goes to the television using the included hardware.

  • Find the wall studs where you want to put the TV with a stud finder. Mark the location of the edges of the studs. Hold the other half of the bracket against the wall and mark the locations through the bracket holes where you will need to drill at the midpoint between the markings for each stud. The pencil marks should be at the same height, so check them with a level.

  • Drill through the marks with a drill bit that corresponds to the size of the mounting screws included with the brackets. Slide a wall anchor into the hole and tap it into place with a hammer.

  • Slide the cable cords through the designated hole in the bracket. Hang the mounting bracket on the wall with the included screws. With help from a friend, lift the television and slip the bracket halves together so they snap into place. The television should not wiggle or move on the bracket.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you plan to install cable or electricity on the wall directly behind the television, have this work done ahead of time.

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