How to Hide Components for a Wall Mount Flat Screen TV

To properly install a wall mount flat screen TV, you need to hide the components behind the wall to avoid seeing the cables that connect the television to the electrical outlet. One way to hide the components is by using a cable organizer kit. These kits include all the necessary cable plates and wiring tools to get the job done efficiently.

Things You'll Need

  • Cable organizer kit
  • Sheetrock (drywall) saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  1. Instructions

    • 1

      Determine where the flat panel will be mounted on your wall. Use a tape measure to mark the correct height on the wall.

    • 2

      Trace the template that comes with the kit next to the mark on the wall. Use a pencil to lightly trace around the template. Now trace the template once more directly below the first marking. You want to trace the second template close to the baseboards of the wall. For the purposes of this tutorial, the top template will be template one, and the the bottom template will be template two.

    • 3

      Use the saw to cut out both templates. Straighten the 8-foot coil of electrical wire that is included in the kit. Run it through the wall from template one and pull it through template two. Break open one of the four tabs on the back of the electric box included in the kit. You can use a screw driver to break open the tab. Feed the electrical wire through the opening. Push the box into template one and secure it with four screws on all the corners. Repeat this process for template two.

    • 4

      On the back of the cable plate are multiple colored screws. Connect the bare copper conductor to the green grounding screw, the white conductor to the silver screw, and the black conductor to the brass screw. Secure each connection with a screw driver. Push the plate into template one and secure it using the included screws.

    • 5

      Install the recessed cable plate that has a straight blade inlet in template two. There are three wire leads coming out of the back of the plate. Match the leads with the three conductors coming out of the electrical wire. The green lead connects with the bare copper conductor, the black lead connects with the black conductor, and the white lead connects with the white conductor. To secure the wire, you twist each end together with a wire nut. Push the recessed cable plate into template two and secure it with the included screws.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you are feeding the electrical wire from template one down to template two, it helps to bend a hook into the top of the wire. While you are feeding the wire down, you can secure the hook over the cut ridge to keep the top from falling behind the wall.
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