One way of saving space in your living room is to mount your television on the wall, although the investment most people have made in a flat screen television is significant and the fear of it falling or breaking are enough to cause a lot of people to pay for a professional installer. However, the installation is not too complicated, and with a little care and attention to detail you can mount your own television and avoid drilling through concrete.
Things You'll Need
- Stud finder
- TV mount
- Socket wrench
Check the TV mount for the correct weight rating of your television. Even if the mount is rated for the correct size set, make sure it can hold enough weight for your television, as well. Modern televisions are lighter than some older TVs, so don't go by size rating alone.
Choose a mounting location for your television away from a concrete wall. Interior walls are most likely to be studded wood and drywall. If all the walls are concrete, then there is no way to mount your television without drilling in to concrete.
Separate the two pieces of the TV mount. There is one part which attaches to the wall and one part which attaches to the television. The parts may slide apart or be clipped together. Make sure you understand how they attach so when you lift the television on later you are able to get them together quickly and efficiently, otherwise you could be holding the television up for a long time.
Use the stud finder to locate the position of the wooden studs on your wall. The mount absolutely must be drilled into those, as the drywall will not support it. Mark the position of the stud on the wall with a pencil.
Use the bracket as a template to mark the position of the holes on the wall. Draw circles around the inside of the holes with a pencil. Drill pilot holes using a smaller drill bit than the lag screws. Make sure the hole is as straight as possible to get the bolts into the center of the stud.
Place the wall section of the mount in place and use the lag bolts to hold it down. Use the socket to screw the bolts into the wall. The bolts should have come with the mount, but if they did not you should use the largest diameter bolt you can find that still fits through the holes. Tighten the bolts until they are flush with the mount, but be careful not to over-tighten the bolts, as this will strip the hole. If the bolt starts to rotate freely then you have over tightened it and need to start with another hole.
Remove the stand from your television. Normally it is attached with a few screws on the back, although some are clipped in place.
Screw the television part of the mount into place on the back of the set. Most televisions and mounts have a rectangular pattern of bolts on the back. The TV mount should come with the hardware to screw it in to place.
Lift the television up to the wall mount and connect the two together. They will secure together in various ways, either by clipping or sliding over one another, so make sure you have a plan before you make the lift so you don't drop the television.
Tips & Warnings
- Make sure the TV mount is securely in the wall before you lift the television into place. Use two people to lift it and release the weight onto the mount gently.
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