Space saving televisions is here to stay and gone are the days of furniture sized TVs, picture tubes, and rear projection model. The new, sleek models are four inches or less thick, can sit on a shelf, better yet hang on a wall. You do not need to hire some kid to come into your home, invade your privacy and hang your TV for you, in a few simple steps you will be watching your new TV in no time. Then your biggest problem will be what to do with your old model.
This is a two person job, especially for the larger televisions, so be sure to have a helper with you. You will need a wall mount bracket, which you should purchase when you buy you new TV. The hardware is included with the bracket, as well as the instructions to mount half of the bracket to the TV and the other half to the wall. Read the instructions for the wall mount and the instructions for the TV carefully. Many times however, the instructions are not very clear.
Tools needed Stud finder, phillips screwdriver, drill, 7/32″ drill bit, ½” socket and ratchet or ½” wrench, torpedo level
Unpack the mount and hardware. Insure all parts and hardware is present.
Locate mounting holes on back of television. Note: Mounting holes may have screws in them, remove and discard.
Locate brackets (2) to attach to TV and ensure they are oriented according to accompanying instructions. Use the screws recommended for your television. If the electrical and cable connections are located behind the TV, you will need to use the spacers provided to allow room for the connections. Before tightening bracket screws stand TV up on edge, on a hard surface and use a torpedo level to ensure brackets is level. Tighten the screws.
To mount the wall plate you first must determine the height you want the TV on the wall. If you are locating it in the family or living room you may want locate the bottom of the TV forty eight to sixty inches off the floor. If you are putting it in the bedroom, you may want it higher.
Use the stud finder to locate the studs. They should be 16″ apart in most cases, but some houses, garages and commercial building mat be 24″ apart. Use the stud finder on both sides of the stud so you will be able to find the center of the stud. Use the mounting plate as a template to mark the location of the holes. Drill four holes in the center of the studs 3″ deep.
Mount the plate to the wall using the long lag bolts supplied and the ½” socket and ratchet.
Mount television to wall plate, ensure bottom of bracket on TV locks on to wall plate.
Make all connections, set back and enjoy you new TV and the money you just saved by doing it yourself.
Tip: Hide those ugly wires with self- sticking conduit.
Caution: Wall mounts are not recommended for metal studded walls.