Wall-Mounting a Flat Screen TV

    
Wall-Mounting a Flat Screen TV

Mounting a flat panel TV to the wall removes clutter and frees up floor and table space. A typical wall mount kit comes with two mounting arms that attach to the back of your TV and a wide bracket plate, which attaches to your wall. The mounting arms lock onto the bracket plate, securing the TV to the wall.

 

For the simplest installation and the tightest fit, consider purchasing a wall mount kit made by the manufacturer of your television. You might also want to conceal the TV’s power cord, as well as the cables running between the TV and your home theater components. To learn more, refer to our Using Wiremold Cord Covers to Hide Audio and Video Cables Project Guide.


Installing a TV wall mount is a project most people can do themselves with a few common tools. As you work on your project, be sure to follow the manufacturer‘s instructions that come with your bracket and television.

 

NOTE: Do not wall mount your TV if your house has metal studs as most will not support the weight of a television.

 

Preparation

 

• Be sure you have all necessary hardware and cable required to complete the installation.
• Read the manufacturer's mounting instructions for both the TV and the wall mount.
• Decide if you will leave the cables showing or hide them in the wall behind your TV.
• Arrange to have one or two other people present to help you hang the TV on the wall bracket.

 

Safety


• Ensure the area behind the wall where the TV will hang is clear of obstructions by using a cable-wire
  tester/locator before drilling to avoid damage to house wiring.
• Ensure your A/V cables meet all applicable building and fire codes. For in-wall installation, most require
  UL-rated wire labeled CL2 or CL3.

 

Savings

 

• Savings from installing the wall mount yourself can provide cash for more upgrades to your home
  entertainment system.
• Save time by keeping your helpers handy in case you need them for adjustments after initial installation.


WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS JOB:

TOOLS:

MATERIALS:


Step 1: Attach the TV mounting bracket to the television

Attach the mounting arms to the back of the TV

1. If there’s a stand on the TV’s frame, unbolt and remove it.


2. Locate the mounting holes on the back of your TV. If necessary, pry off the plastic
    caps over the holes with a screwdriver.


3. Attach the mounting arms to the mounting holes on your TV, using the bolts
    provided with your mounting kit. Be careful not to over tighten, and do not use
    a power drill. Make sure the two mounting brackets are level with each other.


4. Set the TV aside. Be sure to rest the TV so the screen is facing upward. Setting
    the TV with the screen facing down can cause permanent damage.

  

Step 2: Identify TV placement

Use the wall mount as a template to mark the wall

Determine the best wall location for mounting the television.

 

• Look for a location with no glare, and good visibility from all sitting areas in the
  room.


• For maximum viewing comfort, plan to mount your TV at a height on the wall that
  corresponds to the viewer’s eye level when seated—typically, with the center of
  the screen located 40–45 in. off the floor.


• Choose a location close to an electrical outlet. Measure the length of the TV’s
  power cord to be sure it will reach.

  

Step 3: Attach the TV wall mount bracket to the wall

Use a level to ensure the mount is level

NOTE: Do not use hollow-wall anchors as they cannot support TV wall mounts.

 

1. Use a stud finder to locate the two studs in your wall that will support your TV.


2. Mark the location of each stud’s center with a pencil. Use a nail to confirm a stud
    has been located.


3. Measure the distance between the top and bottom holes on each TV mounting
    arm. Mark two points in the center of each wall stud, corresponding to these holes.
    Use a level to ensure the mounting holes for each arm are even.


4. Use a power drill to drill pilot holes for the wall bracket screws or bolts.


5. Attach the wall bracket plate to the wall using the screws or bolts provided with the
    wall mount kit. If the kit uses lag bolts, drive them in with a socket wrench.

  

Step 4: Connect the cables

Connect the Cables

NOTE: If you’re attaching your TV flat to the wall to a fixed wall mount, you may find it easier to connect the cables to the television before attaching it to the wall bracket.

 

1. Be sure the TV and any attached devices are unplugged.

 

2. Have someone help you hold the television up to the wall mount. Attach the
    audio and video cables to the television per the manufacturers’ instructions.

  

Step 5: Hang the TV

Hang the TV

DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS ALONE. Have one person interlock the brackets while one or two others lift the TV.

 

1. Lock the TV mounting arms onto the wall bracket plate. Follow the manufacturer’s
    instructions to secure the connections.


2. Confirm that every point of connection is locked down securely. Test your
    installation with a few light tugs.


3. Test and troubleshoot connections and TV functions to be sure they all work.
    Make adjustments as necessary. Be sure to get help if you need to remove the
    TV from the wall.