How to Mount a TV

A DIY TV wall mount is a simple way to set up your entertainment center

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Save floor space and create an elegant look in your home when you install a TV using a flat-screen wall mount. This will teach you how to mount a TV on your wall so that there’s not a bad seat in the house.

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How To Mount A TV

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SELECT A TV MOUNT
Choose Location And Viewing Height

The first step of mounting a television is to select a TV mount. Standard TV mounts keep the television in a stationary position, flush against the wall. An adjustable swivel TV mount allows you to manually angle the TV once it’s mounted.

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CHOOSE A LOCATION AND VIEWING HEIGHT
Choose a location

 •Cut out a sheet of paper or cardboard the approximate size of your TV and hang it on the wall in your desired location. 
 • Affix to the wall with painter’s tape. 
 • Test out that location from different locations around the room – make sure it’s centered and isn’t positioned so high that it strains your neck when you look at it. 
 • 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 40-45 inches 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.

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LOCATE STUDS
LOCATE STUDS

Tip: Do not use hollow-wall anchors as they cannot support TV wall mounts.  
 • Once you’ve picked an ideal location for the television, run the stud finder along the top of the paper. 
 • Use a stud finder to locate the two studs in your wall that will support your TV. 
 • Mark the location of each stud’s center with a pencil. Use a nail to confirm a stud has been located.

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MARK PILOT HOLES
MARK PILOT HOLES

 • Mark lightly in pencil where the corners of the TV will be and remove the paper. 
 • 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.

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POSITION WALL MOUNT
Position Wall Mount

 • Hold the wall mount up against the wall and use a level to make sure it’s even. 
 • Use a friend to help you hold the wall mount. Tip: Remember the old adage, “mark twice, cut once.” That same rule applies to drilling in walls – check that the mounting holes are level twice before drilling.

Tip: Remember the old adage, “mark twice, cut once.” That same rule applies to drilling in walls – check that the mounting holes are level twice before drilling.

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DRILL PILOT HOLES
DRILL PILOT HOLES

 • Use a power drill to drill pilot holes for the wall bracket screws or bolts. 
 • Attach the wall TV mount 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.

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ATTACH MOUNT TO WALL
ATTACH MOUNT TO WALL

 • This is the easiest part – simply have a friend hold the mount against the wall where you’ve drilled the pilot holes and drill screws to attach. 
 • Check again that it’s level once mounted. 

 Tip: Drill in each screw halfway and check that they’re level before tightening all of them.

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ATTACH MOUNTING PLATE TO TV
ATTACH MOUNTING PLATE TO TV

 • If there’s a stand on the TV’s frame, unbolt and remove it. 
 • Locate the mounting holes on the back of your TV. If necessary, pry off the plastic caps over the holes with a screwdriver. 
 • 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. 
 • 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. Tip: 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, as detailed below. 
 • Be sure the TV and any attached devices are unplugged. 
 • Have someone help you hold the television up to the wall mount. Attach the audio and video cables to the television per the manufacturer’s instructions.

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MOUNT TV TO WALL
MOUNT TV TO WALL

Safety: Do not attempt this alone. Have one person interlock the brackets while one or two others lift the TV.

• Lock the TV mounting arms onto the wall bracket plate. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to secure the connections.
• Confirm that every point of connection is locked down securely. Test your installation with a few light tugs.
• 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.

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COVER CORDS (OPTIONAL)
COVER CORDS (OPTIONAL)

After mounting a television, use a cord cover to hide the cables dangling from the bottom of the TV.

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