TV Wall Mount

Wall Mount TV

DIY Wall Mount TV

Installing a wall mount TV can be a challenge for most home owners. The last thing you want is for your wall mount TV to come crashing down when your family is watching television. It is worth paying to get it done properly.
There are three basic types of wall mount TV brackets. Low- profile fixed mounts, tilting mounts and full motion mounts. Most flat TVs are designed for wall mounting, but make absolutely sure yours is before you shop for a mount. Look for “VESA” (Video Electronics Standards Association) on the manual or the TV itself, followed by a number such as “VESA 75.” Any mount with the same VESA number will work with your TV. Also consider wiring before you choose a mount. If you plan to run wiring inside your walls, the mount design may determine how and where you can install an outlet and cable connections.
It takes three people to position a wall mount TV, one to sit on the couch and two to hold the TV. When you’ve found the right height, measure from the bottom of the TV to the floor. The most common mistake people make when picking a spot for a TV is placing it too high. Looking up at the screen can give you a sore neck and a murky picture (especially if the TV mount doesn’t tilt).  There is no “correct” height. A lot depends on the size of the room and the size of the TV. The farther back you can sit from the TV the less you have to tilt your head.
Next you have to decide if you want to center it on the wall or where is the best position for everyone in the room to be able to see the TV. If the TV has a base plate then that needs to be removed and the mounting plate mounted on the back of the TV with the screws provided. The instructions will give measurements for mounting the bracket on the wall but the easy way is to mount all the brackets on the back of the TV. With the TV on the floor measure from the floor up to the mounting holes. Add to this the measurement from the floor to the bottom of the TV and mark the wall.  With a stud finder locate the center of the studs and with a level locate the bracket on the wall and mark the bolt locations. It is a good idea to drill a pilot hole for the lag bolts so that you do not split the studs. The holes should be 1/8″ smaller than the lag bolts. If there is not enough studs to bolt into then you will have to use appropriate wall anchors.
Note before drilling holes in the wall where there are no studs check that there are no wires that you could hit.
Now that the bracket is on the wall you can hang the TV on it and tighten the locking screws so that it will not fall off.