How to Mount a TV
You just bought a brand-new TV. You’ve taken it out of the box, taken the plastic off, and even watched several hours of Planet Earth and marveled at its high-definition display, crisp picture, stunning built-in speakers, and amazing range of colors.
There’s only one problem: It just doesn’t look good sitting there in its stand. It would look much better hanging up on the wall, especially given how thin and light it is. If only there was a way to get it up there…if only…somehow…there was a way.
Well, contrary to popular belief, mounting a TV doesn’t have to be a difficult and overwhelming task. With these necessary steps you can ensure your TV is properly mounted and secured in no time at all.
To mount your flat screen TV, you first need to pick the right mounting kit for the job. Most are anchored into wood studs, but many include special anchors for concrete, drywall, or metal studs. You’ll also need some basic tools like a drill, screwdriver, level, stud finder, tape measure, and socket. And don’t forget: Your anchors hold 5 times the weight of what you’re putting on the mount. You don’t want any issues after your TV is mounted.
1. Purchase a correctly-sized bracket either online or at an electronic retail store. Generally, brackets come in a range of sizes. You should also consider the wall mount angle. If you like angling your TV depending on where you sit, you might want to choose an adjustable mount that lets you rotate the TV.
2. To get started, remove the base that comes with the TV. Lay the TV glass down on a soft, padded, flat item. If you have any concerns about laying your plasma TV on the carpet or floor, check the owner's manual for advice. Some plasma screen manufacturers recommend working with the flat screen facing upright while attaching the brackets.
3. Next, look for the four holes on the back of the TV. Put the mounting brackets on the back of the TV, aligning them as stated in your mounting directions. Make sure that the brackets are facing the correct way when screwed on. Use a screwdriver to tighten any remaining bolts: The bracket should be firmly bolted to the TV, without any wiggle room.
4. Next, connect all the necessary wires to your TV. To conceal any cords, you can have your cords installed inside the wall by a professional or get a power outlet installed behind the television so the cord doesn't dangle. You can also buy a cord-hider that will camouflage the cords or try getting creative with some colored duct tape.
5. Finally, get a friend to help you lift and guide the TV onto the wall plate. Make sure the monitor arms are resting securely on the top and bottom rails. Lock the arms into place with the security screws, and ta-da! Now all that’s left is to sit back and enjoy that fancy new TV and marvel at your handiwork.