Get Handy Hanging Your Flat Screen
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Hanging your flat screen is a great way to stay on-trend, while freeing up valuable floor space. Sure, you could get a handyman in to do it, but where’s the fun in that? Be your own Mr./Ms. Fix-it and hang it yourself using these few simple steps. Seriously, it’s easier than it looks!
A Few Words Before You Get Started
As much as you can – and will – be able to do this yourself, have someone else with you when completing a construction task. They can help hold, measure, stabilize where you need a hand, or make a call if something goes awry. They’ll also be integral in helping secure the TV to the wall.
As much as you might feel empowered to just get to it, some careful planning is required before you get to the action. The first is understanding the dimensions of your TV.
Flat screen TVs in excess of 42 inches can weigh as much as 80 pounds, which is a lot of weight for a wall to bear. You’re going to need to find your wall studs, as any type of anchors won’t support the weight, and may cause your TV to come crashing down.
TVs that hover in the 30-inch range can usually be supported on a single stud, but as a rule of thumb, anything above that size should use two. If your walls are concrete then you can mount directly onto the wall without worrying. If you have neither, you’ll likely have to abort this plan. (Apologies if so.)
The best fit comes from buying a kit from the same company that built your TV. But just like universal mounts, the more movements they can make the more expensive they’ll get.
If you buy a universal mount you might have to do a little trial and error to get it all lined up. Mounts usually have two pieces. One that attaches to the wall, and the other the back of the TV. Use the wall piece to trace your pilot holes, and when attaching the piece that mounts directly to your TV, make sure you’re screwing into the television’s frame. Not the circuitry. It won’t bear the load.
Keep everything level at all times, and double check before installation.
Unless your mount has some built in movement, consider where the TV will go in relation to the room's natural light. No one likes glare.
Make sure there’s a power source nearby, ideally as close as possible to hide unsightly wires.
A stud finder
Screwdriver (Or socket wrench for heavier sets)
- Use a stud finder to locate the wall studs that will hold. Use a pencil to mark it.
- Unpack your wall mount and press the piece attaching directly to the wall, flush to it.
- Straighten it with your level.
- Mark the location for your pilot holes with a pencil.
- Drill pilot holes.
- Drop in the screws. (Don’t be afraid to use a little elbow grease, you want this TV to be secure!)
- Place your TV on a soft surface, like a carpet or large towel, screen side down. Be careful not to put unnecessary weight on it, or move it too much. You don’t want to scratch the screen.
- Unscrew the base off of the TV.
- Attach the second part of the mount, the bracket – or brackets – that attach to the TV. (If you’ve purchased a universal mount some trial and error will take place)
- With another person helping or spotting, lift the TV from the ground, and position it in front of the wall mount.
- The brackets should be designed to clip or snap into place initially.
- Give it a few tugs to make sure it’s secure.
Now kick back and admire your handy work! Bragging rights are yours for the next couple days.