You’ve gone to the mall and bought yourself a TV. You wonder whether installing a mount must be done by a professional or whether you can do it yourself.
Many people erroneously assume that it’s challenging to install one in their home. They end up spending a little bit more to have one installed for them. It’s not wrong to hire someone to help you out with this. However, there’s nothing wrong with you installing one for yourself. Follow these steps that will show you how to install a TV mount for yourself.
Items you require
- Drywall saw
- Stud finder
- Tape measure
- Masking tape
- Cordless drill
- Adjustable wrench
Find the studs
First, find the location of the studs using the stud finder. Knowing their location helps you know where you’ll drill in screws on a wooden wall. If you’re installing it on a concrete wall, there is no need to do this.
Determine the vertical position of the TV
The distance from the floor to the base of the TV isn’t a fixed one. It depends on your preference. However, it’s important to note that TVs mounted high up the wall are uncomfortable to watch. On the contrary, a relatively low TV offers a much better experience. With this in mind, measure the distance from the ground that’s comfortable to you and mark it with the masking tape. This line should be horizontal.
Mark out a parallel line to this line above it. The distance between these two lines should be the width of the TV. Use the level to make sure that these lines are straight.
If you’re mounting on a wooden wall, make sure that the studs are between these two lines.
Determine the horizontal Position of the TV
The planning of the room will determine the horizontal position of the TV wall mount. This will be relative to the location of the seats, windows or edge of the wall. Choose the appropriate place and mark out the area the TV will occupy.
Place your mount at the center of this area, and mark out its corners. Drill four holes at each corner. Screw the mounting plate onto the wall. Be sure to use a ratchet wrench and socket for this.
Screw the brackets onto the TV and place the TV on the mount that is now firmly held on the wall. This should be done carefully so that the TV locks firmly.
Take note that this procedure also applies if you want to install a projector or ceiling mounts. The only difference is the surface you’ll be mounting on.
Common mistakes that people make while installing a mount
Due to minor errors, many people end up repeating the process of installing a mount due to minor errors. One common error is straight lines. It’d be very odd to have your TV slant in one direction because the horizontal lines weren’t measured out well.
If you do this, you’ll be forced to drill new holes and do the installation again. The use of the level will help with this though care must be taken to ensure that you have a horizontal line.