Flat screen mounting
Firstly you should decide on the location of the installation area, survey the wall construction and access any risks from central heating pipes or electrical points.
Its a good idea to take the dimensions of your flat screen TV and map out where you would like the screen positioned, make a small mark of the top, bottom and sides of where you would like the flat screen TV positioned on the wall. Once you have decided on which type of mount you’re using and that the installation area is free from hazards then you’re ready to unpack your flat screen TV mount and begin the installation.
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All flat screen TV Mounts regardless of their functionality fix to the back of the flat screen TV in pretty much the same way. On the back of the flat screen TV will be a series of four fixings holes known as the vesa pattern, these fixings holes will be threaded ready to accept the appropriate threaded bolt. Included with your flat screen TV mount will be two arms with fixing holes and slots running down the entire length, these arms will be fixed to the threaded holes on the back of your flat screen TV using the fixings provided with your flat screen TV mount. Please pay attention to the mounts manufacturer’s instructions as the fixings arms for the back of the flat screen TV can only be used one way around as the hook on the wall plate.
Now, with the arms fixed to the back of the flat screen TV you can begin to plan where the flat screen TV wall mounting plate needs to be positioned. If you refer back to the mounts guidelines you will be able to see where the arms hook onto the wall mounting plate. Next, if your take a spirit level and rest it on the top of your flat screen TV you will be able to take a measurement from the top of the flat screen TV to the hook of the flat screen TV mount Arm, make a note of this measurement for later.
If you go back to the original marks you made on the installation area to mark the point of the top, bottom and side of the flat screen TV, using a spirit level draw a vertical line in the dead center of the TV installation position. Next, if you refer back to the measurement you made earlier from the top of the flat screen TV to the mounting arms at the point where the arm hooks onto the wall plate and make a mark on the vertical center line at this point. Next, using a spirit level draw a horizontal line at the mark you just made, this is now where the top of the wall plate needs to meet.
Next, if you hold the wall plate up to the horizontal line you drew and just check its level with the spirit level. On the wall plate will be a series of slots or fixing holes, if you’re unsure refer back to the mounts guidelines, mark the wall at every point there is a fixing slot on the flat screen TV bracket wall mount. It sometimes helps to have an extra set of hands here depending on the size of flat screen TV Mount being installed.
Now, you have all your fixing points marked out you can access where is best to place the fixings depending on your wall construction and installation areas. Before committing to any drilling first access again any potential hazards like central heating pipes, Electrical cables buried in the wall or chimney flues. In most cases, although there are many points at which you can fix most mounts only supply up to 6 screws and wall plugs, now mark which of the fixing points you are going to use an try your best to spread them evenly over the mount taking into consideration any hazards that you may already of identified.
Select the appropriate fixings for the Wall Construction.
Solid Wall (which may be made of brick with plaster on top or made with breeze block or other block material usually coated in a plaster bonding base coat the skimmed with a fine plaster finish)
Stud Wall (plasterboard which is fixed to wooden struts making up the structure of the wall, studs are usually between 40cm and 60cm apart, a stud detector can be purchased if you are struggling to locate them)
Dot & Dab (plasterboard is stuck to a block wall using strong adhesive in a series of dabs this usually leaves of a small cavity between the plasterboard and the block behind, most modern houses are built using dot and dab)
With solid walls the TV Mount manufacturer will supply suitable fixings comprising of threaded bolts and wall plugs, if you are unsure we always use 70mm size 8 Anchor bolts and grey 10mm wall plugs.
With stud walls you should locate the studs and use the threaded bolts supplied with the mount directly into the studs you located, as a precautionary measure we normally use X4 toggle bolts also which clamp to the plaster board behind.
with Dot & Dab there are several options, you can either remove a whole section of the plasterboard and fix the mount to the block work behind or you can use extra long anchor bolts, 150mm size 8 with extra long 10mm wall plugs you must be sure to knock the wall plugs through the plasterboard into the block behind.
If you are unsure what fixing to use then you should contact a professional TV Installation company like the one mentioned below in the resource box.
Now you have marked out where you fixing holes are and have selected the appropriate fixings and fixing method for your wall construction you can begin to drill the holes required. Please ensure that you use the correct personal protective equipment and follow the flat screen TV Mount Manufacturer instructions. Once the holes are made and your ready to fix the plate to the wall it will be a good idea to get some help next. If one person offers the plate up to the wall and the second person sets about applying the fixing it is allot less awkward than trying to struggle on your own. At first do not over tighten the fixing you should be able to move the wall plate slightly, take your spirit level and ensue that the wall plate is perfectly level before nipping up the fixing the final little bit to hold the wall plate in place. Please pay attention to how tightly you do the fixings up in particular when your are fixing to a dot and dab wall because you could crush the plasterboard or damage the fixing.
With your TV Mount Wall plate now in place your ready to hang your TV and secure it using any retaining mechanism your mount may feature.
A brief guide on How to Install TV Mounts, we will be looking at different types of wall construction and which fixings are most suitable for a safe secure TV Wall Mounting. In this article we will also look at the different options available for managing the interconnecting leads from the TV to the auxiliary Audio Visual Equipment.
Flat screen mounting is an easy task if you take your time.
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