TV Wall Mount – Important considerations
I have installed TV wall mounts in many homes, but the majority of my installations have been commercial offices. In fact, the first commercial installation of a TV wall mount I did was to fix the job that a brand-name Handyman Franchise had botched. Since that first job, the same company has hired me again for almost a dozen more!
TV Wall Mount – Hardware
Today, most mounts are heavier than the actual TV’s. TV mounts must be attached to wall studs (either wood or steel) according to instructions. Steel studs, or commercial installations are more complicated because anchors must be installed first. Residential wood studs require lag bolt(s) be screwed into the studs. It is best practice to locate the mount on at least two studs. In a condominium situation, you often encounter a concrete wall. I’ve had several situations where the customer-provided-mount was not wide enough to span two studs. In those situations I have attached a 3/4 inch plywood board to the wall, and then attached the TV mount to the board. This can also occur when the ideal position for the TV mount does not align with the studs for proper centering of the TV. Click on the pictures below for a larger view
TV Wall Mount – Wiring
If the TV is not a “Smart” TV or WiFi enabled, you will have to run signal wires in the wall if you want them hidden- that’s not a problem. With regards to the power wire, there’s a lot of debate on line. My advice to you is do NOT route your TV’s power wire in the wall. Instead, have a plug installed higher up on the wall behind the TV. You don’t need to find out after a fire that your insurance was denied because of a power wire or an extension cord run in the wall – DO NOT DO THAT. I can install receptacles to conceal the wires for additional time and materials if requested. Unfortunately mounting to brick or stone is not offered unless builder’s or renovator’s blueprints are available for inspection, and show support structure installation for TV mount behind wall, and materials used.
Opening the mounting box can be pretty overwhelming when you discover all the parts. If that experience fries your brain, then it’s better peace of mind to hire the job out. Contact me if you have any questions that I haven’t covered here. Here’s a good article on choosing your mount, but ignore the mounting video – it’s incorrect.
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