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LCD Mounts, Plasma Mounts, TV Mounts 101 Guide


Everything You Need to Know About TV Mounts, LCD Mounts & Plasma Mounts for Hanging Success!

You probably have a state of the art TV that Leonardo da Vinci would have enjoyed watching… and studying, but you don’t have to be a da Vinci kind of genius to mount your new TV.  So, let’s look at each mount and installation option and make it a quick and easy experience you can brag about.

LCDs, Plasmas and TV mounts have minor differences, but all three can be mounted with the same basic principles.  LCD’s tend to be lighter flat screens while Plasmas tend to be heavier flat screens.  Traditional style TVs are square due to the wiring and electronics built in the back.

Location, Location Location For TV, LCD & Plasma Mounts

If at all possible, choose an interior wall to hang your LCD or Plasma TV.  Exterior walls tend to run the risk of obstructions and electrical wiring a lot more than interior walls.  Choose a wall that will have enough space if you want to add speakers or other entertainment devices.

Making your TV mount look like a painting may be tempting above a fireplace, but it will be above eye level so be sure you want that height.  The average TV manufacturers recommended heat level is 90 degrees, so if your fireplace is going to generate more heat than that, it might not be good to install it above a heat source.

MAKE IT A VESA!

Generally, all LCDs, Plasmas and mounting brackets are VESA compatible, but check before getting started anyway.  It’s rare, but sometimes the odd model will be VESA incompatible, which means you’ll need to make some adjustments.  VESA or Video Electronics Standards Association established a standardized rule of measurement for wall mount kits, so most TVs will fit the wall mount of your choice.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT TV  WALL MOUNT BRACKET

It sounds way more painful than it is.  There are a couple styles and you pick the one that satisfies your individual, creative TV viewing needs.  I’ve kept this part brief and smooth as cherry pie, so read on to learn which styles will best fit your TV viewing needs.

LOW PROFILE TV MOUNT BRACKET

These are also known as flat mount brackets or flush mount brackets because they allow zero flexibility to move the screen in any direction.  They hold your TV about one inch flush against the wall, which looks super sleek, but not necessarily the easiest to install.  The fixed bracket option can be a little difficult to manage input adjustments if they are located at the back of the TV and not everyone has tiny hands for that!  Usually the best way to make any cable changes with this style is to remove the TV off the mount first.  If you never plan to touch your TV again, this option will probably do just fine.

TILT TV MOUNT BRACKET

The name has it.  The tilt mount brackets allow motion flexibility an average of up to 15 to 20 degrees up or down.  Tilt mount bracket TVs are seen in rooms with small children, retail spaces, restaurants, and large board rooms.  Tilt TV mount brackets allow you to watch TV from various vantage points up or down, which is enough for most common household needs.  As a rule of thumb, the more tilt action you want, the more money it will cost.

TV MOUNT BRACKET

Specifically, a TV mount bracket is designed to fit the dimensions of your TV which will be wider than a regular thin LCD or Plasma.  The amount of motion these brackets allow will depend on the model you choose.  Some TV mount brackets do not permit much movement at all, especially if the TV is too large and heavy.  Other TV mount brackets may allow some tilt and swivel action.

SWIVEL TV MOUNT BRACKET

Articulating Arm TV, plasma, lcd brackets, cantilever brackets and swivel TV mount brackets are all pretty much one in the same.  The average swivel mount bracket can sit 5 to 20 inches from the wall, the screen pulls forward and you can rotate it 60 degrees in any directions.  The customization factor is awesome, convenient and ideal if you need to reach behind the screen fairly often to plug in different things.

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This is it for the basic styles, but there are highly advanced, customized options that can be used in a myriad of ways.  You can you have a ceiling mount as seen in dental offices.  You can stick a flip down mount bracket under a cabinet in the office, bathroom or kitchen.  There are virtually no limitations, so let’s get started.

HOW DO I KNOW MY TV MOUNT BRACKET WILL FIT MY SCREEN?

This is a very common concern, but don’t let it keep you up at night.  You can measure the width and length of your TV and check with the measurements listed on the TV mount bracket kit.  Also note the weight of your TV and check the mount bracket package states that it will support it.  If you are buying VESA standardized products, you should find everything fits nicely, but if you still feel you need confirmation from someone who really knows, it’s okay to ask.  This is the only other way to ensure your TV mount bracket will fit your TV.  Measure your TV in every direction possible and provide the bracket seller with those measurements, including your TV brand name.  Then, they can verify the mount bracket will fit for you or not.

Here is an example of a mounting bracket with extra groves, which will allow some leeway for you to fit your TV with flexibility.  A swivel mount bracket has similar extra holes for adaptability.  Now with this 3d example, hopefully you can see and feel more comfortable that your TV mount bracket will fit your TV.  Most brackets have these additional holes designed to fit more than one TV, worry free!

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TOOLS

If you can hang a series of 6 paintings in equal distance from each other in some kind of visually beautiful pattern, you can mount your TV!  The average project will require these tools:

Drill with 3/16″ bit

Socket set

Tape measure

Level

Hammer

Nail package

Exacto knife

Electronic stud-finder

Post it note or painter’s tape

Screw driver

LCD OR PLASMA INSTALLATION

Set aside roughly 3 hours to complete your installation, but chances are you’ll need a lot less.  I really wouldn’t recommend trying this alone even if your TV and mount bracket seem small or light.  One person can hold things in place while the other measures etc.

Your wall mount will come with instructions and you should read them.  Sometimes those manuals make sense and other times not.  Here’s a list of everything you need to know for a smooth mount installation.

  1. Check the TV back for 4 screws, one in each corner and remove all 4 of them
  2. Use the TV manufacturers screws to compare with the mount screws
  3. Check the diameter; pick one of the mounting brackets and see if it’s the right length for the TV.  This is an important step in case one bolt is too long or short.  It happens, so check!  If there is a difference, use rubber gaskets to make the screws the same length.  You should have a couple gaskets included in your manufacturer’s package.
  4. Use the same length bolts that you’ve already checked and attach the mounting bars to the back of the TV.
  5. Don’t use so much force that you damage the screw threads.  Thread with your fingers and tighten with a screwdriver.  Never use a power drill on your TV, so just take your time and tighten the screws as far as they will naturally go.
  6. Use the electronic stud finder to locate your studs and confirm it by driving in a nail half way.  Remove the test nail and hammer in a nail 1/2″ on each side to determine the middle of the stud for maximum support.
  7. Pre-drill the center hole for the lag bolts.
  8. Now you can use your picture hanging expertise to find the centre of the wall, mark it in pencil.  Measure the height you want and mark another .5 inches above that with a post it note or painter’s tape that can be easily remove after installation.  If you mark this measurement with pencil, it will show at the top of your TV.
  9. Place the mount over your centre mark and have another person hold it in place while you do a level check to make sure it’s not crooked.
  10. Use a socket wrench and drive the lag bolts in as tight as you can.  Pull on it for a strength test.
  11. Place your TV and hang it on the bracket. Tighten any last screws found on the bracket.
  12. Plug in all the wires and cords and enjoy your handiwork!

TOP 6 MOUNT BRACKET INSTALLATION MISTAKES:

You put hours into researching TVs.  You finally spend a fortune on one, but you forget to make a few measurements, so now your TV is hanging VERY crooked.

You neglected to read the manual.  You used the wrong screws which failed to support your TV.You don’t have a convenient electrical outlet near your desired wall mount location, so you cunningly decide to run wires and cords through the wall.  Except your measurements weren’t too accurate and your holes got too big, so now you have to hire a drywaller to come fix your overzealous wiring attempts.

You diligently measure out the main screws. 1 out of the 4 lags won’t line up, but you decide to forge ahead with the 3 lags.  You are convinced 3 should be strong enough!  Later, you sadly learn you were wrong.

You thought you found a stud, but you didn’t.  Essentially, you hung the entire weight of your investment on nothing more than drywall.

You decided you could handle the installation alone.  You get your wires tangled and you drop your TV.