Just got a new flat screen Tv? Well, we totally understand how excited you must be to set it in place and start watching your favorite graphics clips. You might be even considering installing it yourself because, let’s face it, waiting for a professional to come and mount your TV on the wall sounds like a hassle! Or… maybe it’s too expensive. “I’ll just try it myself”.
But we suggest you wait. You wouldn’t want your brand new LED TV coming crashing down to the floor. Sounds terrible, right? Many people often attempt to mount their TVs themselves but end up making some mistakes. To keep you from making the same mistakes, we’ve listed some of the most common mistakes associated with DIY TV mounting.
1. Location, Location, Location
Just because you want to mount your new TV on the wall opposite to the couch doesn’t mean you should blindly install it on that wall. One of the most common mistakes that people end up making when mounting their TV on the wall themselves is choosing the wrong location. Your TV should be mounted on a wall that offers the most comfortable viewing angle and the least sun exposure. Incorrect viewing angle makes TV watching experience uncomfortable, even painful for some people. If your TV receives direct sunlight you may experience poor video quality. So it’s important to choose the right location for your TV before jumping into mounting it.
2. You’ll Need Some Tools
Let’s check your tool bag. You’ll need a drill, stud-finder, and maybe a screwdriver. Not having the right tools to get the job done will only result in the incorrect installation of the TV wall mount, that’ll increase the risk of your TV mount coming loose. So before you start, get all the tools that you’ll need during the process to ensure you leave no room for a failed job.
Do you live in a house, townhouse, apartment, or hi-rise?
This is very important. The goal when mounting is to hit a minimum of 1 stud. For full motion mounts you’ll need to hit 2 studs. Wooden studs. You might be wondering. What’s a metal stud and do I have them? Most apartment buildings over 5 stories have metal studs. Metal studs can NOT support the weight of any TV with a full motion mount. If you have metal studs you can only use tilting and fixed mounts.
For houses with wooden studs it’s a little easier. Run a stud finder until you find the center of the stud. Use your drill to drill lag screws into the proper location.
4. Choosing the Right Mount
One of the most common mistakes people make when mounting their LED TVs on the wall themselves is investing in the wrong mount. Not all TV wall mounts are suitable for all TVs. Each TV wall mount has a different weight-bearing capacity. If it’s your first time installing a TV wall mount, you may not know a thing about which one’s right and which one’s not.
The best way to go about installing the wall TV mount and mounting your new flat-screen TV on the wall is to call a professional to do the job. Professional TV mounting service will not only get you the most suitable TV wall mounting equipment but will also ensure a secure mounting.
There are 3 main categories of TV wall brackets.
1. Flat Bracket- These brackets are designed for one reason: to be as close to the wall as possible. Which looks amazing. However you normally cant put any wires behind the TV or tilting the TV down if it is mounted high. Flat brackets should be mounted eye level to the viewer.
2. Tilting bracket- These are the most used type of bracket. These brackets are great for mounting over a fireplace or high on the wall, like in a bedroom. Tilting brackets have a wide range of features including...