All you need to know on what’s required to put your television on the wall
Credit : What HiFi Magazine
Mark out the wall stud points
The bracket needs to be fixed to something solid. If it’s a concrete wall, then great. If it’s the studs-and-plasterboard type, use an electronic stud-finder and mark out the positions of the studs in pencil. This is also a good time to check for any electric cables that might be in the wall — you don’t want any nasty shocks.
Position your wall mount
Stick the supplied mounting template on the wall, lining up the fixing points with the stud-marks you made. Install it as centrally as you can, but remember that most brackets let you fine-tune the TV’s position. Use a level to get everything true and mark out the position of any additional anchor points.
“I just came here to drill”
Do one last sweep for wiring, then drill a pilot hole to make sure you’re hitting the studs. If you’re using extra anchors, make sure you drill where there aren’t any studs — the cavity wall fixings need to spread out across the back of the plasterboard to distribute the weight.
Fix the bracket to the wall…
Unless you’re built like a wrestler you’ll need a friend to hold the bracket while you screw in the fixings. First, make sure it’s the right way up — it’ll have markings to guide you. Don’t tighten everything yet; now is the time to fine-tune the bracket’s position and clean off the pencil marks on the wall. Now do an eyeball check for level and tighten it all up.
…And to the TV set
Time to fix the corresponding bracket parts to your TV; the kit should include the right screws. Carefully lay the set screen-down on the floor, remembering to put down a blanket first if it isn’t carpeted. Only hand-tighten the screws, or you might crack the screen. Make sure all is evenly tightened and set the tilt if the screen has one.
Leave it hangin’
Carefully position the TV against the bracket — it should be obvious where it attaches. Lower it down and lock it in place if the bracket allows. Some have padlocking points. Make sure the tilt screws are set and then do a visual check for position, moving the screen along on the bracket if you need to. Now you should be read to enjoy your favourite shows.
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