Home Theater Installation – Hanging the LCD TV to the Wall

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Home theater expert Keith Harmon discusses how to hang a flat panel TV on the wall.

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    If you actually decide you do not have one of these, you can also play some games with trying to find it the other sound that is hollow versus - it is a very subtle difference, it probably does not come through on TV but you can also find it that way. Then the last way, if you want to really make sure, take a very small nail and if you put it through the drywall, if it is nothing on the other side, the nail will just push right through. If you actually hit a stud on the other side, you will feel it will hit something solid and you will basically need to have the claw of the hammer to pull that back out because it is stuck inside of that stud. So, once you find that stud, you will mark the area, it should be about an inch and a half wide, that is a typical 2x4, actually, it is supposed to be two inches, but it is an inch and a half, do not ask me, it is the construction industry.

    So, you would mark the spot where that is. So, next you would want to look at a level to figure out what height that you want to - where that is going to go. So, we put a level up on the wall; get that to the point where it is fully level. We mark the spots along the wall where the top of the mounts of the wall would go. So, once you have that line, you then have to line up this to the line again, to make sure it is level and then you could mark the spots in here where your lag bow is going to go into the wall. So, mark those spots and drill the hole that will give you a place to mount this part of the mount that goes against the wall. Now, that we have got our mount up on the wall, we are going to actually start to look at hanging the TV.

    Of course, now you see that things look a bit messier now, because we actually have all the cables that we need to hook up to the TV. Also, at least it is important as making sure that it does not fall on the floor. All the cables we talked about in the other section about cabling, the component cable, digital video, we actually also - this particular TV will actually receive the broadcast as opposed to getting it from the cable box, so we actually have the old style regular cable connector here. Another important thing to have here is a power conditioner. This device goes behind the TV, it is very compact line conditioner, surge suppressor and it eliminates noise from any kind of electrical interference to try and keep the TV picture as clean as possible.

    So, as we are looking here, a three-prong plug on the back, a three-prong plug on the side, so we can plug this in here and then we plug it into the side. Now, the power that is going to the TV has some protection. When we look at the firm mounting here on the wall, now we have to look at getting it mounted to the TV itself, so, we take our similar, the tilt mount that we saw before, this is the tilt portion and we are going to hang it from here later and then secure the mount here at the bottom with this set screw. When we look in the back of the TV, we are going to again look in our owner's manual and find the spots for mounting for this particular TV. We have got two fairly good sized screws because it is a plasma TV which are heavier than the LCDs. So, we have a nice beefy bolt to go back there, we would line that up, we are going to put a spacer in here, the only reason we are putting a spacer in there is so that it does not go very deep in the TV. We do not want it to go very far from the TV, a lot of, most of them will actually stop you from doing that, so you will screw it in and it will not be tight. Another reason we just do not want to - if it does not, we do not want to go through and damage anything.

    So, there we get one side, notice there is a little bit of adjustability here, so you want to make sure it is even on both sides. If your TV - that is also nice because if your TV ends up at the wrong height. You can take it back down and adjust the part of the mount that goes in the back of the TV to make it higher or lower on the wall. We are going to tighten this up with our screw driver and make sure it is good and tight, make sure it slides on both sides, make sure that it is even on either side because we want to definitely make sure it is not crooked when we put it up there which is of course, why we use the level earlier. So, now that we have got this side of the mount to the TV, we are ready to go ahead and hang it. So, this is an important part where you want to make sure that you have some help to do it. Trying to do this by yourself is a nice recipe for ending up with a broken TV on the floor.

    So, we are going to take the TV, we are going to hang it from the top part of the mount and then latch it in. So, you get somebody to help, I have my dad here to help me out and so lift it up and then we have to maneuver it over, so that we can then get it up high enough to hang it on the top part and the bottom part just falls right into place. You also know that the way this hangs, you can go ahead and let it go. There is a bit of adjustability here and you can move it back and forth. So, that is a nice feature of the mounts and then the last thing would be to get your connections going. So, now what we will, we usually have to do to get the connections going is we are going to have to tilt this up a little bit to get at it. Some of them will have connections on the bottom, some will have connections on the side, some have connections in the back. This one has the connections in the back.

    So, I will take these connectors, tilt it up a little and then I can access the various plugs in the back here to put them all in. Once I get them all in and I am set and we are ready to go.

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