Three Things To Consider When Installing A TV Wall Mount

Three Things To Consider When Installing A TV Wall Mount

There are many excellent benefits to a flat screen: standard 4:3 widescreen aspect ratio, vibrant display, high-definition capabilities, thin and lightweight.

One of the best benefits to a flat screen television, though, is that they are conveniently easy to move and that means you can mount them on the wall for extremely versatile mobility.

That said, it might be easy to decide you want to mount your television on the wall. This does not mean, of course, that it is easy to do.  Sure, the process is simple enough, and probably does not require any specialized knowledge, but here are a few things you should consider when installing a Monoprice wall mount for your flat screen television or computer monitor.

SAFETY FIRST

The pieces are small and lightweight and probably not very dangerous on their own, but you still want to be safe when you install your wall mount. Your television might also be light and easy to handle, but safety is still important. After all, you wouldn’t want an accident to result in destroying the wall or the flat screen, right?

In addition, you will be dealing with electricity, to a degree, so you want to make sure that the wires and cables have enough lax and room to hang.

  • always use a cable/wire tester or locator before drilling in the wall to avoid damaging any wiring within the walls
  • always ensure the cables/cords you are using meets building and fire codes (mostly for commercial or industrial installations)
  • if you are performing an in-wall installation, most require UL-rated wire with a CL2 or CL3 label
  • never install a tv wall mount on a wall with metal studs. These walls will probably not be able to support the weight of the television

GATHER YOUR TOOLS

Aside from the tv wall mount kit, you will also need the following tools for the job:

  • cable wire tester/locator
  • level
  • stud finder
  • screwdriver (and maybe extra screws)
  • power drill and drill bits
  • socket wrench set
  • tape measure
  • pencil

A FEW EXTRA TIPS

All that in mind, the job should not be too difficult. Still, here are a few extra tips:

  • Determine the best wall mounting before drilling—as the old adage goes: “measure twice, cut once”
  • Measure the proper height for optimal viewing before drilling (as mentioned above)
  • Remember to choose a mounting location that is near an electrical outlet
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