Flat TV Installation Guide: Wall Mounting
Today, all flat TVs are equipped with a pedestal stand. It is a nice that feature allows us to place the unit on any flat surface, like a cabinet or table. Even without asking a TV mounting service, you can watch your new TV in a short moment with a quick installation. However, this is not the reason we love flat TV. We love it because it is very light and shallow. With these two things, you can easily mount it on your wall. It gives you a space-efficient, safe, and very clean installation.
Before you proceed to mounting, you need to decide how you are going to mount the device. This is important because each mounting method requires specific mounting hardware. As of today, there are 3 common mounting types you can choose.
- Fixed mount
This is the simplest method to mount TV on wall, suggest by TV mounting service. Compared to other mounting types, fixed mount places your device as close as possible to your wall and hold it there. Some popular mounting types can even hold your device about ½ inch from the wall. The only drawback is you can’t adjust the angle. Once you mounted it, it will stay that way forever. This mounting type is perfect if you’re planning to watch directly in front of the device.
- Swivel/tilt mount
If you want to adjust the mounting angle from time to time, swivel/tilt method is all you need. It allows you to easily adjust your TV position above your optimum viewing level, making it perfect if you want to watch your TV from different angles. However, there is a little consequence from this feature. It places your device a bit further from your wall, more than 2 inches. Swivel mount is a great choice if you want to place your device high on your bedroom wall or above a fireplace. The angle adjustment feature is also very useful in reducing screen reflections from room lights or windows.
- Ceiling mount
There are some places where you can’t mount your TV onto a wall. For example, a brick wall won’t provide enough support to the mounting devices. In this case, you need to find another place to hold your device. Your ceiling is the answer. You may not realize it, but your ceiling is designed to support a heavy load from your roof. It’s strong enough to support and hold another device, like your TV.
Now, after you decided the mounting type for your TV installation, let’s begin mounting a TV on your wall.
- Choose a mounting bracket
There are various wall mounting brackets available today. Before buying your own, make sure you have read the product manual guide to find the right size for your device. Once you get it, you can purchase the bracket at your local store or ask your TV mounting service company. It is also very important to check the maximum load the bracket can support.
- Decide the location
Here is how to find the ideal mounting location. When you are seated, the middle part of your TV should be at the same level with your sight.
- Make sure that the spot has lowest level of glare. You really don’t want light reflecting off your screen while you are watching your favorite program. If you can fix the problem, do it immediately. However, if it means you should find another spot in your home, you should do it as well.
- Some interior magazines recommend mounting your TV above your fireplace. Well, based on appearance only, it’s not a bad idea at all. In fact, some construction company even direct some wirings to that area. That will make the mounting pretty easy. However, mounting your TV above your fireplace is rarely a good decision. There are plenty of reasons for that.
If you occasionally use the fireplace to actually burn some logs, you should never place your TV above your fireplace. Not even the best TV mounting service in the world or TV installation NYC would recommend you to doing this. This is because fireplace creates smoke and heat. Both of them will reduce the lifespan of your TV.
However, if you use gas fireplace, you can still place your TV above your fireplace. This is because gas fireplace is equipped with an integrated venting system that channels out all the heat.
Do not mount it too high because it may end in neck strain. If you prefer to have a higher place, ask your TV mounting service to use swivel mount so you can adjust the angle. If you are not sure on how height it should be, you can refer to the product manual. The manufacturer should have provided the information in the manual book.
Wiring is the trickiest part when it comes to mounting your device. You need to manage and conceal all the wires so they will stay neat and function properly.
There are many ways to do this. The simplest way is, of course, making a request to your service agent to handle the job. It is very important, however, to make sure that you can trust the service company to manage your wires. Therefore, it would be a wise idea to check the company’s reviews before asking for their service. If you live in NY, for example, you can browse the web for the best TV installation NYC.
You are still free to do the job by yourself. If you choose to do so, there are some useful tips you can use:
- If you want to put the wires on your wall, you can hide them using paintable cable management raceways.
- If you need the cables to run further, you can run your wires behind your crown molding or baseboard. You will be able to save your effort and time by running the wires in special places that require little drywall repair.
- You can use power bridge system to manage your A/V and power cables behind the wall, down to your mounted TV. Both panels (output and input) come pre-wired so you can easily snap the connections together.
- If you are looking for a simpler, cleaner, and more professional look, you may need to run the wires inside your wall. For your own safety, you can request a professional TV installation service to do this job if you don’t have any technical experience.
- You should never mount your TV on your exterior wall. This wall usually has extra insulation and bracing that often makes the wiring difficult.
- Follow all your local fire and building codes properly.
Check your TV mount brackets. If they come with holes for A/V cables, you can’t just cut the drywall. First, you need to drill a pilot hole. Once done, you should inspect the space behind your wall. Make sure the space is free from plumbing and electrical wiring. Only after that, you can use a manual drywall saw to cut the hole.
- Stay safe
Mounting your TV is a risky job since it also involves with electricity. You should always perform necessary safety precautions while mounting your TV. Here are some simple tips you can use:
- Don’t re-wire the power cable through the wall. Your power cable is never meant for in-wall installation. If you want to hide the cable, proceed with power bridge kit. Alternatively, you can ask a technician to deal with the problem.
- If you want to re-wire the cables through a fire block, you should patch the drill hole with comparable material.
- To avoid electric shock, you should always turn off the power in all areas you’ll be cutting or drilling. It’s better to avoid before everything is too late.
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