Last Updated on August 29, 2020 by builder Aaron Barnett
c1. Choosing a fixed or an extending tv wall mount?
When choosing how to mount your TV on the wall, the choice often comes down between a portable tv stand, flush fixed tv mount, or an extendable tv mount. Which one to go for depends on how you will use your TV and what you expect from a TV wall mount.
If you plan on mounting a TV at eye level and you don’t expect to have to move it around, a fixed mount might be your choice. Fixed mounts are also suitable for situations wherein you won’t need access to the TV’s ports too often. Fixed mounts are generally easy to install and are often the most affordable types of TV mounts.
On the other hand, go for an extendable tv mount if you want to be able to watch TV from different areas of a room. However, keep in mind that extending mounts will have to be mounted more securely to allow for regular maneuvering and extended weight.
2. Determine wall type [timber or concrete]
First, consider the wall where you will be installing a TV. In most cases, you will have no choice but to work with the wall and its current state. Concrete walls give more freedom to install the mount where you want, although installing it securely will require more work with special bolts and screws designed to anchor in the concrete.
With a wooden wall, you will have to work with the existing structure or install a new timber frame. This may require removing and reinstalling plasterboard, with a fresh coat of paint.
3. Measuring and marking tips [using painters tape]
Painters tape can be a useful aid when mounting a TV to the drywall. It can be used as a non-permanent marker to mark off the ideal height of the wall mount and test out a position.
You can also use painters tape to mark fixing points on the wall like studs.
Mounting the tv bracket [Overview]
Break this up into 3 steps, first install the plate on the wall, next install the connection bracket to the TV, and lastly, the TV with the connection plate should just lift and hook onto the wall plate.
This is the case with most TV mount designs, smaller full motion brackets might be different.
4. A) Installing a tv mount on a timber wall
Mounting a TV to a wooden wall is usually easier than mounting it to concrete. The material is softer and easier to penetrate, so screwing in the hardware is fairly easy after finding the locations of the studs. That being said, make sure to reinforce the framing if you have a particularly heavy TV.
And if the studs are too far apart–or if there aren’t any studs at all – you will have to do a bit of prep work to mount your TV securely to the wall.
How to find studs inside a wall?
The most important part of mounting to timber or drywall is learning how to find studs in the wall for TV mount.
In many cases, this is as easy as following the electrical outlets and light switches, which are commonly installed on studs. Here’s how to find the studs in drywall:
If you have trouble finding the stud, using the tapping method consider purchasing a stud finder. They won’t cost much and will help you find the center point of any stud that is covered by drywall less than 1 ½ inch thick.
When using the tapping method, you should check for framing before drilling a big coach screw into the wall, use a small panel pin or nail, to make a few holes, to find both edges of the stud.
This means that when fixing the wall plate you know to fix directly in the center of a stud, and not risk fixing into the side of the stud where it won’t be a strong hold. Use a battery drill to drill the pilot hole and a crescent or socket set to screw in the coach screws.
These holes can be easily filled if you remove the TV mount in the future, but currently, the bracket will easily hide them.
Use timber coach screws
Use coach screws to attach the base plate of the wall mount to the wall. These screws have a much wider gauge so you can distinguish them from regular screws.
The best timber screws for wall mounts have flat heads that sit flush with the surrounding bracket. They are typically made from hardened steel, although brass and stainless steel screws are quite common as well. The TV mount will come with the right screws that you need.
To prevent cracking the drywall, and to actually get a coach screw in easily it is necessary to pre-drill holes for coach screws. Don’t pre-drill a hold to wide, however, that the screw won’t fully bite and tighten up.
Aim for some Irwin or Milwaukee drill bits slightly less than half the thickness of the solid part of the coach screw, not the thread. You may need a socket set to tighten the screw by hand.
If the screw has a screw head (not ideal) make sure your drive tool or drill bit matches the heads perfectly as well to prevent stripping.
What to do if the studs are too far apart?
What if the studs are too far apart? Some mounts won’t support standard stud centers. Your options then would be to change it out for a tv mount that fits or cutting the wall open to add more horizontal fixing points.
This might be the more feasible course of action if you are mounting a big TV like a 65, or 70-inch TV on an extending arm. This results in a more secure mount that won’t twist the studs even when your TV is heavy.
Here’s how to mount a TV on a wall where the studs are too far apart, or you want extra timber to support a load from a heavy TV on the extendable mount:
4. B) How to mount a tv on a concrete wall
When mounting a TV on a concrete wall, use the template that came with the wall mount to mark out the right spot on the wall. The process is similar to using painters tape to mark the mounting holes. Use a pencil to mark the spot where you will drill the holes according to the TV wall mount installation guide.
You may also use a level to ensure that your drill holes are level. If no template is available just use the TV mount itself against the wall to mark the holes that need to be drilled.
Using Dyna bolts and concrete anchors
To secure the TV mount to a concrete wall, you can use any of several different types of bolts. Your choices include true bolts, Dynabolts, and raw plugs with screws. In most cases, it would be best to use the bolts that come with your wall mount.
However, keep in mind that raw plugs won’t be as strong as Dynabolts or true bolts, so you may have to change them out if you have a heavy TV.
And while true bolts are pretty easy to remove later on, you might have some difficulty removing Dynabolts. In some cases, you may even have to use a Makita or Milwaukee angle grinder to remove stubborn Dynabolts.
5. Hocking the tv to the wall mount
Attaching the mounting bracket to the wall is only one part of the process. You will also have to attach the mounting plate to your TV so that it can be ‘hocked’ to the wall bracket. Here’s how to do it:
How high to mount a tv on the wall?
How high to mount a TV to the wall, depends on a few factors. Consider the following:
The optimum height for a 32” TV differs from that of a 42” or 55” TV. Keep in mind that you will have to measure the distance from the floor to the center of the TV.
How to install a tv with no studs & with-out re-framing?
If the only available wall to mount your TV doesn’t have studs, and you don’t want to open a wall up don’t lose hope. You can still mount your TV to the wall with a few caveats. First, your TV must be fairly small and light and use a fixed mount instead of an extendable one.
If you can live with these restrictions, mount your TV pretty securely using the parts that come with the mounting kit. Here are some options to mount a TV to a wall without studs and opening up the wall:
First, check the mounting kit for plastic screws that are intended for use with plasterboard only fixing, these have a large thread but only suitable for very small TVs and you definitely don’t want to rely on them for any type of extending TV arm. They would also be less secure in the event of an earthquake or being knocked too hard.
Otherwise, think about add an additional sheet of lining over the top of the current wall using a stronger lining like plywood or Partial board. You would need to bolt the wall mount to the new lining before attaching the new lining to the wall this is due to the thickness of the new lining.
You wouldn’t be able to use the coach screws that came in the box, but instead, buy some nuts/bolts and washers that can be used to instead securely fit to a 1-Inch thick sheet.
How to remove a TV from a wall mount?
If at some point in the future, you wish to remove your TV from the wall mount, you will simply have to reverse the process of attaching the TV to the mount and installing it on the wall. Here’s how to take a TV off a wall mount:
How to corner wall mount your tv?
If you want to corner wall mount your TV, an extending wall mount can work, a fixed wall mount will not. A corner tv wall mount for a flat-screen TV will hold a TV in a room corner so that the screen can be more easily viewed from any spot.
Having a TV on an extended mount will make it easyier for you to access the ports and controls without having to squeeze into a tight corner as well.
Learning how to install a TV wall mount and hook a TV up might seem like a bigger job than it is. But it is quite manageable after reading this guide and the guideline that came with your specific mount.
Most wall mount kits come with detailed diagrams and instructions as well, which helps you figure out which parts go where.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you are planning on installing your wall mount on a concrete surface, it might be better to go for bigger true bolts instead of plastic raw plugs if that is what comes in the box. These provide an added measure of security, which will come in handy also for a heavier TV, or in the event of an earthquake.
These tips will also help if you decide to go for a ceiling mount tv instead.
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