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Wall Mount / Hang Your HDTV (LCD, Plasma): How To Guide

As we all know a wall mounted or hanging HDTV, (plasma or LCD) looks great on the wall, much better than standing it on a display unit or table.

For this job you will need yourself a few tools: a tape measure, a drywall saw, power drill, and a stud finder. (Helps you to locate the wooden framing in the walls to screw into. You will have to ensure that you screw into these studs otherwise your HDTV might not be secure enough and fall to the floor.

This is more than a single man job, so I would recommend a friend helping out as these things can get quiet heavy, oh and also maybe you should checkout your homeowners insurance.

First you should select your mount. With some HDTV models, the manufacturer will offer a specific mount for your set, at extra price of course, I would recommend this as the first choice. If one is not available, search around for another. Plan on spending at least $200-250 for the mount, and not go too cheap, remember it’s holding up a very expensive object! You can get some that old tilt, this can help reduce glare and offer a better viewing angle.

Now select the right position, I guess you already have a few ideas in mind. This will be decided by the shape or the room, size, location of studs and person preference. Try to minimise ambient light, windows and reflections can sometimes cause problems.

Mount the set high, but not too high up, you don’t want to be looking up like the front row of a cinema!, try to aim for your eyes to be level with the center or top of the set. If you must hang the set higher than this, get a tilting mount and angle the set down, this not the perfect situation though.

After you have located the final suitable location, try a test run with someone holding the set in position. It looks great there, but only one problem, the dangling cables. You can cut a hole behind the screen and snake the wires through the wall, and out another hole by your A/V equipment. Unfortunately most building codes forbid running power cables inside a wall, you should get an electrician to install an AC outlet behind the set.

Remember to plug in all your cables before you mount the HDTV!, once it is up there on the wall you don’t want to have to take it down just to plug in some more cables. Buy and connect as many cables as you can before you mount the set, even if you don’t plan to use them at the time, this will make adding new devices much easier in the future.

Give your self plenty of time when installing, a good few hours, it normally take a professional about 2-3 hours and will take a novice longer to do a good job. If you are not sure about anything, get a professional to do it, we take no responsibility to the result!.

Good luck!