Back in this past, our fathers and grandfathers mastered different skills. Whether it was building a new shed or fixing the sewage pipes, they were the jack of all trades. However, the millennials are entirely opposite. We do not like doing household chores. Instead, we depend on technicians, plumbers, and carpenters to do even the most basic stuff for us.
However, now is the time to pause and reflect. Learn a new skill, build a treehouse for your kids, or even fix the ventilator shaft and make the most out of this lockdown.
None of us saw this coming and since the lockdown is going to stay for a while, you’ll have to take control of things yourself. Today we will discuss the simplest way to mount a TV. It is highly likely that you’ll need to tweak your home settings to survive in this lockdown and mounting your TV to a different spot can be one of them.
We’ve created a comprehensive guide with all the steps to mount a TV. Usually, cable companies can help you with the process once you get their service but it is better to do it yourself.
Things You Need To Mount Your TV
Now, if you have finally decided to pull it off, one thing is for certain: You have to get your head around the things that are involved in the process. Most of us understand that mounting a TV will look better, save space, and give a comfortable TV experience yet we are hesitant in tackling the project first-hand.
Even if you a beginner, this DIY TV mounting technique will be easier for you to implement. So, what tools are required to mount a TV? The answer to this question varies according to the type of installation and material you are dealing with.
Dry Wall Mounting
This is the most common type of mounting as the majority of people install their LEDS on standard drywall. Therefore, the tools required for this operation are quite unremarkable. If you are used to the regular household repairs and maintenance, it is highly likely that you already have all the tools required for the mounting.
Moreover, Drywall Mounting gives your television firm support. Here are all the things you’ll need for this:
- Power Drill: A drill will help you in punching holes, and if you have a variable speed drill, it will prevent the screws from stripping.
- Level: This is to make sure that the TV is leveled right both vertically and horizontally.
- Stud finder: For secure mounting.
- Measuring tape: To make accurate measurements.
- Drywall screws: For affixing.
- Socket wrench: To connect your mount to the TV with bolts.
Brick TV Mounting
In addition to the tools mentioned above, you will be needing special equipment for mounting your TV on a brick wall. Brick walls are solid and require hard drilling.
Hammer drills: These will get you the extra power to make your way through. Brick walls cannot be penetrated by ordinary drills. Therefore, a hammer drill is all you need.
Concrete screws: The concrete screws will help to fasten the mounting bracket to the brick securely.
Carbide-tipped drill bits: The standard drilling bits are usually not strong enough to penetrate a brick wall and will most probably break in the process.
However, the most important thing to consider while drilling a hole in the brick is the power cords and cable. You need to make sure that there is a power plug near the mount and cable cords can reach there. If not, you need to call your cable service provider. Spectrum cable might charge you a small amount for the installation of a cable outlet just like other TV providers.
Different Wall Mounting Styles
It is easy to get overwhelmed by the different models and makes of wall-mount. However, in a true sense, they are just variations of three basic styles. The only difference between these three styles is the ability to adjust the position of the screen. There are multiple benefits to adjusting your screen according to your comfort. The most important one is that you can easily eliminate the glare. The latest LED technology has a better picture quality and resistance against glare. Therefore, they increase your viewing comfort by design.
If you don't have the latest models, it is better to install an adjustable mount. Here are the different types of TV mounts:
These are the most basic mounts available in the market. They hold the TV very close to the wall. Low-profile mounts are commonly used because they cost you somewhere around $30 to $100. However, there are multiple downsides to these too. First, if all the HDMI ports are on the backside of your TV and you need to connect your gaming console, there is a high chance that you would not be able to. Since there is very little space between the TV and the bracket, the hubs of cable cannot fit in.
Secondly, these are fixed mounts, which means that they don't allow any adjustments or tilting. Therefore, if you are planning to hang your TV above eye level, this is not the best choice for you.
There are many options available in the market for this mount and if you go for the expensive models, then you need to know that they are super easy to adjust and you can set them at any angle. Conversely, lower-priced models have fewer angles to offer and are quite harder to adjust. These mounts go as high as $200. You can tweak the TV to your comfort, above or below the eye level.
This TV mount is the most versatile option available in the market. You have a lot of room to play with the adjustments. Tilt, swivel, or even pan and extend your TV according to your choice. It gives the complete ability to pull the TV away from the wall to the left or right side to face the viewer. However, these are quite expensive.
How to Mount Your TV?
1. Choose your TV’s position
The first step is the most important one. You have to do it right. Once you have finally decided where to mount your TV, the position will influence the viewing angles. It should be mounted at a position where the TV is neither too high nor too low so that everyone can watch the TV with ease. Yes, you can tweak the position again but that will leave holes in the wall. Therefore, make up your mind and choose a spot.
2. Time to use your stud finder
Slide your stud finder across the wall and let it locate a stud. Once you find it, mark that spot with a pencil, so you can remember its position.
3. Drill the holes
You can use a hammer drill for the brick walls or the regular drill for your dry walls. It is better to take help. Then, lift the mount to the wall and make sure that the hole markings are straight with the help of a level. You can use a marker to mark the spots. Drill holes so that the mounting screws can enter the wall.
4. Attach the bracket
Take help from a family member and ask him or her to grip the mount against the wall. Affix screws into the drilled holes.
5. Join the mounting plate
Make sure that you have removed the stand before proceeding. Look for the mounting plate attachment holes already etched on the backside of your TV. The holes are usually marked with colored tape and may have screws in them. If there are screws, take them out. Connect the mounting plate to the rear with a steady hand.
6. Mount your TV!
This is an important step and you have to be very careful. Take help from a family member. Any wrong step can break your TV screen. Therefore, be very gentle. Raise the TV and attach the mounting plate with the bracket. Congratulations! You have successfully mounted your TV.
How to Hide the Wires and Cables?
There is a high chance that cables and wires pop out from the side of your TV and give an ugly appearance to the ambiance of your room. You can hide the pile of cables and wires. There are multiple ways to do so. Here is what you can do:
Using Cord Cover: The cord covers or raceways can hide your cables and wires in plain sight below the TV. They come in different sizes and shapes to fit the particular configuration. You can also paint them and they will blend in with the color of your wall.
Wiring Kits: You can also run all the standard power cables and wires on the wall. This will help to completely take care of the excessive wires. This method is tricky and requires the help of a professional.
Some Common Errors and How to Avoid Them
There are many mistakes people make while picking up a spot for their TV. There is a high chance that you might mount it too above the optimal position. As a result, you might have a sore neck and a murky picture, to say the least. Therefore, the experts suggest that the TV should ideally be mounted at your eye level. Even a little bit lower is better.
But there is no correct height for your TV. It all depends on the size of the room and the specifications of your device. Obviously, for a big room, you will have to mount the TV higher than the usual so that everyone can see it comfortably. Moreover, a bigger TV can save you the struggle of compromising the position.
Secondly, many people forget that they need a cable outlet to hook the TV. Therefore, make sure that the wall has a cable and power outlet in the vicinity. Otherwise, you might have to call your cable provider. Providers such as Mediacom and Cox Cable can charge you for installing an additional outlet.
BONUS: A DIY HACK FOR YOUR TV
To make things look a bit artistic, you can use LED lights. The lights are easily available on Amazon and you can order them in just under $20. All you need is a flexible LED tape lighting with a remote control and power supply. This step should be done before mounting the TV on the bracket. It is quite simple and requires the same equipment you used for the mounting. Follow these steps:
Roughly determine how far behind the TV you want to place the LED light strip. If you put it too far back, you will not be able to see the backlight and if you put it close to the edges, the LEDs will stick out. Therefore, make sure that you place them on an ideal distance.
Use masking tapes to draw a boundary. Place the LED lights on the inside of the masking tape. You can attach them using a board or with the help of clippers.
Once the LED lights have been placed, mount the TV. Turn the LED lights on with the help of the controller and give your living room a futuristic touch.
By following the simple steps mentioned in this article, you can mount your TV on the wall yourself. Since most of the arrangements are easy and only some require the help of another person, do it as a fun activity with your partner. Plus, installing LED lights on the corners will give your entire room a different vibe!