How to Install a Wall Mount for a Sony Flat-Panel TV

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How to Install a Wall Mount for a Sony Flat-Panel TV
Mount a Sony flat-panel to enhance your experience. (televisor lcd image by enens from Fotolia.com)

Flat-panel televisions have enormous appeal, largely due to their thin profile. A huge selling point is your ability to hang them on the wall, removing the necessity for bulky floor stands and furniture. Like most flat panels, Sony sets operate on what is known as the VESA standard, meaning that the vast majority of flat panels have standardised bolt patterns on the rear of the sets. This allows a wide selection of vendors to provide the wall mounts. Still, proper tools must be used, and consideration to weight must be paid.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Flat-panel TV
  • Flat-panel mount
  • Socket wrench and inserts
  • Drill
  • 3/4-inch drill bit
  • 2-inch lag bolts
  • 2-inch washers
  • Level
  • Helper
  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Phillips/Allen/flathead screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Determine which wall the set is to be mounted on. Use a stud finder to locate two studs, ideally 16 inches on-centre.

  2. 2

    Place the bracket that mounts to the wall at the desired height. Mark the locations of the lag bolt mounting holes with a pencil.

  3. 3

    Use a drill and 3/4-inch bit to drill the holes marked in Step 2.

  4. 4

    Return the wall bracket to position, aligning the drilled holes with the lag bolt mounting holes on the bracket.

  5. 5

    Use a socket wrench and appropriate-sized insert, tightening the bolts into the studs. Ensure that washers are placed on the lag bolts prior to using them. Do not overtighten.

  6. 6

    In the wall mount hardware kit, locate the prescribed screws to mount the wall bracket to the rear panel of the set.

  7. 7

    Place the TV-side bracket in position over the mounting holes. Use the appropriate screwdriver to install screws and washers through the mounting bracket.

  8. 8

    Recruit a helper to assist in lifting the flat panel onto the wall bracket. Most brackets allow level fine-tuning by adjusting small screws behind the panel. Use a level to confirm accuracy. Consult the bracket's instruction manual for the specific location of adjustment points.

  9. 9

    Hide wires by running them through the wall or with channel moulding.

Tips and warnings

  • Some brackets incorporate a small level in making this adjustment.
  • Never use anything less than two lag bolts in 2-by-4 studs.

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