Some TV mounts are made to be mounted on homes with the standard stud separation distance of 16 inches, but the distance of wall studs in older homes can vary, leaving owners of older homes with a wall mount that doesn't fit their house. You can make it work out by installing a 2-by-4 frame on your wall that stretches to your specifically spaced studs and mounting your TV mount to the 2-by-4s. This will allow you to use your wall mount no matter the spacing of your studs.
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Things you need
- Stud finder
- 2 pieces of wood, 2 inches by 4 inches
- Wall anchors
- 4 Lag bolts 2 inches longer than the ones that came with the wall mount
- Phillips screwdriver
Find two studs using a stud finder and mark their locations with a pencil. Line two 2-by-4s horizontally so that each 2-by-4 crosses over each stud. The size of the 2-by-4s will be determined by the space between your specific wall studs, once you have found the wall studs measure the distance from start to end and cut your 2-by-4s to that size with a saw. Hold the wall mount up to the two 2-by-4s and position the 2-by-4s underneath the mounting holes of the wall mount. Mark the location of each mounting hole with a pencil. Set a level on top of each 2-by-4 to make sure it's level.
Find a spot along the side of each 2-by-4 that lies in front of a stud and drill through the 2-by-4s into the wall behind them. You will have a drill hole on both the right and left side of each 2-by-4. Remove the 2-by-4s from the wall.
Insert the wall anchors into each drill hole in the wall. Place the 2-by-4s back on the wall so that the holes in them match up with the wall anchors. Insert the longer lag bolts through the holes in the 2-by-4s and into the wall. Tighten them with a wrench.
Drill out the pencilled-in mounting holes you marked in step one. Insert wall anchors into each hole. Align the wall mount's mounting holes with the holes you just drilled out in the 2-by-4s. Insert the lag bolts that came with the wall mount (the shorter lag bolts) through the mounting holes of the wall mount into the wall anchors. Tighten the lag bolts with a wrench.
Align the VESA screw holes of the TV with the VESA screw holes of the brackets. Insert the VESA screws through the VESA holes of the brackets into the VESA holes of the TV and tighten with a Phillips screwdriver. Position the TV near the wall mount and slide the brackets into the wall mount's bracket connectors, secure the connection by bolting the brackets and bracket connectors together and tightening them with a wrench.
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