If the wall studs in your house are not spaced the standard 16 inches apart, you may have difficulty mounting a flat panel television to your wall as most TV wall mounts are made to suit standard wall studs. You do not need to tear down your house and replace your wall studs to properly mount your TV, however. You can build and install an attractive wooden frame to fit your oddly spaced wall studs and safely use the mount that came with your flat panel TV.
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Things you need
- Stud finder
- Measuring tape
- 2-inch by 4-inch lumber
- Electric drill
- 4-inch lag bolts
- Phillips screwdriver
- Circular saw
Locate two vertical wall studs using a stud finder. Use a pencil to mark where the position of the studs. With a tape measure, measure the horizontal distance that the wall studs are separated from each other. Use a circular saw to cut two 2-inch by 4-inch boards to a length equal to the distance between the two wall studs.
Hold the cut boards to the wall horizontally so they extend over the wall studs. Drill a pilot hole in each end of both boards with an electric drill. Use a wrench to screw two 4-inch lag bolts through each side of both boards and into the wall studs.
Position the mounting plate of the wall mount that came with your television over the 2-inch by 4-inch boards. Insert the lag bolts that came with the wall mount through the mounting holes of the mounting plate and use a wrench to screw them into the boards.
Place the flat screen TV so the back is facing you. Place the mounting brackets on the back of the TV so that the VESA holes in the brackets line up with the VESA holes in the TV. Place the mount screws through the holes of the bracket and into the holes of the TV. Screw them tightly using a Phillips screwdriver.
Bring the TV to the mounted wall plate and position the brackets so they slide onto the connectors on the wall plate. Fit the locking screws through the brackets and connectors and place a nut on the end and tighten with a wrench.
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