How to Secure a Flat Panel TV

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How to Secure a Flat Panel TV
Securing your TV to a wall or stand is an important safety step. (Plasma panel image by Nikolay Okhitin from Fotolia.com)

Flat panel televisions have become standard appliances in many homes across the country. They're smaller, lighter and have great picture quality compared to their tube predecessors. In most cases, larger LCD and plasma displays cost much more than a similarly-sized tube television, so proper care and maintenance is a priority. Securing your investment to a wall or TV stand is one of the first things you should do after bringing the TV into your home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Wall mount brackets
  • Screwdriver
  • Stud finder
  • Electric drill
  • Tabletop stand

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Instructions

    Wall-mounting Your Flat Panel TV

  1. 1

    Secure your TV with a wall mount bracket. This is the safest way to mount your flat panel TV. Find and purchase a wall mount kit that is compatible with your television. Generally, flat panel TVs are made with standardised mounting points on the rear, so it's easy to find a compatible wall mount from an online or retail sources. Double check your TV's manual to ensure compatibility.

  2. 2

    Determine the location where your TV will be mounted. For security reasons (and especially if you have a large or extremely heavy TV), always use an area of the wall with at least two inwall studs available to secure the brackets. Use a level to determine the correct location of the screw holes, so that the TV will not be crooked once it's mounted on the wall.

  3. 3

    Follow the mounting instructions that come with a wall mount kit. Mounting the TV usually involves attaching the bracket to the rear of the TV with a screwdriver, then drilling holes in the wall for the wall portion of the mount. Using a helper, attach the TV to its final position on the wall.

    Securing to a TV stand

  1. 1

    Use a tabletop TV stand. This a much easier option than wall mounting. If your TV does no come with a stand, you can purchase one. Again, check your TV's owner's manual for compatibility options.

  2. 2

    Lay your TV flat on the ground. Use a large, soft blanket so that the screen doesn't get damaged. Perform this step on a table, if necessary, to have room for the size of the TV stand.

  3. 3

    Attach the TV stand according to the instructions. Attach and firmly tighten all necessary screws.

  4. 4

    Attach any additional brackets to secure the stand to a TV or home theatre cabinet. Use the included screws, and drill appropriate holes in the TV stand. Finally, insert and firmly tighten the screws.

Tips and warnings

  • Before wall mounting, make sure you've considered where the wires and cables will go. Handy runners can be used to hide cables. In-wall installation is the most effective, but it requires more preparation, and the use of cables that are rated for this use.
  • When lifting flat panel televisions, always use a helper to avoid damage to the screen or your back.

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