Homemade Wall Mount for a Flat Screen TV

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Homemade Wall Mount for a Flat Screen TV
Make a homemade wall mount for your flat-screen TV from sheet metal. (sheet metal mechanical image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.com)

Building a project yourself gives you something to do, saves money and gives you an extra sense of pride knowing you were able to do it all yourself. Making a TV wall mount from scratch is much less complicated than it looks. If you start to feel overwhelmed, remember that the whole process can be completed with the use of everyday tools.

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Things you need

  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Piece of sheet metal, 12-by-12 inches
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • 1/3-inch drill bit
  • (2) 18-inch two-by-fours
  • Wrench
  • (8) four-inch lag bolts
  • Phillips screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Use a stud finder to find two vertical studs in the wall. Mark an outline of each wall stud on the wall.

  2. 2

    Measure the sheet metal vertically and horizontally to find the centre. Mark a one-inch line that runs from the 8 1/2-inch to 9 1/2-inch marks for both the top and bottom measurements. These marks create a cross representing the centre of the sheet metal.

  3. 3

    Measure the VESA holes on the back of the TV and record the measurements. Measure and draw the recorded VESA measurements onto the centre of the sheet metal. Drill out the VESA holes using a 1/4-inch drill bit.

  4. 4

    Measure and mark with a pencil one inch down and one inch in from each corner of the sheet metal. These marks will be the mounting holes. Use the 1/3-inch drill bit to drill the mounting holes out.

  5. 5

    Measure across each two-by-four and mark the four-inch and 14-inch measurements with a pencil. Set the sheet metal on the two-by-fours so that the drilled-out mounting holes in the corner of the sheet metal lie over the four- and 14-inch measurements of the two-by-fours. Use a wrench to tighten a four-inch lag bolt through each corner hole into the marks on the two-by-fours. This is your wall mount.

  6. 6

    Cover the TV with a blanket and lay it face down. Place the wall mount sheet metal face down over the back of the TV so the VESA holes of the sheet metal are aligned with the VESA holes in the back of the TV. Insert the VESA screws through the VESA holes of the sheet metal into the TV using a Phillips screwdriver to tighten all the screws.

  7. 7

    Measure one inch from the end of each side of both two-by-fours and draw a circle. Carry the TV and wall mount to the wall. Use a wrench to install a lag bolt through each one of the circles you drew at the beginning of this step. Have a friend hold the TV for you while you install the wall mount.

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