How to Install a Wall Mount TV Bracket

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How to Install a Wall Mount TV Bracket
TVs must be mounted to the wall at the wall studs. (rural landscape on flat screen tv image by javarman from

Many people are mounting TVs to the walls these days. Flat-screen TVs are thin and look clean against a wall. There is no need for bulky entertainment centres with these TVs; a small storage unit will normally suffice. The TVs, however, are heavy, and you must be careful when mounting the bracket to ensure that the TV stays on the wall.

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Things you need

  • TV bracket
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Bracket hardware

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  1. 1

    Find two studs on the wall in the area where you want to mount the TV. Use a stud finder.

  2. 2

    Run the cables for the TV up the wall from the outlet. Make sure the cables run up the wall between the two studs you are using. This will create a symmetrical look. Cover the wires with a wire plate, and screw the plate into the wall with 1-inch screws or the hardware that comes with the plate.

  3. 3

    Remove the tabs on the back of the TV that cover the mounting holes.

  4. 4

    Connect the part of the wall mount that attaches to the TV. Use the hardware that comes with the mount. Follow the mount directions. Try not to lay the TV down while you're working. Prop it up so the screen is not damaged. Make sure the mount is level before tightening the mount to the TV.

  5. 5

    Connect the side of the mount that will attach to the wall to the TV portion of the mount. Measure the distance from the bottom of the TV to bottom of the mount and remember the measurement.

  6. 6

    Remove the wall portion of the mount. Determine the position on the wall where you want the TV to be and mark the location of the bottom of the television. Use the measurement that you took in Step 5 to measure up from the mark for the bottom of the TV. Make another mark.

  7. 7

    Place the mount on the wall and use a pencil to mark the location of the screw holes, which will help attach it to the wall. Make sure the screw holes are on the studs that you found earlier.

  8. 8

    Drill pilot holes where the marks are. Place the mount on the wall and drill the screws in place. Use the hardware that comes with the mount.

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