How to install 50-inch plasma TV wall mounting brackets

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How to install 50-inch plasma TV wall mounting brackets
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Mounting a 50-inch plasma TV on the wall fulfils much of the design and technological sexiness that flat-panel sets offer. Today, manufacturers are working to make brackets slimmer and stronger. While there is nothing wrong with mounting the set on its stand or on a piece or furniture, wall-mounting a 50-inch plasma TV gives the installation a little more visual impact, to complement the nice images on the screen.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Medium-duty flat-panel mount
  • Drill and 3/16-inch bit
  • Lag bolts and washers
  • Level
  • Stud finder

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use the stud finder to find the two studs needed for bracket mounting.

  2. 2

    Drill into the two studs with the drill, 3/16 inch bit, and wall bracket used as a hole guide.

  3. 3

    Insert the four lag screws and washers through the wall bracket, and into the drilled out holes. Tighten them, using the socket wrench. Do not over-tighten, indicated by a buckling bracket.

  4. 4

    Set the TV on its base (if installed.) Find the four holes on the back of the set, intended to accept bolts from a wall mount. Place the TV bracket against the back of the TV, insert the smaller Allen bolts included with the mount, and tighten them with the Allen screwdriver.

  5. 5

    Remove the TV's base (if pre-installed) using the Philips screwdriver.

  6. 6

    Lift the TV straight up, decoupling it from its base. Hang the set on the wall bracket.

  7. 7

    Align the set horizontally, using the level. Tighten any security and level adjustment screws to complete the install.

Tips and warnings

  • 50 inch plasmas can be heavy. Depending on the model, it may be a good idea to recruit an assistant.

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