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
- Stud finder
Use the stud finder to find the two studs needed for bracket mounting.
Drill into the two studs with the drill, 3/16 inch bit, and wall bracket used as a hole guide.
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.
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.
Remove the TV's base (if pre-installed) using the Philips screwdriver.
Lift the TV straight up, decoupling it from its base. Hang the set on the wall bracket.
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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