Home entertainment centres are easily cluttered with equipment. Set-top boxes connect to cable TV, hold DVD players and video game systems, and contain recording devices. To avoid an unsightly pile of equipment, you may want to put some of your equipment under your television. Since most televisions are quite heavy, doing so safely involves lifting with proper technique and stacking the television on a surface that can carry its weight without damaging your DVD player. The exact form of lift depends on your size and the size of your TV.
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Stand close to the TV with one foot forward and to the side of it.
Bend your knees to lower you to the level of the TV. Keep your back straight while sticking your buttocks out. Slide the TV as close to your body as you can.
Grip the TV tightly from as close to the bottom as possible. Grab the far side of the TV with the arm above the extended foot.
Lift the TV by straightening your legs while keeping your back straight and looking forward. Only turn once the TV is lifted.
Set the TV down in the same manner as you lifted it.
Place the DVD player in the TV's space. Surround it with a small shelf or some wooden blocks to carry the weight of the TV, as DVD players are not designed to hold heavy loads on top of them.
Replace the TV using the same safe lifting motion.
Stand facing the TV with your feet set in a wide stance with one slightly forward.
Bend your knees while keeping your back straight and lower yourself to the TV's level.
Grab the TV from both sides and lift slowly, exhaling as you straighten your legs.
Put the TV down with the same motion. Place the DVD player in its space and add supports for the TV to sit on.
Replace the television using the same safe lift.
Tips and warnings
- Lifting is potentially dangerous. You could damage your back or drop the television. If you are lifting a large TV, especially an older model with a glass screen, you may need a second person to help.
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