How to Reinforce a TV Wall Bracket

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How to Reinforce a TV Wall Bracket
Adding reinforcement to a flat-panel installation is always a good plan. (full hd lcd tv image by mattmatt73 from Fotolia.com)

Certain types of heavy flat-panel televisions require additional reinforcement. Adding this extra support is easier than it might first appear. All that is needed is a sheet of reinforcing material, alongside the traditional tools required for mounting a flat-panel bracket.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 1/2-inch medium-density fiberboard
  • Drill
  • 3/16-inch drill bit
  • Socket and ratchet set
  • Measuring tape
  • Stud finder
  • Circular saw

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Find two studs on the wall for mounting the bracket and reinforcing panel, using the stud finder. Mark the stud locations with the tip of the drill bit.

  2. 2

    Lay the wall bracket portion of the flat-panel mount against the MDF sheet. Measure and cut the MDF sheet 3 inches larger than the mount using the circular saw.

  3. 3

    Hold the MDF sheet against the wall. Drill a hole through each corner of the MDF sheet 1 inch from each boundary, and into the studs. Drill an additional bolt hole between the corner holes on the sides of the panel.

  4. 4

    Insert the lag bolts and washers included with the wall bracket through the drilled holes.

  5. 5

    Hold the wall bracket against the mounted MDF sheet. Drill six additional bolt locations through the pre-cut bolt holes into the sheet.

  6. 6

    Drive the six supplied lag screws and washers through the wall bracket and into the MDF sheet.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not rely on molly bolts or anchors driven solely into drywall or plaster. Even if the bolt is sufficiently rated to hold the weight of a flat panel, it is unlikely the wall material can hold the weight.

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