How to hide a flat screen TV with a two way mirror

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How to hide a flat screen TV with a two way mirror
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Flat screen TVs give you creative freedom to display them in a variety of ways, or even not display them at all. There are special two-way mirrors that you can buy to hang over your wall mounted LCD TV. The two-way mirror conceals the TV when the TV's power is off, but when the power is turned on, the TV screen displays through the mirror. Hiding your flat screen TV with a two-way mirror helps protect your TV from being stolen and saves wall space.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Wrench
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Measuring tape
  • Nail
  • Hammer
  • Wall anchor
  • Picture hook

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use the stud finder to locate two studs that run vertically in the wall where you want to mount the TV. Mark the location of each wall stud on the wall, outlining the width of the stud so you can identify the stud's centre.

  2. 2

    Hold the wall plate from the wall mount against the wall, so the hole where the lag bolts are inserted lie over the centre of each stud. Insert the lag bolts that came with the wall mount through the mounting holes and tighten into the studs with a wrench. The wall plate is now mounted.

  3. 3

    Turn the TV around and position the TV bracket from the wall mount against the back of the TV, so its VESA holes line up with the TV's VESA holes. VESA holes are the holes in the back of the TV which are made for the sole purpose of connecting a wall mount to it. Insert the VESA screws through the bracket and tighten into the TV using a Philips screwdriver.

  4. 4

    Lift the TV and position it to the wall plate so that the connections on the TV bracket click into the connections on the wall plate. Tighten the security screw of the wall mount with a Philips screwdriver.

  5. 5

    Hold the two-way mirror against the wall over the TV and make a pencil mark over the top of the mirror frame. Remove the mirror from the wall, pull the hanging wire upward and use a tape measure to measure the distance between the top of the mirror frame and the hanging wire. Measure out the same distance down from the pencil line and mark it on the wall. This will be known as the "Nail Mark."

  6. 6

    Place a nail larger than the wall anchor over the "Nail Mark" and hammer it in the wall matching the depth of the wall anchor. Pull the nail out and insert the wall anchor into the hole. Position the picture hook over the wall anchor. Insert the screw into the wall anchor and tighten. Lift the mirror over the hook and slide it against the wall, slowly lowering it until the hook supports the weight.

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