How to Take HDTVs Off of Wall Mount Stands

Updated March 23, 2017

While wall-mounting your flat screen HDTV saves space, you may wish to use the traditional table top stand instead. Taking your HDTV off the wall is an easy operation that nevertheless requires care to avoid damage to the television and surrounding wall.

Turn off the television and disconnect any A/V cables from the rear. Disconnect the power cable from the television and wall outlet, and move any furniture or debris from the television area to prevent tripping.

Read the installation instructions that came with the wall mount; then, identify the connection point between the wall hardware and bracket mechanism screwed into the television. Depending upon the television size and wall mount style, the HDTV will have one or two brackets secured to the centre of the television's rear housing. If the television features a fixed-mount wall installation, locate and remove the small safety bar from between the horizontal mounting brackets.

Instruct the assistant to secure the television with both hands; then, using a screwdriver, remove the bolts or screws that connect the wall hardware to the mounting brackets installed on the television's back. Some fixed television mounts may require you and the assistant to simply slide the HDTV to the right or left to dismount the television from the wall after removing the safety bar.

Remove swivel or tilt-mounted flat screen televisions by sliding the television forward, with an assistant's help, after removing the bolts that secure wall hardware to the brackets mounted to the television. Then, carefully set the television on a flat padded surface, with the screen facing up to avoid damage.

Unscrew the lag bolts securing the wall hardware to the wall studs, using a socket. Remove the wall hardware from the wall, being careful not to damage the paint or surrounding drywall or indoor masonry.

Remove the four screws securing the television-side mounting brackets to the television, using a screwdriver.

Lift the mounting brackets off the television. Using screws and a screwdriver, install the original table top stand supplied with your HDTV to the bottom of the television.

Things You'll Need

  • Wall mount installation instructions
  • Assistant
  • Screwdriver set
  • Ratchet and socket set
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