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How to Create a TV Wall Bracket

Hanging a flat screen TV is a simple task. Learn how to install a TV mounting bracket with these easy step-by-step instructions.

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  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Install the TV Wall Bracket

Pry off the baseboard of the wall you are be working on.
Decide where the wall bracket for the flat screen TV will go (Image 1).

Studs are placed 16" apart, so once you find one, it is easy to measure and locate others.

Mark the stud you want to use as a mount; then use a level to bring the mark up to your desired television height.

Drill the long screws of the fittings into the drywall (Image 2). Place the bracket over the screws and slide them into place.

Place the bracket onto the back of the television (Image 3) and do a dry fit to check for placement (Image 4).

For plenty of support, be sure to attach the wall bracket to a stud. You don't want your flat screen TV crashing to the floor.

The wall bracket should be placed where you want the center of the television screen to be.

Be sure to read the owner's manual for your television, because every one will attach differently to the mount.

Step 2: Hide the Cables

To hide the wiring for the video system in the wall, first score a rectangle into the wall in between two studs. Then, knock the scored area out with a hammer (Image 1).

Score another rectangle near the floorboard that is below the first hole (Image 2). Knock it out, and then feed the cables in through the top hole and pull them out of the bottom one (Image 3).

Paint the area of the wall that will be seen after the unit is installed.

Look at the back of your television before deciding where the hole for the cables needs to go.

Before busting through your wall, don't forget to check for wires, plumbing and gas lines.




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