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How to Hang a Flat-Screen TV

Flat screen TVs are great, but hanging them can be a source of confusion. Let the DIY experts show you how.

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  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty

    Easy

Highlights:

Step 1: Unpack the TV

Unpack the television, including all cables, brackets, remotes and literature. Keeping the television wrapped in protective wrapper, place it face down a hard surface covered with a blanket.

Step 2: Attach the Brackets

Attach the included brackets to the back of the television using the supplied hardware. Make sure to select the right screws for the size holes on the TV.

Step 3: Mark the TV Location

Keeping in mind that televisions are best viewed at or slightly above eye level, pick a location on the wall to hang it. If hiding the cables, pick a location where the wires can easily be run from the source to the television. Using a cardboard cutout the size and shape of the TV, outline the location of the television on the wall with a pencil.

Step 4: Attach the Wall Mount

Using a stud finder, determine the location of two studs within the television outline. Mark the outside edges of each stud and then the center. Use a level to make sure the wall mount is aligned evenly on the wall then drill the pilot holes. Attach the mount to the wall using the included hardware.

Step 5: Complete the Project

If running the cables behind the wall, do so before hanging the television. Either way, connect all the cables and the power cords at the back of the flat screen. Hang the flat screen on the wall mount by fitting the brackets in place.

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