TV Wall Mount FAQS

Flat-panel LCD and plasma TVs are so appealing due to their shallow depth and reasonably light weight. It allows them to be mounted on a wall creating a very clean, space-efficient look. When the TV isn’t on, the TV is barely noticeable.
Many TVs are not sold with their own mounting hardware, so you’ll have to purchase it separately. This FAQ will explain the differences between various types of wall mounts, and recommend the right type for various installations. We’ll also include some basic installation tips.

What are the types of TV wall mounts?

  • Flat mount: The flat mount places the TV as little as one inch away from the wall. There is no angle adjustments as the TV screen’s position is parallel to the wall.
  • Tilt mount: The tilt mount provides a vertical angle adjustment. It compensates for a TV positioned above the ideal viewing level. The tilt mount mechanism allows the TV to be spaced about two and a half inches or more from the wall. A common place for the tilt mounted TV is above a fireplace or on a bedroom wall. A common issue for plasma TVs and some LCDs is the screen reflections which can be eliminated with the angle adjustment of the tilt mounted TV.
  • Tilt/swivel mount: A tilt-swivel mount increases the viewing options and is ideal for rooms with more than one usual viewing spot..
  • Full motion wall mount: The full motion TV wall mount provides the greatest degree of flexibility in terms of tilt and 360 degree swivel. When the TV is not in use, the arm of the articulating mount folds back.
  • Ceiling mount: Used primarily for commercial use, but may be used in the home, ceiling mounts work best mounted close to the ceiling or when wall space is limited. Ceiling mounts are found in many restaurants and bars.
  • Under cabinet mount: The under cabinet mount hides the TV under the cabinet. When the TV is  ready to be used, simply grasp the TV, pull it down into viewing position and swivel to the left or right for the ideal viewing anywhere in the room.

How to select the right wall mount for my TV?

Most TV models have a standard-spacing mounting holes at the back of the TV. Check the TV owner manual to verify that your TV has the standard mounting holes which are compatible with a number of different TV mounts. Check to make sure that your TV is within the bracket’s recommended range for screen size and weight. If you can’t locate that information in the owner manual, you can measure the distance between the mounting holes on the back of your TV and compare it the mount specifications. It’s very important to choose a bracket that is designed to support your TV’s weight and size.

What is VESA and How Do I Measure My TV’s VESA Standard?

VESA stands for Video Electronics Standards Association. VESA is an organization comprised of a group of video electronics industry professionals. The purpose of the organization is to review proposals and develop standards to promote uniformity within the video electronics industry.

Examples of VESA Mount Standards?

Measure the distance between the holes vertically and horizontally. The distance between these mounting holes determine the VESA compatibility of your TV.
  • 75 mm x 75 mm (75 mm = 2.95 inches)
  • 100 mm x 100 mm (100mm = 3.94 inches)
  • 200 mm x 200 mm (200 mm = 7.87 inches)
  • 400 mm x 400 mm (400 mm = 15.7 inches)
VESA 75 x 75 indicates that your TV mounting holes are 75mm horizontally apart and 75mm vertically apart.
Each of our TV wall mounts are VESA compliant and will fit most Flat Screen LCD & Plasma TVs.

What are the benefits of mounting my TV?

  1. More space
    1.  In rooms with limited floor or wall space, a TV mount can create more free space.
    2. It enables you to have less furniture in your viewing area.
    3. Make the most of your wall space by utilizing the space above a fireplace in a living room or perhaps above a dresser in a bedroom.
  2. Safety: Reduce the risk of your flat-panel LCD or plasma TV from being damaged. Damaged flat screen TV pixels can be difficult to repair. Placing your TV in low, high traffic areas may result in damage from the screen being touched or hit by an object.
  3. Deter theft: A thief will more easily steal a free standing TV than a TV hanging on a wall.
  4. Children: Keep your TV out of the reach of your children or visiting children. No more worrying about an input change, button being pushed, or an inquisitive child climbing on an entertainment center.
  5. Viewing Angle: View your TV from different angles without any reduction in picture quality.

What metal should the wall mount be made of?

A sturdy steel or aluminum construction.

What kind of warranty do you offer?

  • A lifetime warranty.
  • Some companies make no warranty of any kind except for the TV mount to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year from the user’s date of purchase.
  • We offer a life time warranty on our wall mounts.

How many years does a TV wall mount last?

Properly mounted, holding a TV within its weight limit and used indoors, a TV mount will last a lifetime.

What tools do I need to wall mount my TV?

  • A drywall saw
  • A utility knife
  • Electrical tape
  • Power drill and drill bits
  • measuring tape
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Soft material (like a blanket)
  • A screwdriver,
  • Sockets and a ratchet

How to install a TV wall mount?

  • Review and understand your local building and fire codes. Be aware of what is behind the wall before drilling or cutting. Use A/V cables of UL-rated wire labeled CL2 or CL3 that meet local building and fire code. Eliminate the risk of electric shock by turning off the power in the areas you will be drilling or cutting. Prior to connecting your A/V cables to your TV, unplug your TV and the source component like the receiver, DVD player, etc..
  • Before you determine where to mount your TV identify the location of wall studs. It’s an essential step in installing your TV wall mount safely and securely. Use an inexpensive electronic stud finder to detect the changes in wall density. Mark the studs with a pencil as you locate them.
  • With the help of a second person, level the bracket before you anchor the television wall mount to the studs. Your partner will hold the bracket steady while you attach it to the studs with screws. Double check the level and make any adjustments before you place the screws.
  • Attach the wall mount to mounting holes on the back of your TV.  If the holes are covered use the flat edge of a screwdriver to remove the covers.
  • Hang the TV with the attached TV mount bracket to the wall. Your partner should hold the television in place while you connect the two brackets together.

How to find the right size bolt to secure the TV wall mount?

The bolts that hold the wall mount bracket to the TV varies in size depending on the manufacturer of the TV you have.
The best thing to do is to purchase a wall mount bracket specifically made for your TV.
It may be possible that your owner’s manual will list the size of the bolts you will need.
(All our mounts come with all the hardware necessary for wood stud or concrete/brick wall mounting)

How to hide the cables?

Option 1: Routing the A/V cables inside your wall
  1. Measure the distance between your TV and the point where the wires will plug into your cable box, DVD player and wall outlet.
  2. Using your stud finder, locate the wall studs. Mark on the wall where the studs are located.
  3. Trace around the first junction box, between 2 studs, behind your LCD television set.
  4. Drill a hole in the wall at the center of the box you have traced, using your power drill. Peek inside the hole using the flashlight and make sure there is nothing visible in your way, like electrical wires.
  5. Cut out the drywall just inside the traced lines with your drywall saw. You need to cut inside the lines to ensure that you will have enough room to attach the wall box/plate when finished.
  6. Locate the studs directly below where the television set is mounted, near the baseboard; mark them and repeat steps 4 and 5.
  7. Feed the wires into the top hole, gently guide them and let them drop to the bottom hole. Make sure you can see the wires through the bottom hole. Hook a large bent paper clip over the wires and pull them out of the wall.
  8. Attach each of the junction boxes to the wall over its respective hole, following the directions that came with the boxes.
Option 2: Cover the cables with a sleeve or cable management kit
  1. Choosing the Right Sleeve
  2. Choosing the right sleeve to secure your cable is the first step. Solid copper sleeves should be used for galvanized wire, and tin-plated copper sleeves should be used for stainless steel wire. Use of aluminum sleeves for any lifting application is not recommended.
  3. Choose the right size sleeve relative to the size of wire rope you wish to use. Do not use a sleeve if you are unsure of its size. Do not test visually by comparing the size of the cable to the hole in the sleeve.
  4. Choosing the Right Tool
  5. Wire rope sleeves are applied using a swaging tool. This tool makes compressed ridges in the sleeve, forcing the malleable copper into the grooves in the wire rope. On smaller wire rope 3/16-inch and below, this can be done with a hand-powered tool. Otherwise, a hydraulic tool must be used. The manufacturer of the sleeve and the swaging tool should always be the same.
  6. Use the correct groove in the swaging tool to compress the sleeve, and make the correct number of crimps, using a manufacturer-approved chart to determine how many crimps your tool needs for the sleeve you’re using.
  7. Making a Crimp Connection
    1. Wire rope ends should be cut clean and not frayed. Use cable cutters to cut the wire clean.
    2. Allow a small amount of the end of your cable to be visible as it exits the sleeve. The sleeve will lengthen as it compresses, so adjust cable length to compensate.
    3. Make the proper number of crimps.

How many hours it should take to wall mount my TV?

This job may take you a couple of hours to do, and you should have at least one other person helping you to install the wall-mounting bracket and to help lift the LCD TV onto the wall mount.

How to get the best sound quality?

  1. Identify the location of the built-in speakers on your flat panel television. Position the television so there are no obstructions to the speakers.
  2. If step one was not sufficient, purchase and install surround sound speakers. If you prefer a full surround-sound system but don’t want wires, you can purchase a wireless surround sound system.
  3. Experiment with the audio modes available on the television. Most have several options to suit various types of audio.
  4. Position the seating in the room so that your main seating area is centered among the speakers.