Plasma TV Mounting Guide

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Plasma TV Mounting Guide

One of the greatest advantages that a plasma TV has to offer, is their ultra-thin size. This feature allows owners to instal them in places never before thought possible. While some people have no problem with placing their plasma TV on a traditional table mount, others love the idea of mounting their TV onto the wall. There are even some mounting kits that hang the plasma TV from the ceiling. Since plasma TVs rarely come with mounts, buyers will need to purchase one separately.

Electronic shops and online stores like eBay that sell plasma TVs, also offer mounting equipment as well. The selection and technical specifications of choosing the right mount for the wall can be somewhat intimidating, especially for homeowners with little installation experience. Therefore, when purchasing a mount for the plasma TV, buyers need to consider a model based on its type, its size, and the accessories needed for installation.

Plasma TV Mounts

Plasma TVs can be hung using several different mounts. Cheapest of all is the simple table mount that sometimes comes with small and medium sized TVs. A table mount allows the TV to be placed on a media table for viewing. It has a broad base and a short pole that attaches to the back of the TV, usually in a centre position. Table mounts are quite sturdy, and they are good choices for anyone who is uncomfortable with installing their TV on the wall.

Wall Mounts

Homeowners who want something a little more original than just having their TV sitting on a table, can choose to purchase a wall mount to add to overall room appearance. These come in several different styles, but most types are made from thick, strong metal. This allows them to safely hold up the weight of the TV on the wall without becoming unbalanced.

Inappropriate Walls

Not all homes and walls are suitable for wall-mounting plasma TVs. An average household that has wooden studs and drywall in the walls is the ideal setup for wall mounts. Walls made out of brick and concrete, require specific wall mounting kits with unique brackets and concrete wall anchors. A normal wall mount will not work on a brick or concrete wall. Also, homes that have metal studs in the wall cannot hold up the weight of the plasma TV. Typically, metal studs are found in mobile or manufactured homes.

Wall Mount Types

Selecting the right wall mount type depends on the owner's specific needs. For example, if the owner is installing the TV in a room with a lot of sunlight and glare, it may be best to select a swivelling, or tilting wall mount. Swivelling mounts allow for an easy adjustment to the TV if necessary, possibly to reduce the amount of glare throughout the day. Using a flat wall mount will instal the TV flush against the wall so that it cannot be moved. This type is best suited for darker rooms, as there will be no need to avoid any glare.

Sizing a Wall Mount

When purchasing a wall mount for the TV, it is extremely important to get the right size. Owners must check the owner's manual to see if a particular wall mount is needed, but most TVs work with any wall bracket that follows the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) standards. If the customer turns a plasma TV over onto its back, he or she will notice four small mounting holes in a square shape. These holes are usually covered with plastic, but can easily be removed with a screwdriver.

VESA Standards

VESA standards ensure that the mounting holes on the back of a TV match up with those on a mounting bracket. For example, if the owners guide states that the TV needs a VESA 75 mounting bracket, then this means that the holes on the TV are 75 mm apart on all four sides, giving it a  square shape. A VESA 100/200 means the mounting holes are in a rectangle. They are 100 mm apart on two sides, and 200 mm apart on the other two sides. Clearly, for the TV to be properly mounted on the wall it needs to match up with the VESA standard.

Ceiling Mounts

While ceiling mounts are often installed in business locations, they make a good choice for homeowners who have brick or concrete walls and a drywall ceiling. It is difficult to instal a plasma TV through brick or concrete, so choosing to use a ceiling mount with a drywall ceiling, may be the best bet for some owners. Ceiling mounts allow the TV to hang down from the ceiling on a central pole. Some types allow for the angle to be adjusted, while others are completely secured.

Installing a Wall Mount

There are two ways to instal a TV onto the wall or the ceiling. Keep in mind that the mount needs to be directly attached to the wooden studs behind the wall, not just the drywall board. One method is to simply attach the bracket to the studs behind the wall using a stud finder, and then attaching the TV to the bracket. However, this leaves the power cord and the AV cables hanging out from under the TV.

The second installation method actually runs these cables through the wall so that they are hidden out of view, but this may require more work and potentially present several safety hazards. Owners who do not want to deal with unsightly cables, but don't feel comfortable working with wiring, can elect to purchase a wall conduit that sits on top of the wall and hides the cables underneath.

Safety Concerns

The main safety concerns for wall mounting TVs comes from running cables through the walls. Owners need to check what types of cables are safe to run through the wall by referring to the building code in their area. Some types of AV cables have a lower heat setting than others, and if they come into contact with electrical wires behind the wall, this could potentially start a fire. In most cases, this means buying a UL-rated AV cable with either a CL2 or CL3 rating.

Power Cord

The power cord represents significant problems for those installing it inside the wall because this may not be safe. For homeowners who want their power cord to lay behind the wall, an electrician is highly recommended. The electrician will need to instal a special power outlet behind the wall for the power cord to exist safely. Not using the services of a professional electrician may result in a serious fire hazard when installing a power cable through the wall.

Buying Plasma TV Mounts on eBay

eBay carries a wide selection of all types of mounts. Customers who want a simple table mount can find them on eBay, while those want a tilting wall mount will also have plenty of choices to choose from. Even special mounting kits for brick and concrete walls are sold through eBay, giving everyone the chance to instal a plasma TV on the wall. Furthermore, because the sellers are eBay are actively competing with one another for customers, buyers can usually find a great deal on TV mounting equipment.

Searching for Plasma TV Mounting Equipment on eBay

When it comes to finding the best auctions for TV equipment, customers need to know how to use the search engine. eBay's search system allows customers to enter search terms into the search box. Once the terms are used, the engine relentlessly searches through all available auctions to find the perfect match. For example, a search for 'tilt wall mount TV', returns results for wall mounts that tilt or swivel. Buyers can also search by VESA size. For example, a 'VESA 100 wall mount' search returns results that only match these VESA numbers.

Technical Considerations

Buyers should always carefully examine the auction on eBay to make sure they understand which parts are included with the wall mount and what, if anything, they will need to purchase separately. For example, when purchasing a wall mount bracket that is made for a concrete wall, check to see if it includes the concrete wall anchors with the product. Even simple items like screws can easily be overlooked when a customer is bidding on an item, yet without screws there is no way to instal the TV onto the bracket. Finally, customers should always double check that they are buying the right size for their TV.

Conclusion

There are numerous ways to install a plasma TV inside of the home. While the traditional method is to use a tabletop mount for placing the TV on a media centre, the ultra-thin style of plasma TVs allows buyers to explore other options. Wall mounting plasma TVs is an extremely popular method, especially in small, narrow rooms.

When purchasing a mounting bracket for a TV, customers need to consider the style they need as well as the size. If the owner wants to place the TV on the wall, he or she must make sure the wall is strong enough to hold the weight. Installation must be done very carefully, and if a customer plans on placing the wires inside the wall, he or she will need to use an electrician without the proper knowledge. Discover all of the many plasma TV mounting options for sale on eBay and find the one that works best inside the home.

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