Points to Consider When Hanging a Flatscreen

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Points to Consider When Hanging a Flatscreen

The evolution of television over the past few decades has proven to be incredibly innovative. Not only are screens getting larger, but technological advances have allowed TVs to get slimmer and lighter. Entertainment centres, TV stands, and other furniture are no longer essential for displaying a TV. LCD, LED, and plasma flatscreen TVs can be suspended and mounted in the same fashion a picture would be hung.

Flatscreen TVs can be installed professionally, or some DIY enthusiasts prefer to do it themselves. When hanging a flatscreen, one of the most important aspects is placement; it must be hung in a place that is both visible and has an electrical outlet nearby. TV owners should also consider where other electronics, such as DVD players, gaming consoles, and surround sound will go. Before hanging a flatscreen TV, homeowners should take several factors into consideration, as well as have wall mounts, brackets, and a few basic tools handy.

Tools Needed to Hang a Flatscreen

Hanging a flatscreen requires the use of a few household tools. At the very least, DIYers need a drill, screwdrivers, a stud finder, and a level. The chart below gives a brief description as to how each tool is used in the installation process.

Tool

Description

Drill

Drills holes in the stud for screws and other mounting hardware; speedy alternative to using a screwdriver

Drywall Saw

Cuts holes in drywall that wires and cables run through

Electrical Tape

Neatly binds together wires and cables whether in the walls or behind a cable cover

Level

Ensures the TV is mounted flush with the ceiling and floor

Measuring Tape

Measures dimensions of TV and area where flatscreen is hung

Screwdriver

Hand tightens screws that have been drilled in; Phillips and flatheads are the most common screwdrivers to have on hand

Stud Finder

Locates the wall studs, which are essential for securing the mounts

Utility Knife

Cuts small holes in drywall; breaks down boxes. All around multi-purpose knife

Because each mount model is different, installers should read the manual included with the mounting hardware to determine which tools and what sizes are needed to successfully hang the flatscreen. Additionally, TV owners should have an idea of how they are handling cords and cables; more tools are required if the cables are to be hidden behind the wall.

Considerations for Hanging a Flatscreen TV

Depending on the homeowner’s vision, hanging a flatscreen can take as little as a few hours or up to a several days. No one should ever rush through the job and should put in ample, thoughtful consideration before beginning the process. Doing the job right the first time keeps people from putting and patching unnecessary holes on the wall. First, the flatscreen must be visible from its viewing location. People interested in hanging their TV should have an idea of what size and type of mount they want.

Equally as important, the flatscreen must be in close proximity to an outlet, and installers must decide how the cables will reach the power source. TVs are never used alone anymore; they are often paired with DVD players, cable boxes, media devices, and gaming consoles; therefore, it is paramount to consider how and where these devices are able to connect to the flatscreen. Similarly, if the room has surround sound, there needs to be a plan as to how the speakers can connect with the flatscreen and the placement. The following sections discuss several points of consideration when hanging a flatscreen.

Location

Getting the most use of a flatscreen TV involves knowing just where to put it; one should account for both aesthetics and pragmatism. While a large flatscreen mounted over the fireplace sounds amazing, one should consider where viewers would sit. Perhaps, over a fireplace is too high or too far away; those watching the TV should be able to view it comfortably. If hanging the TV in the living room, it should be eye level for those sitting in the surrounding furniture.

Additionally, those hanging the flatscreen should be conscious of the windows and lighting. The flatscreen should be kept out of direct sunlight since it washes out the screen, making the TV unwatchable for several hours during the day. Plasma flatscreen TVs are favoured because, unlike LCDs, they show truer blacks and deep colours. Plasma owners who want to hang their TVs should choose a room with little natural light or blackout shades.

Mounts

Buying the proper mount for a flatscreen TV involves conducting a bit of research. Installers need to know the exact measurements of the length, height, and width on the TV; additionally, it is advisable to weigh the TV to ensure the brackets and hardware are able to support it. Since there are several brands and styles of mounts available, TV owners should familiarise themselves with all the options. The most basic mounts hang the TV in a fixed position. More advanced models allow the TV to tilt.. The most sophisticated models are made of a ball and pivot system that allows it to swivel and change position. Before buying a mount, potential buyers should read online reviews or consult a professional about the quality of the equipment.

Power Source

Most homeowners do not have a power outlet right behind the area they want to hang their TV. The cleanest looking option is to hire an electrician and have one installed; however, it is not the only option. The easiest way is to use cable covers; they do not make the cables invisible, but doing so is much more attractive than hanging wires. The DIY option is to cut an additional hole in the wall behind the mounts and then another near an outlet. This is the most time consuming option since it involves taking a drywall saw or utility knife to the wall and then patching and painting it. If feeding the power cord through the wall, it is best to purchase a longer cable and then measure.

Connectivity

Flatscreen TVs these days rarely operate by themselves. They are often connected to cable boxes, DVD players, gaming systems, streaming media devices, and more. Most of these devices do not use wireless technology and rely on HDMI or component cables to connect. Therefore, it is important to consider both the placement of these devices and how they are to be connected. The devices should be placed near each other, possibly on a shelf or in a media stand. Similar to the flatscreen’s power cable, the cables can be fed through a drilled hole in the wall, or homeowners can use cable covers.

Surround Sound

Surround sound is a connectivity issue with its own set of guidelines since its wiring and speaker placement is a bit more complicated. Surround sound systems with a centre speaker must also be mounted either above or below the flat screen. Those shopping for mounts should search for one that can accommodate surround sound speakers. Additionally, the location of the hanging flatscreen dictates the rest of the speaker placement. The most convenient surround sound options are wireless, but shoppers should be forewarned they have to pay more for wireless technology.

How to Buy TV Hanging Equipment on eBay

Once you have measured your TV and know what size and type of mount you want to hang your flatscreen TV, you are ready to begin your search on eBay.. Type "flatscreen wall mount" in eBay’s search bar to see every item. Including keywords limits the scope of your search and produces more pertinent results. For even more advice, check out the Search Tips page.

With so many options to choose from on eBay, there is a flatscreen TV mount to fit nearly everyone’s taste as budget. After finding an auction item that piques your interest, be sure to read the entire listing, including the terms and conditions, to understand what you are bidding on or purchasing. Find out if the seller has a money back guarantee on items that arrive damaged or broken. If any part of the listing is unclear, go ahead and contact the seller.

Lastly, take a moment to look at the seller’s eBay user history to see how he or she has conducted past business. Pay special attention to the approval rating and feedback and only buy from sellers with a high approval rating and positive comments.

Conclusion

Flatscreen TVs should be treated like a piece of furniture, and its placement should be well thought out before the installation process begins. The mount’s instruction manual should also be read before putting a single hole in the wall. Not all mounts are created the same. In addition to accommodating various sizes and weights, some have a fixed position, and others pivot or extend. Hiding the wires in the wall requires more time, effort, and power tools, but the end result is a sleek-wireless setup.

Moreover, if TV owners are planning on connecting the flatscreen with other devices, then those wires must also be accounted for. Surround sound requires wires to be set up all around the room and can be overwhelming for some. Hanging a flatscreen TV is much less complicated than most people may think, and with the right tools and a little knowhow, homeowners can mount a flatscreen with relative ease.

 
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