Flat screen televisions are pretty awesome. They come with standard 4:3 widescreen aspect ratio and a wide range of high-definition (and ultra high-definition) options; also they are thin and very lightweight.
However, the best benefit to a flat screen television might be that you can easily mount them onto the wall. This option actually gives you quite a bit of flexibility. Television wall mounts are easy to install, as they do not involved too many pieces and each of these pieces is lightweight. You don’t need any special technical knowledge or skills, or even any special tools! That in mind, here are a few things you do need to know as you install a Monoprice wall mount for your computer monitor or your flat screen television.
While the pieces are small and not necessarily dangerous on their own, you still need to make safety a priority. Similarly, your flat screen television is also probably pretty light, but if you are not careful in how you mount it, you could endanger the tv or other people.
Also, you have to remember that even though the wall mount, itself, is not electrical, the television is; and that means you need to make sure you mind the length of the cables and wires. They need enough room to hang or be tacked down and still be long enough to reach the outlet/jack.
Here are a few quick hints to remember about electricity:
- Always use a cable or wire tester or wall locator to ensure you will not damage any wires in the wall when you drill
- Always make sure the cables or cords you choose to use meet building codes and fire codes
- Most in-wall installations require UL-rated wire with either a CL3 or a CL3 label
- Never install a wall mount on a wall that has been constructed with metal studs because this type of wall probably cannot support even the light weight of a flat screen
THE TOOLS YOU WILL NEED
Obviously, to mount your television you will need the wall mount kit you bought at the store. You will also probably need the following tools:
- Cable wire tester and/or locator
- Power drill with bits
- Socket wrench (set)
- Stud finder
- Tape measure
A COUPLE MORE THINGS
Finally, here are a few more tips:
- Take extra time to determine the best place for the mount
- Measure for the optimal viewing angle before drilling
- Remember to install near an electrical outlet