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Sunday, February 25, 2007

How to Mount a Plasma or LCD TV on a Wall

This is the wall after my project was completed. Look ma, no wires.

It's all the in-between steps that make up the rest of the how-to guide! Due to site management limitations, this material has been moved to TVWallMountGuide.Net.


Dante said...

"I don't see how the TV power cable in the wall is a danger. I under stand that many city codes prohibit this."

The codes do exist for a reason. Check out this forum thread for some good info:

One of the main reasons you may not want to run the TV power code through the wall is if it DID cause a fire your insurance company wouldn't cover the damage because it's not up to code.

Dante said...

here's the proper link to that thread:


Tanya said...

I purchased a 46" Samsung LCD TV for my husband for Christmas with the intent of a wall mount application. I met with resistance from one son and my husband because they think that the TV would be damaged by a small wall heater that is about 2 feet below where the TV would be mounted. This heater is off to one side of the TV and would not even be directly below the TV. Please give me some good ammunition to prove my point that the TV would be safe from heat damage.

I think the suggestion of placing a thermometer on the wall where the TV would be placed is viable and I'll try that too.

Thanks in advance.

Tanya said...

Sorry, I neglected mentioning how awesome I think your instructions for achieving a wall mount are.

Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for such a great piece.
I am looking forward to trying your ideas when we finally purchase our new tv.

Have you seen a way to cover the tv when not in use? We have had our little tv in a closed cabinet for many years as my wife does not like to have the tv exposed when not in use.

Anonymous said...

Your method was flawless I did two 32 inch Vizo's with no proplems. I thought I would try a Regular wall receptical outlet box and I cut off the back side to make fishing the wires a little easier placed a cover cap over it and hole sawed the plate. Since it is an actual outlet receptible box it looks more uniformed by the actual electrical outlets the problem is it doesent look finishied with the hole opening as there is to much space around the wires and it just doesn't look finished if I could come up with a groument then it would look right and professional as for now it looks incomplete so I went to Office Max and bought those wire grouments and installed them as you did I like the fact that they have adjustments to close off the space around the wires for a clean finish. If I could come up with a way to close off the space around the wires with the receptical outlet boxes I would prefer the intall better to your round Office Max pieces. Until I find a better way to close the space your ideal with the Office Max parts is much cleaner install. As for the power wire through the wall I have no problem running the wire through the wall if the cable is long enough that no connections are behind the wall the male and female connectors are exposed outside the wall. I would have some concernes when my friend did this install and he used a heavy duty extension cord and the where the male/female connected duct taped it the ran in through the wall with the connection behind the wall I would have issues with doing this but if your power cord is long enough and no connections only wire behind the wall I have no problem with that as a safety issue. So if you want to save a ton of money this is buy far the easies and most cost effective method to install these flat screens on the wall Thanks you saved me a yon off money PS the wife loves the no wires exposed. Fresno, Ca

Anonymous said...

Presumably you're going to have several wires including the power cord running behind the wall. I will use the stud finder but I'm wondering what to do if there is a horizontal brace between each pair of studs. Just a thought...I know these pieces exist in many walls. There would be no way to drill a large enough hole in the brace for all the wires.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great instructions.
You mentioned, the stud would have to hold 60-100 lbs of weight. Is this mentioned because the studs are not designed to hold over 100lbs ? I bought a 52inch LCD which weighs about 125lbs. Now I am wondering whether this would be a problem.
Thanks in advance for any comments,

Anonymous said...

Selection in regards to t v wall mount is to purchase a tilting mount that it perfectly suited for any LCD TV which is situated closer to the ceiling of the room and it permits you to look upwards at the TV and also provides you the ability to tilt the screen in a downward direction to help improve the viewing angle of the screen.Another piece of advice would be to mount the bracket to a solid wall.brackets can be fitted to make efficient use of space in any room

Robert said...

I also used a similar method to wall mount my 42" Panasonic Plasma. I mounted the TV with a mount just like the one in this "how to". I also mounted on an interior wall, and ran the wires about 3 feet down and back out the wall behind my entertainment cabinet. Instead of using the office max wire gromets (which was a great idea) I used electrical box plates, like a light switch plate, but the ones that have the 1" round hole pre-cut into them. I think they are made for the single outlet plugs, for Air conditioners. Anyway, I only cut a 1" circle hole through the sheetrock, using the plate as a template, and then put little screw anchors in the sheetrock on either side, so the screws I used to hold the plate on the wall would be secure, and not get loose in the sheetrock. This way I didnt have to cut a huge hole for an old work electrical box, and its easy to patch a 1" hole in sheetrock.

In reguards to the power cord going through the wall, this should not be an issue as long as common sense is used. Since the power cord is not affixed to a wall stud, do not drive nails in the wall to hang things where the power cord makes its run (if the wall is shared, know where the tvs cord is in the next room too) Know whats in your wall. The best candidate for a job like this is an interior wall, that has no insulation, and has no stud braces. Invest in a stud finder, so you can quickly figure out if there will be obsticles where you plan to run your wires.

I would never pay someone to do this job, it is very easy.

Great write up.

TV on Wall said...

Nice post

plasma installation said...

Looks like a really nice job!

lcd tv installation said...

good job"

tv wall mounting said...

Nice looking job, what did you do with regards to the power?

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Jerry Gene said...

I like your style of writing. You break it down nicely. Very informative post. Keep up the good work.

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