FLAT-SCREEN TV INSTALLATION

The Ultimate Handyman installs your flat panel with concealed cables regardless if it is a plasma, LCD, LED, Laser or whatever technology is coming up.

The Ultimate Handyman installs your flat panel with concealed cables regardless if it is a plasma, LCD, LED, Laser or whatever technology is coming up.

 

Before you start, if you have any flat panel TV bigger than 40″ buy this Bracket, you will not regret and you will save money on installation:

Sanus VLF220-B1 –

Full-Motion TV Mount for 37 – 56″ TVs – Extends 20″ from Wall

SKU: SNS10252

 

Then call us at (323) 651-0635 to book the installation. Most simple installations without wire concealment cost in between $100 and $160 of labor, depending on size of TV.

Plasma and LCD flat-screens are a fantastic idea, but everyone who buys one to hang on the wall should be prepared to embark on a very technical installation. First you need to know where the studs are…Wait! First you need to know WHAT the studs are. Then you have to decide if you want a bunch of wires hanging down or hidden inside the wall. And if all the wires are to be hidden, then the electrical receptacle should be behind the tv…These are all details we can easily take care of for you to leave you not just satisfied, but utterly delighted with your new purchase.

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Material found on the internet about hanging plasma TVs:

Guide to a wall mounted or hanging flat panel

You just bought that newflat panel big screen TV.  Now you want to hang it on a wall. Well, yes you can do that, but you need to think about this project before you start drilling holes in your wall. First you should select your mount. With some TV models, the manufacturer will offer a specific mount for your set. Plan on spending at least $150 to $300 for the mount, remember it’s holding up your very expensive TV.

You want your TV flat panel screen to be VESA mount compliant. This means the back of your display panel will have standard spaced mounting holes available for a matching mount and brackets. Two vertical brackets will attach with screws to the back of the TV. The brackets will attach to a metal wall plate which will be bolted thru your wall to your wall studs. The studs will provide the support for the TV. You can also mount to concrete blocks or brick walls.

Now select the right position. This will be decided by the room shape or the room size, location of wall studs, lighting, glare, viewing angles and person preference of viewing position.

After you have selected the final location, try a test run with two people holding the TV set in a possible mount position. It looks great there, but only one problem, the dangling cables. You can cut a hole behind the TV screen and snake the wires through the wall, and out another hole by your A/V equipment such as DVD player. Many building codes forbid running power cables inside a wall, so you may want to consider getting an electrician to install an AC outlet behind the TV set.

Remember to plug in all your cables before you mount the HDTV, because once it is up there on the wall you don’t want to have to take it down just to plug in some more cables. Buy and connect as many cables as you can before you mount the set, even if you don’t plan to use them at the time, this will make adding new devices much easier in the future. Consider HDMI cables as this connection will “future proof” your setup for awhile.

Give yourself plenty of time when installing. If you are not sure about anything, get a professional to do it for you.

Mounts for Flat Panel TV

Flat/Non-Tilting Wall Mounts for 32" to 50" Flat Panels Flat/Non-Tilting Wall Mount for 32 to 50 inch Flat Panel TV. The TV remains in a fixed position on the wall.
Tilting Wall Mounts for 32" to 50" Flat Panels Tilting Wall Mount for 32 to 50 inch Flat Panel TV. The TV can be tilted up or down.
Full Motion Arm Wall Mounts for 32 to 50 inch Flat Panels Full Motion Arm Wall Mount for 32 to 50 inch Flat Panel TV. The TV can be moved out from the wall, tilted up or down and turned left or right for multiple viewing angles.
Motorized Adjustable Mounts for 37 to 63 inch flat panels Motorized Adjustable Remote Controlled Mount for 37 to 63 inch flat panel TV. The TV can be moved out from the wall, turned left or right, tilted up or down all by robotics remote controlled from your viewing position.
Ceiling Mounts for 32" to 50" Flat Panels Ceiling Mount for 32 to 50 inch Flat Panel TV. The TV is mounted to the ceiling instead of a wall.
Floor Stands for 32" to 50" Flat Panels Floor Stand for 32 to 50 inch Flat Panel TV.

Flat panel TV wall mounts consist of two main parts, a back plate that mounts to the wall, and a front plate with the VESA mounting hole pattern that is screwed onto the back of your television. The mounting process is almost always the same. You screw the back plate onto the wall, and attach the front plate to your TV rear, and then lower the TV/front plate assembly into place on the wall mount assembly. Make sure you follow the installation guides that come with both your mount and TV. Articulated-arm TV mounts provide better positioning of the panel while maintaining all the benefits associated with tilting and swiveling mounts. These type of wall mounts however, are somewhat more expensive than fixed or tilting wall mounts. Mounts come in attractive polished silver finish, or black and feature tilt, swivel, pan, and extended motion adjustments.


Sanus VisionMount™ MF110-B1 – $179.99

For 15″- 40″ TVs
• supports up to 100 lbs.
• tilt range: +5° to -15°
• swivel range: 90° left to 90° right
• swivel arm extends out to 9-1/2″
• VESA-compatible mounting hole pattern

The concept of a “Home Theater” has been around for years but with the introduction of High Definition television in 1998 and the decreasing prices of large flat panel TVs, more people are able to finally enter the exciting world of home theater. The design of a home theater is very personal and the choices of hardware are also based on your personal taste. For most people able to afford it, the choices can involve very expensive systems including the TV, sound systems and furnishings. Part of this whole design is the idea of wall mounting your flat-panel TV. Basically, the process requires that you drill four holes, attach the mounting bracket to the wall with screws, connect your cables and lower the TV into place on the wall.

The large screen sizes such as the 40 inch to 60 inch TVs can be mounted on your wall as well as on a stand. Some people prefer a wall mount for their TV and even for their loudspeakers. These large flat-panel TVs typically weigh over 100 lbs., so you won’t be moving them around too much. But wall mounting your flat panel TV requires some fore-thought and planning before cutting into your wall. If you want the flexibility to move the television around frequently, wall mounting isn’t a good idea. For everyone else, hanging the TV on the wall will save significant space and can add a very attractive, professional look to any home theater system. Hanging the display yourself can also help save money on professional installation (basic professional installation can cost $500 or more) and let you plan and implement a system to your exact specifications. Another option is a ceiling mount. The ceiling joists in the framework of the home are used to provide the support for the TV which can be flat mounted to the ceiling or attach to a mount hung from a column which allows the type of movement you can get with a wall mounting.

You have to decide exactly where to mount the TV. Once you cut holes and run cables thru the walls you are fairly committed. You most likely have to purchase a wall mounting bracket which accommodates your model of TV. These brackets can cost over a hundred dollars. You have to determine how the TV will plug in to AC power. You have to determine how and where to run the connecting video and audio cables. You have to have the correct tools and be willing to do the installation (or have it done for you by professionals).

Before you undertake wall mounting a LCD or plasma flat-panel HDTV, you need to ask yourself “is this a job for a professional installer?”

If you do not want to undertake a job such as this or you feel you cannot successfully accomplish this work, then it’s worth hiring a professional to do it for you. If you select a known installer with a good reputation you’ll know the job is done right. However if you have done some home improvement tasks before and want to do the job yourself, then by all means go ahead.

WARNINGS

Hanging a flat-panel TV isn’t an operation to take lightly. Not only are you installing large, heavy, metal brackets, you’re also going to put your very expensive new television on the line expecting that you did it right. The installer must verify that the mounting surface, ceiling or wall, will safely support the combined weight of all attached equipment and hardware, including the mount and the TV. Safety is primary at all times. Do not be in a hurry. A job done right will take longer but will reward in the long run. Always opt on the side of caution. Working with power tools, electricity, wiring, and heavy objects can be hazardous. Ceiling mounts can be more dangerous than wall mounts due to the potential for falling.

Safety tips

  • Be sure to use A/V cables that meet local building and fire code. Most codes require UL-rated wire labeled CL2 or CL3 for in-wall installations.
  • Make sure the area behind your wall is clear before cutting.
  • Turn off the power in areas you’ll be drilling or cutting to avoid electric shock.

Your TV’s power cable isn’t made to be safely installed in your wall — that means that if you want to keep that cable hidden, you’ll need to hire an electrician to install a recessed AC outlet on the wall behind your TV.

PREPARATION

The first step in preparation is shopping. You can find wall-mounting kits in a variety of places, including electronics stores (both brick and online) and direct from manufacturers. You can also choose between mounts for specific models and generic kits that claim to work for nearly any display. Buy the mounting hardware your TV’s manufacturer specifically recommends for your model. You’re spending a couple hundred dollars on the hardware and putting thousands more on the line. This isn’t the time to skimp. Additionally, buy the mounting hardware from the same place you bought the TV or directly from the manufacturer. Prices vary depending on your television’s size and the manufacturer, but expect to spend at least $200 for a complete wall-mounting kit. You also need some tools to do the install.

First make sure that your chosen LCD or plasma TV is even capable of being wall-mounted. It’s rare but there are some early models that were table-top only. The easiest way to check this is to see if the box or owners manual mentions ‘VESA Compatible’ or just the words VESA mount. VESA stands for “Video Electronics Standards Association” and is just another way of saying this display is designed to work with VESA standard wall mounts.

Wall mounts come in a wide range of sizes and styles.

Plan the wire route

If you want to hide wires running from your TV to your Audio/Video component rack, check out the wire routing options below.

  • Short run (TV and component rack are located along the same wall)
    • inside the wall
    • behind a baseboard, door jamb, or crown molding
    • under your carpet
    • inside cabinetry, bookshelves, drawers, or closets
  • Longer run (TV and component rack are located in different parts of the room)
    • the four options above, plus:
    • through a crawlspace, or unfinished basement or attic

Try to run your cables in places that won’t require drywall repair afterwards.
After planning where you’re going to route your wire, calculate how much wire you’ll need. Always have a bit more than you think you’ll need. You need enough wire to run from your receiver to the wall, then horizontally inside the wall, vertically inside the wall and then out to the TV. Allow for some slack. Now add 3 extra feet just in case.

Wall-mounting your flat-panel TV can give you a modern look, but what about your TV’s audio/video and power cables? You need a neat, décor-friendly covering that hides the portion of your cable run between the TV and your A/V cabinet. You can run your cables along the wall and keep them hidden by using plastic cable wiring solutions such as smooth PVC housings which can be painted or even covered with wallpaper to conceal them.

You can buy these in sections to match your needs and they include the screws and/or attaching materials for wall use. About 1 inch deep and up to 5 inches wide, they are good for short runs between the TV and your audio/video rack. You want two separate channels for audio/video cables and power cables to prevent interference.

» covers 12″, or up to 30″ of cables between TV and A/V cabinet.
» non-textured finish accepts paint and wallpaper
» accommodates up to 10 cables in 2 cable channels
» ultra-light MDF construction
» installation hardware included

Some wall mounts offer external cord clips that keep the cables in order. Others allow the cables to be threaded through a piece of the mount. Many professional installers will run the cables behind the wall. In any case, for aesthetic and safety reasons, it’s always important to keep the wires out of the way.

Tools Needed for Assembly

Most flat panel displays can be wall-mounted with tools you already own, (tape measure, screwdrivers, a socket set, cordless drill etc). One item you might not own, that can come in handy for pinpointing the exact location for the mount, is a stud finder (about $20 at Home Depot or Lowe’s).

Recommended tools:

Tape Measure, Socket set, Level, Sheetrock Saw, Electrical Tape, Stud-Finder, Philips Screw Driver, and the LCD/Plasma TV and wall mount, as well as the proper cabling.

• stud finder (“edge to edge” stud finder is recommended)
• Philips screwdriver
• drill
• 1/4″ bit for concrete and cinder block wall
• 1/2″ bit for metal stud wall
• 5/32″ bit for metal or wood stud wall
• level

There are several key factors to consider when deciding where to hang your TV:

Availability of power.
Mount the display as close to a reliable power source as possible.

Location of components.
Choose a location reasonably close to your home theater components (including cable or satellite television wiring). The less cabling you have to hide, the better.

Windows and ambient lighting.
If you can’t choose a room without windows or ambient light, position the TV to minimize glare. Mount it out of direct sunlight and angled away from any windows. Also, choose heavy window coverings that block outside light.

Viewing angles.
One of the greatest benefits of plasma and LCD televisions is their incredible (often 170-degrees or more) viewing angles. Even so, position seating directly in front of the display, at a distance about two to three times the TV’s diagonal measurement. For example, if you have a 50-inch television, the optimal viewing distance would be about 8 feet to 12 feet.

Speaker positioning.
Leave room for speakers. Plan for speakers on either side of the TV, plus a center channel speaker either directly above or below the display. Arrange the seating area so you can place the left and right surround speakers directly to the viewers’ left and right, and leave room behind for rear surround (6.1 and 7.1-channel systems).

Preparation is the key. Plan ahead so you end up with the installation you want.

You need to consider other things before wall-mounting a flat-panel TV.

  • Where do you run the wires. If you’d like to run your wires on the outside of your wall, but avoid that tangled, unattractive look, you can buy cable management raceways that attach to your wall or baseboard. They keep the wires hidden, and can even be painted to match your décor. Usually made of PVC plastic, you can custom tailor your cable runs with just the right turns, end caps and cutouts for an attractive appearance.If you run your wires inside the wall, avoid mounting your TV on an exterior wall, since these walls have extra bracing and insulation that can make running wire difficult.  In many cases, this means you’ll need to get UL-rated A/V cable labeled CL2 or CL3. The Underwriters Laboratory (UL) looks at heat generated from current flowing through wire, how quickly the cable will catch and spread fire when exposed to flame.Don’t run the AC power cable inside the wall. If you want the power cable hidden, you may need to hire a licensed electrician to install a recessed AC receptacle in the wall, in a location where it will be covered by your TV, and not obstructed by the mounting bracket. Another option is to route the A/V cable in-wall, and use a small wire raceway on the outside of your wall for the power cord.
  • Height. The middle of your TV screen needs to be at about eye level while you’re seated. Mounting the TV too high can result in neck strain.
  • Screen glare. Sitting in your favorite TV-watching spot, look at the place on the wall where you plan to mount your TV. Is there light reflecting off that area? Screen glare can be distracting, and detract from an otherwise beautiful picture, so be aware of potential sources of glare.
  • Location. Choosing the right place to wall mount your LCD or Plasma HDTV is very important. Interior walls should be chosen first, then exterior walls as a last resort. Decide how the TV will connect to any other A/V components and where they will be located in relation to the TV.