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Although it’s easy to reach out to a Professional TV Wall Mounting Service, mounting your own television set to the wall doesn’t have to be an extremely difficult task. This project makes a quick DIY project that, when done correctly, homeowners can enjoy for years to come. This guide will take you through a list of all the required tools, as well as each step. You can either bookmark it to your device browser, or print it off for easy reference – whichever works best for you. Let’s get started.

Required Tools

Before we begin, ensure you have the proper tools in your possession. These tools are easy to purchase, or may already be found within your collection. Each one serves a specific purpose in order to create the most secure tv mount, and avoid potential damage.

  • Pencil, Measuring Tape & Level

  • TV Bracket & Included Fixings/Bolts

  • Spanner, Socket or Screwdriver

  • Drill & Drill Bits:

    For drilling into solid walls, SDS works well.

    Ensure the bits fit the fixings you’ve purchased.

  • Dustsheets & Hoover (makes clean up a lot easier)

  • An additional set of hands may be helpful for large TV sets.

Wall Brackets

Choosing the correct wall bracket for your TV is crucial to the overall success of your project. When possible, invest in a high-quality kit so you only have to complete this task once. While you might find cheap kits to be easily obtainable online, Sanus, Peerless, and B-Tech are considered to be the most trusted manufacturers – quality is king when it comes to mounting a TV. There are a few additional specifications you’ll need to take into consideration, such as your TV’s:

  • Total Weight
  • Screen Size (typically measured from corner to corner, in inches)
  • Distance between the mounting screw fixing holes, on the back of your TV – also known as the VESA.
  • Desired Mount Style (including: full motion, fixed or tilting)

Various Types of Wall Surfaces & Fixings

Your next task, for a successful TV wall mount installation, would be to identify the type of surface material of your chosen wall. This information plays a vital role in properly securing your bracket kit, as well as mounting your television. Older buildings throughout the UK may feature solid block, while buildings in the USA are typically built with a timber frame and plasterboard. Proper surface identification allows you to purchase the most effective mounting bracket, fittings, etc. Utilizing specialized fittings means there is less chance of damage from a falling TV, due to incorrect hardware.


Stud walls

Typically aren’t load bearing, constructed of wooden and/or metal studs, covered by secured plasterboard. Because this type of wall is mostly cosmetic, extra precautions must be taken to ensure brackets don’t cause damage later on down the road. Identifying studs takes a bit of skill, because a stud wall will create a hollow sound when tapped. However, there are special kits available especially for mounting a TV onto this type of wall. Several heavy-duty wall anchors may work perfectly for your project, perfectly capable of supporting mounted TVs. A television on the large side, though, may require something as strong as Gripit Fixings. This product only requires the drilling of a 25mm pilot hole, which ultimately houses a bolt.

Although it’s rather uncommon within residential buildings, you may discover wood walls within renovated sheds, etc. Wood walls are generally comprised of plywood, chipboard, or something similar, and offer easy installation of mount kits. A DIY project including a wood wall typically calls for a few screws to be drilled directly into the wall.

Generally, solid walls such as Brick, Stone or Breeze/Cinder Block

These are comprised of brick, or a similar material. The easiest way of identifying a solid wall is to knock your hand against the surface – just don’t hit it too hard. If the impact of your fist isn’t followed by a hollow sound, it’s most likely a solid wall (or made up of blown plaster). While this type of wall surface may require unique bolts and plugs, installing a TV mount to a solid wall is rather simple. This type of installation also offers a strong, trustworthy foundation for your mounted television set. Heavier TVs, as well as full-motion brackets, often require longer bolts up to 80mm in length, due to a higher weight demand. It’s important to note, however, the overall bolt length should be investigated in order to prevent the end from coming out on the other side.

Dry Lined Walls

Individuals living in a renovated home, may recognize dry-lined walls, often referred to dot and dab. Dry-lined walls may be easily confused with stud walls; however, they are not the same and cannot be treated thusly. This surface material is simply plasterboard applied as a facade, often through the use of adhesive, over solid walls, or brickwork. A dry-lined wall may be the most difficult to identify, because it may sound solid in some areas due to adhesive, and hollow in others. Anchors meant for stud walls are not compatible with dry-lined walls, and require specialized mounting kits. These fixings require fixture into the brickwork, behind the plasterboard, with long coach bolts (up to 100mm long). Take care when you tighten the fixing, in order to avoid permanently damaging the outer wall.

Hanging the Television on to the Bracket

Once you have installed the fixings, it’s time to add the bracket and hang your TV. You can utilize a metal detector beforehand, to ensure you won’t hit piping or cables while drilling. It would be advisable to turn off the building’s power supply before moving forward with drilling, etc. You want to first mark the TV wall bracket positions, with the help of a level. You will continue by drilling fixing holes to the desired depth, if not a bit deeper. Install wall plugs by gently tapping them with a hammer, and thread bolts (and washers) into the fixing holes, twisted finger tight. A screwdriver, or similar tool depending on hardware, is all that’s needed to tighten the bolts completely. A secondary set of hands will be extremely useful with installation, especially when you’re ready to lift the television set into position. Now that you’ve completed another DIY project, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your favourite program.


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