Quick, efficient and safe! This is the common phrase you hear from salesmen whenever you are about to buy a wall mount. However, things change to 180 degrees when you get back home. You probably think that drilling a few holes and setting up a small item will not take more than 15 minutes. But if this is the first time you do it, you better allocate up to an hour. You will most likely need a manual of instructions or perhaps a guide to explain everything step by step. You do not have to be a genius to figure out how the mount must be installed, but a simple mistake or an inappropriate installation will cause major damage and perhaps some severe wounds too.
The general plan is simple. You need a vertical wall to set up the metallic components. The respective parts are mounted on the wall with some powerful screws. Their primary purpose is to actually support the television set. A few other screws and some plastic parts will help you set the mount to the right size for a perfect installation. Therefore, make sure that the package is sealed and not opened, only to avoid missing any parts.
Mounting The Support On The Wall
The support can easily be installed on solid concrete, concrete blocks or brick walls. Take the main part of the mount and use it for a model, only to mark the margins and screw holes on the wall. This way, you will know exactly where to drill. You need the drill size to perfectly fit the screw or the installation will be defective. The same rule applies to the drilling depth. Once the holes are over, mount the support on the wall. Most commonly, these units require six screws, but you can also find more or less holes. It depends on the mount size, as well as the television set weight. Double check the main installation by shaking or trying to move it.
Mounting The Rails
In order to achieve a perfect balance, the lateral metallic rails are supposed to follow some rules. They should be close to the central part of the television, but also maintain an equal distance between the top and the bottom. The separator is used if your television set has a slightly curved back. However, modern units do not really require it, since their backs are usually straight.
Fitting The Television Set In
Most commonly, the television set should be fitted to the basic support with some screws. On the other hand, the two rails are meant to support it laterally. You will find small screwing holes on the back of the screen, which fit to the holes in the main support. In the end, the last thing to do implies connecting the set to an outlet and a cable, then hang it like in a peg.
In the end, the job is not that tough, but it depends on how sophisticated the wall mount is. Sometimes, it might take a few minutes, but in other cases, a newbie might spend more than an hour.
Michael Alvarez, has been working in the electronics and technology field for over 20 years. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise with others; while continuing to grow his knowledge.