Wall mounts for your flat-panel television
Digital TVs are almost ʻde rigeur ʼ for the well-equipped home theatre these days. Their sleek good looks, coupled with decreasing prices, have made their popularity soar. Yet buying a flat-panel TV you really like and then having it successfully situated in your home tend to be two separate issues.
Whether selecting a larger plasma TV or a smaller LCD model, most consumers end up attaching them to a wall utilizing a wall mount. With that installation generally comes some additional work of running the TV cable and electric wire behind the sheetrock so all the wires are hidden. And, because the TVs can get very heavy, it is important that the wall mounts are securely fastened to studs behind the wall. Most digital TV dealers recommend that their customers have the new TVs and wall mounts professionally installed.
Wall mounts are available in a number of styles; some of them just hold the TV to the wall, while others have a range of motion, such as tilt, swivel, pan and extend. Some, known as full-motion mounts, allow all those functions. One fact about wall mounts, though, is they attach to the wallʼs surface and therefore hold the TV away from the wall from anywhere from 2.5” to 5”; from the side the mount can be seen.To answer those concerns, one new product — an in-wall box that holds and hides a full-motion wall mount — allows the TV to be flush with the wall so the mount doesnʼt show. It is now possible to use a recessed in-wall box that allows a digital TV to rest snuggly against the wall, hiding the mount in the process. This new product, the LR1A by Sanus Systems, is simple to install and fulfills a user ʼs desire to have a TV flush with the wall. When used with an appropriate companion full-motion wall mount, virtually any TV from 15” to 50” can be mounted so that the TV can be pulled out and pushed back, depending upon viewing needs. For instance, with use of the Sanus Systems VM400 Full-Motion Flat-Panel TV Wall Mount, a TV weighing up to 80 lbs. can be extended from 3.5” to 20” off the wall.
The in-wall box is made of heavy gauge steel that provides incredible strength and rigidity. It is installed by cutting a hole in the sheetrock between wood studs and fastening the recessed box to the studs by lag bolts. The in-wall box is available in a silver, black or paintable white finish. It features cutouts for signal and power cables.