MOUNT A TV
A wall-mounted TV is a clever way to save valuable floor space. The problem is the ugly tangle of wires hanging down from it. Here’s how to install a TV wall bracket on an internal plasterboard wall and hide those cables.
Gather your supplies ■ TV bracket ■ Brush wall cover plates (2)
You’ll also need Measuring tape; pencil; stud finder; drill; ratchet and socket; hollow wall anchors and setting tool (optional); drill bit to suit anchors (optional)
Here’s how STEP 1 Place bracket on back of TV and measure from top of wall mount on bracket to bottom of TV. Measure up wall to where you would like bottom of TV to sit then add first measurement to find where top of wall mount will sit.
STEP 2 Position wall mount of bracket on wall and make level. Draw line of fixing holes on wall.
STEP 3 Use stud finder to locate timber studs behind plaster wall where bracket will sit. It’s best to have 2 studs to fix wall plate to. If there is only 1 stud, use hollow wall anchors in addition.
STEP 4 Drill 2 holes for hollow wall anchors along each line drawn on wall in Step 2. Insert anchors into holes and tap against wall to secure. Remove screw so sleeve tightens against back of wall. You can use a hollow wall anchor tool but this is not essential.
STEP 5 Place wall plate back on wall and insert screws from anchors through plate and into anchor sleeve embedded in wall. Tighten screws.
STEP 6 Insert supplied coach screws through bracket into wall stud. Place a coach screw at top and bottom of bracket.
STEP 7 Mark position of cover plate on wall so it will be hidden by TV and at bottom of wall near power point. Use stud finder to check there is no timber framing between cover plates. If there is, adjust position of cover plates. Cut holes in wall for cover plates using wallboard saw. Mount cover plates in holes.
STEP 8 Feed cables behind wall through cover plates. Connect TV to cabling then mount on bracket.