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How to Mount a TV to the Wall: Simple and Safe Steps

How to Mount a TV to the Wall: Simple and Safe Steps
hello there my name is Nils with learned to DIY and in today's video I'm gonna be showing you how to take a TV that's on a stand and

mount

it up onto your

wall

we're gonna do is remove the stand or the base from the television on most TVs nowadays it's just a matter of removing some Phillips screws you can use a regular screwdriver or a drill since we're just removing and in this case I've got six screws two two and then two back here so these should pop out pretty easy okay it should be all the way loose now so we can pop it off lean it against the

wall

and all my screws are still in here and I'm just gonna keep them in here one little trick is you can actually just keep the screws in there and then put some tape over the screw holes so the screws will always stay with the base okay so now we're going to take a look at our TV

mount

you want to make sure you get a

mount

ain that's appropriate for the TV that you've got you want to make sure the weight support is sufficient for your TV most modern TVs like this one that are a little bit thinner are actually pretty light so this one holds up to 130 pounds it's articulating which means it can turn in just about every direction tilt and tilt on both directions really and so this one's going to work out really well if you like a TV stand or a TV

mount

like this then check the links in the description below I'll put a link to an Amazon product where you can get the same

mount

...
how to mount a tv to the wall simple and safe steps
on amazon.com so we're gonna pop this open be sure to check out the instructions for your TV one thing that's that differs on all TVs is these where these four screws are for

mount

ing some of them are a much smaller plate it just depends on what TV you have if you look through your manual here you'll notice that it's got instructions for all the different sizes and and different configurations so on this one we've got some arms that we're going to assemble here and basically what we're going to do is take this one is as big as it can get we're going to put those two right there on these screws and then those will attach to a

mount

like this one that one down here and one up there and so I'll just go ahead and get this part put together but again just follow the instructions that come with your TV

mount

so we're all set now we've got the bracket on so we can now get our

wall

set up so that we can attach that to this bracket and then we'll be just about ready now let's go over the math involved in this I am NOT a big fan of math but this is fairly basic I'm gonna just make sure that you understand once you have a mark on the

wall

of what height you wanted at how to figure out how the TV needs to wear the TV needs to be

mount

ed so that you can have the bottom of your TV for example at just that height that you had marked so I've already placed a mark up on the

wall

and what I'm gonna do is take a measurement from...
how to mount a tv to the wall simple and safe steps
in this case I've got these two holes right here that line up with these two holes on the

mount

ing bracket I'm gonna measure from the bottom of the TV to that hole I just need some point that I can reference on both the bracket both the a

mount

and the bracket and so that's 13 inches from the bottom of the TV to this stud right here and so I'm going to now take that measurement and subtract whatever the

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the distance is from the hole where this stud fits into to the bottom of the

mount

so I've got 13 is my first number and then from the bottom of the

mount

to the hole is three inches so I just take three inches off of my 13 so I've got basically that means that the bottom of this bar of this

mount

needs to be 10 inches higher than where I expect the bottom of the TV to be hopefully that makes sense so I'm now I'm just going to put my mark on the

wall

and then put this 10 inches above that so up here on the

wall

this is the height where I want the bottom of the TV to be and so I measure 10 inches up and that's the height where I want the bottom of the

mount

to be so I'm gonna place the

mount

right here and that'll put the bottom of the TV right here and we should be good to go so what I'm going to use to find where the studs are is a

wall

ABAT wala ba is basically a device that you attach to your phone it just sticks on there temporarily and it's kind of like this amazing stud finder I've got a bathroom right behind...
how to mount a tv to the wall simple and safe steps
this

wall

so I want to make sure that I'm not drilling into any water pipes or anything like that certainly not gas pipes electrical wires anything like that unlike a traditional stud finder this

wall

ibattz actually going to let me see what's behind this

wall

including pipes and other things the stud finders are going to miss so I've got this

mount

ed on the back of here now and I'm just going to open the app get connected and then I'm going to select my drop my

wall

type this actually works on concrete or dry

wall

we've got dry

wall

here so I'm going to do that and then now I'm going to calibrate which basically just means you know let it identify the type of

wall

and it's actually sending little radio signals into the

wall

right now and listening for their return and then I'm going to do what's called a pan it's really cool you can actually see as it's going what's showing up on this pan here just doing a quick scan of the

wall

and you can see these yellow lines where the studs are okay that's plenty I'll save that and now I can go into image mode with image mode it's actually going to show me what's behind the

wall

s okay so I've got a stud right here so I'm going to mark my studs no stud right about there okay so I've got either a pipe or a wire back here so I want to be aware of that so I'm not drilling right into that spot we can kind of follow this along see where'd it go there we...
go till I get to my next stud with almost all construction and dry

wall

homes you can see that there's the studs are almost always going to be where a plate is

mount

ed so if you do have plates

mount

ed on your

wall

it's almost guaranteed that it's going to be

mount

ed either on the right side of the left side of the stud because that's what the box behind here is actually attached to so I've got a stud right running right down the right side of this guy right there and then there's that wire again so I do have a wire what appears to be running across this way it could be a pipe so I want to be leery of that and make sure we're not drilling any screws right there okay so and mark that actually so from right here yeah still it goes all the way across right through here so now I know what to avoid I know where I can drill the bolts for the attachments and I'm ready to go ahead and

mount

to the TV

mount

onto the

wall

all right I've actually placed my phone on here to use as a level a lot of TV stands actually come with our TV

mount

s actually come with a level so if you've got one just go ahead and use that and then I'm gonna put the bottom of this at the line that I marked right there make sure I'm level and then I know where my studs are because I've already marked those with the

wall

ABAT actually I'm going to move it over a little bit so I can hit two studs if you can never hit two studs that's a lot more strong than...
just hitting the one and so I've got the one going right here I'm going to mark the top and bottom so I'm just checking this one last time to make sure the area that I'm going to drill into is free from any obstructions behind the

wall

so I've got my first saw over here I just got to stub there which is great that wire or pipe is actually back in the middle and then my other one is up here good and then right there's my other one and right there okay so I'm confident that when I drill in here I'm not going to drill into anything I don't want to and so now for the what we're gonna do is we're gonna pre-drill your TV

mount

comes with lag bolts they're kind of a thicker bolt and they're meant for going through that thick

mount

ing plate and so we're going to use a pre-drill so that we don't have to just I have those lag bolts straight in which could cause the stud behind it to split now according to the instructions for the TV

mount

that I have this requires a three sixteenths inch hole to be drilled about three and a half inches deep which is most of the length of this drill bit so I've got my lines or my holes marked one thing you can tell right away you'll start seeing saw dust coming out rather than just dry

wall

dust and you'll feel the resistance if you're not hitting the stud it's just gonna plunge right through if it's offering some resistance that's a good thing all right so with my...
holes drilled at this point I'm ready to go ahead and put the

mount

up and so I'm gonna start out by not tightening these in all the way I'm gonna put them in most of the way but not tighten them all the way down so I still have a little room to adjust if I need to put this first one in now I'm cheating here a little bit and using my impact drill you can really just do this with a regular wrench even some pliers this just makes it a lot easier and for the sake of getting this done quickly I'm just going to use this since I have it I'm gonna grab my next one and put it through a second hole in where this measures out okay so again not in all the way just enough to where I can still move it around if I need to and then I can get my bottom ones in and they're right here okay so it looks like we're good there so I'm just going to tighten these in and we should be ready to go with this okay that thing is rock solid so I've got it spanning two studs it's level and we're good to go so now you can see I've got lots of motion here and movement from side to side I can pull it out this far and then sit it pretty flat and then it's also got tilt on it as well which is really nice so the next thing we're gonna do is

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the actual TV bracket to the

mount

here and to do that this is really a two-person job you're gonna have one person hold the TV up and while the other person make sure that these studs line up and then...
we're gonna fasten those on there's a little wrench that comes with it to fasten the nuts on to the bolts that are on the back of the TV now alright I can't see this actually can you help position it at all three okay so the only other thing we're gonna want to tighten is let's do it totally flat and if you want to just grab that guy yep okay all right so we've actually tightened down the three bolts that hold this thing in place as well as the two bolts that adjust the tilt so this thing is not going to be tilting much now and then when we push this back should just flatten right out oh I think I was off there we go okay in this case we already have our outlet behind the TV so I'm gonna pull this out a bit and there's even some little cord carriers in here which is nice plug it in flatten it out when you are cooking and we've got our

wall

-

mount

ed TV wires are gone now if you don't have your wires hidden in your

wall

then I've got a couple of videos with a couple of different techniques on how to do that I've got how to do it for ten dollars and kind of a

simple

r more generic way or you can use a kit that simplifies the process it cost about $60 and I've got links to that again in the description below so check out up in the top left corner or your right for the links to those couple of videos alright so that's it for this project the TV is

mount

ed looking really good and again I want to thank my sponsor for today's...
video wala bot I've used lots of different stud finders and stud sensors in the past and I'm actually going to be doing a little video comparing the multiple types of stud finders so if you're watching this video be sure to check that out on my channel if you want to learn more about

wall

ah bots products then you can check them out on their website at

wall

ah bot calm and as always there are links in the description you can also see more about this with a few more details on my website at learn to DIY comm there you can also buy t-shirts if you like to do it yourself shirts and you can also follow me on social media on Twitter Instagram or Facebook at learn to DIY thanks so much for watching if you like this kind of stuff be sure to subscribe I've got new videos coming out all the time and hopefully you'll enjoy them thanks so much and remember you can do it Yoast is Alf