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Video: How to wall mount a TV

Steve, Crutchfield editor and TV expert, and Jason, a Tech Support Specialist, wall mount a flat-panel TV in the Crutchfield Labs.

Steve: We're in the Crutchfield labs, and Jason and I are going to show you how to wall mount a flat panel TV. If you're comfortable using common household tools, like these, you should be able to tackle this job.

First, we recommend that you read the directions for both the mount and the TV. They're usually pretty clear and take you through the installation step by step. And that can really save you a lot of time.

To start out, you attach the brackets to the TV. Every TV is different so you may have to try different bolts and spacers until you find the right combination for your TV. In this case, we needed to use spacers that came with the Samsung TV because they perfectly filled in the cups surrounding the bolt holes in back. We used the same bolt hole on the left and the right brackets to make sure that the TV would be level.

So the next step is to figure out where on the wall you want to put the TV. In our case, we decided to center it on the wall, so we measured the width of the TV and the width of the wall.

Height is going to be a consideration for everyone. So how high should you put your TV? We recommend that you put it at a level where the center of the screen is just about even with seated viewing height. Once you know about how high on the wall you want your TV, you can go to our website and use Crutchfield's height finder tool. So you plug in the item number of your TV and the item number of the wall mount, and the tool will tell you exactly where you need to drill your holes to get your TV at the right height.

Next you'll secure your wall plate to the studs in your wall. To do that, position the plate according to the measurements you got from the height finder and then use a stud finder to locate the studs. They're usually spaced sixteen to twenty-four inches apart in most homes. Then level the bracket and mark where you're going to drill your pilot holes for the bolts. When you drill the pilot holes, double check that you're actually drilling into the studs behind the drywall. Use a socket wrench to attach the bolts and wall plate to the wall. Double check that the bracket is level before you tighten the rest of the bolts.

Another thing to consider is how you'll connect the TV to your components. You can use products like wiremold to conceal the wires behind your wall, but in our case we ran the audio/video wires through the wall for a custom installed look. If you do that you'll want to use cables that are rated for in-wall use.

When it comes time to hang the TV on the wall, it's definitely a two person job. We even had a third person help us to plug in the cables into the TV. The brackets on the back of the TV will hook onto the wall plate and snap securely in place. Then check one last time to make sure the TV is level. Many brackets, like this one, will allow you to make minor adjustments after the TV is installed so you can change the tilt of the TV on your wall.

And now you're done. So just have a seat and enjoy the clean, uncluttered look of a wall mounted TV.

If you buy a TV from Crutchfield, you get free lifetime tech support. So if you have any questions when you're setting it up, you can call us up and talk to someone like Jason and he'll walk you through it.

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