When mounting a flat screen TV to the wall, it is important that the installation is completed properly and with safety in mind. Flat screen TVs, including LED TVs, LCD TVs or Plasma TVs can be mounted to a variety of different wall types including brick, concrete or to dry wall with wooden or metal studs. In a majority of instances, TV mounts are installed on regular dry wall with wooden studs behind them. In those circumstances, it is vital and necessary to mount your TV mount to the wooded studs that sit behind your dry wall. You should never install a TV mount to dry wall alone. Therefore, in this article we offer a few tips on how to find those wooden studs (even though they are hiding behind your dry wall) so you can securely mount your TV.
Wall Studs Explained
Wall studs sit vertically behind your wall to provide support for your structure. Dry wall is basically just plaster so it doesn’t provide much support at all. The structure that makes up a room is actually provided by the skeleton that sits behind the walls. In most cases, this skeleton is constructed using wood. In the United States, wall studs are spaced sixteen inches apart, when measured from the center of the stud. In some areas, however, studs can be found that are twelve or even twenty four inches apart. It is important that you become familiar with your particular wall structure so you can locate your wall studs in a more efficient manner.
As mentioned above, don’t ever attempt to install a TV wall mount to dry wall alone. The dry wall is not strong enough to support the combined weight of your TV mount and your TV. Therefore, when mounting a TV to the wall, it is important that you drill the screws that support your TV mount into the studs that sit behind the dry walls. When you mount your TV mount to the wooden studs you will get a stronger and more secure hold. Some TV mounts can accommodate one stud while others are long enough to accommodate two or even three studs. When installing any of these types of mounts, try to hit as many studs that the TV mount can accommodate. To do this, you will need to find those studs.
Tips To Locate Wall Studs
There are a few ways to find the studs located behind your walls. The first way (known as the quick-and-dirty way) involves tapping on the wall. This method works by knocking on your wall until you hear a thumping sound as opposed to a hollow echo. The spaces between the studs behind the wall are empty so when you knock in those areas you will hear a hollow echo behind the wall. As you continue to tap or knock on the wall, you’ll know you hit a stud when that hollow echo sound turns into a thud. When you hear the thud, mark that point and measure about sixteen inches in either direction to approximate the location of the next stud. If you hear a thud at that next location as well, then you’ve found another stud. If you hear a hollow sound, then keep knocking until you find the next stud.
The easier and more accurate method to find a wooden stud is to use a high-quality electronic stud finder. All you have to do is move the stud finder along the wall until you hear a beeping sound or similar alert to indicate that a stud has been found. As mentioned above, once you find your first stud, a simple trick is to measure sixteen inches from either direction to approximate the location of the next stud. In addition to finding wooden studs, many electronic stud finders also help you find metal behind your walls (such as pipes or metal studs) and also serve as voltage detectors to help you find electric wires behind the wall. Therefore, electronic stud finders are a great multi-purpose tool to have around the house. In general, an electric stud finder is a much more accurate tool for finding studs than your knuckles are.
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