When You Wall Mount Your TV, Be Sure to Stop Before You Drill!

Let’s say that you’ve just purchased your new flat screen LED TV and you’re ready to get it up and running. However, before you grab your toolbox and begin working, there are some drilling precautions with wall mounted TVs that you need to consider. Sure, in many cases, it’s as easy to mount a TV on the wall as it is to hang a TV, but there are things that need to be addressed.

Position

Retractable Mount for Better Posistioning

The first thing that you need to do is decide on where you’re going to hang your TV. If there are several people living with you, make sure that you come to a consensus as to the TV placement. One of the primary drilling precautions with wall mounted TVs is making sure that no one is going to be upset with where the television is situated. Before you power up that drill, go entirely around the room and make sure that the set is going to be in the best possible viewing location. You also have to find the correct spot that has duds in the wall, which you can learn more about in this post I wrote.

Wiring

Another of the most important drilling precautions with wall mounted TVs is making sure that you’re not going to be drilling through any electrical wiring. One of the most accurate ways to make sure that you’re being entirely safe is using a stud finder that has a built-in live wiring detector. Granted, in most cases, you’re going to avoid hitting wires if you’re not drilling directly above or below electrical outlets, but the stud finder with wiring detector offers you that extra bit of protection. Naturally, before doing any drilling, you’ll want to cut all power to the room that you’re drilling in, just to be on the safe side.

Plumbing

Desktop Mount to Avoid Drilling

Checking for plumbing is another of those drilling precautions with wall mounted TVs that you don’t want to ignore. In some houses, there are pipes that are built between living room walls and bathrooms or master bedroom walls and master bathrooms. You can usually determine where pipes might be by looking at any water fixtures. If there is any doubt as to whether or not you might be drilling into a pipe, it’s best to only drill into studs, which can be found with any battery-operated stud finder. For those of you who want to be extremely cautious, you can also invest in purchasing a multiscanner, which allows you to scan for studs, pipes, and electrical wiring.

Right Fit

Make sure that you have the right mounting kit for your television. There are few things more aggravating than installing the wall mount in the perfect spot, only to discover that the mount does not work on the television that you have. There are wall mounts biggest TVs and the smallest TVs.

Don’t be intimidated at the prospect of mounting your TV on the wall. It isn’t difficult and when you follow a few simple precautions, it’s safe and it’s secure.

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