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Friday, March 11, 2016

WALL MOUNTING YOUR NEW TV - WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?



There’s going to be a lot of excitement at your house when you bring home a new BIG SCREEN TV. That’s because your home theater is going to be upgraded big time to give you the kind of viewing experience that just wasn’t possible a few years ago. The high-resolution of the TV, combined with all the “smart” features like streaming and more will be impressive, but where the new flat-panel is going might be questionable. Who wants to have to try make an existing cabinet work or be forced to go out and buy another piece of furniture just to hold the TV? That’s why wall mounting is the best answer for the home theater.



Being able to mount a flat-panel TV to the wall is commonplace now. The reason this happened is due to the weight of the TV: unlike the old cathode-type TVs of the past, a flat-panel was lighter from the very beginning. And with TVs becoming even thinner and more svelte, there’s no reason not to wall mount. But what do you need to know in order to properly mount your new TV to the wall? Lets look into that right now.



PLACEMENT OF THE TV



The first thing to do is decide just where the TV is going to go on the wall. Obviously there needs to be enough free space on both sides of the wall once the TV goes up on it, but that’s not the only consideration. The decision also needs to take into account where the power outlet is relative to the wall/TVs position, and how any windows and lights in the room will interact with the TV as regards glare. Another consideration is

the “line of sight” from the wall to where the people are going to watch, for example, is there room to place a couch there, can the living room, den, bedroom, etc. accommodate people and furniture across from where the TV is? These are physical restrictions that require careful thinking beforehand so approach these questions in a calm and deliberate fashion.



WALL MOUNTS



There are companies who make wall mounts that can be used with most TVs. These mounts are attached to the wall and so require that where they are to go will hold them securely. The common way for  most to do this will be to attach the wall mount brackets to the wall (drywall) so that the connection is made to the wood studs inside. Locating the studs can be done in a number of ways, with one being the use of a stud  finder acquired from a hardware store. Care must of course be taken that the work you are doing so as to attach the wall mount will not interfere with any wiring that might be inside the wall, as well as having the approval if needed should there be any ruling where you live as regards treating a wall in an invasive manner.



HAVE A PROFESSIONAL DO IT



Wall mounting a TV can be a rewarding experience, although it must be approached with caution. For this reason, many will opt to have a professional installer, for example Just One Touch, take care of attaching the TV to the wall. But regardless of how the TV gets up on the wall, the result will be that your home theater will now be even more appealing to watch. So sit back and enjoy.

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