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    Mounting a tv bracket to a plasterboard wall

    As title, Cant put it anywhere else in the living room. Cant have it on the floor cos the cat jumps on it scratching it up.

    So after googling the question i get mixed answers, so im ideally looking for someone on here whos actually done the job..

    My tv is a 46" LCD, the wall im putting it up on is hollow with no bricks as its a internal wall which seperates the living room with the landing area.

    The thickness of the plaster is 15mm. The hollow gap is roughly 75mm and weight of the tv is approx 30kg. Obviously im worried about mounting it to a plasterboard wall, i dont want it to fall down. Im led to believe spring toggle bolts are the way to go?

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    umm, i dont know about spring toggle bolts lol, I would be using those metal large screw things to get a hole in there first.

    Personally, considering the weight of the tv, I think its a big nono, get a stand for it! - You hear all the time that TV's fall on people, I wouldnt risk it.

    kick the cat up its ar$£ out of the front door then you can put it on the floor

    Love your TV? then forget about the wall (it sounds like it wont support the weight) and get rid of the cat

    screw in a wooden board that's big enough to be hidden behind the TV after, via many hollow wall wall plugs, the metal ones that squish back upon themselves are pretty good, then screw the wall bracket with wood screws to the board.





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    btw, Hi Rayman

    have you considered fixing a ceiling arm bracket such as this bracketsrus.co.uk/PRO…tml to a joist in the ceiling instead?

    Not got the energy to select the correct one, but have a look at this page, you should find the correct one:

    screwfix.com/cat…ngs

    metal plate (mdf would work too) on the other side of the partition, bolt from one side through to the other and hang a picture over the otherside to disguise, not the most elegant solution but I sure as hell wouldnt trust anything else to hold a tv to plasterboard walls.

    How can a 46" TV not span at least one stud? They are only 36" apart.
    So if it only spans one fix a metal plate to the wall that is bigger than the bracket and fix it to the wall stud with lots of screws. Well as a 46" TV must be at least 2ft high then if you put 8 large screws in every 2.5" then that will hold it just fine.:thumbsup:

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    And how do they find the exact location of the wall studs, just keep drilling random holes?

    lumoruk;4636457

    And how do they find the exact location of the wall studs, just keep … And how do they find the exact location of the wall studs, just keep drilling random holes?



    A stud finder? (Not lulu's mammy)

    lumoruk;4636457

    And how do they find the exact location of the wall studs, just keep … And how do they find the exact location of the wall studs, just keep drilling random holes?



    Tap the wall with your knuckles.

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    GAVINLEWISHUKD;4636625

    Tap the wall with your knuckles.



    Ho ho that doesn't work on my partition that i built all sounds the same.

    Do not trust any kind of cavity fixing, they may be plenty strong enough for a picture or small mirror but no way a tv that size...

    As suggested already, you will need to bridge at least two studs with either strips of wood or metal an fix them securely to studs, you can then fix your bracket to the wood. To make tidier job off it would be to remove the plasterboard from the area, fix you wood strip internally to your stud work and fix the plasterboard in the hold, tidy up with filler and repaint, doent have to be fantastic job as it is under tv but of course you will need to take it down sometime!!

    If all else fails its a trip to the vets!

    There are several threads about this on the avforums but you'll probably find it re-iterates most of the good advice on here - ie don't rely on plugs in the plasterboard.....

    Original Poster

    hmmmm

    So the best solution is find the studs hidden behind the walls and bolt a bracket to that?

    J4GG4;4637155

    hmmmmSo the best solution is find the studs hidden behind the walls and … hmmmmSo the best solution is find the studs hidden behind the walls and bolt a bracket to that?



    Yes

    Original Poster

    Ok thanks for all the helpful input.

    J4GG4;4637155

    hmmmmSo the best solution is find the studs hidden behind the walls and … hmmmmSo the best solution is find the studs hidden behind the walls and bolt a bracket to that?



    thats what i did with mine :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    By 'bolt a bracket to it' i mean the actual tv bracket. Not a internal bracket? or some sort of reinforcement bracket?

    We have a 46inch TV fixed to the wall and we could only find "dabs" of plaster holdingthe paster board on... we have a friend who is a plaster and he said he has never seen anything like it before.... our way round it was as follows.


    We placed 2 horizonal batons (each 3inch by 2 inch ) to the wall with 3 and half inch bolts into the "dab" areas then placed the bracket onto the batons, then hubby hung from the bracket to test the strength. lol.... I would not of put the TV up if I did ot think it was secure... I will try and get you a pic to show you ...

    You cant see the batons or the bracket at all when the TV is pushed back into place borolad is going to post Pic from his lappy below as i have got my memory card stuck in the desktop:oops:

    frollickingfrill;4638062

    We have a 46inch TV fixed to the wall and we could only find "dabs" of … We have a 46inch TV fixed to the wall and we could only find "dabs" of plaster holdingthe paster board on... we have a friend who is a plaster and he said he has never seen anything like it before.... our way round it was as follows.We placed 2 horizonal batons (each 3inch by 2 inch ) to the wall with 3 and half inch bolts into the "dab" areas then placed the bracket onto the batons, then hubby hung from the bracket to test the strength. lol.... I would not of put the TV up if I did ot think it was secure... I will try and get you a pic to show you ...



    This is the bracket

    http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii58/thebororno1/028.jpg

    J4GG4;4637923

    By 'bolt a bracket to it' i mean the actual tv bracket. Not a internal … By 'bolt a bracket to it' i mean the actual tv bracket. Not a internal bracket? or some sort of reinforcement bracket?



    First bolt or screw either a piece(s) of wood to the studs and the fix the bracket to those new piece(s)....

    see picture above!!

    Original Poster

    brilliant.

    So behind the plaster the studs run horizontal? there was me thinking they ran vertical. Or do they run both vert and hori?
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