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    Wall mounting a TV - any tips?

    I'm getting ready to mount my tv on the wall and I've got an idea of what to do, but any experience and tips would be great.

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    Original Poster

    My plan so far:
    1. Buy trunking, brush face-plates and ready-made plaster (my mate's a got mache hammer, chisel bolt thing and I've got goggles, breathing mask and wall mount of course, which is already on the wall).
    2. Mark out where I want the TV and the top and bottom of wall to raggled.
    3. Use a Stanley blade to mark out the sides of the plaster to be removed.
    4. Use chisel bolt to remove plaster and brick to required depth.
    5. Inset cable trunking.
    6. Plaster and sand to finish.
    7. Add brush face-plates.
    8. Feed cable through trunking
    9. Mount TV.
    10. Ta daaa!
    Edited by: "windhoek" 7th Aug 2010

    Just make sure you plug it properly (brick) and if it's timber framed make sure you screw it into the joists. Too heavy for hollow walls.

    Original Poster

    Yeah it's going on a brick wall. I've mounted it already to make sure it's solid, and it is.

    windhoek

    My plan so far:1. Buy trunking, brush face-plates and ready-made plaster … My plan so far:1. Buy trunking, brush face-plates and ready-made plaster (my mate's a got mache hammer, chisel bolt thing and I've got goggles, breathing mask and wall mount of course, which is already on the wall).2. Mark out where I want the TV and the top and bottom of wall to raggled.3. Use a Stanley blade to mark out the sides of the plaster to be removed.4. Use chisel bolt to remove plaster and brick to required depth.5. Inset cable trunking.6. Plaster and sand to finish.7. Add brush face-plates.8. Feed cable through trunking9. Mount TV.10. Ta daaa!



    So get on with it then! Pics of completed job please (_;)

    Use coach screws
    http://www.screwfix.com/sfd/i/cat/82/p1958382_l.jpg

    Make sure the tv youre mounting has a power cable that comes away from the housing (you know what i mean a 3 prong kettle plug in type thingy magig watsit called).

    On doing my bedroom i found that my new sony 32 had a moudled plug that did not disconnect from the housing and just 'went inside' to the circuit board. Just be careful coz i contacted Sony and basically if you chop off the plug to allow you to feed through the trunking you invalidate your warranty (mine had a 3 year warranty with it).

    To cut a long story short i had to take off the back facia... disconnect from the circuit board... feed the cable through the trunking in wall... reconnect and then put the back of the tv back together.

    Yep pain in the butt but i didnt wanna loose 3 years warranty and Sony basically said NO to any home modifications... even a stupid plug !

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    Squelds

    Make sure the tv youre mounting has a power cable that comes away from … Make sure the tv youre mounting has a power cable that comes away from the housing (you know what i mean a 3 prong kettle plug in type thingy magig watsit called).On doing my bedroom i found that my new sony 32 had a moudled plug that did not disconnect from the housing and just 'went inside' to the circuit board. Just be careful coz i contacted Sony and basically if you chop off the plug to allow you to feed through the trunking you invalidate your warranty (mine had a 3 year warranty with it).To cut a long story short i had to take off the back facia... disconnect from the circuit board... feed the cable through the trunking in wall... reconnect and then put the back of the tv back together.Yep pain in the butt but i didnt wanna loose 3 years warranty and Sony basically said NO to any home modifications... even a stupid plug !



    Wow! Thank Buddha my TV's power cord is detachable. I salute your inventiveness; that's a clever way of circumventing their warranty invalidation rule. Some things on gadgets should be universal and I think a detachable power cord is one of them!

    Make sure you do it right! - my Dad fitted a wall bracket over my bed and 2 weeks later it ripped itself off the wall and crashed to my bed! Luckily I wasn't in he bed at the time or else it would have broken my legs!

    Original Poster

    I've boxed up my AV gear and I think I'll tackle it next weekend. I don't want to rush it in case it goes pear shaped.

    PS what danmc said isnt a bad idea... i used coach screws on my 50" Samsung downstairs in my front room. Although not the heaviest of TVs the bracket is a cantilever one so gets moved around all the time being pulled in and out. I made damn sure the beast of a bracket was going nowhere... i just hope the brickwork can say the same :-)

    Original Poster

    Houston, we have a problem...

    While I was raggling the wall, I accidentally knocked two bricks I was working on down the chimney (which I never knew was there as I live in a refurbished tenement building and thought the wall between my neighbour and I was solid). I've now got a hole in the wall large enough to put my head in and can see up and down the inside of the chimney!

    I borrowed two bricks from a friend and now have to pop them in before I plaster the trunking in, otherwise the plaster will have nothing to grip to on one side of the trucking. It was going so well up to that point. Oh well, back to the job...

    Buy a switched fuse spur plug for a professional finish.

    My attempt at wall mounting a TV: avforums.com/for…tml

    http://www.meadeelectrical.co.uk/images/uploads/m24.jpg
    Edited by: "adambaz" 10th Aug 2010

    Original Poster

    Is that so the aerial can run behind the wall? If yes, that's cool.

    Banned

    I mounted mine about midway between floor and ceiling so the bottom of the tv (50 inch) is about waist high

    Original Poster

    That's similar to the height of my mount, although I think mine will be just a bit lower. The good thing about the bracket I've got is that it allows for horizontal and vertical adjustment. One of my colleagues has her TV at head height and it's just way too high, so I made sure I didn't put it too high to begin with.

    Only tip I have would be to keep it nice and low, that is the only thing I would change with mine, you end up with a sore neck

    No big deal of course, just need to get time and lower the bracket

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v138/MarkInIreland/SDC10253Small.jpg

    windhoek

    Is that so the aerial can run behind the wall? If yes, that's cool.



    No, it's so you dont have to have a plug coming out of the wall and into a plug socket. The TV power is plumbed straight in the back of the above socket.

    Original Poster

    adambaz

    No, it's so you dont have to have a plug coming out of the wall and into … No, it's so you dont have to have a plug coming out of the wall and into a plug socket. The TV power is plumbed straight in the back of the above socket.



    Ahhh, that's a good idea. Presumably the socket is powered from the mains ring via the adjacent mains socket? Unfortunately, I've already raggled the brick wall, installed trunking and plastered it over, so I'm reluctant to mess about with it again. But it's a great idea nonetheless and I'll keep it in mind when I mount my computer monitor which will be mounted onto a plasterboard wall.

    Original Poster

    Slight delay in completing the job. Although I've inserted a tube and plastered the wall, I've got an ever so slight leaky roof, so I'll need to get that repaired and painted before I paint my living room and get furniture in etc.
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