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I feel really bad because I promised you guys I would show you how to hang up a TV wall mount and I just never did it, until today. So I am going to show you how to install it. It’s super easy and I have always done them by myself. The only time I need TJ is when I have to lift the TV. So, this is the TV in our bedroom, it’s not huge, it’s probably like a 50in or so. It is an LG and I am going to show you guys how to figure it all out.
So, when it comes to buying a mount for your TV, I always go on Amazon. It is way cheaper than buying it in a store, like way cheaper. I only spend between $25-$35 and they have worked for me for years. This is the one I have and it works universally. However, it only works for up to a certain size so make sure you read the directions on it. It is pretty self-explanatory to set up.
Basically, you get two pieces and you’re going to put them together. See where the holes are? It just sits right on top of that and you’ll screw in the screws that belong to those two. This is the piece that goes on to your wall.
Then you have these two long hooks, or long bars, and that goes on the back of the TV, in different spots. And then this bar hooks on to the back.
Okay, so what’s great about these universal kits is that they’re made to fit most TVs, unless your TV is something totally funky, it’s probably going to fit. So these are the two rods that sit on the TV.
And these little hooks, this is what is going to sit on that little metal backing that we just put together. It will sit right on it and it will hold it nice and tight on there. This little string pulls it down and then it locks it back in. There will be a bar on either side of the back of the TV. You can kind of choose wherever you want to put your screws in. The bars have lots of holes and they do it so that you can fit whatever hole is available on your TV.
It also comes with all these different sized screws and these bumpers to extend it if you need. So you will just take whatever size you need to fit your TV and throw the rest away.
So this is the wall plate that is going on the wall wherever you want it. You’re going to have to make some measurements on your own to see if where you want it is centered on your own wall. It comes with this awesome template that just makes it so easy. Once you decide exactly where you want it, you just put the template on the wall and then there are lots of different holes that you can put the screws through to the studs, wherever that may be. You can just tape it on the wall and you will use two studs with two screws in each, top and bottom.
To figure out where I want it on my wall I’m going to stick the template on the wall, find the studs and drill the holes in and that’s pretty much it!
I am going to use my stud finder. This is my favorite one because it shows the whole stud from edge to edge not just where it’s at. Then I’m going to mark my studs and drill the holes.
I want to show you guys something and this is perfect so I can teach you. I found a stud so there is obviously one right below it, but on this side it is outside the template. That’s totally fine. I will just drill the holes and slide the templet over and then I can still put the metal piece on there. Because what is great about this type of TV mount is you can slide it right and left. So even if this isn’t centered, I can just slide the TV left or right to center it to the wall.
Depending on your kit you’re going to use a different size drill bit, but for mine, this is a 7/32 drill bit I believe. So I’m going to go straight into where I marked the studs.
Now, I’m going to put the backing on. Remember how last time I said it was a little bit out of the template? Well, I can just put it in this very last hole and it doesn’t matter because once I put the TV on, you can slide it left and right. You can make it centered with your wall. That is what is so amazing about these universal kits. So I am just going to use my impact driver. Just not going quite all the way yet, screwing these in about 80%. Once they are level, I tighten them in.
All you have to do at this point is take the TV and slide it on. The hooks on the back will slide right onto this plate on both the bottom and top. Then you can just slide it left or right. This is the part I usually need TJ’s help with. I didn’t even need TJ’s help! Oh my gosh, I did it! Yay!