When it comes to TV installation and mounting, it’s not always the perfect DIY job for everyone. In fact, if you aren’t familiar with electrics or technology, we recommend having a professional do the installation for you to avoid making any of these errors…
TV Installation Mounting: 5 Common Installation Errors
1. Not Putting Enough Thought Into Where You Are Installing Your Television
Sometimes we just know where we want to put something in our home. When this something is a television, however, it’s important that we really think through our decision. When you are installing your television on a wall there are more than a few things to consider before you actually get to work.
- Is there enough space on that wall for your TV? This may seem like a “no brainer” but when you guesstimate whether something will fit your wall you can often be way off when it actually comes time to put that thing on the wall! Use a measuring tape!!!
- Is there going to be a direct glare on your screen from a window that makes it impossible to see the picture?
- Is there anything that impedes your view of the screen or that could damage your screen? For example, a door swinging open.
2. Not Researching Your TV Mount Needs
There are four different styles of TV mount – the fully articulated mount, the stationary mount, the tilt-only mount, and the extendable mount. This isn’t the only thing that you need to consider when choosing your TV mount though. Firstly, you have to look at the VESA pattern. The VESA pattern is what dictates whether a TV mount will fit your TV. When shopping for a TV mount, you need to know the VESA pattern of your TV so that you can be certain that the mount you choose will fit your TV properly. Secondly, you have to be sure that your TV’s weight is supported by the mount that you choose. Lastly, you have to fully research a TV mount brand to be sure that you are purchasing a quality brand that will last. The best way to do this is to research reviews of customers who have purchased that particular mount in the past.
3. Not Measuring and Leveling
Again we come back to “eyeballing” it. When it comes to mounting your TV, you HAVE to use a leveling tool and a measuring tape to ensure that your TV is mounted on the level. Failing to use these tools, you will very likely end up mounting your TV mount crooked and you won’t particularly notice it until you have finished the job. Then you’re going to have to take down your TV and mount and do the job all over again…or have a crooked TV!
4. Not Checking For A Power Point
Your TV is going to have to be plugged in, you already know this, but you’d be surprised at how many people forget to check for a nearby power outlet when they choose to install their TV in a particular location. Of course, you can always use an extension cord or through-the-wall wiring, but however you plan on powering up your TV, you need to plan ahead and know exactly what you’re going to do before you get started!
5. Not Anchoring Your TV Properly
When mounting your TV on the wall, you always need to make sure that you anchor the TV and the TV mount securely. If mounting on studs, don’t just rely on your stud finder to locate a stud, stud finders can often be mistaken, so double and triple check before you rely on a stud finder. If you’re not mounting your TV on a stud, you need to use a plate or anchor system to make sure that your TV and TV mount isn’t going to come crashing down. This is one of the most important aspects of mounting your TV – you HAVE to be certain that everything is secured properly so that no one gets hurt by your TV falling.
Do You Need TV Installation Mounting Help?
If you live in or around Southwest Florida, give our team a call! Here at Gulf Coast Installations, we have an experienced team of technicians who can complete your installation so that you can begin enjoying your new TV ASAP!