Flat Screens… chances are if you’ve bought a TV in the last few years, you are faced with the dilemma of how to hide the cords. You buy an entertainment center, thinking the flat screen will hide that tangled mess. But they’re still there, silently mocking you by gathering dust bunnies.
So today’s Tuesday’s Tip tackles this seemingly daunting task of mounting that flat screen and cleaning up those cords once and for all.
Purchase a Mounting Kit:
Let me be very clear about something up front. YOU DO NOT NEED to spend $100+ on a kit. I recommend using sites such as Amazon.com or eBay.com to purchase your flat screen kit. You can get a great one for under $50.
Attach Kit to Back of Television:
A word of warning. DO NOT lay your flat screen flat on the ground. We just turned it around on the entertainment center so the front was facing out. Remove the screws that are on the back of your TV in the area where the brackets go. Then using the kit, mount the brackets to the television.
Mount the Bracket to the Wall:
Okay, breathe… I promise this part isn’t as painful as it sounds. First locate the studs in the wall. Use a stud finder or the ‘ole knock until you hear it’ method. Once you find the first stud, the second should be a piece of cake. Let me impart a piece of contractor wisdom: studs should be exactly 16″ apart from the center of one stud to another. Once you find the studs, simply hold up your bracket and mark the holes. Next you drill some pilot holes and start attaching the bracket. MAKE SURE THE BRACKET IS LEVEL.
Hide Those Cords:
Here comes the fun part. All you have to do is cut two holes in the sheetrock. It’s not hard. Really. Cut your top hole in the wall inside the mounted bracket. I like using a little dry wall knife you can buy at Lowe’s. They’re cheap and really easy. If you can cut a steak with a steak knife, you can use one of these bad boys.
Once the first hole is cut, you will want to do the second about a foot off the floor. A “duh” reminder: make sure the holes are aligned the same.
If you liked playing the Monkeys in the Barrel game, then this step is for you. Use a Steel Fish Tape, (click here) and feed the end from the top hole and pull through the bottom. I had to have my wife feed it while I “fished” for it. Once it’s fed, just attach your cables to the end (the bottom hole) of the Fish Tape using tape, a garbage tie, or whatever holds those suckers in place. Now all you have to do is just wheel the tape back up through the wall and ta-dah! Plug all the cords into the back of the tv.
Mount the TV:
By far a two person task… lift the television and mount to the bracket on the wall. The trickiest part is lining up the holes.
And that is all it takes to get this: