Most Common Mistakes for DIY TV Mounters
Time to upgrade your viewing experience by mounting a brand new TV? Great, this guide will help ensure you do not overlook some of the challenges that come with installing your TV. It is critical to do this correctly the first time to avoid ruining the wall, or worse, damaging your TV. Below are the four most common mistakes people make while attempting to do a DIY TV installation.
- Poor Placement of the TV
There are two key factors that need to be considered when planning the placement of a TV: minimizing glare from sun exposure, and finding a comfortable height for your viewing experience. Many customers make the mistake of hanging the TV too high, which causes strain and discomfort in the neck area while viewing. This will downgrade your viewing experience and will likely result in having to reinstall the TV, a process that is potentially more costly than getting it installed professionally by a technician in the first place.
Sometimes, you need to mount the TV somewhere high - perhaps over a fireplace or in a bedroom above a mirror or closet. To mitigate this effect, you will want to consider purchasing a tilt mount that can angle the TV down toward you for a better viewing angle. This brings us to our next point.
- Buying the Wrong Mount
Determining the right type of mount for your TV starts with knowing which mount best suits the desired placement of your TV. For instance, if the proposed placement of the TV is in the corner of the room, a full-motion mount is highly recommended in order to angle the TV towards the centre of the room.
At Auxe, we carry the three main types of wall mounts - fixed, full-motion, and tilting. TVs installed with a fixed mount sit still against the wall. In comparison, tilting mounts allow TVs to tilt downward for a better viewing angle, and full-motion mounts have full swivel arms that enable the TV to be pulled out, tilted, and moved side to side. Approximately 23% of people opt for the fixed wall mount, 21% for the tilting mount, and 56% for the full-motion mounts due to the versatility and convenience they provide.
When installing the TV, it is important to consider your mount’s VESA size. VESA refers to a set of common standards for the placement of the holes on the back of the TV. In order to safely attach the TV to the mount, you will need to ensure that both sets of mounting holes line up and then proceed with the attachment step.
- Having the Wrong Tools
A level, pencil, tape measure, stud finder, drill and drill bits are essential tools for a simple TV installation onto drywall. It is also recommended to have extra hardware and bolts in case the mounting kit is missing pieces, which is not overly uncommon. Hammer drill and carbide-tipped masonry bits may also be required if the TV is being installed onto a surface such as a tile, concrete, or brick wall. Not having the right tools is like bringing a knife to a gunfight – you are setting yourself up for failure. This could potentially cost you a lot more than getting it done professionally, so this is critical to ensure!
- Mounting Above Fireplace Without Proper Ventilation
It is estimated that 14% of TVs are placed above a fireplace due to its aesthetic and cozy feel. Installing TVs above the fireplace is a lot more complex than installation on a drywall. The heat from the fireplace must be considered before installing a TV as it could damage the electronics inside a TV if the TV is being placed right above where heat is ventilated, so this should be avoided.
A quick, easy way to assess whether or not a TV should be hung above a fireplace is by placing your hand over the area where the TV will be mounted to feel if it is significantly hotter than room temperature. Auxe highly recommends having a mantle that extends at least 4” between your fireplace and TV. Better yet, have your TV installed professionally by an expert, fully insured technician due to the complexity and risk of the procedure.
Did these pointers help? Let us know if you have more questions or suggestions for other DIY TV mounters by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Auxe.ca to book your professional TV mounting service today!