The following Mounting Tips will help you prepare for the Install of Your Mount.
Once you have selected the mount that you want to use with your Plasma or LCD flat screen, installation is the next step. Before you begin, there are several things that you need to find out:
- Who will help me finish the installation?
This is especially important; installing a large screen television or any other heavy equipment without assistance could lead to personal injury.
- What type of surface is the mount being attached to?
- Do you have the right tools and supplies to finish the job?
- If you live in an apartment, find out if installing a mount could in any way construe a violation of your security deposit.
Once you have secured some help, the needed tools, and the other supplies that are needed for the installation (RE: concrete anchors, sheetrock screws, stud finder, level), it is time to start the installation.
Read the instructions carefully. If you are unsure of how to proceed, call the mount manufacturer for additional information: Peerless Customer Support: 1-800-473-3753, Chief Customer Support: 1-800-582-6480, or call Mount Center Sales Support at: 1-888-880-1659
Find out how many anchor points are needed to secure the mount to the surface you wish to attach it to. As a general rule, the heavier your television is, the more likely it is that you will need to insert multiple concrete anchors or mount to more than one wall stud. The exception to this rule is in the case of floor mounts, which stand upright and are not attached to any grounded surface.
- When installing wood screws or concrete anchors, make sure not to strip the bored hole. This can result in instability after installation.
- Be careful not to tighten to a point where distortion of the mount occurs. This can weaken the structure or even break the mount.
- Once the mount is installed, carefully attach the screen and check to make sure that there is nothing unusual about the mount’s behavior, i.e. incorrect angling, warping of the frame, etc.
When the mount has been thoroughly checked, adjust the angle and lock it into place. Find the angle that best suits the viewing location that you are most likely to use. This angle can always be adjusted at a later time.
After the installation process is complete, reconnect the cables. Most mounts come with a cable binding system, usually consisting of ties or clips that attach cables to the frame. If your mount does not come with this option, other methods are available to keep excess slack from taking up useful space. Cable bundling kits are available as a separate product that can do just this. This can improve the appearance of the mount, as well as helping to prevent accidents due to loose cables in areas where there is heavy foot traffic.