TV mounting is not exactly rocket surgery but we’ve seen quite a few of these TV wall mount installation projects go wrong.
If you’re still thinking that you’re going to install your TV on the wall by yourself, I’ve compiled the list of six very common mistakes that other homeowners (or the contractors they’ve hired) have had committed. I hope you’ll find this information helpful.
- 1 TV Mounting Mistake 1: Using the wrong wall mounting bracket
- 2 TV Mounting Mistake 2: Not securing the bracket safely on the wall
- 3 TV Mounting Mistake 3: Not using the right tools
- 4 TV Mounting Mistake 4: Mounting the TV at the wrong height
- 5 TV Mounting Mistake 5: Not “fishing” enough HDMI cables through the wall for future use
- 6 TV Mounting Mistake 6: Not calibrating picture & sound
TV Mounting Mistake 1: Using the wrong wall mounting bracket
Each wall mounting bracket is graded for devices of certain size and weight and you need to make sure that the one you have is strong enough for your TV set. Then you need to decide if you want a full motion bracket or just a regular tilting one. If the TV goes into a corner, it may require an entirely different type of a wall mount altogether.
TV Mounting Mistake 2: Not securing the bracket safely on the wall
It’s very important to know the type of the wall, what’s behind the drywall, and where studs are located. Sometimes you can’t use the studs which means you need to use a special way of securing the bracket on the wall (and we’ve come up with a few effective proprietary methods that all our installers are trained to do). In some cases, particularly when you need to use a full-motion bracket, you need to reinforce the wall before that bracket can be installed safely and securely.
TV Mounting Mistake 3: Not using the right tools
Drilling holes in the wall that are large enough for the cables may not be very trivial, especially if you don’t have the right tools (and buying these tools may cost you more than just having us come in and do the job for you). Also, if you’ve never tried fishing wires through the wall, this may take you quite a bit of time to figure out. However, aside from time and money, your main concern should be safety. This is the project that you want done right so please do not cut corners here.
TV Mounting Mistake 4: Mounting the TV at the wrong height
At the end of the day, it’s a matter of taste and preference and ultimately it’s your decision where specifically you want your TV. However, we can guide you. Many customers make a mistake of hanging the TV way too high to be able to watch it conveniently without straining their neck. Drilling new holes and moving the TV is twice as much work as hanging it in the right place on the first go.
TV Mounting Mistake 5: Not “fishing” enough HDMI cables through the wall for future use
The cost of adding a couple of extra cables to the bunch you are putting inside the wall is so small compared to having to add one or two of them later, when you bought a new media device or game console. Plan ahead and put a few extras in (and we always have some extras on us “just in case”). A related issue is not having cables of a sufficient length: When you put the TV up on the wall, the distance from TV to the media box may increase quite a bit.
TV Mounting Mistake 6: Not calibrating picture & sound
With the TV no longer standing on the solid base, you may notice the sound to no longer be as deep or clear as before. This can be addressed by changing the sound configuration settings. In some cases, you may want to add a sound bar or external speakers to produce more and better sound. Also, you will now be watching the TV from a different angle and under somewhat different light conditions, which may require you to change brightness and colour “temperature” settings too.