How To Wall Mount a TV

What You Will See

This demonstration of how to wall mount a TV shows:

  • Which brackets I use and why
  • Various cable options for different wall types
  • TV heights and positions
  • Full demo of how to mount a large TV on a cavity wall

How To Wall Mount a TV

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Video Transcription

Hi, folks! My name is James. I’m the owner/operator of Pro TV here in Perth. We have come to film a TV wall mounting video today for the website and we are in a lovely suburb or new suburb in Alkimos.

And today, we are going to fit a 65-inch TV on a brick cavity wall. It’s a very good example of a classic wall mount. I have opted for the cavity wall because it actually shows off a full installation. So there’s labor, bracket, cables materials.

First Of All

When we are inside, we are going to talk about which brackets I use and why, various cable options for different wall types, and TV heights and positions and that type of thing. And then obviously, run through a basic setup and so the TV installation is therefore complete. I think it’s time to get ourselves inside and then we will get filming.

Measuring Up

This is a very straightforward thing. What we are going to do now is just measure the center of the wall. Now this TV today is a 65-inch TV. As regards to height, a vast of majority of them we will set between 1.2 to 1.4 to the middle. We always work on a comfortable seating position so the natural position is eye level.

Which Bracket I Use

All right, guys. You’ve just seen the bracket getting fitted and I often get asked which bracket do I use and what do I prefer. And I personally fit hundreds of big TVs every year literally. It’s about 50% of the workload. So it can be anywhere around 350 to 400 large screens every year. The vast majority of them will actually sit on this bracket.

There’s a good reason I buy this bracket. It’s not the cheapest but it’s included as the standard installation cost. Obviously, there are cables on some jobs.

From a bracket point of view, it’s simple and it’s very, very strong and there’s no reason to reinvent the wheel. So what I’ve done is choose this one.

The Back Plate

It has got a good back plate. It’s just over 70 centimeters across which is very good. So if you’ve got a 50-inch TV, the back plate is not too big. It’s not going to be sticking out on the side. So that’s very important.

But also, you’ve got a very large TV like 75 or even an 82 or an 86. This will do the trick. It’s 75-kilo weighted, very, very strong.

And another good point with this, it has a hollow section in the middle which is very important because what happens in a lot of Perth houses is it’s brick and a lot of them have wall preparation done in advance so it means sometimes you might have power points here or outlets in the way and this can actually get in the way of some back plates. This being hollow allows you to pinpoint the position of the TV a lot better. If you had power points here, it wouldn’t be such an issue.

But if you had a back plate with cross sections in or a solid section in, you would be then forced to put the back plate to both or below and this then can fold the TV height out quite a lot. So having it hollow is a really good thing. OK so that’s the back plate, very strong, the right width for medium TV like 50s but also very good for the big sets.

Part 2 Of The Bracket

You know about the back plate. Now, it’s essential. It’s a very good one. This is part B to the bracket. So all brackets come like this, there’s part A and part B. This is the bit that goes on the back of the TV. Now, you see there are plenty of slots so it’s very flexible. For a lot of TVs, they don’t all have the same fix and pattern on the back.

What the simple thing about this is it’s very exactly that, it’s simple. It goes on the back of the set. When we lift the set on later, all we’re going to do is literally hook it on. All the weight of the TV is now done. It just simply hooks on.

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Securing The TV

When we are happy with the final placement and levels and everything is plugged in, we then simply put the locking screws in the bottom which secures it. One of the key benefits of this bracket is, it’s tiltable. So if it happens to be going in the bedroom or an office or a school and the TV is going higher, it’s not a problem. We have got 10-degree tilt which is very useful.

And one of the biggest things about this and this is where a lot of brackets go wrong, they actually don’t click in at the bottom, with no mechanism. Some of them have got springs on them, or like a double rail system. So when you area manhandling a very large TV, the last thing you want to do is put it on the wall have it trapped because the job will unravel and get poor.

Now For The Cables

I’m going to hook the big TV on later and once – because the cables still need to be plugged in and all we are going to do to be able to lift the TV out of the bottom so it makes installation very simple. This allows to get our hands underneath to plug cables in. And once that’s in, we simply put the TV into position and lock it in and it’s finished.

Drilling The Holes

There you go, guys. Now, two decent holes drilled in the wall. I don’t like drilling oversized holes because we need to make sure they got covered properly by a normal blank plate so sometimes that happens and it doesn’t look very good. So I’ve drilled two smaller 25mm holes and just chipped out the section in the middle so that keeps it very neat. It’s also big enough for the cables to pass through. We all are going to be pulling HDMI cables through now so we don’t want to be breaking the connections or forcing the wires. We want to pull them through nice and clear.

The top hole is always angled down a little bit. That makes the corners a bit smoother. And the bottom hole is angled upwards a little bit so it’s just smooth when you pull the wire through.

Its All About Good Prep & Attention To Details

Well, I’m going to tape all the wires on shortly and pull them through but with the cables, you just separate the connections by 5 or 6 inches so all the connections aren’t meeting at the same hole, at the same spot at the same time because that makes it too small. So like that, separate the cables, angle will make your cable installation very straightforward.

Guys, cable preparation time. So you can see now we are just unpacking all the cables, getting ready for taping on. So everything is about prep. We got to have everything in the right order. If you don’t, you will be backtracking. You’ll make a disaster of it and you will end up starting again. So it’s very important just to get everything right.

I’m going to tape the cables on in a second then we are going to pull them through. Once that’s done, we are going to put some brush plates on and cover those holes up. And then we can think about having a tidy up and putting the TV actually on the wall and then obviously plugging things in and getting the devices sorted. So at this stage, we are halfway through the job.

Next Steps

Right, folks. An essential part of the job, it’s a cavity wall, walls are drilled. I’ve just prepped a few cables, HDMI cables. I’ve got dust caps so tape them on first. You don’t want dirty cables. If you plug things in and they’re dusty you also run the risk of scratching the ends and things like that so always tape the ends on.

Feeding Cables Through The Wall

I’m now going to take the cables and stagger them so that when they go through the hole, they pull through nice and easy. You’re not pulling them back and you’re not going to be breaking and forcing cables because you could get to the end of the job to find out you broke the cable. You’d have to take it all back off and start again, and that’s a lot of labor.

All right, folks. There you go. That’s the first part of the cables through the wall. As you see, they pull through nice and easy so there’s no straining on the cables. Everything is clean and tidy at the bottom and is ready to use. So the next task is we are just going to get everything in the right place. Think about the right length behind the TV and where the cable connections are. It’s good to keep that sort of to a minimum really.

Cables At Just The Right Length

You don’t want cables to be tied to the connections in this sort of area and we’ve also got to reach properly. We also can’t get trapped. And it’s good to have the extra slack at the bottom because people have A/V units and devices and that type of thing. So if you’ve got a metre, a metre and a half left at the bottom, that’s about perfect length because you don’t want to pile the cables at the bottom either. These have all been installed using 3-metre cables.

Eddie here, our customer, happens to have this A/V unit in the corner and his amplifier. So instead of putting a 3 metre optical, I’ve actually put a 5-metre on this one. So it reached perfectly to the corner.

Looks Nice & Tidy

The cables pulled through as you’ve seen so now the plates are on now to cover those holes. So it totally looks nice and tidy and you’re almost getting to the complete stage. The rest of it now is putting on coaxes, connectors, male, female, all that type of things ready to plug in later and basically, yeah, we are going to have a bit of tidy up shortly and then after that we will be thinking about hanging the TV and getting everything plugged in.

All right, guys. You’ve just seen we’ve just lifted the TV on and the prep is finished now. Cables are where they should be. We’ve already cleared the area, ready for lifting the TV and so on, which is all common sense.

Plugging In The TV Cables

Now, we’re just going to plug the cables in. So we’ve got HDMI, coax, obviously power, and an optical lead because of the high-fi equipment in the corner. So whatever is on screen now will come through the speaker via that cable which is very good and simple to use.

So this is one of the reasons I started off before saying about the bracket and why it’s good because it doesn’t get latched into position. The TV is now there. I just simply put a bit of polystyrene under there and caused a bit of wedge. Now, I’ve got good access or full access underneath and this allows us to get to the connections without too much of a battle on our hands, which is really good.

Mounting The TV On The Wall

All right, folks. There you go. The TV has just been put on the wall. I’ve just done a few adjustments on the leveling which is pretty easy to do on those brackets because they’re not fixed on the back, which is good. So we’ve always got a bit of flexibility in them.

You see I used polystyrene underneath, that gives you the hand space so I didn’t get trapped. No dramas.

Locking Screws For Extra Safety

Now before I showed the locking screws and that’s what they’re for as some TVs are enormous nowadays so I have to use one of these. I’m just going to simply lock this into position now and it will be locked and secure. As it stands at the moment, it’s just hanging. It will never fall because its weight is hanging under its own weight. For safety, always lock into position.

The Final Setup

Right folks, you’ve just seen a cavity wall installation which is almost ready to go now so we will do the final setup in a second. Now, today is very important for the website. It’s really a tool for the website. It’s going to help potential customers understand what – how it works and how the cables go and different cost and so on.

Cavity Walls & Single Brick Walls (Hiding Cables)

Now, just by pure percentages, half the jobs throughout the year will go on the cavity wall so now fully aware what that is now. On my website, there’s cable option 3 so double brick outside cavity wall and you can hide cables.

But on the internal walls which is on the opposite side here, this is a single brick wall so you can’t hide cables. The internal single brick wall in the house is exactly that, it backs on to another room. And a lot of people say to me in the inquiries, “Well, I want my TV on the wall but I don’t want to see cables.” It’s very common. I heard it hundreds of times every year.

Different Walls, Different Cable Options

After correspondence, we find out it’s an internal wall. So obviously, I fit a lot of TVs. I’ve already established a good practice for this and cost and what’s included and all that sort of stuff. So on my website, I’ve actually got something called Cable Option 1 and Cable Option 2. And that applies to internal single brick walls. See cable options.

Now, you have to sort of ignore what’s here a little bit. But behind that is another room. If you don’t have the preparation done in the build, it’s called service cabling. So below the TVs, the cables will come out using service cable trunking. It’s a very neat and tidy and cost-effective solution of putting your TV on the wall. It does look really good. And the people who do have it on are always super impressed and never seem to be worried about service cables afterwards.

A lot of new-built properties have the wall chased in the build and that’s called a conduit installation. So you will have all the outlets at the bottom, about midway up the wall, you have a series of plates and power maybe on the wall and it’s just where the cables are drop in on the TV installation. But that only really gets done on internal single brick walls and only normally on new-built houses where you as a homeowner have told the builder that’s what you’re doing and they will chase the wall and prep the wall in advanced. On my website, it’s called Cable Option 2.

And all that really does is stop the cables being seen on an internal wall but you still need labor, bracket, materials, and cable. It’s very important. A lot of people out there have the perception that if you had the wall chased, it’s all ready to go and you’re just going to put the bracket on. It’s not the case. It’s actually very similar to this but we’re just not doing the drilling. So on my website, that’s called Cable Option 2.

But just to move the goal post a little bit, there’s a Cable Option 4. Now, just occasionally, it works out really well that the internal single brick wall behind that maybe somewhere that’s out of sight and I often referred to a garage or a wardrobe for example. And what that allows you to do is go through the single brick, put the cables down on the backside of the wall and then come out behind the unit so the cables aren’t visible on the inside wall. And that’s called a punch through installation and on my website, it’s Cable Option 4.

It actually uses the same materials, labor, and parts and accessories and stuff as what the cavity wall uses. It’s pretty much the same. Just that the cable is on the other side. And that’s called Cable Option 4.

See all Cable Options for wall mounting your TV.

TV Wall Mount On Cavity Wall Completed

Right, folks. There you go. You’ve seen a wall mount on the cavity wall. It’s a very traditional Perth house, they’re all made of brick, that type of thing so it’s always cabling, preparation. As you see, they go straight on the wall. It’s perfect first time, 1.25 to the center, bang on center of the room where it should be, equipment back in.

Eddie, our customer today, has just got a streaming box and laptop so the HDMI lead is all ready at the bottom and there’s optical lead in the corner for the speaker system. TV has been tuned. It’s connected via the Wi-Fi which works a treat and that is really what’s included in the installation.

On my website, that’s Cable Option 3. It’s an add-on to a normal wall mount because it’s not just putting the bracket on the wall. If I was to just put a bracket on the wall, you wouldn’t be happy because none of that would be done and you’d be left with an installation half finished. So it’s a full installation. That’s what’s it’s always about. Good bracket, good cabling, and preparation is essential.

Thanks For Watching My Demo

There you go. I’m really hoping that little video inside the house now has really sort of demonstrated what’s really needed on a typical large TV wall mount installation. It’s very important to get all those processes right so it goes straight on the wall and it looks good straight away.

Get It Done Right

Now, I’ve been a TV man for 28 years so I’m very good at it. I’ve also been self-employed for 20 years. I do show up well on Google, Facebook and Instagram, reviews, all those sort of things. If you need assistance honestly, do not worry about it, just ask. That’s what I’m here to do. It’s my full-time job to help you with inquiries and then I come out and do the job.

Quality TV Installation At A Fair Price

So it’s not about sales for me. It’s about giving a quality installation at a fair price. And it is my job to help you. My business is a service sector business so it’s not about selling. I’m not one who comes to house and sell you some bracket that you don’t need. I’m just going to come out and do a very good, clean, and tidy job for you.

TV Mounting Prices

All the pricing has been on the website. It has been there now for years and it has remained unchanged so it’s a very straightforward and honest approach to pricing and local customer service, and that’s what Pro TV is about.

Hours Of Service

I work Monday to Saturday, 7 until 7. I do cover all key areas around North and South Perth so normally a 45, 50-minute radius to Joondalup is fine. You can call me Monday to Saturday from 7 until 7 on the phone. Obviously, you can email me 24/7 via the website. And if you are a little bit more into social, you can go on Facebook and Instagram if you want to see the latest photographs and posts to make sure you check me on there as well.

Obviously, things like Messenger and text is perfectly fine. I’m very helpful, guys. Don’t worry about it. Just ask. If I can help, I will help you.

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