Introduction: Install a Simple Articulating Wall Mount
Big plans? Medium sized TV that's begging to swivel? This will get you going.
You will need:
- an articulating mount
- stud finder
- Phillips screwdriver
- Drill and drill bit
- friend who is not weak
Step 1: Unbox
- Unbox everything and lay it all out.
- The main components are
- articulating arm - this attaches to the wall
- VESA plate - this attaches to your TV
- Assorted screws, anchors, washers and spaces - these attach stuff to stuff
Step 2: Mark Holes and Predrill
- Find a stud. You may want the TV perfectly centered, but you have to mount this to a stud. There's really no way around this.
- Use a stud finder to find the stud and mark the position on the wall using a pencil.
- Set the articulating arm into position. Be sure you know what height you want your TV at, or you'll end up with little holes all over your wall. I know from experience that this makes one's spouse less than happy.
- Use the included level to level the arm.
- Once arm is where you want it, mark the screw holes with a pencil. Or a pen, if you are devilishly reckless in life. Your choice.
- Remove arm and pre-drill screw holes with your drill. Use a drill bit that is smaller than the screws. This is important.
Step 3: Attach Wall Arm to the Wall
- Once the holes are marked and pre-drilled you need to screw the frame to the wall
- Position the frame according to the holes
- Place screw through washer and place at the holes.
- Use the included screw wrench to screw the screw into the wall. If someone has a better way of explaining this, I would love to hear it. I'm tired of writing "screw the screw".
- Make sure both top and bottom screws are firmly into position so that the frame sits flush to the wall with no wobbling or wiggling.
- Also, make sure this is where you want it. It's no fun to take apart at this point and put more holes in the wall, but it's even less fun to do so after you've hung the TV.
Step 4: Mount the TV Bracket to the Back of the TV
- Position the bracket so that the bracket holes line up with the VESA holes on the back of the TV
- Use the included small flat screws to attach the bracket to the TV. Make sure the words UP are actually face UP. But you knew that already.
- If the screws bottom out (feels like they're hitting something) before they can screw all the way in, use the included spacers to help firmly secure the bracket into place.
- Do not over-tighten. You can damage the TV. It should be firmly in place and flush.
Step 5: TV to Mounted Wall Arm.
- Be friends with someone. Seriously. Some mounts are simple. This one is best when you have a buddy. Offer him or her a beer and a Sunday of football.
- With a friend, move the TV into position on the arm so that the bracket lines up with the 3 screws on the plate at the end of the arm.
- The top screw will sit down into a groove on the arm plate. The bottom screws will poke through the two holes on the plate.
- Once these are in placed, use the nuts to attach. Place a washer on, the nut and screw onto the bracket using the included screw tool.
- When all 3 nuts are fully and tightly screwed onto the arm plate, the TV should be fully attached to the wall.
Step 6: Adjust and Then Finish
- Use the screw adjustments to lock your TV into place at the desired angle. See pic.
- Last, sit back and be awesome. Your TV can now be, gently, positioned and re-positioned and re-positioned to your heart's content. Bad sun glare? Move it. Because you can.
- Be awesome and host a football party. Cheer for the Cowboys if you so design.
- Or not...we absolutely get why you would cheer for just about anyone other than the Cowboys. I grew up in Dallas. It's all I gots.