How to Install a TV Wall Mount Bracket to Fix a Large LCD, LED or Plasma TV on a Wall

Summary: How to fix a wall mount bracket for large televisions screens to the wall. Learn how to attach a large LED, LCD or Plasma screens to the wall securely. This project covers 40 inch to 50 inch televisions, using pictures to explain each step to getting your large screen fixed to the wall.

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Modern flat screen, digital televisions all have the facility for wall bracket fixing. The larger the television, the larger the wall bracket.

Brackets come as fixed, twist and turn or twist, tilt and turn. For televisions over 40 inches the bracket is fairly heavy duty (not to mention very expensive) and therefore requires some heavy duty fixings.

Every TV bracket for TVs over 40 inches comes with the side brackets which actually fix to the television. Today's TVs are made with the screw holes in place to receive these side brackets but as there are many different types we have not shown this in full here as it may confuse. Suffice to say that, when the side brackets are fixed to the television, the TV then slots onto the main wall bracket.

Drill Holes and Hang the TV Bracket

To hang our bracket we have used 70mm wall bolts with the associated wall plugs. The holes needed were 12mm but you should never try to drill this size hole without first drilling a smaller, pilot hole.

Coach bolts for fixing TV brackets

70mm coach bolt for fixing TV bracket on the Wall

As you can see from the image (below) we have used a 6mm drill for the pilot, then followed with the 12mm. First place the bracket on the wall at the chosen height and mark the hole position.

Drill bits ready to drill bolt holes

6mm and 12mm drill bits used to drill holes in wall

The image above shows one bolt already in the wall and the two drill bits on display.

The bracket (seen below) is heavy so fixing one coachscrew in position first allows you to "hang" the bracket on it while you mark and drill the other holes.

Make Sure Your TV Bracket is Level

As you can see the bracket has slots, rather than holes, for the fixings. This gives you plenty of play from side to side but the really important thing is to get the bracket level.

42 inch TV bracket fixed to wall

TV bracket for 42 inch TV fixed to the wall

Even if the bracket is slightly out of level, when the TV is sitting on the wall it will stick out like a sore thumb.

The more expensive brackets have a built in bubble to check the level as you fix the bracket to the wall but we never trust them and always double check with a spirit level.

It is as well to place the spirit level on the top runner as well as the main part of the wall bracket as this can often be slightly out of square with the bracket.

Tighten the Bracket Bolts

When the holes are drilled and the bolts are in place you are ready to tighten up on them using a suitable sized socket. The images below show you the next steps.

Using a socket spanner to tighten the coach bolt

Use the correct sized socket to tighten the bolt into the wall

The side brackets which you have fixed to the television will now hook over the top runner of the wall bracket.

Top bracket of TV slotted over top runner of wall bracket

Slot the top bracket on the TV over the top runner of the wall bracket

Hang Your TV on the Wall Bracket and Position it

The TV is then lowered down onto the bottom runner and a guide screw is tightened to stop the TV from accidentally being knocked off. The top and bottom runners have stops on them to stop the TV sliding off the end.

Once the TV is in position on the bracket it can be slid to one side or the other and the bracket will allow you to face the tv at any number of angels.

When the TV is fairly high on the wall you may need to adjust the swivels at the side to get the tv to face angle down a little.

Completed fixing and TV hanging on bracket

TV bracket fixed to wall and TV hung correctly on wall bracket

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