On Wall Mounting TV Installation NY
Flat panel television installation is an art within itself. While most manufacturers are kind enough to include a small plastic pedestal for table-top placement in their box of goodies, there’s no question today’s ultra-thin high def flat panel TVs are borne for on-wall display. Movie studios and theater-goers alike found out long ago the immersive qualities of a “suspended”, “no-visible-means-of-support” presentation. Recreating that impactful visual experience on a residential scale is not brain surgery, though it is indeed a science. And while it seems anyone can hang a picture on a wall, those in the know make certain more than a handful of crucial details are addressed when properly mounting a performance-oriented flat panel display.
WHERE’S IT GOING? – Yes, our rooms are pretty much situated. We’ve taken the time already to place the sofa and the chair and the lamps and the tables, not to mention the last television we bought. The installation of a new flat panel TV offers an opportunity to take advantage of spaces within your viewing area that may not have been possible previously. Certainly wall space is the natural first consideration, though now is a chance to take advantage of room lighting (both natural and electrical), having the opportunity to keep screen-surfaces from reflecting direct light. Be mindful of how the room is lit at different times of the day, especially at peak viewing periods. And while it’s unnecessary to change an entire floorplan, most rooms can present placement options for on-wall TV installation. Take advantage of the size of your new TV when considering placement too. Many have found that multiple seating locations within their home offer enjoyment of their flat panels from different distances and angles; perfect for a full-length motion picture on the living area couch while still letting you glimpse at the news from the kitchen counter? Why not? It’s certainly big enough. With articulating-arm brackets (below) available, manipulating the viewing angle of TVs is part and parcel of the experience.
WHAT’S IT MADE OF? – Lets keep in mind that we’re going for a clean look here, so any wires associated with the televisions’ connection need to be hidden behind your wall. What those connections are will be discussed, but for now, we’re up against wall, literally. Not only are we looking for a surface strong enough to support the weight of your TV (and its’ bracket), we’re also looking for a void behind the walls’ surface to channel associated po
INTO THE VOID – Today’s high definition TVs offer a multitude of connectivity for a variety of audio and video sources. By connecting the correct interfaces upon wall mounting an HD display, you can make certain the concealed-wire appearance of your on-wall installation is not only flawless, it prepares the TV for what’s now, and for what’s next. With the aim of concealing power and source wires from visibility, plan on a single-gang access hole being cut in an area that will be obscured by the mounted television. This “point A” will be the beginning of the journey your power and signal cables make from the back of the TV, and down the wall to baseboard level, where they can exit the wall and be connected to disc players, TV tuners, video games and network components. While plywood and drywall structures usually afford ample space necessary for fishing wires down the inside of your wall, other materials have presented opportunities to have to get a little more creative. Many plaster, stucco and various concrete surfaces have had to be “notched-out”, in some cases fitted with PVC pipe, in order to facilitate a venue through which our necessary cables can travel from the TV to its’ supporting components. These circumstances often require patching the wall after installation, though careful application returns the surface to its’ original appearance. In either case, the application of decorative wall plates through which the wires enter and exit the wall lends to a finished, professional appearance. With power and HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) cables being the one/two punch of necessary connections, there are other interfaces that you’d be wise to consider running down the inside of the wall during the wiring phase of flat panel installation. Many of todays’ TVs have network connections, so don’t hesitate to run Cat5, Cat6, or Ethernet cable for connection to an available modem if necessary. Got Games? Many of todays’ gaming systems operate over HDMI, though some “old school” models, as well as dated DVD disc players, use composite and/or component cables. Making plans for running these wires behind the wall at this stage can save the hassle of wiring twice, or worse, running extra accessory wires outside of the wall, effectively obliterating the “wireless” look.wer and signal connections out of sight. Drywall, plywood, plaster, stucco, and even concrete, brick, and cinder-block all offer a robust enough surface strength to support the weight of a bracketed flat screen television. With appropriated fasteners available for a multitude of residential and commercial surfaces, securing an applicable TV bracket does indeed require experience with materials and the tools that they respond to. As the design of most TV brackets allows for a breadth of support, care should be taken (when possible) to anchor the bracket in a pair of wall studs. Fastening your TVs’ bracket to the stud structure provides for secure, stress-free support, distributing weight and tension across the entire surface area, not on just a pair of screws. Can’t find the studs? (or there simply are none)? Don’t fret. Anchoring fasteners have provided installers the ability to secure your TVs’ weighty profile, with most applications able to support three to five times the weight, impregnably.
OUTSIDE / INSIDE – In more than a handful of scenarios, while the wall chosen offers steadfast and secure mounting of a flat panel TV, there can be circumstances that simply do not offer the ability to run wiring inside of the wall. Some building methods, especially those involving outside walls, and certainly applications that involve mounting the TV over the fireplace, sometimes present an environment that is not conducive to running wire behind its’ surface. Not to worry. This doesn’t mean you have to look at a rats’ nest of wiring running down from your beautiful new big screen. With a few feet of paintable, low-profile wire molding, virtual invisibility can be achieved. Properly applied and creatively laid-out, the point-A-to-point- B journey can be made to appear non-invasive, presenting little to no infringement on the clean, wireless look of the installation, or your décor.