How to Mount a Flat Screen on Wood Paneling

Flat-screen televisions can be mounted on a stand or hung on the wall. There are three types of wall mounts available. The flat mount gives you the lowest profile, with the least flexibility. A tilting mount allows you to change the angle of the television, in an up or down direction. The articulating mount gives you maximum flexibility, in both horizontal and vertical movements. The mounts contain two parts. The first part attaches to the back of the television, with screws that come with the mounting bracket. The second part attaches to the wall.

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Mount your flat-screen television on a paneled wall.

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Determine the best height for the television for your situation. Lay the television on a flat surface, with the screen down. Ensure that you protect the screen. Rest the television portion of the bracket on the back of the television and line up the threaded inserts on the television with the mounting slots on the bracket. Center the bracket on the back of the television. Find the correct screws for your television and securely attach the bracket.

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Place the wall portion of the bracket on the wall at the desired location. Mark the upper and lower mounting slot locations on the wall with a pencil. Remove the bracket from the wall.

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Use a stud-finder to locate the studs along the area marked on the wall. Mark the stud locations where they intersect with the mounting locations. Determine the maximum-size lag screw that will fit through the mounting slots. This will probably be 5/16 inch or 3/8 inch. To ensure that the television will be straight, line up the marks with a level.

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Drill a hole 1/8 inch smaller than the lag screw at the four marked locations. For example: if the lag screw is going to be 3/8 inch, drill a 1/4 inch hole. Use a small drill bit initially to ensure that you have located a wall stud.

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Bolt the wall portion of the frame to the wall with the lag screws. Pull on the frame to ensure that it is securely anchored to the wall.

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Lift the television with one or two helpers and carefully hook the television portion of the bracket onto the wall portion. Ensure that the two halves of the frame are secure. Tighten the retaining screws that lock the frame together using the tool supplied with the frame.