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.
Things You'll Need
- Mounting frame
- Lag screws (1/4 by 3 inches, or 3/8 by 3 inches)
- Finishing nails
- Drill bits
- Ratchet wrench and sockets
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips & Warnings
- Connect any wires going to the television before mounting it to the wall.
- You may need a stud-finder that has a deep scan capability. The paneling thickness plus the drywall may be too thick for some stud-finders.
- If you cannot locate the studs with the stud-finder, you can use a finishing nail and a hammer to probe the paneling until a stud is located.
- Wall studs are usually 16 inches apart on center. Once you locate one stud the rest should be easy to find.
- Flat panel televisions are a lot heavier than they appear. Make sure you have enough helpers, to safely lift and hold the television in position while you set it in place. You may need to tilt the bottom away from the wall to get the top hooks latched properly.
- Wall mounts are rated according to screen size. Make sure the mount you buy is adequate for the intended screen size. If in doubt, get a larger unit.