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Joe Welsh of The Home Depot was in studio with tips on correctly mounting a flat screen onto the wall.

The Home Depot offers at least 4 different Wall Mount Fixtures for your flat screen TV.

1.Fixed Mount (Completely Stationary on the wall)
2.Tilt Mount (Allows the television to tilt forward or to either side.)
3. 3-Way movement mount (Allows the TV to tilt forward or to either side)
4.Full Motion Mount (Allows the TV to be positioned at any angle.)

To secure the bracket to the TV, and to prepare the wall you will need: a stud finder, a drill, a cable, sockets, extensions, bolts and a screwdriver.

Steps to secure the bracket to your Flat Screen TV:

1. Obtain a correctly sized bracket for you TV from The Home Depot.
(For example you might purchase a bracket that fits 32 to 56 inch televisions. Any flat screen TV within this size range should fit the bracket, unless otherwise stated.)

2. Remove the base that comes with the TV if it is attached. If the base is not already attached when you open the box, do not put it on.

3. Lay the TV on its face (glass down) on a soft, padded, flat item. If you have reservations about laying your plasma TV glass down on the carpet or floor, check the owners manual for guidance.

4. Look for the four holes on the back of the TV. Those are where you will place the bracket you purchased. There might be tree pieces to your mount. The two small brackets will attach to your TV.

5. Put the mounting brackets on the back of the TV, aligning them as stated in your mounting directions. Make sure that the brackets are facing the correct way when screwed to the TV.

6. Use a screwdriver to tighten any remaining bolts. The bracket should be firmly bolted to the TV, without any wiggle room. You may need to use some washers that come with he bracket to get a tight fit.

Steps to secure the bracket and your flat screen to the wall:

1. Find the studs in your wall with a stud finder. Mark the center of the stud on the wall with a pencil. If your house is built to code, the next stud will be exactly 16" away.

2. Using a level, mark your studs with pencil marks. Make sure that your marks are level.

3. Drill pilot holes into them according to the drill pattern on your bracket back. Your pilot holes should be a bit smaller than the bolts you'll be drilling into them. All you want to do is make their job a little easier.

4.Place your mounting bracket on the wall, lined up with the studs and the pilot holes you've just drilled. you may need another person to help with the following steps.

5.Hold the mounting bracket on the wall and screw the largest bolts into the pilot holes. you can use a drill or, wing it with just a socket and wrench. Double check that the mounting bracket is in fact level.

6.Pick up the television and mount it onto the bracket. Tighten the nuts that are attached to the bracket so that the TV will be tightened to the bracket.

7.Make sure the bracket is sturdy and can hold the weight of the TV before you fully let go. Plug in the cables to their respective homes and power on the TV.

9. Finished! Your TV has been successfully mounted.

Free workshops this weekend are:
Sat, Feb 1210-11:30 am "Interior Paint and Drywall Repair"
Sun Feb 231-2:30 pm"How to install a flat screen TV"

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