If you’re wondering what size screw you need for your TV mount, you’re not alone. It’s a common question, and one that has a simple answer. Just follow these easy steps and you’ll be sure to get the right screw for the job.
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Step One: Determine the VESA Pattern on Your TV
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has a standardized pattern used for the four mounting holes on the back of televisions. This measurement is known as the VESA pattern and is generally expressed in millimeters. To mount your TV, you will need to know the VESA pattern so you can choose the right size screws.
What is the VESA Pattern?
The VESA Pattern is the set of four holes on the back of your TV. These holes correspond with the mounting holes on the back of your TV mount. The VESA Pattern is typically square or rectangular, but can also be oval or circular.
To determine the size of the VESA Pattern on your TV, measure the distance between the mounting holes (in millimeters). If your TV has a square VESA Pattern, all four measurements should be equal. If your TV has a rectangular VESA Pattern, the two horizontal measurements will be equal, and the two vertical measurements will be equal.
Some examples of common VESA Patterns are shown below. If you are unsure of the VESA Pattern on your TV, please consult your TV’s manual or contact the manufacturer.
How to Measure the VESA Pattern
VESA is the industry-standard interface for attaching a monitor or TV to a mount, stand, arm, or bracket. If your TV came with a stand that was already attached, it’s likely that it uses the VESA standard. To determine whether your TV has a VESA mount, measure the distance between the four screw holes on the back of your television. If the screws are less than 400mm apart, then it’s likely that your TV uses the VESA standard.
Now that you know your TV has a VESA mount, you need to determine the size of the VESA pattern. This is important because you need to know what size screws to use when attaching your mount to your TV. The VESA pattern is always measured in millimeters and is represented by two numbers separated by a “x”. For example, if the distance between the screw holes is 200mm horizontally and 100mm vertically, then your VESA pattern is 200×100.
Once you know the size of your VESA pattern, you can choose a mount that will fit. Most mounts are adjustable to fit multiple sizes, but it’s important to choose a mount that supports your specific VESA pattern.
Step Two: Choose the Right Screw Size
If your TV mount came with screws, chances are they’ll be the right size for your TV. If you’re unsure, or if you need to purchase screws separately, you’ll need to know the VESA pattern for your TV. The VESA pattern is the distance in millimeters between the holes on the back of your TV. Once you know the VESA pattern, you can buy screws that fit.
M4 x 12mm Screws
M4 x 12mm screws are the most common screws used to fasten TV mounts to the back of televisions. If your mount didn’t come with screws, or you lost the ones that did, these will do the trick. Be sure to check your television’s specifications before purchasing any type of screw, as some TVs require specific types or sizes.
M6 x 12mm Screws
The M6 x 12mm screws are the most common size used for mounting TVs. They are long enough to go through the TV mount and into the wall, but they are not so long that they will poke out the back of the TV.
M8 x 16mm Screws
M8 x 16mm screws are the most common screw size used for attaching TV mounts to the back of televisions. If your mount didn’t come with screws, or you need to replace lost or damaged screws, M8 x 16mm screws should do the trick.
Step Three: Install the Screws
In this step, you will need to install the screws into the TV mount. But first, you need to figure out what size screws you need. The size of the screws you need will depend on the size of your TV mount. To figure out what size screws you need, refer to the table below.
Installing M4 x 12mm Screws
You will need a Phillips head screwdriver to install your M4 x 12mm screws. If you do not have one, you can purchase one at any hardware store. To begin, remove the four M4 x 12mm screws from the bag using your fingers. Do not use any tools as this may damage the threads.
Next, hold the TV mount up to the back of your TV. Make sure that the two mounting holes on the mount line up with the two screw holes on your TV. If they do not line up, do not force them. This mount is not compatible with your TV.
Now, take one of the screws and start it into one of the mounting holes on your TV. You may need to use a little force to get started, but do not overtighten as this may strip the threads. Repeat this step for the other mounting hole.
Finally, take the remaining two screws and start them into the mounting holes on the TV mount. Remember to not overtighten these screws as well.
Installing M6 x 12mm Screws
M6 screws are used to mount the TV to the mount. The most common sizes for M6 screws are 10mm and 12mm. Phillips head screws should be tightened until snug. Do not overtighten, as this may strip the threads or break the screw.
Installing M8 x 16mm Screws
In order to properly and safely secure your TV to the mount, you will need to use M8 x 16mm screws. First, use the chart included with your mount to find the appropriate screw size for your TV weight and model.
Next, use a drill to create pilot holes in the back of your TV. Be sure to use a drill bit that is slightly smaller in diameter than the screws. Once the pilot holes are created, insert the M8 x 16mm screws into the holes and tighten them until they are snug. Do not overtighten, as this may damage your TV.
In conclusion, there are a few things to consider when choosing the right size screws for your TV mount. First, consider the weight of your TV. If your TV is on the heavier side, you will need to use longer screws so that they can support the weight of your TV. Second, take into account the thickness of your TV mount. If your mount is thicker, you will need to use longer screws so that they can reach through the mount and into the wall. Finally, consider the type of wall you will be attaching your TV mount to. If you are attaching it to a brick or concrete wall, you will need to use special screw anchors in order to ensure that your screws are secure.