If you’re looking to mount your TV on the wall, you’re going to need the right screws. Here’s a guide to help you choose the right size screws for your TV wall mount.
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Before You Start
Before you even think about picking up a screwdriver, there are a few things you need to do in order to make sure your TV is properly mounted. The most important part of this process is choosing the right screws. In this article, we’ll show you how to do just that.
Gather Your Tools
You will need the following tools before you start:
-1/4 inch drill bit
-Phillips head screwdriver
-Stud finder (optional)
-Pencil or marker
Choose the Right Screws
The most important part of choosing the right screws for your TV wall mount is to make sure that the screws you choose are long enough. The general rule of thumb is that the screws should be at least 1/4” longer than the thickness of your TV. For example, if your TV is 1” thick, you will need screws that are at least 1 1/4” long.
In addition to length, you also need to make sure that the screws you choose are the correct diameter and thread count for the brackets on your TV wall mount. Most TV wall mounts come with both M6 and M8 screws, so you will need to know which size screws your brackets take before you can purchase the correct ones.
The final thing to consider when choosing screws for your TV wall mount is material. The most common materials used forTV wall mount screws are steel, zinc-plated steel, and stainless steel. Steel is the strongest option, but it is also the most susceptible to rusting. Zinc-plated steel is a good rust-resistant option, but it is not as strong as stainless steel. Stainless steel is strong and resistant to rust, but it is also the most expensive option.
Mounting the TV
Most TV wall mounts come with the necessary hardware, but you’ll need to purchase screws separately. The size of screws you need will depend on the weight of your TV. For a light TV, you can use M4 or M5 screws. For a heavier TV, you’ll need M6, M8, or M10 screws.
Attach the Mount to the Wall
You will need to find a stud in the wall to secure the mount. Use a stud finder to help you locate a stud. Once you have found a stud, mark the location with a pencil. At this point, you will need to decide how high up on the wall you want your TV to be mounted. Keep in mind that you will want to be able to see the TV easily without strain, so don’t mount it too high.
Once you have decided on the height, use a tape measure to find the center of the stud and mark it with a pencil. Next, hold the mount up against the wall at the height you have chosen and use a level to make sure it is level. Once it is level, use a pencil to mark the four holes where the screws will go into the wall.
Now, remove the mount from the wall and drill pilot holes into the marks you made earlier. Be careful not to drill too deep – you don’t want to damage any wires that may be behind the wall. Now, screw the mount into the wall using four screws that are appropriate for your specific mount and wall type.
Attach the TV to the Mount
In order to attach your TV to the mount, you will need to use screws that are long enough to reach into the wall mount and also attach to your TV. The most important thing to remember is that the screws must be long enough to go through both the wall mount and the TV. It is best to use screws that are just long enough so that they can be tightened without over-extending. We recommend using screws that are 1/2″ to 3/4″ in length.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you will need different types of screws depending on the material of your TV. If your TV is made of metal, you will need special screws with durable heads that can grip the metal surface. For TVs made of plastic or other softer materials, you can use regular screws with Phillips or flat heads.
Tips and Tricks
This is a very common question that we get asked here at TV Wall Mounts R Us. The answer, unfortunately, is not as cut and dry as we would like it to be. It really depends on the size and weight of your TV, the type of wall mount you are using, and the type of wall you are mounting it to.
Use a Level
When it comes to mounting your TV, one of the most important things you can do is to make sure that your mount is level. A level mount will ensure that your TV is level when it’s mounted on the wall, which will in turn help to prevent your TV from being crooked or uneven.
There are a few different ways that you can level your mount, but one of the easiest ways is to use a regular household level. You can find levels at most hardware stores or home improvement stores, and they’re relatively inexpensive. Once you have your level, simply place it on top of your TV mount and make sure that the bubble is in the center. If it’s not, then adjust your mount until it is.
Use a Template
When mounting a TV to the wall, it’s important to use a template to ensure that the brackets are mounted in the correct positions. A template will also help you to avoid any potential mistakes that could result in your TV being mounted crooked or at an incorrect height.
To create a template, simply trace the outline of your TV onto a piece of cardboard or paper. Once you have the outline traced, use a level to draw lines where you want the top and bottom of your TV to be mounted. Be sure to also mark the location of any studs in the wall so that you can properly secure the brackets.
Once you have your template created, tape it to the wall and use a pencil to mark the correct positions for your bracket holes. Be sure to double check that everything is level before drilling any holes!
Get a Friend’s Help
It’s always a good idea to have a friend help you with a project like this, especially if it’s your first time mounting a TV. They can help you hold the TV in place while you’re attaching it to the wall mount, and they can also help you position the TV on the wall so that it’s level. Plus, it’s just more fun to work on projects with friends!