Are you really sure you can safely install the TV Wall Mount by yourselves ?

For ordinary people, it looks like an easy job to install the TV Wall Mount, just find the wood stud, and screw the TV mount onto the wall, so easy. But if you want to safely install it,  it would be not a simple job. Frequently, I was asked to help the customer to finish their installation job that they could not fulfill by themselves, mostly, I have to reinstall it, left more holes in the wall. Sometimes, I even could remove the TV from the wall without any tools. In fact, if you have more knowledge about the wall and the installation, you will never decide to do it by yourselves. 

Firstly, you even can not find the right center of the wood stud, especially in the cold or wet winter, even you use the instruments like the Stud Finder.  Even it tells you something under the plasterboard of the wall, are you sure it exactly is the wood stud, not a pipeline or anything else?

Secondly, you should have the knowledge that there are many things inside the wall, just behind the plasterboard of the wall, like water&gas pipelines, live wires, landline&network cables, air conditioner pipes......, much worse, they may be covered or hided in the heat insulation cottons in the wall where you want to install the TV Wall mount. Take these into account, it is a quite challenging work to discover where they are located and how to avoid it, because they are covered by plaster board and heat insulation cotton, you may accidentally damage them when screwing or drilling and it is dangerous for you and your property.

Thirdly, you should have the knowledge to select the right TV wall mount based on the wall which you are going to install your TV, the internal structure of the wall, the frame of the wood stud, the size and the weight of your TV, the position where the TV is mounted.......

If you can not install your TV properly, you may hurt yourself,or damage your TV during installation.If the TV Wall Bracket is poor quality, the TV may fall down from the wall. If you are clear all these that I have tell you, are you still feel confidence to do it by yourselves. The reality is most people even do not know how to safely take the new TV out of the packaging box, especially for the bigger TV.

Written by FRANK GAO — June 10, 2020

How to hide the TV Cables?

I was frequently asked  if I can hide TV Cables in the wall, my answer is "No", and usually I advise him not to do so. In fact, if you still really want to do it and pay for it after you read this article, My answer is "Yes, we can".  The following  picture is sent to me by one of my customer. Yes, it looks amazing, but it is just a virtual illustration, that is all! You should know the story behind it. You should have the common knowledge of the dry wall, and know what inside the wall behind the plasterboard.  

Firstly, it is almost impossible for you to make the TV cables in and out of the wall just at the sites you wish because of the level wood stud running through the whole wall. Of course, the cables can break through the level wood stud if you are willing to pay more than $200, maybe $500, depends on what is inside the wall and the structure of the wall. You have to pay more money if the wall is filled with the heat insulation cotton, sometimes it is an impossible job to make the power plug of of your TV pass through the heat insulation cottons or cross beam inside the wall.  Unless your house is a new building, and the electricians have built the channel or the way to hide the TV cables before installing the GIB board of the wall.

The second disadvantage is flexibility, especially, when you are using a swivel full motion TV wall mount. Sometimes you may hope the cables to be shorter, sometimes  you may hope the it to be longer, Sometimes you may want to add a new cable, Sometimes you may want to remove the TV and all the cable from the wall, who knows.  

In fact, you can think about hiding or covering the TV cables with the following solutions. It is much more flexible, cheaper and easier.

Written by FRANK GAO — June 07, 2020