Two months ago I moved into a new place. After roughly five weeks of floor sitting I got a couch (don’t ask me to post before-before pics!) and it was no longer acceptable for my TV to continue sitting on the floor.
I felt pretty sure I could mount my TV with minimal hassle. Find a stud, drill some holes, install. Done and done. But I ran into a few problems along the way and eventually called in an expert coworker to help me finish the install.
Problem #1 – Mystery studs.
My house was built in ’51 but remodeled a few years ago. When I went to mark my stud locations on the wall, the stud finder was giving me inconsistent results. After several attempts using two different stud finders, and one small exploratory pilot hole later, I felt pretty sure I had steel studs behind my wall. Note: this particular wall is an exterior block wall that has been refinished and dry walled on the inside. It’s possible that the “studs” were there solely to support new drywall. After doing some research online and asking OmniMount’s customer care team for advice, I decided not to mount the TV in that location.
Problem #2 – Double drywall.
So I moved to an interior wall in the same room and moved my couch to a new location. Turns out the mystery studs did me a favor because the couch/tv/kitchen feng shui feels much better this way. But the stud finder was still giving me slightly questionable feedback. Removal of the electrical outlet and cable faceplate revealed two layers of drywall, one on top of the other. I guess it was easiest/cheapest/laziest to drywall right over top the existing wall during the remodel. Turns out it didn’t affect the install, but I wasn’t confident enough to proceed alone.
Problem #3 – Mount location.
So while I waited for backup to arrive, I used painters tape to mark my wall with the mounting location. I decided to use the PLAY70DS for my TV, which has left/right pan and lift/lower height adjustability. Because of all that movement, determining where to mount the wall plate can be a little tricky. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I called my dad, a former math teacher, to help me figure it out. Lucky for you, we developed a very simple equation to determine the mounting location:
MAX TV height (top of TV)*
(minus) Measurement from center VESA plate on back of TV to top of TV
(minus) 14” max lift
= centered mounting location for wall plate
(minus) 6” max lower
(minus) Measurement from center VESA plate on back of TV to bottom of TV
MIN TV height (bottom of TV)*
Long story short, my TV install was not without some complications. But at the end of the day, the TV is securely on the wall and fully operational, no thanks to the house flippers, full thanks to my support team.
Two closing thoughts. One, my install has inspired a *future blog post: how high is too high when mounting a TV. Two, please refrain from all commenting at once about my terrible cable situation. I know it’s a problem and I promise to fix it!
Oh, and if you have your own install story to share, email me to find out about guest blogging on our site. Besides the notoriety (which is huge, HUGE) you’ll most likely receive some OmniMount swag.
TV size: 46″
TV weight: roughly 41 pounds
Mount: PLAY70DS (mounted without the double-stud backplate)