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One appliance that has made a rapid evolution over the decades is the television. From a small box projecting images electrically to the large screen that shows a wide spectrum of colours, the development of TV has only made it even more reliable as a means of entertainment. Even when most people depend on their phones and laptops to combat boredom, the TV remains a must-have for anyone’s home.
You’re probably planning on buying a new TV if you have a new home or are just upgrading your entertainment room. But what if you wanted to mount your TV on a wall and not just put it on a large table? Good thing there are TV installation services you can call to get your television up and running in no time.
What do TV installers do?
TV installers are people who mount flat screen televisions on walls and make the necessary connections to other devices or the internet (in case of smart TVs). If you have a new TV that you think looks better on a wall, feel free to contact TV Install Atlanta and they will set your TV up for you.
Here are the steps TV installers do when you let them in your place:
- They first unpack your TV and the included mount. Once you show them the wall where you want your TV to be placed, they will make the correct measurements to drill holes for the mount.
- Once the TV is fastened on the mount securely, they will ask for the necessary cables to be connected to it such as home theatre components, connectors for gaming consoles, or other video cables.
- They will then check if the remote works and finalise the settings on your TV according to your preference. If you have a smart TV, the installers will also connect them to the internet to make sure apps like Netflix and YouTube work.
- If every connection works in your newly mounted TV, the installers will clean up the work area before they go.
What kinds of tools do TV installers use for their job?
TV installers have to be careful when mounting a TV so as to avoid damaging anything inside a wall. Here are several tools TV installers use while working:
TV installers examine thoroughly the wall where they are supposed to work on. They use a cable detector to locate open power cables, circuits, and ground points. Some cable detectors can also locate plastics which can further inform installers if there are PVC pipes within a wall.
As previously mentioned, TV installers make the necessary measurements before drilling holes on the wall. A tape measure is the easiest tool to use in determining the points in the wall where a TV mount should be fastened.
TV installers often have a set of screwdriver bits that will help them fasten small screws in the mount. The most common types of screwdrivers are the flathead and the Phillips. Flathead screwdrivers have a wedge tip at the shaft and are used for screws with a linear groove on the head. Phillips screwdrivers are used for screw heads that are shaped like a cross.
A stud finder is a device that detects framing studs or the fasteners of a wall’s inner frame. There are different kinds of stud finders: the magnetic which easily detects nails, the electronic which relies on a sensor that detects changes in the dielectric constant of the wall, and the radar which uses raw signals from transmitters.
A spirit level is a non-electronic device used by TV installers to check if the mount they have placed on the wall is completely horizontal or vertical in certain parts. Most spirit levels take the form of a bar with marked glass vials. The vials are filled with coloured spirit or alcohol up to a certain point. The bubble that’s left in the marked vial is the indicator of the vertical or horizontal alignment.
An impact driver is a tool used to quickly drill holes and fasten medium-sized screws. Unlike drills that rotate to loosen or tighten screws, an impact driver delivers a sudden burst of force while rotating the screws in a unique manner. The fastening mechanic of an impact driver happens quickly and they are often the power tool of choice for TV mounts.
Also known as Allen wrenches, hex keys are L-shaped rods that are used to loosen or tighten bolts with hexagonal socket heads. There are different sizes of hex keys to accommodate any size of bolts that TV installers might encounter.
Concrete screws or sleeve anchor
Concrete screws are used to secure a TV mount in concrete or brick walls. They are shaped like ordinary screws but are generally longer and thicker. Most concrete screws are also painted blue. Sleeve anchors can also be used in fastening TV mounts in concrete but they use an expanding sleeve to secure the original screw further into the concrete.
Why should you have your TV mounted?
You have to admit that merely placing your TV on top of a large table is so old-fashioned. Besides, an unmounted TV could easily get knocked over by children, pets, or an earthquake. Mounting your TV has several advantages, such as the following:
Would you really want your entertainment area to be less spacious by putting a large table just to have something for your TV stand? Add some space for children and pets to play on by having your TV secured to a wall instead. If you have your TV in your living room, mounting it will give you more options to design your space.
Interior design option
Taking interior design into consideration, manufacturers of the latest TV models add brackets to their products, implying that they are meant to be mounted on a wall instead of just placed on a table. Mounted TVs are cleaner and sleeker to look at, especially if you know how to manage the cables underneath.
It can be hard for you to see what’s happening if you are sitting at a certain angle from a TV stand. However, if you mount your TV on a wall, you can adjust its angle to accommodate any sitting or lying position you usually do while relaxing. There are also TV mounts that can be freely adjusted based on where you are sitting.
Tips before having your TV mounted
There are certain factors to consider before calling your nearest TV installer and having your new appliance set up. Here’s what you need to do if you re planning to use your TV mount:
Make sure your wall is sturdy
Safety and security are two reasons why you have to mount your TV. But you can’t exactly get the safety and security you want if the wall the TV will mount on isn’t strong enough. Securing your TV mount on studs is the best way to keep it on the wall, which is why TV installers use stud finders to do their job.
Avoid certain locations to mount your TV on
Some interior design magazines feature TVs mounted above fireplaces. This is because the walls of modern chimneys are generally thick. However, TVs are susceptible to overheating and the soot from burning wood could enter the TV’s internal workings. The humidity from bathrooms is also to be avoided to prevent damage on your TV.
Calculate where you will sit from the TV
Depending on the size of your TV, placing your seats at the right spot will make sure you focus on whatever it is you are watching. If you have a small space for your TV and seats, know that you can adjust the height and angle of the mount if you make a request to your TV installers. The rule of thumb is that the TV should be mounted at your eye level while you are sitting.
Make sure your TV’s ports are accessible
Connecting devices such as gaming consoles to a TV is easier if it is on a stand. However, you can still make your TV ports accessible even if it is mounted to a wall. Ask your installer to secure the mount in a way that the ports can still be easily reached.
Plan your cable management
If you choose to connect as many wires to your TV as possible, try creating a plan on how you can conceal those cables while you are sitting in front. Wires that are grouped together can be distracting without the proper cable management so you should know what to do with the wires first before having your TV mounted.
Buying and mounting a new TV is one of the best ways of designing your place. Contact the folks at TV Install Atlanta to give yourself something to look forward to at your entertainment room!