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Weird TV Mounting question

by solly0 / April 9, 2013 7:19 AM PDT

I want to mount my 50" plasma on my wall but have a strange wall set up and am not sure what to do.Hopefully this description of the layers in my wall makes sense.
Basically there are a few "layers in the wall". I know this as the back of the wall is visible via the furnace room. Here is how it looks: The wood studs are 16" apart. There is some very thin wood paneling nailed into the studs (this paneling probably used to be the wall). Then there is some strapping (I think 1"x2") secured to the wood paneling. Then there is drywall secured to the 1"x2" strapping.
The strapping is more spread out than the studs so there is (I think) one vertical piece of strapping every 3 feet or so. Since the strapping is spread out, in most areas there is a 2" gap (air) between the drywall and the thin wood paneling.
I don't want to mount my TV only into the drywall and am unsure of what to do here. The strapping is not as thick as the 2"x4" studs so I don't know if it is strong enough to hold the TV and since the strapping is so spread out, I think I would only be able to drill into one vertical piece of strapping (because the mount is not that wide).
If I use very long screws, can I go through the drywall, through the wood paneling and then into the studs?

I am stumped and any help or suggestions would be very much appreciated.
Thanks very much,

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I had a similar problem.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 9, 2013 7:31 AM PDT

So I put up a 2x4 about the width of the set and mounted that first. You say you have access to the back so you can add more 2x4's in back for the 2x4 on the front wall to anchor to. Now with 2 of these solid mounts I was able to attach the wall mount to the 2x4s with ease.

Sorry but if this sounds too hard why not have it done for you?

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OK but...
by solly0 / April 9, 2013 8:04 AM PDT

Hi Bob.

thanks very much for your reply.

I apologize if I am not fully understanding but there would still be a 2" gap of air between the layer of drywall and the studs. Even if I added a 2x4 between the studs and also added a 2x4 on the drywall, is that gap between the two layers a problem?


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Not for me. Why?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 9, 2013 8:15 AM PDT
In reply to: OK but...

Because the width of the 2x4 on the front was wide enough to find an area of full support.

Also there is another way to beef that air space up. Even use the foam in a can? Here's the can I used from Home Depot.

Since the 2x4 is spreading the load and can get great big wood screws or even carriage bolts back to the other side and we can increase this mounting to 2x6 or more, your average wood worker should be able to get it done.

If you feel uncomfortable with the work, I suggest you have the work done.

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