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plasma installation

by rbj7 / April 4, 2008 1:47 AM PDT

I just bought a 50" plasma and I wanted to purchase the swing arm mount but was told that I would need to make sure my studs were reinforced that the 2x4 studs would not hold the weight of the TV. Is this necessary? And dose anyone have experience just using 2x4?

And can anyone recommend a swinging arm mount?

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They are right.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 4, 2008 6:42 AM PDT
In reply to: plasma installation

Since you can't check if the studs are without splits and more you'll want to rip off the drywall, double up the studs, drywall, paint and then it's ready.

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PS. I recant (a little)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2008 5:36 AM PDT
In reply to: They are right.

This is not a job to be taken lightly. I can't count the number of Homer Simpson type install jobs I've seen. And why I noted the safest method I know of.

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I disagree. . .
by Coryphaeus / April 4, 2008 9:49 AM PDT
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Having sold said plasmas and the wall mounts including the swing arm units, it can be done. Not recommended for a novice do-it-yourselfer, precautions must be taken. It's a two person job. Find the mount you want. Go to The Home Depot or equivalent and purchase 1/4" X 3" lag screws. One for each mounting plate hole. Use a stud finder to locate the studs. Do this several times until you find the exact center of each stud. Measure carefully and level the mounts, marking the mounting holes on the sheetrock. Use a drill with a 3/16" bit. Use a socket or open end wrench to screw the lag screws into the studs. If you miss the exact center of the stud, the stud may split out to the side. There's no room for guesswork here.

Properly mounted the studs will hold the TV. If you have any reservations, have it mounted by a professional.

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Are they Qualified
by rbj7 / April 6, 2008 1:54 AM PDT
In reply to: I disagree. . .

I'm having Best Buy install the TV and said that they don't recommend but didn't say they wouldn?t do it. Do you think that they should be qualified to do such work??? Will Best Buy have the right lag screws, or will I have to provide them? Do you recommend any certain swing arm?

Thank for all your help

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If they do it. . .
by Coryphaeus / April 16, 2008 8:36 PM PDT
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and it falls, they buy you a new one.

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A swing arm on a 50 inch tv,
by ahtoi / April 20, 2008 12:42 AM PDT
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the mounting hardware must have costed an arm and a leg. How much was it and the installation cost?

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(NT) The other arm and leg.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 20, 2008 4:59 AM PDT

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