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    Arrow No Cost Way To Wall Mount Flat Screen TVs

    After recovering from the sticker shock, folks will ask me for a less expensive way to wall mount flat screens in their homes, churches, etc. I have seen the wall mounting brackets for these flat screen wall mount televisions and/or monitors sell from $80.00 to over $400.00. I agree that it is quite an outrageous price for what they are.

    There is an age-old, inexpensive, method for mounting cabinets and other heavy items that also works well for wall mounting flat screens. It is called a "French Cleat" This time-honored French cleat is a system that uses two beveled lengths of wood. The top block is screwed to the hanging object. The other half is attached to the wall. When you place the top half of the cleat over the bottom half, the item is locked firmly in position. To make the cleat, one simply cuts two pieces of wood at an identical angle on a table saw or, lacking that, using a circular saw.

    (Simply type "French Cleat" into a web search if you are not sure how to make one.) (Scrap hard-wood makes a good cleat)

    If one does not need to swivel, pull out, or tilt their flat screen, this mounting method will cost you next to nothing. I have also noted that some of those expensive mounting brackets, stick out quite far from the wall. This mounting method will pull the flat screen closer to the wall, hiding unsightly cable connections.

    I hope this is helpful and saves you some money

    DB
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    Default Re: No Cost Way To Wall Mount Flat Screen TVs

    DB ----- welcome back old friend.
    As usual with helpful tips
    "" an ounce of perception -- a pound of obscure "
    - Rush

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    Excellent, thanks!!!

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    Default Re: No Cost Way To Wall Mount Flat Screen TVs

    Great thanks, might give that a try. It certainly worth a go considering what the builder was charging for something similar!

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    How to screw a hook on the back of the LCD panel?

    How to screw a hook on the back of LCD screen
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    [QUOTE=cathy45ianni;245917]How to screw a hook on the back of the LCD panel?

    How to screw a hook on the back of LCD screen[/QUOTE

    The back of you TV needs 2 screws so you attach the cut wood on the top two holes.

    BUT, since most foreign made TVs use METRIC screws, where will you find the right screws? Trying to force STANDARD screws won't work.

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    French Cleats are a great idea, but there are a couple considerations here. First is that the screen was designed to use only the proper hanger- anything else not only voids any warranties. Second is that it may also damage the unit by stressing the case improperly. Something else to watch for is the length of any hardware meant to go into the screen- too long and you can short something, damage a component, or crack a circuit board.

    Yes, these 'accessories' are a rip-off but you can go it on your own without much risk. First thing to do is if at all possible study the factory brackets. See how they are mounted and think about how weight stresses are transferred between the hanger and the screen. Next is to determine how deep the screws/bolts enter the screen and not exceed that.

    Perhaps this is not practical so now what do you do? First is to look closely at the mounting screw holes. Anything that extends past the threaded section does nothing and can be a problem, so consider that when selecting the proper screws/bolts to use. You may have to cut them to length. And yes, they're going to be metric threads. Any nut and bolt house will have these and some sizes can be found in the 'special hardware' drawers of the big-box stores. (If you don't have a source for metric hardware by now you need to do that since almost everything is going metric outside the US construction industry). Next is to think of mounting stresses. Can you see strips of solid material at the mounting holes where adjacent areas are ventilated? Those are the reinforcements that will carry the stress so your cleat needs to cover them. But you don't want to cover much ventilation so you may have to add spacers between the cleat and the screen or remove some wood there. With these things in mind you should be OK with a home-made French cleat mounting.

    The trend in marketing is to sell the main product as cheaply as possible, making up the lost profit on 'accessories' some of which are more like necessities. On one of my Ham radios there is a simple cable that could not have cost the manufacturer more than a couple dollars to design and build. It allows the faceplate (control head) to be mounted remotely which is a major feature of this rig. It uses a standard flat cable but has a special connector on one end they designed which you cannot get anywhere else or easily make on your own. This cable sells for $90 and if you want it, you pay for it or you don't remotely mount the control head. Had this rig not have had the cable with it when it came to me I would do without it, just as I'd build a French cleat if I were to acquire a flat screen TV.

    Caveat Emptor means more now than ever before due to these 'hidden' costs so do your research well before you plunk your money down. You may find 'work-arounds' like the French cleat or you may find yourself stuck with an oddball connector you can't replicate. Better to know these things ahead of time!

    Phil

    Phil

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    Default Re: No Cost Way To Wall Mount Flat Screen TVs

    Quote Originally Posted by cathy45ianni View Post
    How to screw a hook on the back of the LCD panel?

    How to screw a hook on the back of LCD screen
    Yes, please answer how to screw into back of tv without harming it.

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