TV Mounting Installation: Before starting to drill …

Here are some tips!

In principle, installing a TV mounting or support bracket is easy; drill the holes, insert the studs into the wall and place the bracket using the screws provided. That is all.

But don’t rush; we want to give you some tips to make sure that everything goes well.

Drill bits

The material you intend to drill determines the type of drill bit you should use. For example, a different drill bit should be used for drilling into wood than for drilling into a stone or concrete wall.

Wood

This bit has a sharp tip. This allows you to keep the drill centred when drilling. To drill holes larger than 8 mm, you must first make a guide hole with a 4 or 5 mm drill bit.

Stone / Concrete

You can recognise this bit by the angle of its tip. The tip is made of a hardened metal used to pulverize the stone. To drill holes larger than 8 mm, you must first make a guide hole with a 4 or 5 mm drill bit.

Tip: are you drilling concrete? If so, use a hammer driller instead of an impact drill.

Metal

This bit has a blunt tip. First, hit the metal with a nail to create a small indentation in the place where you want to drill. This will help the bit stay in position. To drill holes larger than 8 mm, you must first make a guide hole with a 4 or 5 mm drill bit.

Tiles

These bits have a hardened tip to penetrate the ceramic or enamel tile layer. When drilling the tiles, you should only use this bit to drill the hard layer. You can drill the rest of the hole with a stone/concrete drill bit. Tip: Place a piece of masking tape over the area you want to drill. This will prevent the bit from slipping.

Tip: Mark the depth of the hole on the drill bit

Place the screw next to the drill bit that you are going to use and mark the length of the screw on its head with a permanent marker.

You can also use a piece of tape, which you can later remove. This will tell you exactly how deep you should drill into the wall.

There are different wall plugs according to their shape and size, but what makes some better than others?

Sometimes they are made of steel or brass, but most are made of plastic. Plastic studs are cheaper but do not hold as firmly as nylon studs. Specialists in TV mountings, like www.unicol.com, advise not to skimp on the materials you use to mount your valuable TV.

If you mount a wall bracket on another type of surface, be sure to find out exactly what type of mounting materials you need.

Mounting a wall bracket on a hollow wall

A hollow wall usually consists of a wooden frame covered by plasterboard. The best option is to ensure support to the internal wooden frame. Sometimes, the frame is metal, or you want to mount the bracket on a different part of the wall. In this case, always use high-quality special studs for hollow walls or for plasterboard.

It is not advisable to mount a wall bracket with swivel arm on a hollow wall. The movement of the rotating arm can exert enormous pressure on the wall and mounting components. This could visibly damage the plasterboard or (imperceptibly) jeopardize the mounting integrity.

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