Fitting swivel arm swing TV Brackets
Fitting swivel, arm, swing TV brackets
With the cost of these deluxe TV brackets coming down in recent years they have become incredibly popular as they give excellent versatility and add to the viewing pleasure in just about every situation.
That said they are often quite heavy especially for large size TVs and so please use this guide to fitting them to help you go about it in the easiest way.
As with all TV bracket fitting, please double check you have all the parts and that you have pre-selected the correct width of TV fitting bolt for your TV from those supplied. Lastly before getting started check there are no pipes or electical wires in the wall before you start drilling!
So having got ready let's break it down into the two basic types of TV brackets;
A. Small and medium TVs usually up to 37"
These are extremely easy to fit as the TV brackets are usually ready assembled or just need adaptor arms bolting to the main bracket head and then they can be fitted straight onto the wall.
They often feature a vertical wall mounting plate with just two or 3 fixing holes that you need to drill into the brickwork or into the upright wooden stud behind a plasterboard wall. In both cases drill the holes (fit wall plugs into the holes if in brick and supplied with the TV wall bracket) and screw up securely. Then ideally with someone holding the TV, bolt the TV to the bracket using the 4 bolts in the TV bracket fitting kit. That's it, it couldn't be easier
B. Medium and Large TVs usually over 37"
First you need to establish if you're fitting to brick, block or plasterboard walls.
Even the latest flat screen TVs are pretty heavy and if you've a large one and the bracket is fully extended the weight on the wall is considerable. Our TV brackets won't buckle but clearly the wall has to be strong enough to cope. As a good guide:
- All TV brackets are suitable for brick and concrete walls - All with wide wall mounting plates are suitable for breeze-block or Thermolite block walls, although if your TV is very heavy or your block-work weak you may need to use a special block wall bolt system using epoxy resin such as Fischer as sold by your local builder's merchants. Don't worry this isn't as scary as it sounds and is commonly sold item - On stud walls only TVs up to 46" / 30Kgs are recommended and then they must use a wide wall mounting plate and must be secured to at least two uprights
Fixing to wall
Irrespective of the wall type the process is broadly the same and involves 5 keys stages 1. Fit the back plate to the wall ensuring it is perfectly level. This is important as any errors will be magnified when the TV bracket arm is extended. 2. When the back plate is securely fitted to wall, it's then the task of fixing the bracket front plate or bar system (depends on bracket selected) onto the back the extendable arms. This is usually bolted on and is straightforward. 3. Stage 3 requires you to fit the securing system onto the TV and this is best achieved with the TV carefully placed face down onto a soft surface. Again this is not complicated and all our TV brackets are supplied with a full set of fittings and fixings needed to achieve an evenly fitting result. 4. Once tightened up you then need to get the TV onto the TV bracket front plate. Very easy but if the TV is heavy always best to use two people. 5. Lastly is connection to power, HDMI and other signals followed by adjustment of the TV bracket to get the optimum position for the individual room.
In our experience small TV and small brackets are a 10 minute job once you're got the tools together, but medium and large ones take 30 minutes if you're an experienced installer or around the home if you're fitting your first one.
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