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VESA Mounts - What They Are And Installation Tips

VESA mounts are simply put mounts that comply with the VESA (Video Electronic Standards Association) Standard.

The VESA Standard encompasses mounting devices, various cable and power supply locations and hole patterns for various LCD monitors, plasma displays and other various flat panel devices. We can safely say that the VESA mounts are the universal mounting device for pretty much any flat panel TV.

There are many types of TV mounting brackets that currently fit the VESA Standards, however the most common ones are those that have either a 100x100 mm or a 75x75 mm hole pattern for mounting. You can find currently 4 different types of VESA mounts: fixed mounts, adjustable at 180 degrees, at full 360 degrees and ceiling mounts. These mounts not only fit your television but also any monitors you might have.

Installing a VESA mount

Installing a VESA mount doesn't have to be difficult at all. This is because due to the fact that flat panel TVs can be installed on the wall which makes it quite easy to mount your TV without a hitch. As a matter of fact you can use these mounts to install a TV which weights anything between 15-300 pounds on the wall. That can be quite impressive! You will find VESA mounts to range from fixed, to tilting or even full motion which means that you have quite a lot of choices in the way you want to have your TV on the fall.

If you want it to be fixed without worrying about turning it to various angles depending on your location, then you will be quite happy with the fixed wall mounts. These are also the cheapest around to buy. However some people prefer full motion flexibility when it comes to mounting their televisions on the wall. The full motion mount is perfect for you. Be prepared though to shell out some cash and to spend some more time for the installation. You might even want to call over a friend or two to help.

First of all you need to choose the location where the TV will be placed. Then you want to find two studs in the wall that will simply support your newly purchased VESA mount. Now make 2 marks on the studs which allow you to drill holes for the support bolts. It might be useful to have a level around as this can ensure that the holes you drilled are even. Use the level before drilling the holes!

Next drill the holes into the studs matching the spots on the VESA mount. Once the holes are drilled you can mount the TV bracket with the lag bolts into the wall. You need to tighten the bolts but don't overdo it. Once this step is done, you can attach your TV to the mounting brackets hanging out from the mount. You can use some spacers that will give you easier way to the cable inputs. As a final step hang the TV brackets to the mounts that has already been installed on the wall.

Before hanging the TV on the wall ensure that you have indeed drilled the holes into studs and not just into dry wall. This is to prevent the TV from falling and shattering to pieces.