How to Mount a Monitor on a Wall

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How to Mount a Monitor on a Wall

Mounting a computer or TV monitor on the wall is great a way to save space. Not only is the monitor no longer on the desk or entertainment centre, any and all cords can be made to hug the wall keeping them out of the way as well. Wall mounting is particularly suitable for flat, light monitors or televisions, in spaces with minimalist design motifs, or office setups where desk space is at a premium.

However, mounting a monitor on a wall can be intimidating. Many monitors are designed to be wall-mounted with special mounts or adapters. A poorly mounted monitor can fall, damaging the monitor and even injuring people or objects nearby and resulting in an expensive mess. Doing the proper research about how to mount a monitor in advance of attempting it is wise.


Specially-Made Mounts

Some monitors may come with their own mounts, but some will require a specially designed wall mount, which functions like a hook for a painting.There are a number of third-party manufactured wall mounts available on the market. Many of them are not specifically designed for any particular brand or size of monitor, but will fit any device. They may, however, have limits to the amount of weight they can carry, so be sure to check the size and sturdiness of the mount in comparison to the weight of the monitor before making a purchase. Make sure the monitor is properly screwed into the mount before placing the mount on the wall, or it may fall, no matter how well the mount itself is installed.

However, for some mounts, it may be advisable to buy an adapter as well, so the monitor will fit properly into its mount. A mount fits directly into the wall, but an adapter is the interface between the mount and the monitor. Homeowners may want to check to see if there are special adapters designed for a given monitor, or to see if monitor owners have been able to use a generic adapter for that particular kind of monitor and mount.


Mounting A Device

When mounting anything heavy on a wall, the first step is to make sure the item is installed into a stud in the wall. A stud is an element of a wall's frame, which is usually wood. Studs are very structurally strong, so mounting something heavy onto a wall stud ensures that the mount will stay in the wall. If the object is mounted only in drywall it may drag down the wall if it is too heavy, causing massive drywall damage.

A low-tech way to find a stud is simply tapping on the wall. By tapping and listening to the wall's resonance, a homeowner can discover areas in the wall that don't sound as hollow as others, which are where the studs are. However, if homeowners are still shy about how to properly find a stud in the wall, it's advisable to use a device called a stud finder to find the metal studs. A magnetic stud finder will find the metal stud in the wall by searching for objects that are attracted to it, whereas an electronic stud finder will look for a metal object that relays electricity. Most studs are placed approximately 16 inches apart from each other, within the wall.

Once a homeowner has found a stud, they can drill a hole into the wall at that corresponding point, then insert a fastener into the wall with a hammer. The fastener ensures that the mount will fit safely into the wall. Bolt the fastener in place (most fasteners come with a bolt), and then remove the bolt -- the fastener is now attached to the wall. Now, use the bolt to attach the mount to the wall.

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