Mounting a flat-screen TV on the wall clears up floor space, becomes part of the décor and provides a good viewing area. With the price of flat-screen wall mounted TV in the affordable range, they are increasing in popularity. To complete the look, hide the wires from the TV so the screen becomes another frame on the wall.
Related to hire the wires, you should also consider the height when you mount your TV on the wall. According to Crutchfield Electronics, the ideal flat-screen plasma or LCD TV mounting location is directly at eye level. This is approximately two to three times the screen size from your primary seating position. This will be about 3.5 feet off the ground with most couches or chairs.
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Before doing your project, you should prepare all these following items: cable management system to hide wall mounted TV wires in and outside-the-wall installation, cable and connector extensions, depending on length from TV to peripherals, and covers for entry and exit holes.
First of all,you should look at the outside-the-wall system. You can hide TV wires them with prefabricated cable covers painted to match the wall or to coordinate with the room‘s colors. This is the easiest to install.
After that, you must determine if the wall is right for an inside-the wall system. It should be made of drywall for easy cuts. Then, choose an interior wall so there’s less wood and wires to work around.
Find cable extensions as needed at an electronics store. Also, get covers for the holes in the wall where the wires enter and exit. These are readily available.
Mount the TV. Measure the distance of the cables needed to go through the wall or the cable cover system. Mark the spot for where cables and wires leave the TV.
Engage an electrician to make a recessed plug on the wall that will hide behind the TV. You don’t want to run the power wire through the wall. This isn’t necessary if you don’t mind the one wire or want to use an exterior system.
Mark the spot near the base of the wall where the cable can exit. Measure again to make sure wires and cables are long enough. Also, measure the size of the hole to fit the plug cover.
Cut small holes in the drywall where you marked. Feed the wires from top to bottom, and then connect to cable boxes, DVD players and other peripherals. Install the covers.
The other trick to running wires behind the wall mounted TV to a power outlet or connections to other equipment is to use a tool called a fish tape, which is a length of coiled steel similar to a measuring tape.