Mounting that brand new flat screen television can be a nerve-racking experience. Size, weight, and mounting hardware all need to be taken into consideration before the project begins. But, when it's an older house or an Apartment in Orlando and the walls are a bit outdated, a few extra things need to be taken into consideration. Here they are:
1. Finding The Studs
Locating a wall stud can be a tricky process on any type of wall, but it's essential when hanging a flat screen television. In cases where it's an older wall, variables like drywall type and thickness make the process even more difficult. The best way to find a stud is by using a good quality stud finder.
Stud finders come in all different styles and are made for many applications. Some stud finders are simply magnets that gravitate toward nail heads commonly found in studs and others use electronic density sensors to find the studs. When it comes to older walls with lath and plaster style construction, a deep scan stud finder may be needed.
2. Wall Type
When dealing with older homes, different wall types come into play. Drywall is common in today's home construction and cannot withstand the weight of a flat screen television of any size. In cases with drywall, even in older homes that have been re-dry walled, the stud must be found.
The same goes for lath and plaster walls. But, with a lath and plaster wall, extra care needs to be taken to ensure the stud is found and it's not just the lath board that the television mount is being secured to. A simple technique is to pinpoint the stud with a finder, then double check that it's actually a stud by pre-drilling. If the drill bit "breaks through," the stud has not been located.
3. Stud Type
Studs in older walls are primarily wood. But, metal studs are not uncommon in older homes. When an older home is remodeled or repaired due to termite damage, a wood stud is often preplaced with a metal stud in order to prevent further infestation.
Although metal studs are easier to locate, they often require different hardware. Not only does a pilot hole need to be drilled with a bit capable of drilling through metal, other metal appropriate hardware such as screws and anchor bolts have to be used as well.
4. Concrete Block Walls
In older homes and apartments with concrete block construction, a wall mounted flat screen television can bring on a whole new set of issues. If not done properly, concrete anchors can easily pull loose creating a dangerous situation.
When it's necessary to drill into concrete, use the appropriate concrete or masonry bit. Also, once the hole is drilled, make sure the diameter of the anchor bolt is specific to the diameter of the hole drilled. If this is not done, even though it may seem secure, the chances of a bolt pulling loose increases.
So, whether it's hanging that television in an older house or an older Apartment in Orlando, proper care should be taken. The above tips can help any DIY homeowner, but if anything comes into question when hanging a flat screen, it never hurts to call a professional.