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Foolproof Installation of Plasma TV

A new home theater installation such as that of the Plasma TV will have any typical homeowner second-guessing. There are just a few considerations that, albeit minor and are quite easily resolved, will leave them wondering if they need the assistance of a qualified technician. If you have just upgraded to a larger sized screen or from a comparably lighter LCD unit, you can be wondering if your wall will be able to support the added weight. There is also the concern about viewing angles, although with the Plasma technology as opposed to that of the  LCD, you can get the same crisp resolution even at a 178-degree tilt and need not worry about finding that sweet spot. Moreover, the  Plasma TV would be generating more heat than the LCD and its often-preferred location on top of the fireplace will pose a hazard to it. This is not to say that you must not consider the fireplace mantle as a possible location, but you have to be mindful of its need to be at a safe distance from a heat source.

Short of having the installation of your home theatre systems delegated to a professional, here are the general steps in order for you to do the job yourself without much errors:

  1. Check the temperature of your fireplace. Since you are most likely placing the TV there, you might as well record how high the temperature is going to rise when you are actually lighting it up. Even with the TV’s cooling system, it will generate heat on its own as well. By finding that exact safe spot up in the wall or having a cement mantle to serve barrier, you can be sure that your investment will last long.
  2. Mount with care. With the help of a stud finder, locate the sturdy parts of the wall where you will be drilling the screws in for the mount brackets. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to secure these brackets. Much as you might want to do everything yourself, you will need extra hands in lifting the TV up and putting it into place.
  3. Mind the cable wires. Drilling more holes on your wall that can be concealed by the screen is the ideal way to hide ugly wires, but you can also plan for an alternate and discreet route to the outlet and other devices that will not have wires dangling in plain sight.