House Calls with James Tully: How to easily install a television wall mount

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Posted at 8:32 AM, Mar 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-30 08:32:56-04

"It's been a good office for us, almost like working out of your home," Rebecca Keiver told us as we walked through the conference rooms of her Tampa based business.

Running her own company, Keiver doesn't have time to mount a TV in her conference rooms and even if she did have time...

"I would be afraid it would fall of the wall if I hung it myself."

She called our Handyman Paul Schramm for help.

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He explains TV mounts are all basically the same.

"You're always going to get two pieces one that mounts to the wall and the other that mounts to the TV," Schramm said.

Finding a wall stud is always going to be your biggest challenge. it's the piece of wood that will support your mount. 

Wouldn't it be nice if you could see behind your wall?  Well, you can't and stud finders can often be frustrating and inaccurate. 

"I have a neodymium magnet, a new age magnet, it's very high powered."

They're also known as rare-earth magnet, and it retails for around 10 dollars, also and it's strong enough to stick to the screws holding the drywall to the wall studs!

So before you start measuring and drilling, maybe you should consider picking up a magnet and using lasers.  To watch the latest installment of House Calls, click the video in this story.

Items you’ll need: Rare-earth magnet, masking tape, laser leveler or regular level, and a power drill.

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