Finally an update. It's been 5 months in the making. I finally got my TV up on the wall.
Here are the final specs:
- monoprice cables all around (a whole s*load of cables)
- Costco mount (made by Sanus)
- Toggler toggle bolts from Home Depot (3/8")
- Powerbridge power outlet system
I wanted to use the flush mount, but I didn't think I could get the TV that close to the wall (1.5") with all the cables in the back, plus the TV plug was sticking out too much from the outlet. So I went with the tilt mount option. The back of the TV is about 3.5" from the wall.
I used four Toggler bolts into the metal studs and four into straight drywall. So eight Toggler bolts total. It's sturdy and I'm not worried about the TV (knock on wood
). The TV is 97 pounds. Maybe 5 or so more with the mount.
I decided to buy the Powerbridge system instead of wiring my own outlet. Easy as hell to use. Simple and elegant.
The bottom of the TV is 38" from the floor.
All in all I'm very happy the way it turned out. Thanks to those that chimed in with their advice.