Originally Posted by patsan
adbjn...what a great post. Thanks for taking the time out to write about this set and you're experiences/expectations.
I have to ask you.....how easy or hard was it to get the base off before mounting it on the wall?
Our mount is up...but I worry about the man power to be able to lift this to get the base off. I cannot help my husband do it, so we more or less have to wait for some help.
I thought I remember a post in this thread about pushing the base forward to get it out easier, but now that we're ready to do it, I can't seem to find the post anymore.
We tilted the TV very carefully all the way forward and onto a carpet so that it lay on the floor with the back side up. When lying like that pressure will be on the front part of the base and on the topmost part of the aluminum frame. I think the frame is definitely strong enough to withstand this pressure. Anyway, ours was. Do not lay it on pillows or something like that. That could break the screen. An even, soft surface like a carpet is probably best. Make sure the carpet goes all the way under the base too.
The base is made of two parts. Both can be removed quite easily when the TV is lying down like that.
Once lying on the floor we started removing the seven or nine screws that hold the large base plate (with base plate I mean the large plate that is in contact with the floor when the TV is standing in an upright position).
Before you remove the base plate entirely, make sure there is absolutely nothing under the TV that could break the screen, such as a screw driver or a screw. We almost had an accident...
Also, you need two persons holding the sides of the TV while you remove the last screws of the base plate. Otherwise the TV will fall a few inches onto the floor, obviously. Lay it down all the way onto the carpet carefully, after you have removed the "base plate".
Now it is time to remove the second (and most heavy) part of the base. It is secured with four large heavy duty screws but they are really easy to remove if you have the right tool. You need a tool with six sides (don't know what it is called) to remove these screws. The screws have a hole with six sides... Luckily, I had a tool that fit these screws. They didn't include such a tool.
I put all the screws back into their holes once the base was removed, not to loose them in case some day I want to use the base again. The screws from the base plate were put back into the second part of the base and the four large screws were screwed back into the TV.
There are two black plastic parts included with the TV (about 2x2x10 inches) At first I din't understand what they were for, but then I figured out that you should use them to conceil some of the areas at the back of the TV that become visible when you remove the base.
Once the base is completely removed it is a good time to mount the parts of the wall mount that go on the TV. I am assuming you are using some kind of wall mount if you want to remove the base... I used a wall mount called something like peerless tilting wall mount and it had two parts that were supposed to be screwed to the TV.
The most difficult part in removing the base this way is actually lifting the TV up again. The plastic part I mentioned in my post is probably quite easy to break, so you can't just tilt it up. If you do that you will surely break this plastic part. For the same reason you have to be a bit careful when lifting the TV so that you don't grab this plastic part. That would probably break it too. You need to grab it by the handles only and lift it up while at the same time tilting it all the way back up into an upright angle (normal viewing angle) and then mount it onto the wall mount.
This is actually not easy and a few extra people would surely have helped. I know I said it took only two people to lift it onto the wall mount. But, I think you should probably be three or four people just in case. Depends on how strong the two persons lifting the TV are. It think maybe we were a bit lucky not to have an accident while lifting it up... :-) It is not easy to lift by the handles and it is quite heavy, even with the base off. I have to admit that there were a few seconds when we were unsure if were really going to be able to hang it up on the wall mount. I guess we could probably have put it down onto the carpet and tried again, though.
Anyway, this is the way we did it and despite the fact that it was quite heavy it felt like a relatively safe way of doing it without risking damage to the TV. Actually, I cannot imagine how we would have removed the base without laying it down like that. It does sound a bit risky to lift the TV while removing the base. The TV is heavy. If the persons holding it get tired after you have almost removed the base there is no way for them to rest...
Anyway, which ever way you choose to do it - good luck!