Originally Posted by wse
Thanks got one now the question is how do I wall mount it?
Here's how I mount my flat panels, and I have mounted 4 of them around 10+ times since 2005 and never had a problem:
For walls with wood studs:
I use 3/4" furniture grade plywood to attach to the wall. Before install the plywood to the wall, I paint the plywood to match the color of the wall. I usually cut the plywood large enough to overlap three studs, say 30"x48". But, if you only cover two studs that shouldn't be a problem. Just make sure the plywood will be hidden behind the TV once it's mounted. Use a stud finder to mark the studs. Attach the plywood to the studs with 6-9 2.5" wood screws. For wood screws when mounting a TV, I like deck screws since they are very strong. I attach the mounting bracket to the plywood with 6 1.5" wood screws. Depending on where the studs are in the wall, you can move the mounting bracket to where it's centered on the on the wall. (Since the weight TV will be transfered to the studs, it doesn't matter where the mounting bracket is attached on the plywood. You made also need washers for the screws, depending on the gap on the bracket.) Important: after you install the bracket to the wall, test the weight by attaching a rope over the bracket and hanging your weight off the bracket. Whatever your weight is, the mount should hold that amount of weight.
To attach the tv to the bracket and arm, following the instructions included with the mount.
For walls that are brick:
I drill a hole in the brick and install 3/8" Red Heads anchor bolts. I then bolt the plywood to the wall via the Red Head anchor bolts. I then use 3/4" screws to attach the mounting bracket to the plywood. Once again, test the weight carrying ability of the mount by hanging your weight from the bracket. If the mount can hold your weight, they you should be good up to that weight.
Attaching a TV to a brick wall seems more risky in my opinion. I've only mounted one TV to a brick wall. Although I never had a problem, I prefer attaching the bracket to studs.
For walls with metal studs:
no clue. Let me know how you do it!
Making sure you hit the studs is the most important step. You can always pre-drill areas that will be covered by the plywood to make sure the studs are where you think they are.
Tip for lifting a heavy TV higher than your shoulders (ie: over a fireplace):
My first Panasonic plasma is a 50" 500U. With my full motion Sanus mount attached, the combined weight is around 125 lbs. When I mount this TV high on the wall, I rent an AC lift from either HD or Lowes. I clamp a plywood base to the AC forks. I place the TV with stand still attached on the plywood. I then install the mount arms to the TV. I then crank the lift up and extend the mounting arm to where it attaches to the mounting bracket already attached on the wall. AC lifts can be transported in a van since they break down. Last time I rented one, it was around $100/day. If the lift won't go high enough, just build up the height with wood studs stacked up and screwed together and clamped to the AC lift forks.
Another suggestion, take off your rings/bracelets off when handling the TV, so you don't scratch the TV.