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post #1 of 14
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Just bought a mountsmadesimple
MMS SP3 Universal Arm for 32" - 60" with Adjustable bracket.

didn't think I need to spend $15 for their installation guide, but the unit shipped with virtually no directions.

Looking for the "How-To wall mount your TV" pdf file. Appearantly, that's all they send you is an email version of the guide.

very interested if someone already has this download

thanks
post #2 of 14
Just google "how to wall mount a tv" and theres plenty of info out there including videos on youtube. Unless you cant figure the bracket out and how to mount it to the TV, that I cant help you with but by watching their video on that bracket it seems self explanatory to me.
post #3 of 14
Yeah it shouldn't be hard to figure out. Here are a few links that might be helpful:

Lag Bolt installation guide:
http://www.mcfeelys.com/category.asp...olts|939219301

Thread about wall mounting on Drywall or Plaster:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...99&=wall+mount

And when attaching the TV bracket to the back of the TV, make sure the screws are not so long that they bottom out in the TV's threaded inserts as they can punch through and damage the TV's internals. And you don't have to crank the TV screws or wall Lag Bolts down super tight - just snug em up firmly and do not over-tighten them.
post #4 of 14
Here's some notes from newbie (ie me) that may help:

If you don't already own one, you may wish to purchase an electronic stud finder that can scan through the dry wall and find the exact location (sides & center) of your studs, while also warning of electric lines or metal. I bought a Zircon i520 from Lowes.

With my Peerless mount, the primary steps were this:

1) Finding the studs
2) Figuring out where the bottom of the TV would end up relative top/center screw, and hence where the top/center screw should go.
3) Placing the mount on the wall at the spot of the top/center mark, and then placing a long balance on top to balance it, then marking the 5 other spots.
4) Drill pilot hole of the correct size, then screwing the wood screws in using a ratchet to mount the wall bracket. There was a recommended depth. You can mark that with tape on the drill bit if necessary. You should end up drilling in to wood. The screw heads were wide enough that a washer wasn't called for.
5) Connecting the TV bracket in my case was simple as the screws on the back of my TV lined flat and I just had to find the right size mounting screw. Peerless had a guide for each TV.

There was also a tilt adjustment on my TV and I checked beforehand to figure out how it's supposed to work. It didn't even budge and after checking around I discovered there was a tiny hex screw that could be loosened a bit to make it easier. I was then able to figure out how to operate the mechanism and lined up the friction ratchet handles so they wouldn't collide.

Depending how big/heavy your TV, lifting the whole thing may be the hard part. My wife helped me move the TV upstairs and up on a dresser, but didn't even want to try lifting the TV up that high so I found someone to help.

I also connected all the cables I wanted to the TV before lifting it up on the wall and bundled them up with wire ties. They're concealed by a dresser below the TV as I didn't bother attempting to route the wires inside the wall.

You also may be able to find a guide for a mount similar to the one you bought.

Good luck.
post #5 of 14
Hi. I"m thinking of purchasing the same mount. Are you happy with it? Can't find that much info about the company or the mounts so I'm really interested in getting a recent customer review.

thx
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by fabski View Post

Just bought a mountsmadesimple
MMS SP3 Universal Arm for 32" - 60" with Adjustable bracket.

didn't think I need to spend $15 for their installation guide, but the unit shipped with virtually no directions.

Looking for the "How-To wall mount your TV" pdf file. Appearantly, that's all they send you is an email version of the guide.

very interested if someone already has this download

thanks

I'm looking for anyone with experience with this MMS SP3 mount. It looks great but I can't find any independant reviews.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Tave22 View Post

I'm looking for anyone with experience with this MMS SP3 mount. It looks great but I can't find any independant reviews.

If anyone's still monitoring this thread -- has anyone had any experience with the MountsMadeSimple SP3 and/or LAM50?

I really like the LAM50 ... but MountsMadeSimple doesn't respond to e-mails and doesn't answer their phone -- so I'm a bit reluctant to order anything from them without at least some confirmation that others are doing business with them and are satisfied with the mounts.
post #8 of 14
...I'll try to remember to check back here to advise if it arrived on time. Per the site's guidance, I expect it to be here late this week or early next week.

My first attempt at mounting; I'll post my thoughts here on that as well.
post #9 of 14
The information I'm hearing about the company's non-responsiveness has me spooked. I placed my order on Saturday; the email I received said...

Quote:
After 1-2 business days to process the order, the mount will ship. It can take anywhere from 2-5 business days to arrive with the ground shipping you get with our free shipping option. That is a total of 3-7 business days from order is the norm.
...and...

Quote:
Please wait for the next email, stating your mount has shipped before calling or emailing about tracking info. Info on how to obtain that info will be in the next emai you get from us.
...and...

Quote:
If ordered On the weekend, you mount will ship the following Monday - Tuesday. Any order purchased with free shipping will be shipped as fast as possible, but Mounts Made Simple does not guarantee transit time.
I ordered on the weekend, it's now Wednesday and not only have I not received a followup email but my card hasn't been charged, either. Under normal circumstances I wouldn't be that concerned about one day, but I've found almost nothing on the web about the mount: just here and also one customer complaint about how the mount hadn't gotten to him after 35 days and how the company wasn't responsive to emails.

So I emailed the company today looking for some reassurance, and will escalate as necessary.
post #10 of 14
Well, whether it had anything to do with the email or not, I have received the followup email and have had my card charged. The email from MMS does NOT contain the UPS tracking number, and claims that UPS will send that number directly to my email address.

I've also found a couple more results in my searches about the mount by altering my search terms, and have found a couple of threads on this very site that had good things to say about the MMS SP3. Further updates as they come, and I hope this is being useful, lol.
post #11 of 14
I've received an email from UPS with my tracking number, confirming the delivery for Feb. 22 (Tuesday).

Report card:
--Email on ordering: check
--Email on shipping: check, though a day later than expected
--Email from UPS: check
--Response to email sent to customer service: none

To an extent I feel kind of dumb posting these updates, but this is not the only place that I've seen reference to MountsMadeSimple being lax in their fulfillment and customer communication, so it's good to have this feedback out there for Google to grab, lol.

The next issue to watch for is what product is delivered: at least one mention of MMS I saw was that the actual product delivered was different than the one ordered, and that it was a product from some allegedly cheap manufacturer. I'm in no way experienced with TV mounts, so I won't be able to say whether the product does well or poorly until I use it, but I will check back with an indication of whether it at least LOOKS like the product I ordered.
post #12 of 14
UPS is on track to deliver the mount today. So that means it was delivered in 10 days from order, which is much better than the negative reviews claim. Tonight I'll be installing, after confirming that the item is what I ordered (which was another complaint I found).
post #13 of 14
I received my MMS SP3 and installed it last night. Here's my report card:

--The item was the item I ordered, contrary to at least one customer complaint I read. HOWEVER I also ordered (and paid extra for) a How-to-Install guide, and that was NOT in the package. I've emailed the company asking for a refund of that amount, and we'll wait and see.

The rest of it below, please keep in mind I'm a total novice at this: it's my first-ever wall mount.

--The provided instructions are VERY skimpy. A series of pictures, with almost no instructional text. I had to pore over them for quite a while before I felt I understood them. For instance, it was completely unclear that in one instruction, I was being told to use one of several bolts, that only one was going to fit. All the instructions indicated was three part numbers. Eventually I figured it out, but it could have been easier.

--The unit appears solid. The company (and other user reviews) talk about "no sag" and I don't know over what time period that occurs, but I don't see any sagging of the articulating arm. My TV is pretty light as these things go, though (Vizio 42" LCD)

--The leveling and tilting features work as advertised: pretty easy to do (the leveling does require an allen wrench, the tilting does not require any tools). There were no instructions on their use: I had to refer to the video on their site where they were demonstrating the product.

--This is the one serious problem, and perhaps this is a common problem with wall mounts, but I would really like some guidance: the bracket that mounts to the TV cuts across the cable inputs, and I cannot fit some cables into the TV. This includes 1 HDMI port, S-video, both component video inputs and stereo audio-in.

This is not the sliding-adjustable vertical portions of the bracket--I didn't need those, as the TV is 200x200 VESA and fits onto the main bracket--these are the fixed horizontal portions.

This is a big problem: how am I going to plug in everything? Right now I've got a cable box, a Netflix streamer and a Blu-ray player plugged in, and I'm maxed out! I'm going to upgrade to a high-def cable box and I won't be able to reach the remaining HDMI input (or even the component ports or S-video); then what happens with my Apple TV?

Does anyone else have a solution to this problem? Did I blow it in researching the proper product?

Thanks for any advice you can give.
post #14 of 14
I just got the SP3 today. I have to say that I had none of the problems listed above. The mount was ordered on a saturday and arrived the following friday. The mount seems solid and well made. I do have to agree that the directions SUCK!!! Does anyone have any better info on the install? For instance the kit comes with little plastic or rubber feet that could be installed between the mount and the tv but the directions show them installed in one figure and not installed in another and they dont explain what they are for. Any additional help would be greatly appriciated.
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