Well here we go again, another mounting to metal studs question. I've tried to do my due diligence and read up as much on this issue as I could across the internet, even had a local home theater installer come in and quote me for the job, but I want a little more reassurance/past experience/fresh ideas if they're available. I'm trying to mount a Sony 65hx929 above a fireplace (won't ever be used) in a new condo I just bought. The previous owners had a smaller tv mounted in the same spot but it must have been close to 32" max as the mount is small, and they didn't hit the studs from what I can discern. My tv weighs 95lbs, mount is a Sanus VLT15-B1. Mount is flush with a 10 degree tilt that I will be utilizing all 10 degrees of. (If this has any effect on shear weight I don't know) Looking into the existing hole which is placed directly in the center of the bump out for the fireplace I can see that its pretty much hollow inside but can locate one metal stud a few inches right of center. The Drywall is 5/8ths and I haven't had time to unpack my stud finder yet, but I'm afraid I may be working with 2 foot centers here as the building was built in 1970. So thats the situation, here are my questions: What would be the best way to mount this TV. I've read to demo the wall and add my own wood framing to mount to. I've also read that I should take a piece of plywood and paint it to the color of the wall and mount that to the studs, mounting the bracket to the plywood after. OR, would I be okay just getting some heavy-duty toggle bolts into the metal studs/drywall alone. After TV, Mount, and Mantle we'll be looking at approximately 200lbs on the wall. I'm open to any and all ideas, and I appreciate anyone's feedback!
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6/21/12 at 10:38am