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I want to get a Plasma TV hung on a wall with a Tilt Mount. Wiring is already in place. I called 2 local install companies the cost was between $250 and $300. I was told that 50 inch TV is heavy so it will take 2 installers to do the install. The rates were $90 per hour for 2 guys and 1 hour for trip charge.


Does this sound reasonable?


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If wiring is in place I would guess to say $250 on the high end and $150 on low end. Stud finding, mounting the mount against the wall, and making sure things are level/equal don't take up as much time as cutting holes within the wall and fishing wires. It will definitely take two people to hang a 50" plasma, due to its weight.


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buy a stud finder and a laser level, and have a friend come over. It's not really that hard to do, and all together those things should cost you less than $50 and you can use them again. No reason to pay a professional if the wiring is already done.
 

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That's extortion. If you are physically unable, I'd rather find two friends and give that money to them to do it. Otherwise, have someone help you. Figure $50 for the mount, a $20 stud finder, some bolts and about an hour with a helper. If you don't have a laser level, you'd be fine with a regular bubble level.
 

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$250. to $300. for a professional install sounds fair to me. The company doing the install is paying the cost of 2 employees, a vehicle, tools, insurance and has a right to a little profit as well. Plus, if they break anything they will replace it. Sure, it's cheaper to do it yourself, but if you don't have the expertise or have some to help, a pro install might be the best way to go. I've seen some pretty crappy (and good) installs by people trying to save a buck. The question is, how good are ya.



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I do have a stud finder and a laser. I will ask a friend to help and install it myself.


Thanks for your input.
 

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Originally Posted by hehateme /forum/post/15479975


I do have a stud finder and a laser. I will ask a friend to help and install it myself.


Thanks for your input.

I've done 4 with a buddy, but we both consider ourselves pretty handy guys. If you are not good with tools and wouldn't be comfortable with mounting a mirror without worry of it falling or being secure, have someone else do it.


That said...It is not difficult to do. Just take your time.


TIP: Use the stud finder to roughly locate the edges of the studs and then use a small nail to find and mark the actual edges of the stud. Thus, you will know exactly where the middle of the stud is when you go to drill the pilot hole for the lag bolts. Stud finders are generally good but are not 100% accurate all the time.
 

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I didn't grow up here in US. Human labor was super cheap where I grew up so there was never any need to do work like this on my own. Over the years I have done a few projects on my own and I have had mixed results. The only way I will hang this TV on my own is if a more handy friend will help me.

The TV is Pioneer 5080, Mount is Sanus VMPL3.


I will use a Stud finder to find the studs. I will drill pilot holes to determine the edge of a stud to make sure I know exactly where the center of the stud is. Once I know where the stud is do I need to drill a hole using 1/8th drill bit to make it easier for the screw to go in?


I will start reading the Wall Mount install instructions.
 
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