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I am a college student

I live in a dorm with a roommate

I have a 50" Plasma TV

Panasonic Viera 50PX80U to be exact

I want to buy a wallmount

Is there anything I should know?

What tools will I need?

If I buy a wallmount, specifically http://dealnews.com/lw/artclick.html?2,312136,995377

Will I need to buy anything (tool-wise) else?

Is that a good price / brand on the link I posted?

Is there a better brand for wallmounts?

What is the best wallmount for a 50" plasma TV that has tilt and swivel?

Does tilt and swivel really matter?

What are some other features that makes a wallmount good?

What wallmount would you get?

Is it dangerous to have a wallmount?

Will my TV fall off?

Will it be easy to take my TV off once I switch dorms?

How many people would I need to install the wallmount?

Are there any specific walls that cannot be "wallmounted"?

Any other tips or notes for a college student (TV WISE)?


Thanks!
 

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I cant speak to all wallmounts and all dorms for that matter, but I know my last dorm had metal studs in the walls. (relatively new building)


I would check that first b/c unless you have actual wood behind the sheetrock, i think you may be out of luck...
 

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i helped friends twice in dorm situation....my experience is same as CLEH19's...both metal studs


worse...i could not determine any pattern of the studs (i.e, every 16'' or 24"). and there were some horizontal studs too which i have since discovered are use in metal-stud constructions.


so first thing you need is a good stud finder.


you can seach this forum for several posts on mounting on meal studs but here are a few gneral suggestions-


always drill a small (1/32) hole to test if there is really a stud where you think there is one.


since this is a dorm situation, avoid drill big holes like the ones required for toggle bolts. i would use an intermediate support plate (e.g., 3/4" ply or particle board)


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I am a college student

I live in a dorm with a roommate

I have a 50" Plasma TV

Panasonic Viera 50PX80U to be exact

I want to buy a wallmount

Is there anything I should know?

What tools will I need?

If I buy a wallmount, specifically http://dealnews.com/lw/artclick.html?2,312136,995377

Will I need to buy anything (tool-wise) else?



Is that a good price / brand on the link I posted?

Is there a better brand for wallmounts?

What is the best wallmount for a 50" plasma TV that has tilt and swivel?

Does tilt and swivel really matter?

What are some other features that makes a wallmount good?

What wallmount would you get?

Is it dangerous to have a wallmount?

Will my TV fall off?

Will it be easy to take my TV off once I switch dorms?

How many people would I need to install the wallmount?

Are there any specific walls that cannot be "wallmounted"?

Any other tips or notes for a college student (TV WISE)?


Thanks!
 

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I'd tread carefully depending on what the walls are made out of and what the college/dorm rules are. I know a guy that thought the mattress in his dorm was uncomfortable, so he tried to put that one in storage and buy a more comfortable one to use. That got him expelled from college.


Theoretically from their perspective, they have to keep people from drilling into electric lines, water pipes, etc... They probably have rules and regulations with their insurance underwriters that make sure they treat whatever they don't allow pretty seriously.


Anyways, I know when I was in college I moved around way too much to consider wall mounting a display.


Edit: Was thinking, even if you get it mounted and don't get into any trouble... all it takes is someone else to get caught later and say "ah crap really, the guy down the hall did it so I thought it was ok"... assuming they frown on it.
 
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