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MOUNTING A TELEVISION IN A RENTAL

These days there are so many options when it comes to purchasing a television. One of the things you will need to consider is whether you want to mount your television to a wall or leave it on a table or in an entertainment system. If you are choosing to mount your television to a wall, you can enjoy the benefit from hanging your television anywhere. This is a great space saving tip that many households have adopted. However, when it comes to mounting a television in a rental, you need to take a few other precautions into mind, namely, what your landlord thinks.

Landlord Approval

The first step when it comes to mountain a television in a rental is to get permission from your landlord. Don’t be surprised if your landlord says no, this isn't like planning a picnic. Mounting a television in a rental can take a lot of effort and, if not done correctly, can leave a big problem when it comes time to move on and move out. Discuss this subject ahead of time to avoid any disappointment.

Once you are given the go ahead by your landlord, you will need to look into purchasing a mounting bracket. Most TV’s do not come with a mounting bracket so you can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $500 for one. Check the owner’s manual to see what type of mounting bracket is suited to your type of television. When you do purchase a mounting bracket, check to make sure that the mounting bracket matches the number on your television and that it is capable of holding the support of your television set. You can choose from a flat wall mount which allows the television to hang in the same way as a picture, a tilting wall mount which allows you to tilt the television up or down, or an articulating wall mount which allows you yo swivel, rotate and tit the television in a number of different angles.

Once you have purchased your mounting bracket, it’s time to locate the wall studs to determine where to place the television. You will need to secure the mounting bracket to the wall studs rather than just to the drywall in order to ensure it does not fall off the wall and leave a huge mess. Wall studs are solid material which can be located by tapping on the wall to check for hollow spots or with a stud finder.

Television and Wall Mounts

Television mounts come with two parts – the TV mount and the wall mount. The TV mount will attach to the television and the wall mount will attach to the wall. Be sure to follow the instructions when attaching both. You will most likely need a screw driver to attach the TV mount rails to the television and to attach the wall mount to the wall. When you are attaching the wall mount, be sure to choose a spot before you start making holes in the wall. Consider using a level to ensure the wall mount is in the right position. Consider how your room is laid out and the ideal height for the television before you position the wall mount.

When it comes time to mounting televisions in rentals, it is a good idea to get some help from a family member, friend or neighbour. Televisions can be heavy and the last thing you want to do is drop your TV while trying to lift it up. Having someone else there can also provide you with an extra pair of eyes to ensure the mounts are straight and secure.

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