TVs are becoming increasingly thin and sleek, which is wonderful for when they're mounted on the wall. But what do you do when it's time to take it down? Wall mounts can be a great way to save space, but they can also be a pain to remove a TV from. If you're not careful, you could end up damaging your TV or the wall mount. In this article, we'll show you how to remove a TV from a wall mount safely and without damaging anything.
There are a few key things you need to remember if you're going to attempt to remove a TV from a wall mount. First, it's always easier and safer to do this with two people. Second, if you can, shut power off to the wall socket the TV is connected to before beginning. This will help reduce the risk of electrical shock. Finally, once you've unmounted the TV, lay the display side down on a soft, clean towel or blanket and use plastic to additionally protect the screen. By following these simple steps, you can safely remove your TV from its wall mount and avoid any damage.
Removing your TV from a Wall Mount
If you want to remove your TV from a wall mount, you'll need to start by finding the screws that are holding it in place. Most TV wall mount kits use a VESA mount system to attach to the TV and drywall or wood screws to attach to your wall. If you're only removing the TV from the mounting bracket and not the entire wall mount itself, it's a relatively simple procedure. Keep in mind this will be much easier to do with two people, so try to get a helper if you can. Once you've located the screws, remove them using a Phillips head screwdriver (or whatever type of screwdriver is included in your kit). Gently lower the TV down and carefully remove it from the bracket.
The first step in connecting your speakers to your TV is to identify the output terminals on the TV. They will be labeled as either "left" or "right," depending on which side of the TV they are on. Most TVs have two sets of outputs, one on the left and one on the right.
Now that the TV is free of the wall mount, unplug it from power and any peripherals it's attached to. You'll want to collect any loose cables and set them aside; you'll deal with them in the next step.
Unlock your TV mount if it has a lock. There are many different types of locks, and each one may require a different method to unlock. For example, locks with keys may require you to insert the key and turn it, while flip locks may require you to press down on a tab to release them. Sliding bar locks are released by pulling out the sliding bar. Consult your TV mount's owner's manual to make sure you unlock it correctly.
It may be tempting to simply remove the entire wall mount if you’re intending to move the entire installation, but this can easily damage your walls. If the TV is mounted on a bracket- which will be the case most of the time- it’s safer to remove the bracket from the rest of the mount. This will give you more control when taking the TV off the wall.
If you’re only dealing with one person, then it’s time to get creative. Many people have suggested using a bucket of sand or a large bag of flour to secure the TV in place. Fill the container with enough sand or flour so that when the TV is set on top, it will not move. Tape the container to the back of the TV and proceed to unscrew the bracket from the wall mount.
Carefully pull the TV and attached bracket from the wall mount and place display-side down on a clean blanket or soft towel. If possible, it might be a good idea to protect the screen additionally with a sheet of plastic or a large trash bag.
With the TV safely placed display-side down, unscrew the VESA mount bracket and remove the bracket from the TV. This is where your partner can be really helpful, as it can be a little tricky to hold the TV in place and unscrew the bracket at the same time. Make sure you keep all screws and components together so you don't lose them!
When you're done with your TV, follow these simple steps to remove it from your wall mount and safely store it away.
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