Originally Posted by FroggyMama
Thanks for the advice! My hook ups are on the wall beside the cabinet. I don't know why it bothers me so much more putting a hole in the wall in it then in the house but it sure does! LOL Maybe cause it's new and Shiney
Check for a backer board on your mounting wall. You can do this by tapping the wall with the butt of a screw driver or a butter knife handle and listening for a more solid sound. And, by firmly pushing in with your fingers. The paneling will give, but the backer board will not. If there is a backer, it should run horizontal and be about 6" wide minimum. If you have wood grain paneling, you can also drive a very thin finishing nail where you suspect the backer. If it meets resistance after the first 1/8th inch, it's your backer.If it is not, it will go with minimum resistance. You can use a color match Crayon type stick to fill the hole if necessary.
If the hook ups are on the same wall as you plan to mount the TV, one of the plates should have a combination 12v and coax. There is no box behind it. The plate is mounted with two screws. Once the plate is loose, it can be pulled away far enough to get a small mirror into the wall to see the backer. I used DW's small round compact mirror to get a look. You may need a small light source as well, like a small LED flashlight.
If the backer runs directly above your opening, slide a measuring tape straight up until it bumps the bottom of the backer. You may have to stick a finger inside the wall to keep the tape close to the inside of the panel. Certain that you have touched the bottom of the backer, take the measurement and write it down. From the out side, measure up from the same point and mark it with a piece of masking tape. That is the bottom of the backer. Measuring from the ceiling down to the tape marker, this dimension can be used away from the plate to the desired location. Your TV mount will be above that mark. Use the small nail method above to make certain.
If all else fails, the dealer or factory should also be able to guide you.
PS: It bothers all of us not knowing what's on the other side.