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Old 08-27-2012, 12:33 PM   #1
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(Solved) Need advice for mounting T.V. to wall

Have a 19" LCD that I want to mount to the wall in the bedroom. I have a mount already purchased and mounted to the TV. The total weight of the TV + mount is 12 pounds. Estimate mount weighs 1/2 of the total weight. On the wall in the bedroom is a sticker that says,12 by 12 backer board. I tried to hold the mount as if it was mounted to the wall to see the "weight" applied when the TV was at maximum extension and tilted downward, dang heavy!

Advice needed is what length screws to use? It is the exterior wall of the 2010 Cherokee 26L.
Should I add and mount a larger 1/2 to 5/8 thick board to the backer board, and then the TV to that board?
I have already thought of a way to hold the TV in place while traveling, should I just take the TV off the mount when traveling?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 08-27-2012, 12:49 PM   #2
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I think the Cherokee is a wood built trailer, therefore the wall will be 1.5 inches thick. (If it has aluminum siding, it will still be 1.5 inches thick). The backer board is probably 1/2 inch plywood. Add a little for the paneling and the mount, and I would stick with 1.5 inch screws. That way you know they will go through, and not poke through on the outside. Not being able to tell how much of the screw the mount will take up, 1.25 inch screws may work also, just to be safe.
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:02 PM   #3
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Thanks windrider. I got the stud finder out and could not verify where the backer board starts and stops. I did find the wall studs, about 1 3/4 inches wide. I did find 2 wall studs about a foot a part. Just confused I did not get anything from the backer board. The 1 1/4 screws were what had in mind to use. Just wish I was more comfortable about exact location of backer board.

FR could have missed putting it in under the paneling, or could it be on outside part of the wall.

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Old 08-27-2012, 01:10 PM   #4
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I have a Grey Wolf 26RL and the bedroom mount is on the ajacent wall to the bathroom. There was a "triangle" slide in mount which I mounted to the expanding/tilt mount, very much like you have. After I mounted it to the wall, it did not seem as strong as the slide in mount was, with regards to the "lever action" of the extendable mount, so - I just slide the tv off the mount and travel with it on the bed. Very easy as I put a slide/push on connection for the cable and just unplug it a nd power, slide it up and off, place it on the bed. Quick and easy.
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You will have to find the backer board by going up and down, not across. Most of the ones I have seen the backer runs from stud to stud. As you said, found studs 12 inches apart, that would be the side edges. Now just go up and down between them and you should find the top and bottom. That sticker is usually close to center. The sticker also state 12 inches by 12 inches, so you should be close. Might try pressing on the wall some and see if that helps locate it.
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windrider I just tried with the 2 stud finders I have and no luck. I did the tapping and pressing routine but could not validate the board just the studs...could it be mounted in the middle of wall studs, inside to outside?

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Love to help, but don't over engineer it. The backer board is 12 x 12, and the mount may be 4 ~ 6 inches. If you put it where the sticker is, you won't miss. You don't want the TV too high in the bedroom, as it will break your neck trying to watch it, and your mount may not tilt down far enough. If you still aren't happy, get a very small finish nail and start driving it in the wall, if it goes through, you missed, if not, move up or down. Yes will leave holes in the wall. Otherwise you can remove the trim strip between the panel pieces, carefully, will have to factory ordered, then remove the paneling and look. Have an air staple gun to put it all back, and some matching putty to cover the holes, and staple heads.
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windrider the 2" finishing nails did not find the board. Luckily regular dry wall filler matches pretty well.

I may have to forget about the TV in the bedroom. Would the wall stud be enough to support the weight or would I be creating an issue with splitting?

Thanks for the advice.

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Use the stud, but pre-drill the holes, that way they won't split. Never seen one with a sticker and no board, but only had to repair a few where the wall had to come out right at that point.
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