Everybody loves an HDTV, and these days it seems like hardly anyone takes the “stand” route anymore – it’s wall-mount or bust. Wall mounting is a great way to show off your flat panel, but it can be a little tricky, in that it usually requires two things: a professional AV installer, and studs. To any of my fellow ladies out there who may be starting to get excited, don’t try to simplify things by hiring an A/V installer who also happens to be a stud. While that would be a very scenic option, it just won’t work, because I’m talking about wall studs, not man studs.
Technically, the A/V pro is optional, as long as you (or someone you know) is handy with a level and a power drill. But as for studs, they’re a must-have, because if you haven’t noticed, flat screens are heavy. Try to hang one of those babies on drywall alone, and you’re done for… within minutes (or even seconds), both your TV and a section of the wall it was hanging on will be on the floor, in pieces. Not good. But if you anchor your HDTV mount into studs, the weight is distributed and supported, and everyone can live happily ever after. Except…
What if they’re aren’t studs located exactly where you want your TV to go? Hmmmmmm…. little dilemma, there. Honestly, I don’t like inanimate objects telling me what I can and can’t do, and I’d be really ticked if a couple of punk studs were to prevent me from centering my new flat panel on a wall, just because they weren’t in the right place. Sheesh.
Luckily, Vanco has found a way for HDTV fans to get around hassles like uncooperative architecture. Their Secure Mount anchor kit lets you provide plenty of support for your wall and TV – without tapping into studs. It’s all thanks to ingenious D-shaped drywall braces that are able to support up to 150 lbs of TV, despite the fact that they’re less than 4 inches long. Now that’s engineering.