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Hanging Plasma on Internal Walls - help before a) it falls off b) destroy wall

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by nicccole, Sep 13, 2002.

  1. nicccole

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    Just got my Panasonic 42" Plasma delivered

    Before I set it all up I having some wiring and to put it on the wall.

    It's a brand new place, with metal stud work walls (I think)

    Can I hang the plasma on a wall plate direct ontop plasterbaord - ther are 8 fixing points (which I've got) or is it too heavy??

    Someone suggested a piece of 5mm plywood which I would bolt onto the wall a dozen times and then mount the mounting plate on the plywood ... is this agood idea

    OR

    cut a hole in the wall (wife is gonna kill me), 2 x pieces of 2.4 dropped down, make a A shaped frame and mount onto the frame, which is also bolted to the plasterboard at 2 points on the bottom



    Any budding DIY'ers give me your opinions
     
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    I built a wall out of 4x2 and where the mount goes used 5x3

    the Unicol mount is not as big as the Panasonic own brand version, and does not have as much scope for fixing extra screws or bolts. plus the Pana version is more Flush than the Unicol

    The manual suggests using 6 M6 nuts n bolts, I actually used 4 nuts n bolts plus about 18 coach screws and about 8 normal 2" screws, so i,m pretty confident mine wont be falling off in a hurry

    your idea about

    a piece of 5mm plywood which I would bolt onto the wall a dozen times and then mount the mounting plate on the plywood ... is this a good idea

    I dont think that is a good idea at all, these things are heavy

    your other plan about making an A frame sounds a bit ominous as well, dont you know a Joiner, who for a small fee will come and do the job for you

    for the sake of 50 or even £100 to get it fitted correctly, might save you a lot of grief in the Long term
    ;)
     
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    yes i do know a joiner, but he gonna have to tear up a 40foot wall and thats gonna leave a scar to say the least :)

    Do you mean cut hole - make frame , re plasterboard ??


    Nic
     
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    You can hang big radiators on plaster board walls with the correct fixings , I cant see there being any problems with a plasma panel as long as you use large toggle bolts or similar. If you have eight fixings I would think thats more than enough.
     
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    niccole

    Dont hang the panel + wall mount onto the plasterboard - plasterboard is not designed to take 35+ kg.

    Any hole you create in your wall can be easily reinstated before you hang the panel and wall mount - or if the hole is small enough the panel will hide it anyway.

    Get in a qualified joiner or AV installer who can asses your wall structure and advise/undertake the installation.

    Wont you want your cables hidden anyway? - that will require a small hole one way or another.

    Also note that Unicol do supply a wall mount that can be bolted to the 'hidden' structure, if you have brieze or similar, and then 'span' the gap to the face of the plasterboard.

    Best regards

    Joe

    PS The suggestion about mounting plywood assumes the plywood is wide enough to pick up on the nearest vertical timbers within the wall structure to the left and right of your display - the plywood is not simply bolted to the plasterboard.
     
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    yes i do know a joiner, but he gonna have to tear up a 40 foot wall and thats gonna leave a scar to say the least

    Like Joe says, you are going to have to have either one or 2 holes in your wall, also a hole near the side or hidden at floor height so you can feed the cables thru to the panel

    installer09 saysYou can hang big radiators on plaster board walls with the correct fixings

    A radiator costs about £40 a Plasma in the region of 3-£4000 and I would in no way trust plasterboard to hold a Plasma with any type of bolt or fixing, it needs to be fixed to something very solid Like strong timbers or a solid block wall

    once the Panel is in place any hole would not be seen at all
     
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    What im saying is large radiators are heavier than plasma panels, they may only cost £40 ( large rads are well over £100) but the damage they can do if they fall off esspecially if they are in an upstairs room is enormous . The width of the bracket is sufficent that there must at least one upright you can fix to, where ever you place it on the wall , the rest of the fixings could then be toggle bolts which can carry a large amount of weight , as im in the building trade I use them all the time. A large radiator filled with water is probably twice the weight of a plasma and in 20 years ive never known one fall off a plaster board wall.
     
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    You also don't want to stress the plasma, so it's got to have the correct mouting installed. As a time-served Discovery Home and Leisure viewer, who's also done a self-build conversion, I'd suggest ensureing that you have any screen mouting fixed to the studs.

    And I'd have to say that Joe is correct that if you have any doubt, get someone in. It's not worth the risk for the sake of saving a few pounds.

    I've also had to use plasterboard devices for mounting radiators, only one though, and it's the wobbly radiator. It's mounted, it's not going to fall down, but it's not as secure as the others.

    installer09:
    I respect that you're in the building trade and know what you're doing. For a novice, I think it would be better to get someone in. I've seen quite a few botches in the past!

    All the best,

    John.
     

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