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How to Install a Flat Screen TV

Flat Screen TV

Installing flat screen TV's, such as LCD or plasma TV's, with SNAPTOGGLE® Toggle Bolts from TOGGLER® holds your TV securely on all walls (including drywall) so that it does not come loose or pull out, even when installed on TV mounts with extendable (articulating) arms that swing out from the wall.


Step-By-Step Instructions

Tools: Drill, screwdriver / screw gun, hammer, measuring tape / ruler, level, pencil, screw—
plus: a stud finder (for hollow walls), or an air bulb and a screw gun bit for a 1/4" lag screw (for solid walls).

In hollow walls (walls with a cavity behind or in them, like drywall, plaster on lath, or concrete block) use our SNAPTOGGLE® Toggle Bolt.

In solid walls, such as brick walls, concrete walls, or stone walls, use our ALLIGATOR® All-Purpose Anchor.

To install flat screen TV's and TV mounts using the SNAPTOGGLE Toggle Bolt:

  1. Follow the instructions included with your flat screen TV or TV mount for marking the location of each anchor in the wall. Try to locate at least one, if not two, of the anchors into a metal stud.
    NOTE: If you locate wooden studs and are able to anchor at least one end of the TV mount to a wooden stud, follow the directions of the TV or mount manufacturer for installing on a wooden stud.
  2. At each location, drill 1/2" diameter hole. Hold metal channel flat alongside plastic straps with top of channel facing up and slide channel through hole.
    NOTE: Minimum clearance behind wall: 1-7/8".
  3. Hold ends of straps between thumb and forefinger and pull toward you until channel rests flush behind wall. Slide plastic cap along straps with other hand until flange of cap is flush with wall.
  4. Snap straps at wall by pushing side to side, snapping off straps level with flange of cap. Repeat at each location.
  5. Place TV mount over flange. Insert screw through bracket and tighten until flush against bracket, then stop. Repeat for each hole in TV mount bracket.
  6. Following the manufacturer's instructions, install TV mount in bracket.

To install flat screen TV's and TV mounts using the ALLIGATOR A8 5/16" diameter All-Purpose Anchor:

  1. Follow the instructions included with your flat screen TV or TV mount for marking the location of each anchor in the wall.
  2. At each location, drill a 5/16" diameter hole—minimum hole depth: 2". Blow the dust out of the hole.
  3. Insert AF8 ALLIGATOR anchor into hole and tap flush to wall with hammer. Repeat for all holes.
  4. Place TV mount over anchor. Insert 1/4" x 1-3/4" lag screw and tighten using a screw gun with an appropriate lag screw bit until screw head is flush with surface of mount, then stop. Repeat for each hole in TV mount bracket.
  5. Following the manufacturer's instructions, install TV mount in bracket.

INSTALLATION TIP:
To avoid having to clean up the drywall powder from the floor after drilling the hole, place an index card underneath your drill bit to catch the dust as you are drilling.

Products for this Application

SNAPTOGGLE Heavy-Duty Drywall Anchors

SNAPTOGGLE Heavy-Duty Toggle Bolts

SNAPTOGGLE Toggle Bolts are the strongest, most reliable anchors for installing a flat screen TV (LCD or plasma) on a hollow wall, whether it is drywall, hollow block, or plaster over lath. They can be installed through metal studs or used where there are no studs.
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ALLIGATOR All-Purpose Anchors

ALLIGATOR All-Purpose Anchors

ALLIGATOR All Purpose Anchors are the wall anchors of choice for installing a flat screen TV (LCD or plasma) on a solid wall (like concrete, brick, or stone).
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