1. Guest,
    If you need help getting to know Xenforo, please see our guide here. If you have feedback or questions, please post those here.
    Dismiss Notice

32" LCD mounting woes

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Erick P, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. Erick P

    Erick P Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2004
    Messages:
    59
    Likes Received:
    0
    My girlfriend bought a new 32" Sony LCD TV and I bought her a Peerless tilt mount. I went over to install it tonight. I took my trusty stud finder and didn't find ANY studs along the entire wall. The house was built in 1960 and the wall felt pretty solid (knock test). There was already a hole in the wall where the coax cable ran out of the wall, so I pulled out the little cover and the wall seemed to be made of some kind of concrete material. I made a hole in the wall and there's about 2" of material before the hollow space. My friend thinks it might be cement board, but isn't that used mostly in bathrooms? And isn't 2" pretty darn thick?

    Either way, I'm at a loss. I was thinking maybe I can use toggle bolts since the TV isn't heavy - 25.1 lbs without the stand (according to Sony). The mount itself weighs about 8.8 lbs. I figured since the wall is so damn thick that toggle bolts will suffice. Thoughts?
     
  2. Jimi C

    Jimi C Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2004
    Messages:
    1,209
    Likes Received:
    0
    There is no way the wall dosent have studs.
     
  3. bigstufff

    bigstufff New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2009
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    To be honest your trusty stud finder probably isn't going to find too many studs through 2inches of concrete plaster anyway!

    There has to be studs in the wall - try making a larger hole (just big enough to poke a tape measure in) and give it a wiggle around left/right up/down inside the wall - you WILL hit something solid if you persist!
     
  4. Leo Kerr

    Leo Kerr Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 1999
    Messages:
    1,699
    Likes Received:
    0
    Alternatively, depending on how trusting you are, Togglebolts or, my current favorite right now, Snap-Toggles (aka Togglers, I think) are nice.

    But yes, there should be studs.

    Although on a plaster wall... there may only be relatively small metal studs every 10-15 inches that were just to hold up the lathing. If you've got a 2" thick plaster wall, then you can probably crash a tank against it without too much trouble.

    Leo
     
  5. robko44

    robko44 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2008
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Go to the electrical outlet on the wall (any one will do) there is a stud on one side or the other then measure 16 inches from that and you should find another stud. I live in a house built in 58 and they are all plaster but the studs are there. I personally don't trust toggles because their surface area is very small so they have a tendency to pull into whatever they are tightened up to and become loose over time.
     
  6. superhighdef

    superhighdef Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2009
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    the wall has to have studs..
     
  7. CB750

    CB750 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2008
    Messages:
    1,035
    Likes Received:
    0
    Robco44 is right. Electrical codes dictate that electrical outlets must be mounted to the left or right side of your studs. Use that as your guide to find the studs you need to mount the TV to the wall. Since your stud finder cannot find them then use a small drill bit to find the wood and use the proper screws to secure your mount. You didn't mention which Peerless mount you have but I don't know any company that recommends the use of toggle bolts, especially if you have one that articulates away from the wall.
     

Share This Page