How to Mount a TV on a Cement Block Wall

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Things You'll Need

  • Scrap piece of cardboard

  • Scissors

  • Mounting bracket

  • Hammer drill

  • Masonry drill bit

  • Screwdriver drill attachment

  • Cement anchor

Flat-screen TVs are built to rest on a stand or be mounted to the wall.
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Mounting a TV to a wall opens the room by removing the need for an entertainment cabinet. The most important aspect of mounting the TV to the wall is to ensure the device has ample support. Wall studs offer good support and are easy to locate. However, a block wall with cement mortar is arguably the most stable surface available to mount a TV. Cement anchors and the mounting bracket are sufficient to provide years of stability.

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Step 1

Cut a piece of cardboard to the rough dimensions of the television with scissors. Hold the cardboard cutout against the wall to determine where precisely you want the TV mounted. Mark the area around the cutout with a pencil.

Step 2

Hold the mounting bracket against the wall within the borders of the marks made in Step 1. Position the bracket so the screw holes line up the mortar joints between the blocks as close to the center of the marks as possible. Mark all the screw holes that line up with the mortar joints with a pencil. Four screws minimum are necessary to provide proper support.

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Step 3

Drill out pilot holes for the cement anchor screws with the hammer drill and masonry drill bit. The drill bit is included with the purchase of the anchor screws.

Step 4

Position the mounting bracket against the wall and lined up with the pilot holes. Hand-thread the anchor screws into the holes to support the bracket. Drive the anchors into the wall with the drill and screwdriver attachment.

Step 5

Mount the TV to the bracket following instructions included with the TV.

Tip

To make sure the TV is level, mark screw holes on the bracket that line up horizontally before marking the screw holes on the wall. Most mounting brackets come with multiple screw holes. While using all of them would provide substantial support, a minimum of four screws is all that is necessary to support the TV.

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