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Mounting a TV on your wall is one way of saving up space in a room. It also gives you the option to have the TV mounted at an angle perfect for your viewing. But can you mount one on a cinder block wall? In this article, we have researched and asked the experts that question, and we will tell you what we found out.
Absolutely! As a matter of fact, mounting a TV on a cinder block wall is one of the most stable mounting methods available, especially if done properly. A solid and thicker wall would be the ideal mounting place, as you can expect more stability throughout the years.
Are you interested to learn more about television mounting? Continue reading as we discuss other details such as how to mount them, the best screws for concrete, command strips, and more.
How to mount your TV on a cinder block wall?
If you are thinking of having your TV mounted? You can either do it yourself or hire a professional to do it for you. If you feel confident that you can install it yourself, here are some quick steps to help you set up your flatscreen on your wall.
Before doing anything else, inspect first the integrity of your walls. Look for cracks and check for moisture in the walls as these can make the walls less sturdy.
After doing the inspection, you will need to create an outline of the dimensions of your TV, either with cardboard or any similar object. This will give you an idea of the area where you will be placing the brackets.
Place the outline on the wall and trace it with chalk or any marker that can be easily removed after. Don't forget to also mark where you will puncture for the holes of the screws that you will place later on.
Hold up the mounting bracket with the trace from the outline you have created. Make sure the bracket is positioned so the screws can go through the holes in the mortar joints. Center the brackets as close to the marks as possible.
You can now start drilling the holes for the screws that will hold the bracket in place. Make sure that the holes are deep enough for the anchor screws to firmly drill in the wall.
It is now time to place the mounting bracket on the wall. Position the bracket to the pilot holes where you will be threading the anchor screws.
After threading, to seal the screws to the holes, use a drill bit and screwdriver attachment. Make sure that it is tightly fastened to the hole. You can test the sturdiness of your bracket by putting pressure or weight on it.
After testing the integrity of your bracket, you can now proceed with mounting the television to your bracket. Follow the instruction included with the TV as different brands usually have different ways on how to properly install their product on wall mounts.
If you are not sure about your DIY wall mounting skills, call a professional to help as we don't want our mounts failing and dropping our television, which can be a very expensive mistake. You can also make sure that the job is well done, and it is also a way of supporting local businesses.
What are the best screws for concrete?
The 3/16-inch and 1/4-inch screws are the best types for concrete. They are usually found in your local home centers or hardware store. For most home tasks like screwing down walls to concrete floors, the 3/16 ones can do the job for you.
If the concrete is too solid and your 3/16 are snapping or breaking, you can opt for the more sturdy 1/4 screws.
No matter how solid your wall is or how strong your mounting brackets are if you use weak and flimsy screws your mount will fall even if you put light materials on it. That's why selecting the best and the proper type of screws to hold your mount in place is imperative.
What other things can you mount on a concrete wall?
There are a lot of things that you can mount on your walls, from small stuff such as decorations, books, and picture frames to big ones such as huge flatscreen televisions, bicycles, and even formula one race cars!
Hanging something on your wall is not just a space-saving method, but it is also another way of showing something that you are proud of, or something valuable to you.
Almost anything can be hung on a wall, it all depends on whether or not the walls can handle the weight of the object. You'll also want to consider the aesthetic appeal of your items.
We do warn you to be very cautious when it comes to hanging heavy objects, if they are not properly mounted, they can be a hazard and cause a very serious accident.
Light duty concrete wall screws can handle up to 50 pounds of weight, these are the most used type for mounting, while medium-duty ones can carry up to 200 pounds. Anything more than this, you would need a heavy-duty one.
If you have a mounting bracket, it is best to check its weight limit before installing it. Look for specific mounting brackets that are designed for the weight of the object that you will be hanging on the wall.
Will command strips work on concrete walls?
Command strips will not work on concrete walls and bricks as they are designed to stick only on smooth surfaces, so using them to mount something on your concrete wall is a bad idea.
There are specific adhesives that work on concrete walls such as masking tape. Some specific type of masking tape sticks well on concrete, you can check the label on the packaging as it is normally listed if it is concrete wall adhesive.
Another tape that sticks to concrete is Seam tape, it is used to put up vapor barriers on concrete walls. Although this tape is for specific use and not for mounting decorative in the house.
We do not recommend using strips especially if you are mounting heavier objects as they are not good at holding up objects and would eventually fall over time. They also lose adhesiveness when your wall gets hot.
You can mount a TV on a cinder block wall, it is actually one of the most stable ways of placing your flatscreen at your home, as long as it is done correctly. You can also mount nearly everything on your wall, it only depends on whether or not it can carry the weight of the object to be hung.
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