Wall mounting a TV can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned DIY-er. Many unknown obstacles lurk inside your walls – water and gas pipes, cable and phone wires and high-voltage electrical wiring are very common. Damaging any of these (even a little) can be a very expensive mistake that can easily be avoided by hiring a professional.
Are you SURE that the screw is in all the way? Is it secure in the center of the stud? Will the TV come crashing down on little Fido in the middle of the night???
We have installed hundreds of TV’s in every kind of construction setting imaginable. We will mount a TV on most Sheetrock, Brick or rock/limestone walls. Having a professional handle it for you is a small price to pay for a big peace of mind.
In order for us to give an estimate for TV installation, we need to know the answers to the following questions;
- What size/weight is the TV? The Make/Model will help us determine this.
- Do you have a mount? Do you want a flat/tilt or an articulating arm that allows the TV to pull away from the wall and pivot left or right?
- What is the wall surface – Sheetrock, Stone, Brick, etc.?
- Is there a POWER OUTLET on the wall up where the TV will be located? If not, it there one on the wall below it? We will NOT run your power cord inside the wall.
- What sources will be connected to the TV? Cable Box, AV Receiver, DVD, Game, etc.?
- Where will these sources be housed in relation to the TV location? Just below, off to the side or in another room?
- Is there a conduit in the wall to run wires from the TV to the cable box?
If your house is prepped for a TV (power high on the wall with conduit in place), Installation is around $200 including a standard tilt mount.
Starting from scratch? A large Tilt Mount, Code Compliant Power Kit, 12′ HDMI cable and installation generally runs $350-$400. Contact us today for an exact quote.
I have personally survived a devastating house-fire and would never put any customer at risk to save a few dollars. I feel it necessary to address a growing problem with TV installations from less reputable companies around town. There are many A/V “installers” and even licensed electricians who will simply route your TVs attached black power cord (or extension cord) inside your wall to an outlet underneath. THIS IS A VIOLATION OF NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE STANDARDS!!!
Below is the exact text from the National Electrical Code Book regarding the use of Flexible cords (not Romex) inside of your wall.
400.8 Uses Not Permitted.
Flexible cords and cables shall not be used for the following:
(1) As a substitute for the fixed wiring of a structure
(2) Where run through holes in walls, structural ceilings, suspended ceilings, dropped ceilings, or floors
(3) Where run through doorways, windows, or similar openings
(4) Where attached to building surfaces
Exception: Flexible cord and cable shall be permitted to be attached to building surfaces in accordance with the provisions of 368.8.
(5) Where concealed by walls, floors, or ceilings or located above suspended or dropped ceilings
(6) Where installed in raceways, except as otherwise permitted in this Code
A Great reference document (pdf) can be found HERE
As it is written, there is little room to interpret that is should not be done. For this reason, we will not put the power cord inside the wall with the A/V Cables. If someone tells you it is OK, they obviously are uneducated on the code requirements or are more concerned about shortcuts rather than your safety.