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TV Installation Tips And Tricks

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There is trend for the flat screen TVs and no one would like to hold on to the old set boxes. The technology is finally here with us, and we have no option but to embrace it. After all, these flat TV models have a lot to offer; from convenience to better screen resolution.

One of the main challenges most people face is where to install this sleek gadget. So, here are some TV installation tips and tricks that can save you from this headache.

Under normal circumstances, installing a TV may prove to be cumbersome. This is possible if you don’t have the right installation tools and expertise. This is the main reason why a number of people prefer hiring an expert in doing the task by themselves.

Whether you hire an expert or you want to do it by yourself, there are a number of factors you need to consider and these include:

  1. You must prepare to handle the task

It is important that you acquire the right tools for this noble task. Without the right tools, don’t even think about mounting a flat screen television. You’ll be wasting time and energy.

Then, identify the exact location where you’ll mount the television. In most cases, you will find that only a few TVs come with their mounting hardware. Therefore, you’ll be forced to purchase one for your television.

Apart from these, you should ensure that the wall is strong enough to support the weight of the TV and the mounting hardware. This is where you may require an expert to assist you on this matter. Otherwise, you’re likely to incur losses. When everything is set, you can begin the task of mounting the television.

  1. Get a television service provider

In case you already have one, you can read their instruction manual or call their sales representatives. They will guide you through the process. In case you don’t have one, you’ll be forced to look for one. Get one who can fulfill your requirements.

  1. Try to integrate it with the existing interior décor

Well, this requires some creativity, but, if you’re confident then, it can be so simple a task. You can purchase cable raceways. They will help you to organize your cables. Again, it is a sure to avoid cables running across the floor or walls.

  1. Don’t forget these simple but critical aspects

When we have a new product, especially a flat screen TV, we are likely to get excited to an extent that we can forget even the simplest things we ought to remember. These include:

The height; don’t mount the TV too high or too low that you’ll seem to be straining your neck while watching your favorite programs.

Think of reducing screen glare; don’t mount your TV on a location/position where it will be exposed to sun glare. That is, it shouldn’t be anywhere it will be subjected to direct sunlight. In case you can’t avoid it, think of installing window blinds or heavy curtains.

With all these in mind, you’ll be able to install the TV appropriately. Again, in case you can’t do it, then you have no option but, to hire technicians. You may mount it only for it to fall after a few days or when subjected to some vibrations.


How To Install A TV And Conceal Wires

Installing a TV can a challenging process as you may end up messing up with the overall aesthetic value of your own house. It is never an easy thing for a newbie or even the most experienced technicians in this field. The hanging/dangling wires can be a safety hazard too. Basically, they spoil the perfection that a flat screen TV does provide.

To achieve this noble objective, there are simple factors that you must put at the back of your mind. I am sure no one will be happy when they’ve installed their flat screen televisions and they have wire that hang below the screen.

There are different approaches on how to achieve this. Others may be trial and error, though thou, they may work. As a general rule, when you’re planning to conceal the TV installation wires, it should be that method approved by the electricians.

There are two virtues you need as figure out how to install a TV and conceal wires. That is expertise and patience. Otherwise, you can find the process really challenging and frustrating.

Concealing TV installation wires

Do you have any available options?

You should begin the process by figuring out the simple and affordable techniques. These may be temporary or permanent options. For instance, you can install the television such that, you’re able to hide the wires behind a furniture of curtains.

The second option, which is considered a permanent option is to run the cables through the wall. This may involve drilling or cutting. This will depend on the nature of the wall. Whether it is a concrete or a wooden wall. In case you go for this option, then there a number of factors you should consider and these include:

  1. Examine the wall and try to establish the material it was manufactured from. For instance, most TV installation service providers recommend hollow drywalls. It will be easier to install them on such wall as opposed to the solid concrete walls.
  2. Is there need for insulation? A drywall within the house is highly recommended.
  3. Get the necessary tools from the nearest hardware. Some of the crucial tools and equipment you may need include drill, cable sockets, cutters, cable sockets, screwdrivers, bolts, etc.

Another option, which is popular is hiding the wires in the decorative moldings. It should be a decorative molding that blends well with the overall interior decoration of the room. The good thing about this technique is that it may not involve complex operations. You can hide, conceal the wires within a short period of time.

How should you begin the process?

You need to examine the right location where you want to install the flat screen TV. You need to consider that place you’ll be comfortable with based on the size of the room and the size of the flat screen TV. You can use tape to layout the exact size of the TV. This is better than drawing the wall.

Again, you need to buy the recommended cables. As a rule of thumb, you need to buy cables that are slightly longer that what you may need. Again, you should determine the distance between the back of the flat screen TV and the wall.

As much as you’d wish to run the cables on the wall, you should note that it is against the electric codes to run the flat screen TV power cord or even its extension on cord inside the wall.

How exactly should you hide the codes?

You need to note the following key factors:

  1. You should determine the location of the stud frame. A stud finder is handy when it comes to this. This is important when you want to run the cables through the stud framing.
  2. You should only drill the wall after you’ve ensured that there is no obstructions. Drill all the holes carefully without messing up with the wall’s surface.
  3. You must insulate the ends of the cables using an electric tape.

To make the whole process easy and simple, there are a number of cable management system available in the market. Just purchase one and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Home Theater Building

The home theater building process is never as difficult and demanding as some people tend to assume. With the right procedure, you can have the movie-theater experience even at the comfort of your own house.

Apparently, there are a number of individuals who have embraced this technology. It is not a “thing of the rich” as it was in the 1990s. The average families can also afford to create their home theater, thanks to the affordable technology.

Building a home theater procedure

You can have your unique home theater by following these 8 simple procedures:

  1. Identify a space where you want to build the theater

It is advisable to choose a space that is somehow isolated from the rest of the house. May be a room far away from the center of the house can do. Generally, it should be that place that sound from the theater does not interfere/inconvenience other people. That is, it should be off the family room and it should be about 20ft by 13ft.

  1. Insulate the room

Insulation is an important aspect of the home theater building process. You must go for the recommended ratings. For instance, an R30 material is highly recommended. Again, a loosely packed R11 can act as a sound buffer.

Ideally, you must ensure that the room is properly insulated and the sound controlled – it should be confined within the theater.

  1. Wire the surround sound

In most cases, people tend to go for the 7.1 surround sound system. That is, 7 channel speakers and one subwoofer. Before you begin the process, you need to mark all the locations where each speaker will go. That is, for rear, side, left, right and center speakers.  You need to choose the location of the hub. The wires should run from the hub to the location of the speakers. This does imply that your imagination is limited to the 7.1 systems, there are the 9.1 surround systems too. This implies that you’ll have more speakers to incorporate in your home theater building budget.

  1. Pre-wire your projector

You will need two cables; the HDMI cable designed for the high definition video and CAT5 control wire that will allow you to access the projector with an RF remote. The cables should run from the equipment hub to the rear of the theater.

  1. Consider the lighting system

You should pre-wire the lighting system. You need to select the lighting systems carefully. This is because it will play an integral role in creating a movie theater atmosphere. It is this atmosphere that most people lack in their living rooms thus, they have to go to the movie theaters. You should run your electrical wires carefully within the room. Again, integrating it with an RF dimmer will let you control the lighting system.

  1. Sound barriers and dry wall

You should ensure that you’re in a position to route all the pre-wired cables. Again, you can install more sound barriers such as a drywall with a sound-dampening material.

  1. Set up the video and sound systems

You can hand your speakers, screen and projectors. For the size of the theater used here, you can have a screen, which is about 110 inches. All the speakers and the projectors will connect at the equipment hub. You need to choose high quality systems such as the blue-ray players.

You can also decorate the home theater with photos or graphics of your choice.

  1. Install the seats

If you can furnish the home theater with comfy sofas or loveseats the better. Most people opt for the theater-style seating. You need to be comfortable since you’ll be spending the better part of your time in the theater.

When you follow all these procedures carefully, you shall go about the entire home theater building process hustle free. As a reminder, try to be flexible and creative as you approach the entire process.

History Of Flat Screen TVs

The technology in the television industry has transitioned from time to time. The TVs we have in our living rooms are really amazing with a number of manufacturers focusing on design, performance and reliability. Moreover, power efficiency are other fundamental aspects that we can’t ignore at this point too.

We have transitioned from a time the cathode ray tubes (CRT) were the best gadgets we could find in the market. In fact, the CRT are being faced out by the sleek designs of the flat screen TV models.

It is worth noting that when the University of Illinois discovered the plasma technology.  This was way back in 1964. This was before companies started focusing on the flat screen TVs in the 1990s. Thanks to professors Gene Slottow and Donald Blitzer.

It is quite astonishing that within 2 decades, they have dominated the market. This is due to increased performance, superior picture quality and compact size among other features. For sure, the technology has evolved with time, resulting in an increased screen size and better viewing experience. This is the ultimate goal of the tech enthusiast.

The force behind this innovation was to get better picture quality while eliminating the heavy weight associated with the CRT. Ideally, the TVs have evolved from an equipment used to transmit a program to a smart gadget that you can use to access different application on the internet (smart TVs). Even the price is relatively cheap as compared to the sophisticated technology that they use.

A recap of the technology witnessed so far

The LCD technology

This was a blueprint to the modern flat screen TVs. The liquid crystal display (LCD) became a better option as opposed to the plasma TVs that were already in the market. With LCDs, manufacturers could achieve better designs that could be operated more efficiently.

By 1996, both the Sharp and Sony Corporations had a joint venture where they could produce flat screen TVs.  It was Sony Corporation that owned the first trademark in this industry called the Plasma-Addressed LCDs (PALC). The PALC technology blended the plasma displays and LCD. This aimed at creating better pictures. Sony and Sharp were the key players in this industry during this time.

The first flat screen TVs

The Sony Corporation introduced the very first flat screen TV in 1997. It was based on the PALC technology. This TV was 42 inches and it was the largest flat screen available in the market. It was really expensive as it could retail for $15,000. Thus, it was nearly impossible to own one. A number of TV manufacturers could not afford the production using the PALC technology and they had no option but, to opt for plasma.

The next decades, as the demand for flat screen TVs increased, manufacturers opted for both the LCDs and plasma technology.

What are the changes since then?

By 2006, the use of transistors was incorporated in this technology and they could feasibly compete with the plasma screens. By 2009, the LCDs screen had dominated the market with the plasma TV being about 12%. Apparently, we have the LED LCD flat screen TVs with smart TVs dominating the market in the recent past.

In summary, the modern flat screen TVs we see in the market today have changed over time. This has not only improved the quality of pictures but, also reduced the unit cost of acquiring a single set. We should still expect more in this industry as companies in the industry are striving to have sleek designs that are more functional with enhanced performance.