A Modern Flat-Screen TV and Entertainment Center Solution

A family entertainmnet center goes from old-school to modern. The wall-mounted flat-screen TV and custom a/v cabinet help streamline the space and bring the entertainment system into the 21st century.
hdswt403_3cb_TVmount_AFTER

hdswt403_3cb_TVmount_AFTER

After: The wall-mounted flat-screen and custom a/v cabinet help streamline the space and bring the entertainment system into the 21st century.

Steve Watson and his team help the Karp family by creating more storage space and, in this project, coming up with a creative approach for wall-mounting a flat-screen TV. Below is a summary of steps, as well as a list of tools and materials used as seen in this Don't Sweat It project.

Materials and Tools:

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hdswt403_3ca_TVmount_BEFORE2

The Before

3/4" plywood (1 sheet)
4" PVC
Toilet Flanges (2)
Glass Door 24x25"
wood door 24x25"
circular saw
drill
drill bits
electric miter saw
hammer
hole saw
level
painting supplies
pencil
socket set
table saw

Steps:

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hdswt403_3fa_TVmount

1. While taking into consideration the size of the TV and space on the wall, determine the optimum location for placement on the wall.

2. Using a stud-finder, find the studs in the wall and mark with a pencil. Drill out pilot holes and lag bolt the TV bracket to the studs. Attach the TV to the bracket.

hdswt403_3fb_TVmount_PVC_wires

hdswt403_3fb_TVmount_PVC_wires

3. Using PVC pipe and some elbows, create a pass-through in the wall for the wires. Cap each end with a toilet flange to leave a clean edge on the wall.

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hdswt403_3fc_TVmount_cabinet_after

4. Steve built a custom unit, for placement below the TV, to contain and protect the audio/video components.

5. Attach glass doors to shield the components from the children but not from the infrared beam on the remote control. We will build the unit out of 3/4" Plywood and finish with Iron on edge banding to match.

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