Installing a TV Mount to Metal Studs – EAV Instructor Ben Engwall

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Tutorial number 001, features Ben Engwall, an instructor in the Electronic and Audio Visual Systems department with Madison Media Institute. Here, he shows h…

25 responses on “Installing a TV Mount to Metal Studs – EAV Instructor Ben Engwall

  1. Madison Media Institute

    Did you get a new TV this holiday season?

    Check out this great tutorial by EAV Instructor Ben Engwall on how to
    Install a TV mount to metal studs!


  2. Gustavo Adolfo Rivera Yeomans

    I have a similar wall config but behind my metal studs there is a concrete
    block wall, wouldn’t be better to use that for mounting instead the metal
    studs? Also, if so, what bolts and/or anchors do I need, what happens to
    the space between drywall and concrete wall in that case? does it matter?

  3. bisemoi18

    DO NOT DO WHAT THESE GUYS ARE DOING. I work for a TV mount company and let
    me make this clear. Under NO circumstance would you ever want to put a full
    motion mount on steel studs. Think about how weak steel studs are and how
    much weight you put on them pulling sideways where their not designed to be
    strong. I assure you this wall will cave in if someone slams a door near
    that wall.

  4. Jason Teen

    Great video! Any reason why the wall bracket was installed only onto the
    very left side of the plywood?

  5. Madison Media Institute

    Good question! The plywood is meant only to support the weight of the
    television on the studs. As long as it is not visible behind the
    television, it’s purpose is simply to support the weight. In this case, the
    client wanted the TV in a very specific spot, and the plywood needed to
    span the width of the studs in the wall to support it. Since you don’t end
    up seeing the plywood, it is not incredibly important for the TV to sit
    centered on the wood, only that the wood supports the weight.

  6. Madison Media Institute

    In this instance, the client knew where they wanted to television to be,
    and was very specific. The plywood was measured to fit behind the
    television, and still reach to at least two studs to secure it to the wall.
    Excellent point on the gas/water/electrical lines. It is always important
    to know as much about your work space as possible.

  7. Jon Ishii

    Sorry – just a couple more questions before I get started. I should use
    3/4″ plywood, right? I have metal studs that are 24″ apart. In order to hit
    3, I will have to have it at least 50″ wide (which is too bad because it is
    just wider than a standard sheet). Is 50″ wide ok? Or should I go something
    like 56″ or so just to be safe? Also, how tall a piece do you recommend?
    I’m thinking larger would be better, but I’m a little concerned about the
    overall weight of the piece. What would be best?

  8. Mike Binks

    *** Important Tips on this demonstration *** Safety: There may be
    electrical wires, water or Gas pipes in that wall your drilling into.
    Always be sure you know what’s behind that wall before drilling..
    Professional quality job: A professional would have measured to ensure the
    TV mount was in the center of the plywood.

  9. Chris Chuang

    Thanks for the tutorial! What size lag screws did you use? And do they only
    go into the wood or do you screw them into the drywall as well. If so, I’m
    guessing you would want to avoid the metal studs when you place your lag
    screws, correct? Thanks!

  10. Madison Media Institute

    You should be ok. Assuming the room is built properly, using the support
    from three studs should hold just fine. Be sure your plywood spans as much
    of the wall as the TV. The more space you use the more support you will
    have. We recommend using three toggle bolts per stud.

  11. bjfroese

    Do you need to use the plywood backing plate? Couldn’t you just use the
    toggle bolts to install the mount directly to the studs (assuming your
    mount spans at least 2 studs)?

  12. Jon Ishii

    Oh, by the way, I will not be using an articulating mount. I will be using
    a flush mount that allows up to 10 degree tilt.

  13. Jon Ishii

    Hi, I want to do EXACTLY what you are doing, but I want to mount an 80″,
    125lb tv to a wall with metal studs. I don’t know the guage of the metal
    studs. I can use plywood to span across 3 studs, but I am worried about the
    weight of the overall system – TV, mount, and plywood. I would imagine that
    together, it might weigh over 150 lbs. I know the snap toggle bolts
    themselves will have no problem with the weight, but I am worried about the
    wall collapsing. Is this a valid concern?