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TV Installation Tips and Tricks

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TV Installation Tips and Tricks

After years of stubbornly holding on to your old box set, you finally bit the bullet and got a brand new, 50-inch flat screen TV. Congratulations! Now, do you know how to set it up? Where will it go? What are all the things you need to know to get brought up to this century?


The first working television system was built in 1925 by John Logie Baird. Baird also made the first successful color transmission in 1928. Television has come a long way since then. There’s HDTV, flat screen TVs, TVs in cars and even TVs that allow you to surf the internet while you watch.


Installing your own television inside your home takes a little bit of sweat and a little bit of know-how, but it can be done.

  1. After years of stubbornly holding on to your old box set, you finally bit the bullet and got a brand new, 50-inch flat screen TV.

    1.The prep work

    Do you have all the tools you’ll need to get the job done? First identify where you will be mounting your television. Will it be up high? Will it hang by itself, or will it go on a stand or mount? Make sure you have a ladder handy, and ask a friend to come over to help. Make sure your wall can properly support the weight of the television. And remember, not all televisions come with their own mounting hardware, so you may have to buy some. Make sure you know the height and weight of your television when you do, and don’t be afraid to ask a sales associate for help.

  2. 2.The hookup

    Do you already have a television service provider? If not, do your research and find which option is best for you. Contact the company and they will have a representative come to your home to get you all set up. If you already have television service installed, you probably need to contact the company and ask for extra boxes or wires. Most service providers make hooking up another television pretty easy. In most cases you only have to follow written instructions or call up a representative on the phone.

  3. 3.Make it pretty

    There are things you can do to make your new television blend seamlessly into the rest of your décor. You can buy cable management raceways to help avoid having a bunch of tangled, ugly cords all over your floor. The raceways usually range in price anywhere from $20 to $40 dollars. You can also hide cables by having them run behind baseboards or crown molding. Avoid the potential safety hazard of cords running all across the floor by making sure you install your television close to an electrical outlet.

  5. 4.Things to remember

    Remember the height of your seating when you are mounting your television. Make it easy on your eyes and neck by mounting your television so that it will be at eye-level when you are sitting down. You might also want to think about ways to reduce screen glare. If you know the room in which you are installing your television gets a lot of sun in the mornings, place your TV somewhere where it won’t be in direct sunlight, or install some heavy curtains or window blinds. Don’t put lamps or install lighting directly above or next to your new television set.


    Whether it be to watch a big football game, play a video game or just for relaxation – your television set can provide lots of satisfaction for you and your family. Follow these simple tips for instillation and you’ll be relaxing in front of your favorite program in no time.

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