What Size Screws Do I Need for an Element TV Wall Mount?
By Trae Jacobs,
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You just bought a new Element TV and have decided you want to hang it on the wall. You have the necessary tools and the proper wall mount ready to go, but now you need to find out what screws are the appropriate size to secure the TV safely.
Element Electronics offers TVs in various sizes, ranging from 19” to 75”. The correct screw size will depend on which TV you have. For screens that are 40” or larger, M8 screws are commonly used. M4, M5, or M6 screws may be the right choice for smaller TVs.
Having the right setup will ensure that your TV is properly secured to the wall to prevent accidents. Keep reading to learn how to select the appropriate screws to attach the mount to the TV and hang it on the wall.
How Do I Choose the Appropriate Screw Size to Mount My Element TV to the Wall?
You’re trying to mount your Element TV to the wall. Before you can start, however, you need to figure out the size of the screws you need.
You can determine the correct screw size based on the size of your Element TV. M8 screws are the most common size for larger Element TVs. For smaller TVs, M4, M5, or M6 will likely be sufficient.
Some things we will discuss below include:
- Screws to mount the bracket to the TV
- Screws to hang the setup on the wall
- Safety measures and additional tips
These tips will help you find the perfect-sized screws to secure your new television properly.
Screws to Attach the TV to the Wall Mount
The first step is to select a wall mount for your TV. Mount size is characterized by VESA standards, which give the horizontal and vertical separation (width x height) of the four screw holes in millimeters. If you can’t find the correct specific mount size, you may want to choose a universal wall mount, which allows you to hang TVs of all different sizes.
Next, you need to measure the diameter of the screw hole on the TV using a ruler or caliper. Element TVs use metric size screws labeled with the letter “M,” followed by the diameter of the hole in millimeters. For example, if you are using a screw measuring 5mm in diameter, you would be using an M5 screw.
The screw should be long enough to reach the end of the thread on the TV, or fit in at least 5mm. Use a toothpick or needle to find the depth of the hole. You will also need to account for the thickness of the mount and the spacer between the TV and the mount. These spacers are crucial because they ensure enough room for airflow to cool the TV.
Screws to Attach the Mount to the Wall
Now that the mount is bolted to the TV, you need to determine the size of the screws that go into the wall. These are not as well-defined as the screws that go into the TV. Luckily, we have all the information you need to ensure a safe setup!
As a rule of thumb, the diameter of the screw that goes into the wall should be at least as thick as the ones that go into the TV. For example, if you used an M8 screw for the TV, you can also use an M8 for the wall. You can always go bigger to increase safety and security, but make sure it can still slide through the opening on the mounting bracket.
Regarding the length of the screw, 45mm is a good choice for TVs under 45” mounted on a fixed support. For adjustable supports that let you change the angle of the TV, consider 75mm screws to account for the extra movement arm. If you plan to hang a larger TV on an adjustable mount, 100mm screws are the safest choice.
Some Extra Safety Measures
Now, you know how to determine the appropriate size of the screws required to mount your Element TV. Before leaving the store, ensure you have the correct size and number of screws you need. For extra peace of mind, you could always buy a universal TV mount screw kit. These kits come with screws ranging from sizes M4 to M8 and lengths from 15mm to 100mm.
Once you know what size screws you will use, you will need to ensure that they provide a good grip on the wall. If you’re mounting the TV to drywall or a concrete wall, don’t forget to use drywall anchors! These are absolutely essential to guarantee that the screws stay securely attached to the wall.
We have reviewed how to select the proper screws to attach your Element TV to a wall mount and hang it on the wall. For smaller TVs with a simpler setup, you can use M6 x 45mm screws. Larger TVs with adjustable mounts require screws up to M8 x 100mm.
You are finally ready to get your tools and set up your new TV on the wall. Before you begin, don’t forget to take the necessary safety precautions!