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by Sunderamohan Palanisamy 27 Mar 2023

How to hang a tv on steel studs?

Mounting a TV on a metal stud wall may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and techniques, it can be done with ease. Metal stud walls are becoming increasingly popular in modern homes because they are cost-effective and easy to install. However, mounting a TV on a metal stud wall requires some special considerations, as metal studs are not as strong as wood studs. In this guide, we will show you how to mount a TV on a metal stud wall step by step.

Step 1: Prepare Metal Stud wall mounting tools.

Gather the Required Tools and Materials Before starting the mounting process, make sure you have all the necessary tools and materials. You will need a stud finder, a level, a power drill, a screwdriver, and screws that are suitable for metal studs. You will also need a mounting bracket that fits your TV and is compatible with metal studs.

Do Not Use Lag Bolt that come with TV Mount for metal studs. 

Use Metal Stud Wall TV Mounting Kit 

a. You can purchase a new TV mount with the elephant Toggle anchors and drill bits, google for Condo-mounts and you will find different kinds.

b. or if you have the mount already then just purchase this Kit. . The box includes everything you need to mount your TV.

Step 2: Find the Metal Studs using this metal stud finders

Locate the Metal Studs The first step in mounting a TV on a metal stud wall is to locate the metal studs. You can use a stud finder to do this. If you don't have a stud finder, you can use a magnet to locate the metal studs. Once you have located the studs, mark their positions with a pencil.

You’ll be able to locate your metal studs behind the drywall with a magnetic stud finder or a electrical one. See VIDEO above  Most metal studs are only about 1.25″ wide and drilling in the exact center will be critical. The distance between studs is 95% of the time 16″ apart.

Typical Condo Metal Stud Dimensions

metal stud dimensions

Run the stud finder along the wall in the approximate area where you plan to mount your television. Mark the left and right edges with a pencil in several spots along the vertical plane. To more accurately find the edges of the studs, since you’ll need to find the precise center later on, use a small drill bit to explore behind the drywall. As these holes will be behind the TV, a few strategically placed pilot holes will not be visible once the job is done.

Step 3: Check for Wires and Pipes

Before drilling into the metal studs, check for any wires or pipes that may be hidden behind the wall. You can use a wire detector for this purpose. If you find any wires or pipes, adjust the position of the mounting bracket accordingly.

Step 4: Drill 1/2 inch hole to insert  metal stud anchor

Use the CondoMounts metal stud drill bit to drill a 1/2" hole. This is special because it has a pilot head head. 

metal stud drill bit

If you do know own the CondoMounts mounting kit drill bit, drill 1/2" hole with a smaller drill bit first.  Now it's time to drill pilot holes into the metal studs. 

drill 1/2 hole for metal stud anchor

Step 5: Insert the Elephant anchor

You will need to install the Elephant anchor toggle vertically so that they line up with the metal studs. This will ensure that the wall bracket sits flat on the wall and doesn’t rock. Insert each bolt and rotate it so the wings open vertically behind the flange.

Make sure the bracket is level, then tighten the bolts. They should be secured against the stud or the drywall. .

how to insert elephant anchor into metal stud

Step 6: Mount Your TV Mount to the Metal stud Wall

Attach the Mounting Bracket Attach the mounting bracket to the metal studs using screws. Make sure the bracket is level by using a spirit level. Tighten the screws securely.

Step 7: Attach the TV to the Mounting Bracket

Attach the TV to the mounting bracket using the screws provided with the bracket. Follow the instructions carefully to avoid damaging the TV. Once you’ve tightened the mounting bracket securely to the wall, you can hang your TV using the manufacturer’s recommended method.

Step 8: Check the TV's Position

Once the TV is attached to the mounting bracket, check its position. Make sure it is level and centered. Adjust the position if necessary.

Step 9: Test the Strength of the Mounting

Finally, test the strength of the mounting by gently pulling on the TV. If it feels secure, you're good to go. However, if it feels loose, you may need to adjust the mounting bracket or use longer screws.

Mounting a TV on a metal stud wall may seem like a challenging task, but it's not as difficult as you may think. By following these simple steps, you can mount your TV on a metal stud wall with ease.

Now, let's talk about some additional tips and considerations you should keep in mind when mounting a TV on a metal stud wall.

Choose the Right Type of Mounting Bracket It's essential to choose a mounting bracket that is specifically designed for use with metal studs. These brackets are designed to distribute the weight of the TV evenly across the metal studs, ensuring that the mounting is secure.

Distribute the Weight of the TV Evenly When mounting a TV on a metal stud wall, it's essential to distribute the weight of the TV evenly across the metal studs. This can be done by using a mounting bracket that is designed for use with metal studs.

Use the Right Type of Screws When mounting a TV on a metal stud wall, it's crucial to use the right type of screws. Make sure to use screws that are designed for use with metal studs, as they are much stronger than regular screws. 

Metal stud anchors or screws are not provided with most TV mounts. Purchasing them from COndomounts or any other vendor is most often required. Do not use lag bolt which are meant for wood studs or concrete. 

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