Flush TV Wall Brackets Installations Into Cement or Wooden Walls


A flush TV bracket is equivalent to a panel with several slots. The TV brackets are used to flush-mount the TV onto the wallboard. The panel is installed flush with the wallboard and the connection between the panel and the wallboard is plastered to create a uniform appearance on the wall. The TV can be mounted on the brackets and it will appear to be attached directly to the wall giving a cinematic effect to the room. This is accomplished by having the TV wall brackets flush against the wall and the TV hanged on the brackets of the mount. The space between the TV and mount can be fairly small, making the attachments barely unnoticeable. There are many models and types of TV wall brackets, and you should select a TV bracket that can hold the size and weight of the flat screen panel. The flush TV wall bracket is considered the simplest TV bracket to fit and install.

Prepare your tools and equipment before doing the installation. It is more difficult looking for a particular tool when you are in the middle of the installation process, and everything is askew in the room. The normal tools would be a level, stud finder, pipe and cable finder, drill with appropriate drill bits, nut and bolt wrench, epoxy glue and screwdrivers. All these tools might not be required but it is better to have them readily available should you need them. The level is to ensure the TV wall mount is even and straight on the wall. People without levels might use measuring tapes to get the exact distances and ensure the holes are straight and equidistant. The stud finder is used to find studs behind a wooden wall. If you are attaching to a cement or brick wall, you might not need it. The pipe and cable finder will help you locate cables and pipes behind the wall, ensuring you don't accidentally drill into them.

The drill will facilitate your putting the holes into the walls. People who don't have drills use a hammer and nail to put holes in the wall. The wrench and screwdrivers are necessary to tighten the bolts and screws on the TV wall bracket and the TV onto the arms of the bracket. When you are ready, place the longer horizontal wall plate flush against the wall and mark the fixing point with an indelible marker. Be sure the wall mount is pressed against the wall, and is even and level to the floor and ceiling. There should be about six drill holes to fit the back plate to the wall. If your wall is wooden, make sure there are studs behind the wall where the holes are positioned. Plasterboards are not strong enough to hold the weight of the TV bracket and television. When drilling into the wall, be sure you avoid any pipes or cables that are behind the walls.

Once the holes are drilled, put epoxy glue into the holes and insert the six wall plugs. Screw the back plate to the wall ensuring everything is securely tightened. The glue is optional but highly advisable. It helps strengthen the hold of the screws onto the studs or block wall and minimizes the risk of the TV wall mount being ripped off the wall. Put the TV face down on a soft surface and fix the two bracket arms to the back of the television, tightening the bolts in place with washers and spacers, as needed. There should not be any problem placing the television on the wall mount as most, if not all television and wall mount manufacturers follow VESA standards. Be sure the cables and power wires are connected before hooking the TV over the wall plates. The process of installing the TV flush mount bracket is the same on wood and block walls. The main difference is the material the TV mount will be attached to. The same precautions should be followed, which is to ensure the TV Wall bracket is firmly secured on studs or cement blocks.

Glass Block Wall and Bar Sizes For Design and Installation Success


"Why can't designing and installing a glass block wall or bar be as easy as putting together Lego blocks," a customer once asked. Although it's not that easy, with the new shapes, sizes, prefabrication techniques and installation accessories available today this unique glass wall product is being used increasingly in homes, businesses and commercial buildings. Follow these 5 steps and you'll be able to create a cool, stylish, and easy to maintain wall or bar.

Step 1) Where do you want to use your glass block wall or bar? How big do you want to make the wall?

These specialized glass walls can be used on the inside, within the exterior structure of the home or building, or even on the outside. Most common uses include partition walls to separate rooms, shower walls, and bars for the kitchen and recreation rooms. When you are designing and determining the materials needed for this project the size and shape of the wall are critical.

o glass block bar sizes & shapes - Most bars are built 40" high (5 courses of 8" blocks stacked on top of each other). The countertop is installed after the block work is finished. For extra stability and cool design consider making your bar with either an "L shaped" or angled shape design or rounded (radius) look. The bars should be anchored into one wall for added support.

o glass block wall sizes & shapes - block walls can be built virtually any size, however the maximum dimensions of each wall section (or panel) will vary based on the thickness of the block (3 1/8" or 3 7/8" thick) and if the wall will be on the inside or exterior of the home or building. Since most walls are built using the 3 7/8" thick size, here's a quick reference for how big you can make your wall without the need for some type of engineered steel or aluminum support structure between your glass panels:

1. Maximum inside wall panel dimensions (3 7/8" thick block)
- Total square footage of the wall - 250 sq. feet.
- Maximum height - 20 feet
- Maximum width - 25 feet

2. Maximum outside wall panel dimensions (3 7/8" thick block)
- Total square footage of the wall - 144 sq. feet.
- Maximum height - 20 feet
- Maximum width - 25 feet

Step 2) What type of floor, partial wall or base will the block wall be placed on? What is the smallest width of the base for the block wall?

block walls or bars can be placed virtually on any surface as long as it is structurally sound and approximately 3" to 4" wide. Most block walls weigh about 12 pounds per square foot of wall area. Shower pans made of acrylic, fiberglass, and tile with concrete work well. Interior walls with wood joists are usually fine as well as long as the floor is level. Placing the block on knee walls (also called half walls) with metal stud and drywall supports underneath works as well.

Step 3) What do you need to put your glass block wall or bars together? Can panel sections be manufactured to make the project easier?

The installation of block walls can be made much easier with the use of spacers, installation systems, or purchasing pre-made sections of block. Here's a quick overview of each type of approach:

o glass block Spacers - In the old days block had to be laid piece by piece by a skilled mason contractor - these skilled craftsmen can be expensive and difficult to find. With the use of all plastic spacers the blocks can be laid uniformly and the spacers even help to keep the wall or bar flush and in place as you're building it. Spacers are available for either straight or radius walls.

o Installation systems - The new vinyl stack installation system uses vinyl horizontal and vertical spacers between the blocks to align and hold the blocks in place for easy assembly. Silicone is used to bond the blocks to the vinyl spacers on the inside of the block wall. This system can be used for interior and exterior applications. Special tile grout or silicone can be used to finish off the joints.

o Prefabricated or pre-made block sections - With the vinyl stack installation system sections of block can be pre-assembled and installed in the field. glass block panel manufacturers can build these sections for you, often saving time and money to complete the job. These sections should be designed considering who(m) will be installing the wall and where it is physically located on the project site.

Step 4) Choosing the right sizes, shapes, and colors to make your glass block wall and bars cool and unique.

o There are a wide selection of block sizes, patterns, shapes, colors, artistically designed murals, and lighting options available for your wall or bar. Here's a overview of your options:

o Sizes and thicknesses of glass blocks for walls or bars - glass masonry units are made is both metric and American sizes. Most of the blocks available in the United States are American sized. The American sized blocks are available in 4" x 8", 6" x 6", 6" x 8", 8" x 8", and 12" x 12". Specialty shapes can help you turn corners, make 45 degree angles, create rounded or radius walls if you're looking to make a walk in or roll in shower, or finish off the end of the wall or bar with a smooth bullnose look. The blocks have nominal sizes meaning the actual size of the block units is ¼" smaller allowing for a mortar joint to adhere the block to one another (an 8" x 8" block actually measures 7 ¾" x 7 ¾"). The blocks for walls and bars are 3" and 4" thick. Thinner block (3 1/8" thick) are more cost effective, but design options are more limited in this thickness of block.

o Patterns, designs and color glass blocks - blocks come in a multitude of patterns providing different levels of privacy, style, and design options. The block are now available in standard and custom colors, tints, and artistically decorated murals to match any interior design style. Check out a comprehensive block web site to see the possibilities.

o Lighting your blocks - Putting lights behind a glass wall has increased in popularity. Consider a fiber optic system (where the colors of the block wall can change as the system is running) or standard rope lighting behind a clear wall for extra impact.

Step 5) Don't worry about any of the first 4 steps and call a glass block supplier, wall panel manufacturer and installation professional - If you really don't want to figure out what size, shape, and design layout is best call a block specialty company who offers design, supply, wall fabrication and installation services. This type of company will usually come to your home or business (without a charge), measure your shower space, figure out the possible designs for you, and install it with a guarantee.

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