By Gene and Katie Hamilton
If you have a small room with limited wall space and can't find a spot for a television, look up and hang it from the ceiling in a mount specifically designed for the job. We've all seen them in hospital rooms; the units are also a popular feature on boats and recreational vehicles. But in a room where space is at a premium, a TV mount makes a lot of sense too. We used a TV mount in a kitchen instead of taking up valuable counter and wall space.
You'll find them sold at home and electronic centers. The site
www.choicemounts.com is a good online source for mounts for all types of televisions and flat screens. A contractor will charge $170 to install an adjustable yoke mount that adjusts from 14 to 20 inches wide. That includes labor and material. You can buy the unit for $105 and install it yourself, saving 38 percent. Depending on the mount you choose and the condition of the ceiling, extra fastening hardware may be needed.
When you're considering the location of a television mount, it's important to be near an electrical outlet, otherwise a new outlet will be needed. Also use an electronic stud finder to locate the ceiling joists, the framing behind the ceiling, where it's best to secure the mount's hardware. Spend time reading the installation instructions before you begin.
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Wrapping up, given the average cost to mount a television you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.