Can I mount my plasma TV to some metal wall studs?

Answered by Brendan ~ March 6, 2012 ~ No Comments

I would like to mount my new plasma TV to the wall in my home's basement, but there is no wood backing in the wall because it is framed with metal studs and insulated with solid foam installation. Any ideas I what I can do?

Jason ~ Berks County, PA

Brendan Fowler


I know some plasma TV's are getting very big and heavy, so without knowing the size and weight of your TV, I would suggest not mounting it to only a couple of metal studs. I would recommend attaching a larger piece of ply wood to the wall, smaller than the size of your TV, but large enough to catch three studs, and glue and screw it to the wall, thus evenly distributing the load over a larger area of the wall studs. I would paint the wood so it does not stand out so much, and then mount your TV to the new plywood backing. Metal studs are strong, but if you over tighten screws into them, the screw will quickly strip out the metal and be a very poor anchor. That is why I recommend a backing plate for the TV to be mounted to. Good Luck!

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